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A decadent treat in a cocktail glass? I am here to hook you up with this creamy, coffee kissed, mini trifle dessert in our White Russian Mini Trifle Dessert.

White Russian Mini Trifle on a cutting board with 4 pieces of vanilla bread. It is on a white cloth with a spoon and a grater.

The White Russian cocktail just screams for a dessert to be made in its honor and I think I have just the thing in our White Russian Mini Trifle Dessert. We honor our classic White Russian recipe with this dessert take on the drink. 

This adult dessert recipe has all the flavors of a White Russian, plus some extra tastiness. This trifle is part of our series on the White Russian cocktail and this recipe is an homage to the flavors of the classic drink. Enjoy our White Russian Mini Trifle Dessert or check out out our Classic White Russian recipe.

How is This Dessert Like a Trifle?

Wikipedia defines a trifle as follows:

Trifle in English cuisine is a dessert made with fruit, a thin layer of sponge fingers soaked in sherry or another fortified wine, and custard. It can be topped with whipped cream.

Many modern takes on trifles include chocolate flavors where fruit is foregone in preference for chocolate or other ingredients. We are following in this strain of experimentation for our mini trifle and adding the flavors we want in a layer of pudding.

I really strived to bring the elements of a White Russian Cocktail to this dessert. Cream, vodka, and coffee liqueur are the elements we are looking for and I think I found them!

Alcohol Soaked Cake For Mini Trifle

While the traditional trifle has a layer of sponge fingers that are soaked in sherry, we are going to change that up a bit. We are adding chunks of a vanilla sponge cake and instead of soaking them in sherry, we are going to spritz them with vodka. That vodka adds an element of the White Russian cocktail to our trifle dessert and brings us a bit closer to capturing the spirit of the drink in dessert form.

Kahlua Pudding

I was really excited for this element of our White Russian dessert and thought that just maybe I could add Kahlua to a normal instant pudding and it would set. I was absolutely correct. The recipe on the box calls for adding two cups of milk. I removed ¼ of a cup of whole milk and replaced it with ¼ of a cup of Kahlua liqueur. It sets just fine! We have both vodka and coffee liqueur flavors in this dessert.

One thing to note on this is that while the vanilla pudding we used set just fine with Kahlua if we stored it in the fridge overnight, it appeared that the alcohol did separate. I was able to stir it in a bit with no problem, but this is something to be a little aware of.


The last element of a white russian that needs to be added is cream. What better way to add a cream element to a dessert than with Whipped Cream? We made our own, but any whipped cream would work for this dessert. Not only is it typical of a trifle, but cream is an important element of the White Russian Cocktail!

Mini Trifle vs Trifle

Another element that defines a trifle is a trifle dish. First, I wanted to make something that just my wife and I could enjoy. Second, I wanted to help give this White Russian inspired dessert an element of adulting. I thought a cocktail glass would help blend the ideas of a trifle and White Russian. Another option would be to order some mini trifle glasses, which do exist. I opted for the cocktail glasses that we already have in stock.

Chocolate Topping Shavings

I thought a nice touch on top would be to shave a bit of chocolate on top of this dessert. Not only does it add a touch of chocolate flavor, I think it really rounds off the look. Chocolate syrup would also work very nicely.

cut bread in the bottom of a cocktail glass after vodka has been sprinkled on top.
Adding layer of pudding on top of cut bread. There is a whipped cream container and my knife on the cutting board below.
Adding Whipped Cream to the dessert.
White Russian Mini Truffle with kahlua and vodka in the background. I am grating chocolate over the drink as a garnish.
Close up of the Kahlua dessert in a cocktail glass and a spoon dipping into this yummy dessert!

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This White Russian Mini Trifle Dessert really was a fun experiment. I was able to play around with pudding, vodka, and desserts. How great is that!? Not to mention, I think I successfully brought the spirit and flavors of a White Russian cocktail to a dessert that can be enjoyed by any adult. If you like this recipe, let me know in the comment section below! Make sure to follow me on Instagram and Pinterest!

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White Russian Mini Trifle on a cutting board with 4 pieces of vanilla bread. It is on a white cloth with a spoon and a grater.

White Russian Mini Trifle Dessert

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  • Author: Ben Myhre
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 Dessert 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Chilling
  • Cuisine: American
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Let’s mash up trifle desserts and a White Russian cocktail! These White Russian Mini Trifles are great boozy adult desserts with the spirit of the classic cocktail


  • 1 Ounce Vanilla Sponge Cake
  • ½ Ounce Vodka
  • ¼ Cup Kahlua Pudding (See Notes)
  • ¼ Cup Whipped Cream
  • Chocolate (optional)


  1. Cut Cake into small squares and place at the bottom of a martini glass
  2. Soak vodka into the cake for 2 minutes
  3. Add Layer of Kahlua Pudding
  4. Top With Whipped Cream
  5. Sprinkle Chocolate on top (optional
  6. Serve!

For Kahlua Pudding:

  1. Make a package of Instant Vanilla Pudding per box, EXCEPT replace 1/4 cup of the Milk with Kahlua

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  1. Instant pudding? I suppose you’re going to tell me that you used store-bought cocktail glasses, too. When I make my mini white Russian trifles, I use glass hand-blown by mini Russians, and a home-made pudding that I infuse with alcohol that I’ve distilled from grain I grow on my rooftop garden. Hahah! Actually, this is inspirational. I’ve never thought about making single-serving trifles. (I often make trifles out of epic cake fails.) What a great idea. It seems like it’d be a nice end to a romantic dinner.

  2. I love individual desserts and this trifle is right up my alley 🙂 Love that kahlua pudding and the vodka soaked cake layer. Yummy!!

  3. I am sooo ready for this dessert – it looks decadent and is an absolute must try! And the flowers add so much to the recipe aesthetics.

    1. Wow that really looks decadent! Love individual desserts like these! That kahlua pudding sounds yumm! A drizzle of chocolate on top sure makes it Sinful!