Easy Pie Trifle Dessert in a trifle bowl.

Easy Pie Trifle Dessert

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This Easy Pie Trifle Dessert is luscious, made with chunks of baked pie layered with a mascarpone cream filling and your favorite syrupy sauce. Garnish with pie crust crumbs, and you’ve got a super-easy dish that’s an ever-present help in time of need!

A serving of Easy Pie Trifle Dessert in a white dish with a spoon.

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Trifle Help

Trifles are my favorite desserts to make because they are:

  • made ahead of time and refrigerated
  • easy to assemble with already made items
  • filled with cold creamy flavor
  • entertaining with their endless ingredient combinations
Easy Pie Trifle Dessert in a trifle bowl.

Isn’t it lovely? I always get “Oohs!” and “Ahs!” when I bring one in a trifle bowl to the table. They are very rewarding without a lot of work. This helps out when there’s not a lot of time to spare for a crowd-pleasing dessert.

Many Options For Easy Pie Trifle

The pie trifle dessert is new to me. The first few times I served this dish it was well liked, but no one could figure out what was in it.

A blueberry pie on a white tray with half of it cut into small squares.

I told them it was made with pies from the bakery at the grocery store. How much easier can it be? You start by cutting them into squares and lining the bottom of a trifle bowl. You can use any kind of pie you desire, even a combination of flavors. 

Make a mascarpone cream mixture with cinnamon and nutmeg (or you can omit the spice altogether) and cover the pie pieces. Click here for a cinnamon whipped cream filling from my Fig Cake recipe if you’re interested in a lighter version without the mascarpone cheese. Either way is yummy!

A layer of pie chunks with cream topping for Easy Pie Trifle Dessert.

Next comes any flavor of sauce that compliments your pies. An example is using caramel and chocolate sauces with pecan pies for the taste of turtle candy. Our family likes the pecan pie with caramel sauce in their trifle best. The nuts add more texture and flavor.

Spooning caramel sauce on top of layer of whipped cream.

After repeating these layers two more times top with some of the crumbled edges from the pie crust on top and refrigerate. 

Sprinkling crumbs on top of caramel sauce.
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Easy Pie Trifle Dessert in a trifle bowl.

Easy Pie Trifle Dessert

A luscious dessert made with chunks of pie layered with a mascarpone cream filling and caramel sauce. 

  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x



8 ounces mascarpone cheese

1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream

2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional

2 regular size baked pies, any flavor

Pie crust crumbs reserved for garnishing the top of trifle

9 tablespoons  caramel sauce or other flavored toppings


Place mascarpone in a large mixing bowl and beat with the whisk attachment until cheese is creamed.

Add the whipping cream, vanilla, and spices (if using them) into the creamed cheese and beat for 1 – 2 minutes on high or until the mixture is smooth and firm.

Cut pie into small squares and layer 1/3 of the pieces on the bottom of a trifle bowl reserving some of the pie crust edges for garnish.

Spread 1/3 of the cream mixture onto the pie pieces.

Spread 3 tablespoons of the sauce onto the cream.

Repeat layers 2 more times.

Sprinkle pie crust crumbles on top of trifle for garnish.

Refrigerate until ready to serve.



Use the same kind of pies or different flavors (maybe from leftover dessert) that compliment each other. 

Make smaller trifles with leftover pie.

Vanilla bean paste gives the cream a richer taste compared to the vanilla extract.

Do not overbeat the cream filling. It only takes a minute or two for it to get firm.

Add some chocolate and caramel sauce when using pecan pies for the taste of turtle candy.

  • Author: Louisiana Woman
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: trifle dessert

I hope this Easy Pie Trifle Dessert helps you out next time you need dessert in a pinch of time or just want a sweet and luscious treat. Here’s another pie you might like, Pecan Pie Plasir. Click it to see the recipe.

A collage of a pie and cream maid into a trifle.

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  1. Ms. Kay, I’ve made this twice! First time I made it, I used pecan pie with caramel and chocolate sauce. My family loved it!!
    The second time (Sunday) I used apple pie with caramel sauce. Oh my goodness! It was so good! My girls couldn’t decide which they liked better. My youngest, Becky said, “Mom, you just need to make each one again so we can make up our minds!”
    I will be making this again! I was thinking also that cherry pie with chocolate sauce would be really good. I was also thinking about using a strawberry pie made with fresh strawberries in the summer…maybe with chocolate syrup?
    Thanks for all the wonderful recipes and especially the stories! I enjoy them as much as I do the recipes!!

    • Yay! I’m so glad you are enjoying the recipes, it’s my pleasure to share with you. I love how easy trifles are and your combinations sound amazing with the cherry or strawberry and chocolate combinations. Thanks for letting me know!

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