Easy Egg-Free Black Forest Trifle Recipe

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Are you looking for a delicious Valentine’s Day dessert for you loved one(s)? This easy egg-free Black Forest Trifle recipe is sure to impress and you can make it in a snap!

EASY EGG-FREE BLACK FOREST TRIFLE RECIPE – PINTEREST CHALLENGE

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INGREDIENTS FOR AN EASY EGG-FREE BLACK FOREST TRIFLE

Seeing as how, at this time, we are going through some sort of egg shortage in our country, I thought it would be nice to show how easy it is to make a foundation for a Black Forest Trifle without using eggs!

Plus, this recipe is a super delicious treat for those that have egg allergies (like my grandson, “This is AMAZING, ‘G’!”).

Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy Valentine’s Day dessert (scroll down for the complete recipe card):

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  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Oil (I prefer olive oil or avocado oil)
  • Vanilla
  • White vinegar
  • Water
  • Instant chocolate pudding
  • Milk
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Heavy whipping cream

Should a Trifle Be Made the Night Before?

If your trifle is made with all refrigerated ingredients, you can make this Black Forest Trifle in less than an hour and enjoy your efforts right away!

However..

How Do You Make a Black Forest Trifle Without Eggs?

Usually, a Black Forest Trifle is made with a brownie or regular chocolate cake base, both of which need eggs.

Well, that just doesn’t work for this recipe, now does it?

So, THIS Black Forest dessert is made with the infamous Depression Cake, also known as Crazy Cake or Wacky Cake!

Legend has it (and I think it’s probably true) that this cake was first made during the Great Depression because of the shortage of eggs during that era.

Sounds all-to-familiar, right?

Let me show you why this cake has become so popular with those who can eat eggs AND those who cannot.

Make and Bake Your Depression Cake

With just eight ingredients and a greased pan and fork, you can make this rich and dark chocolate cake!

By the way, this is a LOT cheaper and WAY more delicious than any Duncan Hines mix you might pick up.

(A detailed recipe card is included at the end of this post.)

images of steps to make a depression cake or crazy cake
  • First, you’ll take a square baking pan and grease it. Use a dash of oil and rub it all over the pan with a paper towel. A glass pan seems to work best because you’ll be mixing the ingredients in the pan. (Photo 1)
  • Add all your dry ingredients for the cake directly into the pan (Photo 2) and mix together with a fork until well blended (Photo 3 and 4). Don’t worry, it won’t affect the greased pan.
  • Create two small ‘wells’ and one large ‘well’ in the dry ingredients (Photo 4).
  • Add the vanilla to one small well, the vinegar to the other small well, and the oil in the large well (Photo 5). Then pour the water all over the ingredients (Photo 6).
easy egg free black forest trifle recipe images of steps to make a depression cake or crazy cake
  • Mix the ingredients together with a fork until WELL combined (Photo 7). It needs to be as smooth as possible, but you will see some bubbles (Photo 8).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until the cake bounces back in the middle when lightly tapped (or a toothpick comes out clean after dipping in the middle of the cake). (Photo 9)
  • Let the cake cool completely before building your Black Forest Trifle.

Instant Chocolate Pudding in Five Minutes

It’s so easy to make the instant pudding for this recipe. If you can, use Chocolate FUDGE Instant Pudding, but regular chocolate is really delicious in the Black Forest Trifle, too!

If you haven’t made it the night before, whip-up this pudding before you make the cake, or right after it goes in the oven!

ingredients for instant pudding on counter

Just follow the directions on the pudding box for this yummy filling!

How to Make the BEST Whipped Cream

Again, you can make the whipped cream the night before, or you can make it while the cake is baking and/or cooling (but be sure the pudding is made first).

ingredients for the best whipped cream small food processor vanilla sugar and pint of heavy whipping cream on counter

The best whipped cream can be made with heavy whipping cream (organic is the BEST), vanilla, and granulated sugar.

The second way is to use a mini food processor like the Kitchen-Aid Food Chopper. THIS makes whipped cream in less than a minute, and chops all kinds of other food items in your kitchen, as well!

Pour your desired amount of whipping cream in your container and add a splash of vanilla and then sugar to taste. Mix halfway, and then taste again and adjust. Then, finish mixing until your whipped cream is just turning a slight yellow. This makes for a thick whipped cream that always gets lots of oohs-and-aahs at parties and get-togethers!

What is the Best Way to Layer a Black Forest Trifle?

For this recipe, I used individual cups. However, using a bowl for a family-style trifle is easy and fun, too! Especially if you use a clear serving bowl.

Here’s how to layer this egg-free dessert in individual pedestal glasses that won’t leave you with, as they say in the Great British Baking Show, a ‘soggy bottom’.

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  • Break apart your cake into bite sized pieces and place as first layer in cup (Photo 10). After eating these desserts, I would now modify the layer to fill the cup half-way, for a better balance to the other ingredients.
  • Fill a gallon zip-lock bag with the pudding, clip the corner tip (Photo 11) and then squeeze the pudding in an even layer on top of the cake (easy-peasy!) Photo 12.
  • Spoon the refrigerated cherry pie filling onto the layer of pudding (Photo 13).
  • Add your whipped cream as the last layer (use the zip-lock bag trick for this, too!) And, voila! Easy Egg-Free Black Forest Trifle!
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Top with a couple cherries from the pie filling. Make sure to leave enough!

Serve these right away, or cover with a plastic bag and refrigerate. These individual trifles stay fresh and delish for up to 3 days in the fridge!

Easy Egg-Free Black Forest Trifle BONUS

Here are the finished dessert cups, just waiting to be enjoyed!

easy egg free black forest trifle recipe dessert dishes on tray with valentine decor and red candle

Did you notice the heart-shaped toppers?

These actually look ‘cute’ here, being their bright pink selves. But they clash with the rich colors in the dessert… my best laid plans are sometimes foiled by technical issues!

dessert dishes on tray with valentine decor and red candle

My printer ran out of ink! So, these bright pink toppers really ARE color-coordinated to match the deep dark reds and browns in the Black Forest Trifle!

And this BONUS printable is yours for free by becoming a My Wee Abode VIP (aka… subscriber).

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Now… aren’t these colors better???

So, now try to imagine these with deep red and brown cherry toppers. Did you notice the stems on the cherries make a heart shape, too? Now THAT’S cute! 😉

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Easy Egg-Free Black Forest Trifle

Yield: 4-6
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

This easy egg-free Black Forest Trifle recipe is sure to impress and you can make it in a snap!

Ingredients

Depression Cake

  • 1 1/2 cups All Purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 5 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 cup water

Chocolate Pudding

  • 1 package chocolate or chocolate fudge instant pudding (3.5 ounce or larger)
  • Milk (see direction on box, 2-3 cups)

Whipping Cream

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4-1/2 cup granulated sugar

Additional Ingredients

  • 1 can cherry pie filling

Instructions

Depression Cake

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    1. Grease a square (preferably glass) baking pan.
    2. Add all dry ingredients directly into the pan and mix together with a fork until well blended. (Don't worry, it won't affect the greased pan.)
    3. Create two small 'wells' and one large 'well' in the dry ingredients.
    4. Add the vanilla extract to one small well, the vinegar to the other small well, and the oil in the large well. Then pour the water all over the ingredients and mix with fork until WELL blended, making sure there are no flour lumps. (Some bubbles are normal).
    5. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes until the cake bounces back in the middle when lightly tapped (or a toothpick comes out clean after dipping in the middle of the cake).
    6. Let the cake cool completely before building your Black Forest Trifle.

Chocolate Pudding

Prepare chocolate pudding as directed on box.

Whipped Cream

Use either a mini chopper (food processor) or a metal bowl with hand mixer and whisk attachment for best results.

    1. Pour your desired amount of whipping cream in your container and add vanilla extract and sugar to taste.
    2. Mix halfway, and then taste again and adjust to taste.
    3. Finish mixing until whipped cream is just turning a slight yellow. This give a rich and thick whipped cream.

Layering Trifle in Individual Dishes

  1. Break apart cake into bite sized pieces and place as first layer in cup. Layer to fill the cup half-way, for a better balance to the other ingredients.
  2. Fill a gallon zip-lock bag with the pudding, clip the corner tip, and squeeze the pudding in an even layer on top of the cake.
  3. Spoon the refrigerated cherry pie filling onto the layer of pudding.
  4. Add your whipped cream as the last layer (use the zip-lock bag trick for this, too!)
  5. Top with heart "Love You!" picks from My Wee Abode's free printable library!

Notes

  • You can save time on this recipe by making the 5-minute instant pudding the night before, as well as the whipped cream and cake base!
  • Skip the mess of the hand mixer and simply mix the instant pudding using a whisk and metal bowl for the perfect pudding!

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29 Comments

  1. Julie, this trifle is so decadent looking! The wacky cake was my first bake ever, when I was about 8. Everything went smoothly until I forgot to mix the ingredients, LOL 😆 I’ve learned a few things since then haha! Pinned

    1. LOL! That is hilarious! I use this recipe often for my grandson and the rest of the fam loves it, too. However, I tried another recipe that included baking powder, and I was sorry. Had to remake the cake with the regular recipe. Have to remember to mix, and mix WELL! Don’t want lumps of flour popping up.

  2. This looks so elegant and decadent. I pinned and will definitely be making this one. Sometimes I love to add a desert that looks like I worked all day and this one looks that way but so easy. Thanks, love it.

    1. You made my day, Michelle. You know how we love to have good photos! Fun chatting with you today! I miss our long talks! 😉

  3. Julie, I wish strawberry season had arrived here in North Texas! I miss driving down to our old dentist in Oceanside and driving by this little field of strawberries and a small stand just off the roadside. I guess the owners have had that plot of land forever. I’ve tried growing strawberries here but it just doesn’t work. 🙁 I will have to try the Depression Cake recipe. I knew you could make cake without the eggs and use oil, but it’s been a long time. Great recipe!!

    Happy Valentine’s hugs to you,
    Barb 🙂
    p.s. Hope the rain lets us for you soon! Crazy how when CA needs the rain it doesn’t get it, and then it gets tons… 😉

  4. I love that your grandson loves these. Not sure my kids have EVER said that to me. Sad, but true. They look and sound delicious and your presentation is awesome! I rarely think about presentation when it’s just for us. I’m stepping it up this year! I’d like to show my fam they are my fave people in the whole world. Thank you sharing this with us. pinned!

  5. This sounds just my style, Julie! I LOVE trifle desserts, and making them in individual portions is perfect for Valentine’s Day. It also would prevent me from eating more than my fair share. Ha! Thanks for the pretty printables too. Pinning!

    1. Well, I WISH that the individual portions kept ME from eating my fair share! Well, it did each night I had one! 😉 Thanks for the Pin!

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