Tropical Ambrosia Trifle Bowl

A wonderful summertime dessert that will make you feel like you are sitting on a beach somewhere.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 25 mins
12 servings


  • 20 large marshmallows, halved

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided

  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar

  • 1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, well drained

  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • 1 (12 ounce) loaf frozen pound cake, thawed and cubed

  • 1 (16 ounce) bag frozen mango chunks, pieces cut into fourths

  • 1 cup chopped macadamia nuts, toasted


  1. Melt marshmallows with 1/4 cup heavy cream in the top of a double boiler over simmering water, stirring frequently until smooth, about 5 to 7 minutes. Set aside to cool completely.

  2. Beat remaining 1 3/4 cups heavy cream in a glass or metal bowl until foamy. Gradually add confectioners' sugar, continuing to beat until soft peaks form. Lift your beater or whisk straight up: the cream will form soft mounds. Gently fold pineapple, coconut, vanilla extract, and cooled marshmallow into whipped cream.

  3. Layer about half the pound cake cubes in a trifle bowl. Spread about half the whipped cream over the pound cake and scatter about half the quartered mango chunks over the cream. Sprinkle about half the macadamia nuts over the mangoes. Repeat layers. Chill for 2 to 3 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

442 Calories
31g Fat
42g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 442
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 39%
Saturated Fat 15g 77%
Cholesterol 117mg 39%
Sodium 157mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 42g 15%
Dietary Fiber 3g 9%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 11mg 54%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 219mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.