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Easy berry trifle recipe

Easy berry trifle recipe

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  • Dish type
  • Dessert
  • Trifle
  • Sherry trifle

Use your favourite fresh berries for this trifle recipe. The trifle has to chill for a few hours, but the preparation is very quick.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 1 ready made sponge cake
  • 8 tablespoons orange juice or sherry
  • 600g mixed berries
  • icing sugar
  • 500ml milk
  • 2 tablespoons custard powder
  • 6 tablespoons creme fraiche
  • 500ml whipping cream
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons vanilla sugar

MethodPrep:15min ›Extra time:3hr chilling › Ready in:3hr15min

  1. Cut the cake into 3cm cubes and place them on the bottom of a large trifle dish. Pour sherry or orange juice on top and let soak.
  2. Set a few berries aside for garnish. Sweeten remaining berries with icing sugar to taste.
  3. Prepare custard with 500ml milk as instructed on the packet. Let cool down some, stirring occasionally. Stir in creme fraiche.
  4. In a bowl beat cream with vanilla sugar, until stiff.
  5. Layer berries on top of the cake, spread the custard over it and spoon the whipped cream on top. Cover and chill in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours. Garnish with reserved berries and serve.


Make it even easier on yourself by using a tub of ready-made vanilla custard.

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Berry Trifle (easy, light, summery dessert)

Mixed berry trifle is the perfect low key summer dessert, and it is made with angel food cake, sweet creamy filling and strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.


Toss berries, 1/4 cup of the sugar and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla in large bowl. Set aside. Beat cream, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla and orange extract in large bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gently stir in sour cream.

Layer 2 cups angel food cake cubes, and 1/2 each of the berry mixture and whipped cream mixture in 2-quart glass serving bowl. Repeat layers. Cover.

Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with additional berries, if desired.

A trifle bowl is glass and usually has straight sides and a straight bottom so that the layers are displayed. You don’t have to own a trifle bowl (though it’s very pretty if you do!), but if you can find some sort of pretty, tall glass bowl- that works too. I bought a very basic trifle bowl on Amazon, and it’s perfect for this recipe.

It’s fresh. It’s simple. It’s so good. Make it a little less evil by using lowfat cream cheese and fat-free pound cake, if you’d like. Don’t worry at all about using store bought pound cake because NO ONE WILL KNOW! I don’t care for the frozen pound cake, so I usually look in my grocery store’s bakery to see if they sell sliced pound cake (they usually do).

To serve, just use a large spoon and dip it into the side of the trifle bowl to scoop up berries, cake and whipped cream from the bottom. Spoon it into a dish and pass out to your guests!

A Semi-Homemade Easy Berry Trifle

I’ve got a friend who’s one amazing baker. She goes by Benny’s Baker and makes the most insane desserts. She recently shared this triple berry trifle recipe that was made entirely from scratch. Including the lemon filling. I got inspired by this recipe, but realized I’m too lazy to make pudding from scratch. Let alone have the patience to bake an angel food cake and wait for it to cool (that’s the hardest part people). Taking inspiration from Benny’s Baker, I went ahead and made a semi-homemade version with Kozy Shack tapioca pudding (my favorite), store bought angel food cake and sliced berries. Yes, the cutting of the berries is the homemade part. Adding layer by layer, I created a mock version of her trifle. I know she won’t be impressed by this, but I’m impressed that I only ate one of these, and not both single serve trifles.

These easy berry trifles are perfect for summer time. Quickly whip them up for a quick dessert when company pops over. The single serve is what makes these so cute and fun, and throwing in a little American flag toothpick is kind of perfect for 4th of July too.

Patriotic Berry Trifle

I am a member of the Collective Bias® Social Fabric® Community. This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. If you are looking for easy dessert recipes this Patriot Berry Trifle is simple and festive! It goes perfectly with a steaming, hot cup of coffee.

I have a special place in my heart for our nation’s veterans. There is just something about the men and women in our military that makes me proud to be an American.

Maybe it’s because I come from a long line of veterans – my grandfathers, my father and my brother.

All of them were in the Army and all of them fought in wars, protecting our country and what we believe in.

I was always amazed when my family would get together and we would have three generations of veterans sitting at the dinner table. Three generations that fought in three separate wars – World War II, Vietnam and Operation Iraqi Freedom. That was special.

When my father passed away last summer, my son got to see his grandpa buried with military honors. He was impressed with the ceremony and honor that went along with the service.

To this day, he still asks questions about what it means to serve your country. During the Memorial Day holiday, I had my son sit down with my brother and learn about what it means to serve your country.

So, over a cup of coffee (and water for the little guy), my son and Uncle Dan talked about why he chose to serve his country and what it was like to serve in the military during war time.

In keeping with the festive theme, I made this festive Patriotic Berry Trifle – it’s one of my favorite easy dessert recipes. Chunks of soft, pound cake, topped with a lemon-scented cream and fresh strawberries and blueberries. It was so light and luscious.

I found this patriotic Coffee-mate liquid creamer too. Coffee-mate has decorated their French Vanilla and Hazelnut liquid creamer bottles and their Original powder creamer in patriotic stars and stripes.

These special Coffee-mate bottles will only be available at Walmart through Independence Day while supplies last.

Our chat with Uncle Dan was a great coffee-moment.

And, Coffee-mate is helping to make those special coffee moments even more meaningful. In this season that honors allegiance, they have joined with Operation Homefront in true support of those who have fought for our freedom. Operation Homefront provides a wide range of support for military families

They have decorated our creamer bottles in patriotic stars and stripes in tribute to those who serve(d).

This 4th of July join me in thanking our nation’s veteran for their selfless service. A simple thank you, means so much to them.

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Berry Trifle

  • Cake – Pound cake or angel food cake, store bought or homemade
  • Berries
  • Whipped cream
  • Jam
  • Vanilla pudding (optional)

The cake is moist and buttery, the berries are fresh and juicy, and the whipped cream is fluffy and decadent. This is the perfect combo of flavors and textures. If you’d like to also add a layer of vanilla pudding to your trifle, you can! Either make a box mix or use my homemade vanilla pudding recipe. I typically layer the pudding just above the bottom layer of berries.

Berry Trifle Make Ahead Tips:

  • You can make the cake days in advance and store it tightly covered in the freezer. Defrost it in the fridge before cutting it into cubes. Once you layer the cake with the berries and whipped cream no one will know the cake wasn’t freshly baked. It’ll be our little secret.
  • Wash your berries a few hours (up to a day) before assembling the trifle. Make sure they are completely dry before layering.
  • Whip the heavy cream up to 1 day in advance. If it loses a little volume, give it another quick whip before layering.
  • Adding pudding to your trifle? Make it up to 2 days in advance and leave it refrigerated until you are ready to layer it.

You can make this trifle in a large trifle dish or you can make individual portions in glasses or mason jars. You can also cut this recipe in half if you’re serving a smaller group.

Whether your celebrating Independence Day or just looking for a fabulous summer dessert, this trifle is sure to be a hit.


Easy Fresh Berry Trifle Recipe

Start with a store-bought angel food cake. A big one or the individual cakes. I found the individual ones at Costco. No pressure and fairly affordable.

For a full 13 x 9 pan, tear the whole cake into bite-size pieces. If you are making it in an eight or nine-inch square pan you probably only need about half the pan.

Or place the individual cakes on a serving platter.

Once the cake is ready, grab a package of instant vanilla pudding and two cups of cold milk. I might have used 1 ½ cups of evaporated milk with an additional ½ cup of milk.

Mix together with pudding mix for two minutes.

Now, if you like cream cheese, add about 4 ounces of softened cream cheese and about &frac23 of a container of cool whip.

I also add a teaspoon of vanilla. I really like the vanilla flavor.

Pour over the angel food cake pieces.

Pop in the fridge for a few minutes to let the pudding mixture set up a little.

Then cover with the remaining cool whip and an additional half a container. This is for a 13 x 9 pan again. If using a square pan, put a little less cool whip in the pudding and use remaining on top. Then begin to add the berries of choice. About 2 cups total of berries.

This a great recipe to make with kids. Little hands are perfect for berry placement.

And it is more fun to eat fresh berries when there is cool whip involved!

This tastes as pretty as it looks. I made it for our bible study group and had not a single serving left. Lick your pan clean goodness.

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How to Make a Berry Trifle

To make this angel food cake trifle, you’ll first need to whip up the cheesecake filling. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add in the sugar and vanilla and mix until combined, then add the heavy whipping cream and continue mixing until soft peaks form.

Then, it’s just a matter of layering the ingredients. Place half of the angel food cake pieces in the bottom of a large trifle dish, then spoon half the cheesecake mixture over top. Sprinkle with berries, then repeat this process once more.