Shannon's Chocolate Orange Cranberry Trifle

Total Time
1hr 30mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 30 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

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!

s'kat December 01, 2002

Made this as part of an experimental dinner. I modified it by substituting whipped cream with orange and vanilla extracts added to it. Also, I cut each muffin into fifths. Since orange pudding was not available, I used 2 boxes of French Vanilla with the zest of an orange. Lastly, I added additional chocolate shards to the very top. My guests loved it, but warning, it is very rich. Next time I might try a splash of Grand Marnier in the whipped cream instead of the extracts.

knobblyknees January 16, 2006

This is wonderful! I didn't use cranberries in the muffin recipe as i don't care for them. I also couldn't find orange pudding so I used white chocolate instead, I brought it to a family funtion and it was the first dessert asked for and the first one to disappear! And s'kat is right the muffins themselves are great just for eating, I wish I would have doubled the recipe!!!

Willbear December 21, 2004

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