How to Build a Trifle {Recipe}

 Today my friend Barb from A Life in Balance is back with another great guest post. I have had a trifle bowl in my dining room china cabinet for a really long time (like 10 years long) and have not used it a single time. I am not sure how I inherited this bowl and it takes up a lot of space. Barb is chatting trifles today and I can’t wait to break out my bowl now! 

Building a Trifle out of a few simple ingredients like custard, whipped cream, fruit, and cake can be a lot of fun. Vary the ingredients and build infinite varieties of trifles.

Key to the building of a trifle is a deep bowl. This keeps the layers thick, allowing the cook’s creative side to come through in the building of the layers. If you need a deep bowl for a trifle, check out your local thrift shop. I always find a good bowl for trifle at my local Goodwill. You can also use the deep bowl to make a fancy schmancy fruit salad.

How to Build a Trifle

History of the Trifle

First published in the 16th century, the word trifle originally referred to a thick cream with flavoring. Shortly afterwards eggs were added to make custard which was then poured over alcohol-soaked bread. The trifle as we know it today was born. However, what we know as the trifle didn’t appear in cookbooks until the 18th century.

How to Build a Trifle

Ingredients Needed

  • Cake: sponge, angel food, Genoise, ladyfingers, pound cake, or macaroon (preferably stale)
  • Whipped Cream
  • Fruit: fresh, canned, jam, or preserves
  • Custard
  • Optional: Alcohol

Layering the Trifle

Start with a layer of cake followed by custard and fruit. Pour the optional alcohol over the cake before adding the custard and fruit. Top with whipped cream. If you prefer, do 2 layers of cake, custard and fruit, topped with a layer of whipped cream. Some people use slices of fruit to decorate the sides of the bowl as they build the layers of trifle. Because the trifle is in a clear glass bowl, always consider the visual effect as you build your layers.

Trifle is a great year-round dessert. Vary the fruit according to the season to take advantage of the freshest fruit available. Use the trifle to showcase your own jam making efforts. For easy individual servings, make trifle in Ball freezer pint jars. The wide opening makes it easy to layer ingredients, plus you can add a cap and bring your trifle along on a summer picnic.

What’s your favorite trifle combination?

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Fruit Salad

Angel Food Cake

Carrot Cupcakes and Muffins

Gluten-Free Gingersnaps

How to Build a Trifle

Barb-profile Barb is a mom of 5 kids who spends her day keeping track of socks, stuffed animals, library books, and a 5 year old when she isn’t writing about all the frugality, gardening, cooking, and reading she manages to fit in between the chaotic moments. She can be found at A Life in Balance

About Lauryn Blakesley

A woman out to explore, celebrate, and enjoy everything that my community and living locally has to offer. Blessed with three beautiful children and an incredible husband, our family embraces adventure while dreaming of what is to come. Lover of knitting, running (although mostly after little ones right now), the color orange, fun accessories, fall, tea, and a clean kitchen floor. I spend my days in awe of my family and trying to teach my three to treat others as they would want to be treated.

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  1. LOVE trifles…thanks for the tips and tricks!

  2. Oh this looks DELISH!!!! I am scared it’s beyond my talent level but I would love to try it!
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  3. How delicious and deceptively easy is this?! Yum!
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  4. Perfect. I’ve got the perfect glass dish for this… now just gotta get the ingredients and get started.

  5. Trifle are my favorite thing EVER, except for truffles :) LOVE that you get to pretend you’re eating healthy lol
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  6. Looks amazing! Now, to hunt down a trifle dish…
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  7. Love Trifles!
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  8. look delicious! I will have to think about some vegan options to make one
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  9. YUMMY! What a pretty dessert! We make them for almost all of our holidays. Very lovely. Pretty and delicious. Great post, Barb.
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  10. I tried making one before and it did not turn out well! :( It didn’t look nearly as pretty as yours. But now I have trifle envy. I want to try again! Cool post, maybe I can get it right this time!

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