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Easy Raspberry Brownie Trifle

In this Raspberry Brownie Trifle with Mascarpone Whip, layers of fudgy brownies are alternated with with mascarpone whipped cream and raspberries for a delightful dessert!

Two raspberry brownie trifle in glasses with spoons on a dark wooden table

Creating This Brownie Trifle Recipe

Valentine’s Day with kids on a weeknight is always a tricky thing.

So I thought I’d share with you one of my go-to, SUPER EASY, favorite dessert recipes: Raspberry Brownie Trifle with Mascarpone Whip.

It’s adapted from a great cookbook called Desserts 4 Today: Flavorful Desserts with Just Four Ingredients, by Abby Dodge. Abby’s version is a lot simpler, and still delicious.

I wanted to kick things up a notch by adding the brownie chunks and some orange zest for drool-worthy flavor.

Desserts 4 Today is a fabulous dessert cookbook for easy entertaining. Each of the 125 recipes in Abby’s new book have only 4 ingredients each (all of which are readily available), and yet they’re still sophisticated and delicious.

It just proves that simple does not have to be boring. Although I jazzed up the original recipe, I still kept this brownie dessert recipe super simple.

Feel free to simplify as you see fit or dress it up even more.

Ingredients in Raspberry Brownie Trifle

Even though this recipe has three parts, it is still really simple to prepare. Here’s an overview of the simple ingredients you’ll need to make this:

For the Brownies

For the Mascarpone Whip

  • Powdered Sugar
  • Mascarpone Cheese
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Vanilla Bean Paste

For the Orange Scented Raspberries

For the complete ingredient list and detailed instructions to make this raspberry and chocolate brownie trifle, scroll to the bottom of this post for the FREE printable recipe card.

How to Make Raspberry Brownie Trifle

Each step to this brownie dessert is easy! Here’s an overview of how I made the trifles:

  1. Prepare your favorite homemade brownies (homemade or boxed work!), then cut them into about 3/4- to 1-inch cubes once cool. Set aside.
  2. Combine the raspberries, orange zest, and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl. Stir until well-mixed.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone, heavy cream, orange oil, vanilla, and 1/4 cup of sugar. Beat until medium-firm peaks form.
  4. To assemble, place a few brownie chunks in the bottom of six individual dessert cups. 
  5. Top the brownies with about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the mascarpone mixture, then with about 3 tablespoons of raspberries. 
  6. Repeat until all the elements have been evenly divided among the cups. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

The above is simply a quick summary of this delicious dessert recipe. Check out the full recipe in the free printable recipe card at the bottom of this post for all the detailed instructions.

Tips for Making the Best Brownie Trifles

  • Line the baking pan with parchment paper when baking the brownies. This makes it super simple to remove the brownies to cut them.
  • I used powdered sugar to make the mascarpone whipped cream because I like that you don’t have any accidental sugar granules that don’t dissolve. However, you can use granulated sugar as well.
  • Small juice glasses, mason jars, wine glasses, martini glasses, and couple glasses are perfect for assembling this easy brownie dessert.
  • You can also serve this in a large glass bowl or glass trifle bowl, but I think mini, individual servings are cute for entertaining.

Brownie Trifle Recipe FAQs

Got questions about how to make this easy chocolate trifle recipe? Here are the answers to a few commonly asked questions. Feel free to leave any other questions in the comments on this post and I’ll respond with answers.

Can I Use Store-Bought Brownies?

Sure! This homemade brownie recipe is one of my favorite brownie recipes, but you can make this layered dessert using any brownie pieces.

Just prepare the boxed mix according to package directions, then cool the pan of brownies, and cut into 1-inch squares.

Do I Have to Make this Brownie Trifle with Raspberries?

We love the combination of chocolate and raspberry!

If fresh berries aren’t your thing, you could definitely swap out the raspberries for: chocolate sauce, chopped chocolate bar, chopped heath bars, caramel sauce, or Reese’s peanut butter cups.

Can these Brownie Trifles be Made Gluten-Free?

Very easily! Simply follow your favorite gluten-free brownie recipe or buy a boxed gluten-free brownie mix at the grocery store.

What Can I Substitute for Mascarpone?

Cream cheese is the best substitute for mascarpone.

The flavor profile and texture will be slightly different, but this decadent dessert will still taste amazing!

How Should I Garnish this Trifle Dessert?

If you would like a little something extra on top of the trifle, try some chocolate shavings or chocolate curls.

Can I Prepare this Brownie Trifle Dessert in Advance?

Yes! The beauty of this recipe is that the brownie and orange-sceneted raspberries can be prepared ahead of time.

Perfect for doing during the day when kids are in school or napping. When the time comes, you can just whip up the mascarpone layer and assemble.

When Should I Serve this Dessert?

This is one of my favorite desserts for Valentine’s Day. Something about the fudgy brownie bites with the fresh raspberries.

But you can serve this for birthdays, anniversaries, dinner parties, or just because!

Try this Brownie Trifle Recipe at Home!

Next time you’re looking for an elegant dessert using rich chocolate brownies, give this recipe for Raspberry Brownie Trifle a try!

Did you this it was the perfect dessert for chocolate lovers? Leave a comment below and give it a review for others to see what you thought of this great recipe.

On Instagram? Share your photo and tag me with @goodlifeeats and #goodlifeeatsrecipes. I’d love to see your photo of this brownie layer dessert!

More Easy Trifle Recipes To Try:

An amazingly delicious and super simple Peanut Butter Brownie Trifle with boxed gluten-free brownies, homemade peanut butter mousse and homemade whipped cream.

Homemade chocolate pudding alternates with whipped cream and a layer of cookies in this easy Chocolate Chip Cookie Pudding Parfait recipe. This sweet treat makes adorable individual servings for a mini pudding parfait

Raspberry Angel Food Cake Parfaits is a super easy dessert recipe that kids can make for Mom on Mother’s Day. Angel Food Cake pieces are layered with lemon curd, fresh raspberries, honey almond whipped cream and sliced almonds.

In these Basil Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake Parfaits, strawberries soaked in a sweet balsamic, basil syrup are layered with mini almond shortcakes, whipped cream, and sliced almonds for a delicious springtime dessert.

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Raspberry Brownie Trifle

Raspberry Brownie Trifle

Yield: 6 servings

In this Raspberry Brownie Trifle with Mascarpone Whip, layers of fudgy brownies are alternated with with mascarpone whipped cream and raspberries for a delightful dessert.


For the Brownies:

For the Raspberries:

  • 18 ounces Fresh or Frozen Raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Orange Zest
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar

For the Mascarpone Whip:

  • 8 ounces Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste


Make the Brownie Chunks

  1. Prepare your favorite brownies - mine are Homemade Fudgy Brownies.
  2. Cool and then cut them into about 3/4" to 1" cubes. Set aside.

Prepare the Orange Scented Raspberries

  1. Combine the raspberries, orange zest, and 1/4 cup granulated sugar in a bowl.
  2. Stir until well-mixed, and set aside.

Make the Mascarpone Whip

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the mascarpone, heavy cream, vanilla bean paste, and 1/4 cup of powdered sugar
  2. Beat the mascarpone mixture with an electric mixer until medium-firm peaks form.

Assemble the Brownie Trifle

  1. To assemble, place a few brownie chunks in the bottom of 6 individual dessert glasses.
  2. Top the brownie layer with about 2 1/2 tablespoons of the mascarpone mixture, then with about 3 tablespoons of raspberries with accumulated juices.
  3. Repeat until all the elements have been evenly divided among the cups.
  4. Refrigerate until serving. Serve chilled.


You can also serve this in a large trifle bowl, but I think mini, individual servings are cute for entertaining.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 538Total Fat 40gSaturated Fat 20gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 113mgSodium 303mgCarbohydrates 44gFiber 6gSugar 18gProtein 6g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy. This provided information is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Amber | Bluebonnets & Brownies

Wednesday 15th of February 2012

So beautiful, Katie! Perfect for making *any* night feel romantic, not just Valentine's Day.

Russell at Chasing Delicious

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

These parfait are gorgeous! Such seductive colors and a wonderful flavor combination. I could eat dozens! Yum.

Sandra Simmons

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

Can you please share where these glasses were purchased? I love them!


Tuesday 14th of February 2012

I am pretty sure they were purchased at Target. If not there, then Cost Plus World Market or Pier 1. Those are the places I typically buy glassware.


Tuesday 14th of February 2012

Looks awesome, has two of my personal favorites, raspberries and chocolate!:) I just shared an article about how Valentine takes on a new meaning as you grow older, perhaps you might like it

julia { see you in the morning }

Tuesday 14th of February 2012

OH. man. this needs to be breakfast.

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