Shannon's Chocolate Orange Cranberry Trifle

READY IN: 1hr 30mins
Recipe by Shannon Holmes

I came up with this recipe because I love Terry's Chocolate Orange and I love Cranberry Orange muffins. This is one of my best desserts, even though I usually only make it around the holidays. Try it, it is delicious.

Top Review by skat5762

Let me begin by saying how absolutely incredible I thought the muffins alone were. I ended up having to make a second batch, since my husband, myself, and a guest had to sample these tantalizing gems as soon as they emerged from the oven. The trifle was made as a dessert for Thanksgiving. It was the perfect counterpoint to that heavy meal. Not only was it a smashing success at my in-laws, but I took the leftovers to a friends' house, as they ate later than we did. She reported to me last night that there were now no leftovers, and not a single person touched the only other dessert there, a pumpkin pie. Absolutely fabulous!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • For the muffins

  • 1 13 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 14 teaspoons salt
  • 34 cup sugar
  • 1 large orange, grated peel only
  • 6 tablespoons butter, cut into 1 " pieces
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 large orange, juice only
  • 1 14 cups fresh sliced cranberries
  • For the chocolate

  • 1 white chocolate terry's chocolate tobler oranges or 1 milk chocolate, whacked,unwrapped,and chopped into small pieces (or half of each)
  • For the pudding sauce

  • 1 package orange pudding (4 serving size)
  • 1 package vanilla pudding mix (4 serving size)
  • 4 cups milk
  • For the topping

  • 1 (8 ounce) container Cool Whip, thawed


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease muffin pan cups.
  3. Mix wet ingredients the add dry, beating until just combined.
  4. Fill each tin 3/4 full and bake 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of a muffin comes out clean.
  5. Let muffins cool completely and then slice each into at least 3 slices.
  6. Set aside.
  7. Mix together pudding ingredients in a large bowl and set aside.
  8. BTW, if you can't find the orange pudding mix, use 2 (4 serving size) packages vanilla pudding mix and add the zest of one orange.
  9. To assemble the trifle, layer half of muffin slices, then half of chocolate orange bits, then half of pudding mixture.
  10. Repeat with remaining ingredients and top with Cool Whip.
  11. Refrigerate until serving time.

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