Brownie cheesecake trifle drizzled with hot fudge topping in a glass trifle bowl next to a stainless steel spoon on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Layered Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Trifle

Layers of fudgy brownies and cheesecake filling make Brownie Cheesecake Trifle, a decadent dessert anyone with a sweet tooth will devour.

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Don’t you love it when a mistake turns out to be amazing? This recipe started with a mistake I made in another recipe I was following, so I made up the rest as I went!

We love brownies and we love cheesecake at our house and this combines the two. I used a box set of brownies, but you could also make homemade brownies if you want them to be truly from scratch. But using a box helps to speed up the process just a little bit.

Originally, I wasn’t quite sure what normally goes into a cheesecake filling. I tried to find some recipes online but didn’t have the ingredients for most of them. Since I also didn’t have time to go to the store, I decided to wing it with what we had.

The first time I made this recipe, I brought it to my in-laws for Easter. Let’s just say it was devoured. Most of us have a sweet tooth, so had large helpings. And the boys might have gone back for seconds! Then I made it again more recently as a treat for the first day back to school for the boys.

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle Ingredients

Brownie Mix

Any brownie box mix will do for this recipe. I like getting the fudge brownies because those are my favorite. Don’t forget to get the additional ingredients needed such as oil or eggs. 

Cream Cheese

Cream cheese is the base of cheesecake recipes. When properly whipped, the cream cheese will be light and fluffy and give that airy taste to the cheesecake mixture. I prefer to use full-fat cream cheese because it has the best texture, but any cream cheese will do for this chocolate trifle recipe. 

Heavy Whipping Cream

Heavy cream will add a lot of texture to your cheesecake filling. Again, it’s best to use full-fat heavy whipping cream when you can. 

Sugar

It’s not a dessert if it isn’t sweet, right? Adding sugar helps with the texture of the mixture and adds that sweet taste synonymous with cheesecake. 

Powdered Sugar

While this isn’t a lot of powdered sugar, it’s enough. Powdered sugar is also called confectioner’s sugar. 

Lemon Juice

The lemon juice helps to prevent any curdling of the dairy products in a cheesecake. For this, use either bottled lemon juice or fresh lemon juice. 

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract helps add a bit of flavor to the cheesecake filling for this recipe. 

Hot Fudge Topping

Because every dessert is better when drizzled with hot fudge! I like to add this to the top of the trifle to help keep it moist and add flavor. You could also use chocolate sauce or chocolate syrup in place of the hot fudge topping. 

Topping Options

There are so many things you could add to the top of this and I plan to try a few the next time we make this. 

  • Add a dollop of Cool Whip on each serving
  • Drizzle with caramel sauce, softened peanut butter, or softened Nutella
  • Sprinkle with toffee bits, crushed Oreo cookies, chocolate chips, or more powdered sugar
  • Top with fresh fruit such as fresh strawberries or fresh raspberries

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix, plus ingredients
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz hot fudge topping
Ingredients for brownie cheesecake trifle in stainless steel bowls on a white surface

Preparation

Bake the brownies according to the package, using the cake-like option if available, and let cool.

Use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, sugar, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth in a large bowl.

Cheesecake filling mixed in a stainless steel bowl on a white surface

Use a fork to coarsely crumble the brownies. Put 1/3 of the brownies in the bottom of a trifle bowl for the first layer of brownies.

Crumbled brownies in the bottom of a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Cover with 1/2 of the cream cheese mixture in an even layer.

Crumbled brownies topped with cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Put another layer of 1/3 of the chewy brownie mixture.

Layers of brownie and cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Layer with the remaining cheesecake filling.

Layers of brownie and cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Garnish with remaining brownies.

Layers of brownie and cheesecake filling in a glass trifle bowl on a white surface

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.

Just before serving, warm the hot fudge and drizzle on the trifle.

Brownie cheesecake trifle drizzled with hot fudge topping in a glass trifle bowl next to a stainless steel spoon on a wooden surface (vertical)

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle Leftovers

Storage: The brownie cheesecake trifle needs to stay refrigerated. Cheesecake filling, because of the ingredients, needs to stay cool. If you have leftovers, cover and store in the refrigerator. It should last for 2-3 days.

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 23, 2021

Last Updated On: December 3, 2023

Brownie cheesecake trifle drizzled with hot fudge topping in a glass trifle bowl next to a stainless steel spoon on a wooden surface

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle

Layer brownies with a cheesecake filling to make Brownie Cheesecake Trifle, a dessert anyone with a sweet tooth will devour.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cool Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Vegetarian
Keyword:
brownies
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cheesecake
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cream cheese
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dessert
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trifle
Dietary Needs:
Nut-Free
Servings: 8
5 from 9 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 box brownie mix (plus ingredients)
  • 8 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 oz hot fudge topping

Instructions

  • Bake the brownies according to the package, using the cake-like option if available, and let cool
  • Use an electric mixer to combine the cream cheese, heavy whipping cream, sugar, powdered sugar, lemon juice, and vanilla extract until smooth
  • Use a fork to coarsely crumble the brownies
  • Put 1/3 of the brownies in the bottom of a trifle bowl
  • Cover with 1/2 of the cheesecake filling
  • Put another layer of 1/3 of the brownie mixture
  • Layer with the remaining cheesecake filling
  • Garnish with remaining brownies
  • Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight
  • Just before serving, warm the hot fudge and drizzle on the trifle
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Nutrition Facts
Brownie Cheesecake Trifle
Amount Per Serving (0.5 cup)
Calories 584 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 15g75%
Cholesterol 72mg24%
Sodium 338mg14%
Potassium 103mg3%
Carbohydrates 74g25%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 51g57%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 818IU16%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Brownie Cheesecake Trifle FAQs

What is a trifle?

Traditionally, a trifle is an English dessert of sponge cake, fruit, and custard. Now, it usually refers to any dessert with layers of something cake-like, creamy, and often fruit.
Src: https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/what-is-a-trifle/

What type of brownie works best?

You can use any brownie, but I usually buy the Duncan Hines brand brownies. If you can find one that has the “cake-like” option, go with that one. It needs to be crumbly, not fudge-like.

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42 thoughts on “Layered Chocolate Brownie Cheesecake Trifle”

  1. We love brownies and we love cheesecake! This will be devoured by our family too. Such a delicious and easy to make dessert.

  2. 5 stars
    I need this! I’m a HUGE brownie fan but I’ve never seen it in a trifle!!! I’m going to get the stuff and make it this weekend and I can’t wait!

  3. 5 stars
    You know my heart, brownies, and cheesecake! This looks super easy to make but I would have to make brownies from scratch as we don:t have brownie mix here in Japan.

  4. 5 stars
    This is a delicious trifle! My family absolutely loved it…such an elegant and delicious way to serve up brownies!

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