Peanut Butter Cup Trifle Recipe

Sarah Grossett | The Gold Lining Girl

Peanut Butter Cup Trifle will amaze you and your guests. Full of chocolate peanut butter love!

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I wax poetic about my love for peanut butter all the time, and I think that a love of peanut butter is a totally normal thing, but I didn’t realize how much I take this adoration for peanut butter to the next level.

Recently, we were out to dinner with friends when we started talking about peanut butter – why?? I don’t remember. I guess if you love this food, it becomes a regular dinner conversation topic? Maybe that in and of itself should be a sign that I’ve taken things too far!

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In any event, my S.O. was telling our friends that we have so much peanut butter in the house that we have backup containers for our backups. This is true. We could feed an army on peanut butter. I count 5 containers right now, and we are not talking about the little ones. The big tubs. The ones you buy from Sam’s Club. Those. Not exaggerating. Should I insert photographic evidence? Nah, I’ll spare you.

Then I was explaining that we really “need” to have a lot of peanut butter on hand because I eat it 3x/day, every day. The entire group gawked at me like an alien with three heads. Um, I guess that’s a lot more than a typical human consumes? At what point do I admit that I may have a peanut butter problem? Because, see, I view all of this as normal.

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Also normal: buying a 3lb. bag of mini Reese’s cups. It’s normal, dangit. Stop looking at me like that.

I’ve been meaning to make a peanut butter cup trifle for a while now, and just hadn’t slapped it together yet, but the enormous bag of mini Reese’s gave me the push I needed to make it happen. Layers of moist chocolate cake, luscious peanut butter pudding, whipped topping, and chopped Reese’s cups are a chocolate and peanut butter-lover’s delight.

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Just look at it! It’s so simple to make, but it looks so beautiful and elegant! This thing makes a statement. It’s also weighs a TON. Seriously, it has to weigh 10lbs. It’s a beast! I don’t even know how it’s possible because it’s just cake, whipped topping, pudding, and Reese’s cups! Many of those things aren’t what you’d consider “heavy”, but this trifle is a doozy!

I threw this thing together very quickly. And when I say I “threw” it together, I literally mean that I threw it together. Trifles don’t need precisely even layers, and they don’t have to be perfect – that’s actually part of their charm! Or am I just making excuses for the fact that my trifle has wonky and uneven layers, and is bursting over the top of the dish?? Maybe a little. Just toss everything together layer by layer, and you’re done!

It’s so luscious, decadent, and the ultimate in combining peanut butter with chocolate. It’s easy to make, but definitely impresses! 

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Peanut Butter Cup Trifle Recipe

    10 Servings


  • 2 cups Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, Chopped
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix, Prepared and baked according to the package instructions, cooled completely
  • 2 8 ounce containers Cool Whip, Or whipped topping, thawed
  • 3 cups Cold Milk, Low-fat is fine
  • 3 3.4 ounce boxes Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups Creamy Peanut Butter


Prepare the Ingredients:

  1. Break up the baked chocolate cake into coarse crumbs and crumbles.
  2. Divide the crumbs into 4 equal portions.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the milk, pudding mix, and peanut butter. Whisk til smooth.

To Assemble the Trifle:

From bottom to top, it will be as follows: cake crumbs, pudding, cake crumbs, Reese’s cups, whipped topping, cake crumbs, pudding, cake crumbs, whipped topping, Reese’s cups. Got it? :)

  1. Evenly sprinkle one portion of the cake crumbs into the bottom.
  2. Next, gently spread half of the peanut butter pudding over the cake crumbs.
  3. Sprinkle a second portion of the cake crumbs.
  4. Sprinkle half of the Reese’s cups over the cake crumbs.
  5. Gently spread half of the whipped topping over the Reese’s cups.
  6. Sprinkle the third portion of cake crumbs.
  7. Gently spread the remaining peanut butter pudding over the cake crumbs.
  8. Sprinkle the fourth and final layer of cake crumbs.
  9. Spread remaining whipped topping.
  10. Garnish with remaining Reese’s cups. Phew, that was a lot of layering.
  11. DEVOUR!


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Author: Sarah Grossett
Recipe Yields: 10 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 10

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 281
Calories 745

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 35g
  Saturated Fat 12g
Sodium 273mg
Total Carbohydrate 86g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 44g
Protein 16g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Sarah Grossett

About Sarah

Sarah has an affinity for shiny golden objects, hence the name of her blog: The Gold Lining Girl. Peanut Butter's the one thing she'd take to a desert island, so it's only right that she's our Peanut Butter Fanatic!

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