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*





















Gluten-free, 3-Ingredient Apple Cobbler|Dump Cake Recipe

specialsHey, y’all! Welcome to Sweet Sorghum Living–a place to sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and enjoy good conversations about everything from handmade goodness to gluten-free goodies. Today, we are chatting about an easy, gluten-free dessert that the whole family will enjoy.

Years ago (and I do mean years ago), the company for which the hubby worked put together a cookbook from recipes the employees submitted. At the time, I had not been diagnosed with Celiac or Type 1 Diabetes, so I had no dietary restrictions–obviously, because I baked lots of desserts using lots of sugar and butter *wink* These days, I watch the amount of sugar and fat I consume–but sometimes, a deliciously sweet and comforting “cobbler” is good for the soul.

Now, if you have been reading my gluten-free posts, you know I do not cook complicated dishes. To be honest, I barely cook at all (thankfully, the hubby loves to grill on his Big Green Egg *wink*). However, the chilly temps and snow got me to craving an apple cobbler, and I thought about that recipe I had submitted years ago–“Even A Blonde Can Make This Cake”–So, I went on a mission to make this old favorite gluten-free.

WARNING–if you are watching your sugar and fat intake, do not make this cobbler|dump cake because it has lots of both *wink*

gluten-free dessert

Easy, gluten-free apple cobbler|dump cake ingredients + recipe


  • Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix
  • Lucky Leaf Lite Apple Pie Filling *No Sugar Added* (Lucky Leaf has a new look since I purchased my pie filling. Click here for more information.)
  • 2 Sticks of Organic Butter (I used salted, but unsalted would also work.)

Quick look at the nutrition facts of the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

Quick look at the nutrition facts of the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix

Lucky Leaf Apple Pie Filling Ingredients

Lucky Leaf Apple Pie Filling Ingredients–the product does not state that it is gluten free; however, click here for more information about Lucky Leaf. This product has not affected me, but remember–what doesn’t bother me might bother you. Please research and call/email the company, if you have questions or concerns.

mixing/baking instructions

  1. Melt one stick of butter in a microwave-safe container in the microwave–until melted. I usually do this process 30 seconds at a time. Stirring well before putting it back into the microwave. I have no idea how to reduce the percentage on my microwave–like melt on 50% power for 15 seconds…Nope, I have no clue how to do that…but I do know how to wing it until the butter is liquid *wink*
  2. Spray a 9″ x 12″ glass baking dish with GF cooking spray or use butter. Personally, I do a combination of both because one can never use too much butter when cooking a cobbler. (I used a Pyrex baking dish because Pyrex rules bakeware, and I have never cooked this particular dessert in a metal pan.)
  3. Now, pour the melted butter in the baking dish being careful not to make a mess. No one likes to clean up messes.
  4. Add the pie filling and gently mix it with the melted butter. Gently stir.
  5. Pour the dry cake mix on top of the butter/pie filling mixture. DO NOT STIR! DO NOT MIX IT IN!
  6. Melt the second stick of butter just like you did the first stick.
  7. Pour the melted butter on top of the dry cake mix making sure to evenly distribute the butter. This will not completely cover the dry mix. It just adds more buttery goodness and a bit of a crisp to the top of the cobbler|dump cake.
  8. Bake in a pre-heated 350° oven for about 35 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  9. Remove from oven, and let it sit a spell before serving it. (If you want even more sugary goodness, serve it with a scoop of GF vanilla ice cream.)
  10. Sit a spell with a good cup of coffee and a bowl of easy, peasy GF apple cobbler.

Golden brown on top means it is ready to come out of the oven.

Golden brown on top means it is ready to come out of the oven. Just look at that buttery crispness!

This dessert is best enjoyed with good company and good coffee.

This dessert is best enjoyed with good company and good coffee.

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me today as we chatted about an easy, gluten-free apple cobbler. This 3-ingredient dump cake may not be the traditional cobbler, but the taste is divinely addictive and the texture is deliciously moist *big smile*