Vampire Halloween Trifle

A fantastically spooky dessert to bring to your next Halloween party. This Vampire Halloween Trifle with cake, pudding, brownies and edible blood will give everyone a scare.

Wanting to make a statement dessert at your next Halloween gathering? This vampire Halloween trifle will be the centerpiece of all the desserts. With red velvet cake, brownie bites, and edible blood, yes, that’s right edible blood, this dessert will have all your family and guest curious to grab another spoonful. Your guests will be spooked by this delicious trifle.

This recipe is such a fun recipe to make with the kids this Halloween season. Not Halloween? No worries you can fancy this trifle up with chocolate shavings and leave out the edible blood.

a trifle with brownies and red velvet cake

The Parts of This Trifle

Most of our trifles have traditional ingredients and flavors such as strawberryReese’s or lemon. We’ve made this one just a little bit spookier. Here are the parts:

  • Red velvet cake. Use a box mix, or make a homemade red velvet cake. Either way, you can make this in advance and store in in the freezer until you’re ready to use it.
  • Brownie bites. This can be homemade brownies, box brownies, or buy mini brownies at the grocery store for a shortcut. Again, this is a part of the recipe you can make in advance.
  • Chocolate pudding. Instant pudding works great, and you can even use sugar free if you’d like.
  • Cool whip. Thaw the Cool Whip in advance so it spreads easily.
  • Oreos. Sometimes you can find red creme filled Oreos which would work great in this recipe.
  • Dark chocolate candy bar.
  • Chocolate syrup.
  • Light corn syrup.
  • Red food gel. Gel works better than liquid food coloring for making the edible blood.

How to Make Edible Blood for Halloween

To make edible blood, mix together chocolate syrup, light corn syrup, and red food gel in a small bowl. The chocolate syrup helps to darken the mixture and the light corn syrup thickens it.

You’ll then use this mixture to drizzle inside the glass trifle dish. It’s going to make your trifle look so spooky!

Assemble the Vampire Halloween Trifle

It’s important to drizzle the “blood” over the inside of the glass dish before layering the other ingredients. This will help give your trifle a scary look.

Layer in this order:

  • Cake & brownies
  • Pudding
  • Cool Whip
  • Oreos
  • Cake & brownies
  • Pudding
  • Cool Whip
  • Oreos

You can end with any of the extra layer ingredients that you’d like, but whichever you choose, drizzle the remaining “blood” on top of the trifle.

a bowl of chocolate trifle with red velvet
closeup of a vampire trifle for halloween
closeup of a vampire trifle for halloween

Vampire Halloween Trifle

4.80 from 15 votes
A fantastically spooky dessert to bring to your next Halloween party. This Vampire Halloween Trifle with cake, pudding, brownies and edible blood will give everyone a scare.
Servings 20
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill Time 3 hours


For the trifle:

  • 1 baked red velvet cake
  • 20 brownie bites
  • 2 boxes instant chocolate pudding (3.4 ounces each)
  • 4 cups 2% milk
  • dark chocolate candy bar shaved
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip thawed
  • 20 Oreo cookies crushed

For the edible blood:

  • 1 tablespoon chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 2 drops red food gel coloring


Prepare the layers:

  • Cut red velvet cake into 1” squares and set aside.
  • Make the pudding according to the package directions, whisking the pudding powder into the milk. Add dark chocolate candy bar shavings to pudding and stir. Cover and refrigerate until you are ready to assemble the trifle.
  • To make edible blood, mix together chocolate syrup, light corn syrup, and red food gel in a small bowl.

Assemble the trifle:

  • Start assembling the trifle, drizzle edible blood on the insides of the trifle dish.
  • Add a layer of red velvet cake and brownie bites to the bottom of the trifle dish.
  • Add a layer of pudding, covering previous layer.
  • Next add a layer of Cool Whip, followed by a layer of crushed Oreos.
  • Repeat layers until you have reached the top. (Cake/brownies, pudding, Cool Whip, crushed Oreos)
  • Cover top in cool whip and drizzle more edible blood over the top to really give this trifle a Halloween look no one will ever forget.
  • You can put any other layer on the top that you'd wish. We sometimes use the brownies or cake and even the Oreos.
  • Cover and refrigerate trifle for at least 3 hours before serving.


The calories shown are based on the trifle serving 20, with 1 serving being 1/20 of the trifle. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**


Calories: 343kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 435mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 91IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 3mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 343
Keyword halloween cake, halloween dessert, halloween party dessert, vampire cake

Frequently Asked Questions

Will the edible bloodstain someone’s mouth or teeth?

Nope! This is why I love this recipe for
Halloween because only using a few drops it will not dye someone’s teeth.

Can I purchase a pre-made red velvet cake?

You sure can! That would save even more time.

Is a trifle ok to make a day in advance?

Yes, it’s ok to do that, but if you leave it too long, the dessert may get soggy. I recommend eating the trifle within 12 hours of making it.

Can you use sugar free pudding?

Yes! You can use sugar free pudding and low fat Cool Whip as well to lower the calories.

About Julie Clark

We are Julie, Maddie, and Kinslee – a mother and daughter team sharing with you the best cakes to satisfy any need or sweet craving that you may have. Welcome to our family’s kitchen!

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