Dessert

Easy Coconut Cream Trifle

July 4, 2018
This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!
This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!
This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is SO much easier than pie, and just as delicious.  It’s one of the best desserts for a potluck, bbq, dinner parties or any time you want to feed a crowd!
It’s a delicious, cheap make-ahead dessert!

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

Things I love about this trifle:
  1.  It’s easy.
  2. The coconut pudding (or custard) is made with milk instead of cream, which makes it cheaper.
  3. It’s SO good.  The kind of good that makes people want to lick the trifle dish.
When I used to read a recipe that involved making a homemade pudding, I thought that sounded SO time consuming.
Once I tried it, though, I realized that making a homemade coconut pudding just involves mixing some ingredients together on the stove and takes about ten minutes.  A lot less work than I had thought.
This trifle includes a cake (and I’ll tell you a secret: I was in a bit of a rush so this one came from a box), a delicious, rich, creamy coconut pudding filling, coconut flavoured whipped cream and some toasted coconut.  A few different parts, but they’re all easy, and you can do each part ahead of time and assemble them into this decadent trifle later!
If you just found yourself googling “Easy Coconut Cream Pie,” maybe you should change gears and make this trifle instead!

Easy Coconut Cream Trifle – Step-by-Step Instructions

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

Easy Coconut Cream Trifle – Ingredients

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

Whisk together 2 cups whole milk (homogenized) and 4 whole eggs in a bowl.

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

In a medium sized pot, combine 1/2 cup of sugar, 5 tablespoons of cornstarch and a pinch of salt.  Slowly add the milk/egg mixture, whisking well to combine and making sure there are no lumps.  Turn heat to medium and start to heat mixture, stirring often with a whisk, to make sure it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pot or burn.
Once the mixture starts to thicken, stir it constantly until it begins to boil.  Cook it for one minute at a boil, then take it off the heat.

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

Stir in 1.5 teaspoons of vanilla, 2 tablespoons of butter and 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut.
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Set this aside.
Tip: Whisk the coconut pudding occasionally as it cools so a skin doesn’t form on the top of it.
After it’s fairly cool, whisk in an extra 1/2 cup of milk to thin it out.

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

Dump the rest of the package of coconut into a dry frying pan and cook over low-medium heat (depending on stove), stirring occasionally, until toasted and fragrant.  If it starts to cook too quickly, reduce the heat and stir constantly to make sure it doesn’t burn.
Tip: Personally, I would either do this at the same time as I cook the custard, or on the already hot burner once the custard is done.  I like to save time when I can.

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

Whip 2 cups of whipping cream with 1/4 cup of sugar and 1 tablespoon of coconut extract, until it’s fluffy and thick.

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

And you’re ready to assemble!  By now your filling (and cake, if you made it earlier) should be cool.  Slice the cake.  Cover the bottom of the bowl or trifle dish with a layer of cake. Assess whether you’ll be able to make 3 layers or 4 layers based on the size of your dish.
Add 1/3 (for 3 layers) or 1/4 (for four layers) of the coconut cream custard, 1/3 (or 1/4) of the fluffy coconut whipped cream and 1/3 (or 1/4) of the toasted coconut.  Repeat two (or three) more times.

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

YUM.  Chill or eat immediately.
Tip: This Coconut Cream Trifle is one of the BEST make ahead desserts I can think of, because you can make all the different parts days ahead of time, and assemble it hours ahead of time and it will be perfect!
Enjoy! 🙂

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!

Common Questions & Answers:

What is a trifle?
Trifle is traditionally a British dessert that has become pretty common place in North America.  In Britain the rules of what constitutes a trifle are more strict, but it North America a trifle usually consists of cake, pudding, whipped cream and add-ins (like fruit, coconut, crushed candy, etc), layered in a dish (usually a clear one, so that you can see the layers).
Can I make this trifle ahead of time?
Yes!  In fact it’s even better if you do.  You can definitely make all the different parts of the recipe a day or two ahead of time and then assemble it closer to when you want to serve it.
Can I assemble this trifle the night before?
Yes, I think you could assemble it the night before.  I probably wouldn’t assemble it earlier than that.
How long will this trifle last in the fridge?
I think the trifle would last about 3 days in the fridge, but it will get a bit soggier each day (although it will still taste great!).
Can I make this recipe as individual mini trifles?
Yes!  This recipe would make the cutest little mini coconut cream trifles!  You could use mini mason jars, parfait glasses, wine glasses for a fancier look, or even ramekins.  Plus, aren’t mason jar desserts just the cutest?

 

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This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is so much easier than pie, and at LEAST as delicious. You can make all the parts ahead of time and assemble it at the last minute!
Easy Coconut Cream Trifle
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
 

This Easy Coconut Cream Trifle is SO much easier than pie, and just as delicious. Perfect for potlucks, parties, bbqs or special occasions.

It's a delicious, cheap, make-ahead dessert!


Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: coconut cream,, easy coconut desserts
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 496 kcal
Author: Myra
Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 1 white cake (homemade or from a cake mix)
For the Coconut Pudding
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk (to thin the pudding as it cools)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 5 tbsp cornstarch
  • pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
For the Coconut Whipped Cream
  • 2 cups whipping cream (my container holds slightly less (473 mL) and that's fine)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp coconut extract
For the Toasted Coconut
  • 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut (the rest of the package used for the custard is fine)
Instructions
For the Cocout Pudding
  1. Before you get started have your cake either already made or baking while you work on the other components.
  2. Whisk together 2 cups milk and eggs in a bowl.
  3. In a medium sized pot combine sugar, cornstarch and salt. Slowly add the milk/egg mixture, whisking well to combine and making sure there are no lumps. Turn heat to medium and start to heat mixture, stirring often with a whisk, to make sure it doesn't stick to the bottom of the pot or burn.
  4. Once the mixture starts to thicken, stir it constantly until it begins to boil. Cook it for one minute at a boil, then take it off the heat.
  5. Stir in vanilla, butter and 1 cup flaked sweetened coconut. Set this aside and whisk it occasionally as it cools.*
  6. After it's fairly cool, whisk in an extra 1/2 cup of milk to thin it out.
For the Toasted Coconut
  1. Dump the rest of the package of coconut into a dry frying pan and cook over low-medium heat (depending on stove), stirring occasionally, until toasted and fragrant. If it starts to cook too quickly, reduce the heat and stir constantly to make sure it doesn't burn.**

For Coconut Whipped Cream
  1. Whip whipping cream with sugar and coconut extract, until it's fluffy and thick.
Assembly
  1. You're ready to assemble! By now your filling (and cake, if you made it earlier) should be cool. Slice the cake. Cover the bottom of the bowl or trifle dish with a layer of cake.
  2. Assess whether you'll be able to make 3 layers or 4 layers based on the size of your dish.
  3. Add 1/3 (for 3 layers) or 1/4 (for four layers) of the coconut cream custard, 1/3 (or 1/4) of the fluffy coconut whipped cream and 1/3 (or 1/4) of the toasted coconut. Repeat two (or three) more times.
  4. Chill or eat immediately. Enjoy! 🙂
Recipe Notes
* Personally, I would toast the coconut either at the same time as I cook the custard, or on the already hot burner once the custard is done. I like to save time when I can.
** Whisk the coconut pudding once in a while so a skin doesn't form on the top of it.

This is a fabulous make ahead dessert.  You can make all the different parts a day or two ahead of time, assemble it hours ahead of time and it will be perfect!

Nutrition Facts
Easy Coconut Cream Trifle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 496 Calories from Fat 225
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 25g 38%
Saturated Fat 16g 80%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 414mg 17%
Potassium 194mg 6%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 38g
Protein 6g 12%
Vitamin A 16.1%
Vitamin C 0.3%
Calcium 18.6%
Iron 7.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
This post was originally published on June 16, 2017

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Looking for an EASY, make ahead dessert for a summer bbq, potluck, dinner party or special occasion at ANY time of year?!  If you love coconut cream pie (who doesn't?!), try this easy trifle!  

Moist cake, coconut pudding filling, fluffy coconut whipped cream and sweet toasted coconut make this dessert heaven!

Perfect for anyone who's not sure how to make pie.  Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy this trifle!!

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2 Comments

  • Reply martu March 30, 2018 at 3:35 pm

    Looks Great! I am going to try this for Easter. I think you forgot to list the 4 eggs in your list of ingredients. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

    • Reply Myra April 18, 2018 at 6:25 am

      Hi Martu! Thanks for the heads up. I fixed the omission! I hope you enjoyed the trifle!

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