I LOVE donuts, and I’m not prejudice against any kind, any brand or any flavor. Are you with me? Cake, yeast, vanilla, chocolate, blueberry, lemon, red velvet…
Awhile back I developed an amazing recipe for my “Chew This” column, for a donut bread pudding. It is still, to this day, one of my most popular recipes. Try it – and you’ll see why… (Recipe here: https://blaisethebaker.com/2015/04/19/chew-this-jacks-donut-bread-pudding/) Words can’t describe how delicious and flavorful the finished product is!
I got to thinking – if I could improve a yeast donut, why not try and improve a cake donut!?
My friend, Travis Bowman, owns and operates the very successful bakery, “Bowman Bakery”. (Link here: http://www.bowmanbakery.com/) I highly recommend EVERYTHING he makes – seriously! Everything is wonderful…
I decided to use his red velvet cake donuts for this recipe, but in all honesty, you could use any flavor of his cake donuts and this trifle would still turn out incredible.
Red Velvet Donut Trifle
6 cake donuts, but into 6/8 pieces each
2 packages (3.56 oz. each) “Hershey” brand white chocolate instant pudding
3 cups whole milk
1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup white granulated sugar
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Find a large, decorative glass bowl and place a layer of the cut up donuts into the bottom.
Next, make the pudding by combining both white chocolate instant pudding mixes, into a large sized bowl, whisking in the whole milk until no granules are left. Let stand for five minutes at room temperature.
In another large sized bowl, mix together the cream cheese, white granulated sugar, pure vanilla extract and salt. Stir together until thoroughly mixed and incorporated. Set aside.
In another bowl, whisk the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form and set aside.
Now you are ready to start layering.
On top of the layer of donuts, place a little of the white chocolate pudding, then the cream cheese mixture, then the whipped cream. Continue to layer donuts, white chocolate pudding, cream cheese mixture, whipped cream… and end with the whipped cream. If desired, place a couple of the chopped up donuts on top for decoration.
Place in the refrigerator for about 6 hours.
Remove and serve.