Berry Trifle

My kids have been craving trifle for months and have been asking me to make it for a while now, but it’s hard to make a small trifle just enough for a family of five. Trifle has layers of pound cake, berries, and cream that is all made to look pretty and gorgeous, and one can’t get that beautiful looking trifle without making a large dramatic bowl of it. That’s why I’ve been waiting for someone to ask me to make dessert for their party so I can take a giant bowl of trifle. The request finally came this past weekend from my cousin Meera for our holiday dinner gathering and I can honestly say that the trifle I made looked amazing and tasted amazing too!

I soaked layers of pound cake in a jam and wine syrup, then topped it with berries and fresh whipped cream.  It’s like summer in a bowl in the middle of winter. And you know the best part? It’s the easiest dessert to make!! I bought readymade pound cake, a jar of jam, fresh berries, and the only “work” was whipping the cream with vanilla and honey. Then the fun part of layering the dessert starts.  Beautiful, delicious and easy to make, this dessert is always a hit at any party! Here is my variation of berry trifle.

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Berry Trifle
serves 20-25

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tbsp honey for every 1 cup of cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla for every 1 cup of cream
  • 2 store bought pound cakes cut into pieces
  • 3 pints raspberries
  • 2 pints strawberries cut into quarters
  • 1 12oz jar of jam any variety – strawberry, raspberry or any fruit jam
  • 3 cups sweet wine or port
  • ½ cup sugar

Directions:

  • In a pot warm together wine, jam and sugar until the sugar is dissolved and jam is soft and incorporated into the wine.  Let it cool.
  • Whip together honey, vanilla and cream in 1 cup of cream batches until cream is thick and fluffy. Do this for each cup of cream. Set aside.
  • Get ready to layer the trifle. Place cake on first layer, pour the jam mixture over the cake, and then evenly distribute the berries on top, next top with whipped cream.  Add another layer of cake, pour the jam mixture, distribute berries, then spread the cream. Keep doing this until the trifle bowl is filled and you’ve used up all the ingredients.

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  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Happy Dessert Eating!

16 thoughts on “Berry Trifle”

  1. If it is even possible, it left overs tastes even more amazing!!! Perfectly soaked pound cake 😉 Delicious.

  2. Thank you for sharing this recipe. The pictures look amazing. We are hosting a Christmas Eve dinner tomorrow night. I wanted to make your trifle cake tonight so that the cake has time to soaks in the wine/jam. However if I start layering it tonight, the wine/jam will blend into the whipped cream & that white layer won’t look so good by tomorrow! Thoughts? Is there a way to soak the cake in later tomorrow?

    1. Hi! Thanks for reaching out. So when I made the trifle I made it at 4pm for dinner that night and the cake had soaked in the wine syrup just fine. So you can even make it the morning of your dinner and the cake will soak up the wine syrup nicely without any issues. I bought my poundcake from Safeway I find their cakes are moist and soft and work well for triffle

      As for the syrup getting into the cream, if the cream is whipped nice and thick, it holds up really well and nothing can go through it! I used my kitchenaid mixer and let it run for 7-10 minutes and I got nice stiff peaks of cream.

      Also, just make sure to layer in the order that I specify – cake, wine syrup, berries and then the cream, cake, wine syrup, berries – and so on. Placing the berries on top of the wine soaked cake and then adding cream keeps the cream nice and white.

      Hope this helps! Great question, I think I’ll add your comment and my answer in the recipe!

      please let me know how it turned out!! Merry Christmas!

    2. Thanks so much for your response!! I didn’t expect to hear from you till after the holidays, so thank you! I was just about to soak the pound cake separately and layer tomorrow, but your clarification really helps! I’ll make sure I have the correct layering order and do it in the morning. Thanks again!

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