Easy Gluten-free Trifle Dessert

This gluten-free dessert will be the star of your next dinner party!

Are you looking for an easy, gluten-free dessert for all of the upcoming holiday parties and dinners? Are you looking for one that can be upsized into a trifle bowl (or any large clear bowl you have hidden away in your cabinets) or downsized into cute, fancy clear glasses? Are you looking to impress those co-workers, friends, and relatives who are skeptical of gluten-free dishes–especially desserts? Then, I have the recipe for you!

So, grab a good cup of coffee and sit a spell with me as we chat about an easy-peasy, gluten-free trifle. For this particular one, I used a strawberry fruit/pie filling and fresh strawberries and blueberries. Cherry and peach are also great options. If you are feeling summery–lemon is fabulous.

Here are the basic ingredients for making a strawberry trifle. You can easily substitute cherry, peach, or lemon pie filling for the strawberry. **The two eggs and stick of butter are for the Betty Crocker GF yellow cake mix.


  • 1 can of gluten-free sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 packages of gluten-free cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 box of gluten-free yellow cake mix (follow ingredient list for the cake mix–varies depending on brand)
  • 2 containers of gluten-free, cool-whipped topping
  • 1 can of gluten-free pie/fruit filling (strawberry, cherry, peach, or lemon)

My daughter working on the trifle dessert + the hubby working on making a “gluten” recipe a gluten-free one.

As a quick note, my daughter and I have Celiac Disease (diagnosed in 2013) + I am not a food photographer/blogger. The little family and I are constantly looking for and trying new gluten-free goodies. The hubby is always adapting our favorite dishes to gluten-free ones. To be honest, he does most of the cooking because I am more of a microwave chef *wink*

Before we get started on the directions for the GF trifle dessert, let’s take a closer look at the gluten-free goodies used in it.

Borden Sweetened Condensed Milk is gluten free! *happy dance* This is a staple of Southern desserts *wink* If you know of other gluten-free sweetened condensed milk brands, be sure to share them in the comment section of this post.

Two thumbs up, Land O’ Lakes, for not only being gluten-free, but for also putting it right on the box for all to see. TIP: Don’t just glance at the label–always, always read the ingredients list.

Lucky Leaf has been a staple not only in the desserts I make, but the ones my mom and grandmothers made. It makes my heart happy that this brand has gluten-free fruit/pie fillings, so the traditional desserts can continue! Do you know of other gluten-free fruit/pie fillings? Let us know in the comment section of this post or snap a photo and mention @ChasidyHathorn on Twitter/IG.

So Delicious Dairy Free cool-whipped topping is so delicious! It is certified GF + it is dairy-free + did I mention it is yummy! TIP: Not all companies make solely gluten-free products, so be sure to check the label and the ingredient list + check out their websites for info on their allergen control programs.

Philadelphia Cream Cheese is a Kraft product and does not state directly on the label that it is gluten-free; however, Kraft has a gluten-free labeling guide on their website which explains how they label their products. “There is growing interest in glutenfree and an expansion of product offerings in stores and in restaurants. Kraft Foods recognizes that consumers are looking for gluten-free products for medical reasons or personal preference and we are doing our part to accurately label our products to help interested individuals make informed choices.” (from Kraft’s website) 

I have used Philadelphia Cream Cheese many, many times, and I have not been glutened. Please remember what doesn’t bother me might bother you, so read labels and don’t be afraid to email the company with questions.

Easy, peasy and gluten-free!

Now, let’s take a look at how to make this yummy, crowd-pleasing trifle that is so delicious no one will know it is gluten-free!

Mix the yellow cake mix according to the instructions on the box and pour into a 9×12 baking dish.

Bake according to the instructions. Remove from oven and give it time to cool.

While your cake is cooling, prepare the cream cheese mixture using two packages of softened cream cheese and a can of sweetened condensed milk.

Slowly add the sweetened condensed milk to the cream cheese–using a mixer of your choice. I have been known to mix by hand–doable, but not recommended!

This will happen, and it is totally okay. Use a spatula to rake off into the bowl. Continue mixing into fully blended together.

Once the cake has cooled, cut into 1″ squares (give or take a little).

Gather all of your ingredients together to make the trifle–cool-whipped topping, pie/fruit filling, cream cheese mixture, and one-inch cake squares. **We are a real family who uses paper plates + we make real messes in the kitchen! So, don’t be afraid to get a little messy and have a few laughs while you cook *wink*

Bottom layer is cake. Don’t worry about filling in the entire bottom. Loosely fill.

Using a spoon or spatula, add the cream cheese mixture.

Using a spoon, add the pie/fruit filling. Smooth it over the cream cheese mixture.

Cool-whipped topping goes on top of the pie/fruit filling.

Repeat the steps until you get to the top of your bowl. Adjust for smaller containers.

Garnish with fruit/toppings of your choice.

Individual portions work great for progressive dinners and office parties.

Small plastic cups and bowls work too! Be creative and change the container(s) according to the holiday or function.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about an easy GF dessert that will steal the dinner party show + how we took a closer look at the labels of GF products and chatted about the importance of reading those labels carefully!

Tried it? Share your photos and comments to Twitter and IG by mentioning @ChasidyHathorn.

The hubby working on his next GF recipe. Check out his IG @stanhathorn for photos that look good enough to eat *wink*





















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