Creamy Berry Trifle is the ultimate dessert! It’s filled with sponge cake, homemade custard, three kinds of berries and fluffy whipped cream. It’s a no-bake treat that will be a hit at your next gathering!
Fresh berries, lightly whipped cream, thick homemade pudding, moist cake — this fruit trifle dessert is packed with some of our favorite things. It’s an impressive dish to take to your next barbecue. Warm weather and fresh berries just go so well together, right? When you add a little homemade whipped cream and custard, you can’t go wrong. Your guests will be amazed at how gorgeous and delicious this little dessert is. It’s also very easy to assemble after you’ve done a little prep work! The hardest part will be having the patience to let it cool before you can enjoy it. It’s a relatively light dessert, so perfect for a picnic or outdoor party.
Frozen vs Fresh Berries:
While frozen berries generally work well for baking, go for fresh in our Berry Trifles recipe. Today, traditional recipes involve warming the berries in a saucepan with jam and a little lemon juice. If you want to make an English fruit trifle, you can substitute frozen ones for fresh berries. As a rule of thumb, when working with a no-bake recipe like this, fresh is always better.
Store-bought vs. homemade whipped cream and pudding:
We are obsessing over our homemade whipped cream and custard included in this recipe. It’s so satisfying to know exactly what ingredients you’re putting in your food, and we’re here for that! That said, in a pinch, you can absolutely use store-bought whipped cream and custard in your little dessert.
Can I use store bought cake?
Again, buying from the store is always fine if you are short on time. This fruit trifle recipe uses Rachel’s perfect angel cake recipe. If you have time, we encourage you to try baking yourself!
Is there alcohol in trifles?
Traditional English recipes sometimes contain alcohol. The cake is soaked in sherry to add even more flavor. If you want to make this cake kid-friendly or just don’t like the idea of adding alcohol, you can definitely skip it. Our berry trifle recipe is non-alcoholic.
Serving bowl options:
Nothing at home? No problem! No need to run to the store and pick one up. Unless you plan on becoming a fruit trifle lover, there’s no pressure to serve yours in a special dish. You can just use a deep glass bowl. Always try to use a clear bowl – admiring the different layers of your little dessert is one of the best parts of making (and eating) this dish!
Easy to make variations:
This is a berry trifle recipe, but there are tons of variations out there! Here are some of our favorites for you to try right now:
- Use a different pudding flavor: Chocolate, lemon or cheesecake come to mind!
- Use a different type of cake: You can use pound cake, sponge cake, or even chocolate cake for a decadent, double-chocolate treat.
- Add more fruit: Peaches, nectarines or even mangoes go wonderfully with the berries.
Troubleshooting: Should I add beef to Creamy Berry Trifle?
No. Even if your friends (including the entire Geller family) pretend to like it, it doesn’t taste good. If you happen to be friends with Joey, he will inevitably eat it. We’re joking, but seriously… beef in a fruit trifle is a big no-go!
Make Ahead Instructions:
You can definitely prepare your dessert a day before serving. In fact, some chefs swear by making this dessert ahead of time! It gives the flavors ample time to come together for even more delicious results. We recommend that you serve yours between 2 and 24 hours after making it. For best results, wait until just before eating to add the top layer of whipping cream and berries.
This berry trifle recipe is best eaten fresh, or at least within 24 hours of preparation. If you end up with some leftovers (which is unlikely—people devour this stuff!), wrap the serving bowl tightly in plastic wrap before placing in the fridge. It can be kept for up to 3 days.
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