Malibu Rum Cake Trifle
Malibu Rum Cake Trifle

So you know those Hostess Snoballs, the pink coconut covered treats?

Mike swears that this trifle tastes exactly like them. Weirdly enough, this would never have been the trifle that I would have pegged as Mike’s favorite, especially since I put marshmallows in it.

This was a mistake trifle.

This was a ruined-my-coconut-rum-cake  creation. That’s what you do, when you ruin a cake. Make a trifle out of it. Bless you, trifle inventor. I only swore a bit when this cake stuck to the pan.

Ok fine. I swore a lot.


I was GOING to make a gorgeous coconut rum cake- which reminds me, that it still on the docket dang it!- but I had to turn it into a trifle and was totally sidetracked.

But hey, a boozy trifle? Yes please! The secret is in the sauce, ladies and gentleman. That gorgeous rum and butter sauce that you can see between the layers.


You can make this trifle one of two ways.

One. Make a white cake mix, add in two teaspoons of coconut flavoring, then add in a cup of flaked sweetened coconut. Done.

OR you can make a coconut bundt cake from scratch, then swear when it sticks to the pan and then turn it into a trifle.

Your choice. The homemade cake is dense and good in this trifle and cussing in the kitchen is always a good time!

The cake mix would be light and fluffy and wouldn’t be the same consistency, but I like to give you all options.

Should I write a list of appropriate cuss words too?

Oh, it’s always choose your own adventure with Magpie, isn’t it?

Happy Baking!

Love you more than cussing,



Easy and delicious coconut trifle that is made perfect with the addition of Malibu rum! #trifle #dessert #coconut #rum

5 from 1 vote
Malibu Rum Cake Trifle
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 15 mins
Easy and delicious coconut trifle that is made perfect with the addition of Malibu rum! 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: rum cake trifle
Servings: 12
Calories: 390 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup of Sour Cream
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  1. Kick the tires and light the fires and preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan and set aside.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.
  4. Cream together the butter and sugar mixture until light and fluffy with a stand mixer, using the paddle attachment.
  5. Add in the vanilla, mixing in completely.
  6. Add the eggs one at a time to the sugar mixture, beating well after each addition.
  7. Add the flour mixture and sour cream alternately and beat until well mixed.
  8. Mix in the coconut completely.
  9. Pout batter into a greased and flour bundt pan.
  10. Bake in a preheated oven for 55 minutes to an hour, or until a cake tester inserted in the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  11. Cool for 5 minutes then turn onto a wire baking rack to cool completely.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional values may vary.

Nutrition Facts
Malibu Rum Cake Trifle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 390 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 77mg 26%
Sodium 370mg 15%
Potassium 123mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 45g 15%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 28g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 12.6%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 4.7%
Iron 7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!


  1. Great recipe, but beware of how large your trifle bowl is. I have a large footed one. I had to double the whipped cream in order to even put a semi-thin layer three times. The amount listed couldn’t even begin to cover my bowl times three. Marshmallows too. I skipped top layer of marshmallows because one bag couldn’t even begin to cover three layers.

    • If this recipe doesn’t make enough to fill a trifle dish, use parfait glasses for individual servings.

  2. Joy Velozo Reply

    This sounds delicious! And I have certainly turned more than one can’t go on rolling into a trifle in my lifetime 😉 as for the cuss words, no help needed I think I made up a few new ones

  3. Mary-Anne Bureyko Reid Reply

    You making this all for yourself to take to the lake… Might need it…. 🙂

  4. The Kitchen Magpie Reply

    I’d make the cake mix so it’s easy and fast! You could make the bundt as well. Depends if you want light and fluffy or a little denser!

  5. Ida Pence Waterous Reply

    Oh yes – very similar to a pina colada cake recipe I had but I like this. Might bring to 4th of July party.

Write A Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Send this to a friend