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.
The Parts of This Trifle
- 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
- Cool Whip
- Cake & brownies
- Cool Whip
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.
Vampire Halloween Trifle
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.
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.
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.
Yes! You can use sugar free pudding and low fat Cool Whip as well to lower the calories.