A classic dessert from across the pond, the English Trifle is an easy, flavorful dessert to make for spring and summer parties. It’s got layers of fresh fruit, cubed cake, sweet pudding, and whipped cream. It’s ideal for potluck or outdoor parties, a perfect serve-yourself delight! Use this recipe, or get creative make a variation with your own favorite flavors.
1 white cake, baked but not frosted (angel food, pound, or white cake work great)
2 pints fresh strawberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 pints fresh blueberries
4 large bananas
1/4 cup orange juice
1 (3.5 oz) package vanilla pudding
2 cups milk
2 cups heavy whipping cream
sliced, toasted almonds (for garnish)
Prepare vanilla pudding with the milk and allow to set. Cut the cake into 1-inch cubes and set aside. Wash, hull, and slice strawberries into a mixing bowl. Sprinkle sugar on them and stir to evenly coat. Slice bananas into another mixing bowl and toss with orange juice to evenly coat. In a large mixing bowl, whip the cream on high speed until stiff peaks form. Take one large scoop of whip cream and fold it into the pudding. In a glass bowl or trifle dish, place half the cake cubes in the bottom, followed by half the strawberries, half the blueberries, half the bananas, and half of the pudding. Repeat the layers with the remaining ingredients, then top with a thick layer of whipped cream and a sprinkle of toasted almonds. Chill before serving.
HINT: This is a perfect dessert to make if you have a cake that fell apart or somehow cooked unevenly. This dessert can hide a number of mistakes and come out tasting impeccable!