This recipe features two of my all time favorite things, red velvet cake + Oreos. ♥
Let me tell you about my top 3 (baking) obsessions real quick. Number 1: Red velvet. Number 2: Oreos. Number 3: S’mores. (I mean…I even have Pinterest boards for all three: red velvet / Oreos / s’mores.) They’re not always in that order; sometimes one is stronger than the others. Like during football season and then during the holiday season – I want to make red velvet everything. My football team’s colors are crimson and white, so red velvet is pretty perfect for game day desserts. It’s also super festive for Christmas! And you can change the color of the food coloring to match whatever football team/season/holiday you want! Oh, the possibilities.
I love baking with Oreos because of how they change textures. In this trifle, just like with this Dirt recipe, the Oreos get incredibly soft and cake-like. In that same recipe, the “pudding” layer is usually a mixture of cream cheese, pudding, powdered sugar, and Cool Whip. For this, I just used a cheesecake filling mix and Cool Whip, and it tastes pretty much the same.
So there are the red velvet cake layers, the cheesecake pudding layer, and chopped Oreos. I really wanted to use the Oreos with red filling for something Christmas-y, you know? I also used about half a package of regular double stuffed Oreos. (Omg, have you seen the MEGA stuffed ones?)
I’m really excited about this trifle, because of the red velvet and Oreos obviously, but also because I’m going to start contributing to the cooking column of a couple local newspapers! (North of the River Living and the South of Town Journal – both in Tuscaloosa, so not exactly “local” for me.) Well, it was two papers and I sent this in for the December issues. But now they’re merging into one bigger paper, so they’re taking December off to get that stuff sorted out. They still really wanted to use this though, so I guess they’ll just be taking the holiday references out. 🙂 Anyway, that’s kind of exciting. I brought this trifle to Thanksgiving because I had to send in the recipe by the beginning of December, and I’m glad I’m finally getting to share it with you!
- 1 box Red Velvet cake mix (Or your favorite from scratch recipe, two round 8 inch layers)
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup oil
- 1 3.5 oz Jello cheesecake filling mix
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 6oz container of Cool Whip
- 2 packages of Oreos with seasonal red filling (you'll need about 1 1/2 packages)
- Prepare red velvet cake mix according to the directions on the box. (I used two round 8 inch pans.) Let the cake cool completely.
- In a medium-sized bowl, prepare the cheesecake filling according to the directions on the box. Transfer the bowl to the refrigerator to thicken.
- Chop Oreos into large pieces, but not crumbs. You won't need all of the second package, probably around half.
- When the cake layers are cool, cut into 1 inch squares.
- The cheesecake filling should be thick enough at this point. Fold in the Cool Whip.
- In a large clear bowl, create the bottom layer by arranging the pieces of cake from one of the cake layers. Next, spread a half of the cheesecake filling on top of the cake. Sprinkle with half of the chopped Oreos. Repeat with the other cake layer, cheesecake filling, and Oreos.
- Refrigerate for at least two hours, but overnight is best. Store trifle in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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Rachel @ Bakerita says
Oh my, this looks SO good, and so festive!! Yum. Few things are better than red velvet and Oreos, that is true. Mmmm!!
Oh, yes. I totally agree – few things are better! 🙂
Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies says
This has a cheesecake pudding layer??! Incredible! I’m in total agreement with Rachel — few things are better than red velvet and Oreos, especially when you find a way to combine them. Yum!
Yes, cheesecake pudding! haha 🙂 Thanks, Jamie!
Jennifer @ Not Your Momma's Cookie says
Wow – gorgeous! I also have a s’mores Pinterest board and a cookies & cream board! No red velvet board though…I need to get on that 😉
Thanks, Jennifer! Great minds. 😉
Jeff Branch says
The visual of this desert is an instant attention getter and it tastes great too!
Thanks! I do like its visual appeal as well! 🙂
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says
What a phenomenal trifle, Beth! I also adore red velvet and oreos, and I feel like I could easily inhale this entire truffle on my own hahahaha. 😀
Haha, thanks Jess! I definitely wanted to eat the whole thing too!
Oh I love red velvet! I think it’s my very favorite flavor of cake! And this trifle – so pretty!! I love that you have oreos in here too – I bet that is one delicious combination!
Thanks, Ashley! Red velvet is definitely my favorite cake flavor too. 🙂
That’s so exciting that your recipes are going to be featured in the newspapers! It’s amazing to see your stuff in print, you’ll have to buy every paper ;). Saw this trifle on IG and my mouth was watering. So colourful, festive, delicious!
Thanks, Katy! The paper is about an hour away, so I’m not sure if I’ll actually be able to get any copies. Might just have to drive over there and get some! 🙂
Lily @ Life, Love, and Cupcakes says
Red velvet, cheesecake pudding, AND oreos!!?! This sounds so awesome!
Thanks, Lily! 🙂
Zainab @ Blahnik Baker says
Oh my so beautiful!! And there is a cheesecake pudding layer? I love this 🙂
Thanks so much, Zainab! The cheesecake pudding layer is definitely just as good as the cake and Oreos. 🙂
i love the colors! it looks yummy too!
Thanks so much, Dina!
WOW, just WOW!
Sarah & Arkadi says
Very original recipe idea!
Thank you! 🙂
I love red velvet and Oreos too, I would never have thought to put them together though! This looks amazing 🙂
Thanks! You should definitely try these flavors together sometime. 🙂
Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl says
You are killing me with happiness with this treat here! When I saw it on Instagram a few days ago I fell in love, but now I just fell in love all over again!
Haha, thanks Pamela! I’m glad you like it. 🙂
Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says
Oh my gosh. I need this in my life stat! This looks absolutely incredible Beth!!!
Thanks so much, Chelsea! 🙂
Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com says
I’ve been drooling over this on Instagram, so glad to finally see this posted! I adore what you’ve done with the red Oreos. I think they’re kind of creepy on their own, but when paired with red velvet cake in this trifle, they’re perfect!
And PS, congratulations on the cooking column!
Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com says
Just realized that comment might have seemed harsh–so sorry! Totally didn’t mean to imply there was anything creepy about this beautiful trifle–just that the red frosting of the Oreos is pretty bright on its own. 🙂
Oh, that wasn’t too harsh at all!! haha 🙂 Definitely didn’t think anything of it! But thank you for your nice compliments! 🙂
I served this up at my office Christmas party and it was a hit. Everyone enjoyed it and there was enough left over for me to take some home for the family! Great recipe, Beth!! 🙂
Update to my previous comment: I left the rest of it in the fridge after the party and more people ate it throughout the rest of the afternoon. There’s not that much left now. I’m glad this recipe serves so many people!
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Lindsay! It’s definitely made for a crowd. Thanks for your sweet comments! 🙂
Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures says
I found this page because I came across your page on the Pink Velvet Oreo Dirt Cup. I was afraid that you don’t get on there any more to reply to a comment so I came on here . But I plan to make those for valentines day this year (crediting you , of course) but I was wondering if you knew how many ounces each cup was .? Thank you
Hi, Tayla! I’m so glad you left me a comment on here! I didn’t actually measure how much stuff I put in each cup, but I would say about 3/4 cup. So around 6 ounces. I hope this helps you! 🙂
Thank you.! 🙂
I want to make these in little jars for a party. Do you know if you can premarital and freeze them??