Lemon Pudding Trifle

Prep 15 mins
Add'l 4 hrs
Total 4 hrs 15 mins
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Layers of fluffy and creamy lemon pudding, zesty lemon curd, and vanilla wafer cookies combine to create this tasty Lemon Pudding Trifle. It’s a wonderful, no-bake dessert, served chilled making it an easy summer dessert for a hot day!

Lemon Pudding Trifle

If you are looking for a bright and refreshing lemon dessert for Summer, I present to you this gorgeous Lemon Pudding Trifle! Each layer is delicious and once combined, it’s simply irresistible.

We start with layers of sweet and velvety lemon pudding, then we add in layers of zesty lemon curd and sweet vanilla wafer cookies. To top it all of, you add a dollop of homemade whip cream right on top.

The lemon curd and lemon pudding pair perfectly together, but the vanilla wafer cookies bring it all together. They soften and soak up some of the moisture from the vanilla pudding and lemon curd, making them my favorite layers.

You serve this lemon pudding chilled, so it’s the perfect make ahead dessert or dessert to take to a party. You can make it in one large trifle bowl, a 9×13 casserole dish or even in individual trifles in personal serving sizes! No matter how you serve it, I promise there won’t be leftovers!

Ingredients for lemon pudding in white bowls.


  • Instant Lemon Pudding
  • Whole Milk
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Lemon Curd: store bought or homemade lemon curd
  • Vanilla Wafers: you can also use graham crackers

I like to use homemade whipped cream in my lemon pudding, but you can also use cool whip if you prefer it!

Lemon pudding in a white bowl with a whisk.
Whipped cream in a white bowl with a spatula.

How To Make Lemon Pudding Trifle

Mix: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together powdered pudding mix, milk, and condensed milk until smooth. Let sit for 3 minutes. 

Beat: In a separate large bowl, beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into pudding mix, until smooth.

Overhead image of a trifle bowl with vanilla wafers.
Lemon Curd spread on top of vanilla wafers in a glass trifle.

Assemble: In a trifle bowl (or 8 individual mason jars) assemble pudding. First, lay 1/3 of vanilla wafers across bottom of bowl.

Top with 1/3 of lemon curd, spreading it into an even layer. Cover with 1/3 of pudding mixture. Continue with 2 more layers, reserving a little lemon curd to use as garnish.

Whip cream spread around a glass trifle bowl.
Side view of a trifle with lemon pudding and vanilla wafer cookies with whip cream on top.

Refrigerate: Cover pudding and let it rest in refrigerator for at least 4 hours before serving. Can be made up to a day ahead. 

A trifle filled with lemon curd, pudding and vanilla wafer cookies.

The Secret Ingredient

The secret to this extra creamy lemon pudding is sweetened condensed milk. It’s one of those things that just can’t be replaced. It brings a sweetness and creamy texture that no other ingredient can give. 

Sure the pudding is already sweet, but adding the sweetened condensed milk gives it such a luscious, velvety texture. It honestly makes this lemon pudding 10x better!

Homemade Whipped Cream vs Cool Whip

This is 100% a personal choice and I know many people feel strongly about this. If you want the 90’s version of a lemon pudding trifle that your mom probably made, then I recommend you use cool whip. If you would like a richer version, use real whipped cream. I personally think it’s so worth that extra step of beating the whip cream yourself.

What If I Don’t Have Vanilla Wafers?

If you don’t have vanilla wafers you can also use graham crackers in this recipe. The flavor and texture will be slightly different, but it will still be delicious!

Lemon pudding with a scoop taken out of it.

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4 Responses
    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Hi Eve! I’m sorry, I’m not sure as I am in the US. I’d recommend any sweet cracker or any dry mild vanilla cookie should do.

  1. Marla Silius

    This recipe lists the ingredients, but not how much of each ingredient. I want to try making the Lemon Pudding Trifle, but I can’t guess how much of each ingredient.

    1. A woman holding a camera standing in front of some shelves.

      Hi Marla! I developed this recipe for Dixie Crystals, so the recipe is on their site. I know it’s a pain to click through, but if I don’t share them here, I know you will all miss out on some more of my recipes I think you will still enjoy! So, just click that button at the bottom of the post that says RECIPE and it will take you right to the recipe!

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