English Trifle

English Trifle


Thank you to Mothering member fmorris28 for contributing this recipe. Find more recipes here.


One of the great things about being part English is getting to taste an authentic English trifle. I’ve loved this since I was a kid, and so has everyone else I made it for! It’s great for a frugal dessert that not only you, but the kids can enjoy making (omit liquor if serving to children).  It’s fun, quick, easy, and doesn’t take ages to make! This recipe usually makes about 5-10 servings … depending how big your pieces are.



  • 1/2 pound cake in your choice of flavor
  • 1 serving Bird’s Custard (or any ready made custard or vanilla pudding)
  • 2 cans fruit cocktail or your choice of freshly sliced fruits
  • 1 package Strawberry or Orange Jell-O
  • 3 to 4 tbsp sweet sherry or Jamaican Rum (for extra kick)
  • Cool whip or whipped cream


Cut pound cake into medium sized pieces and place in bottom of large trifle bowl or large serving bowl. Place cut pieces and place in bowl add both cans of fruit cocktail on top of pound cake pieces. Pour sherry or Rum on pound cake and let soak while preparing the Jell-O. Once the Jell-O is prepared pour it all over the pound cake and make sure it’s all covered. Place trifle in the fridge long enough for Jell-O to set. Prepare custard according to package, and let cool slightly, but not too long or else it will get thick. Pour custard over the entire trifle and let it disperse. Once again, refrigerate until the custard has set. When ready to serve add whipped topping and fresh fruit or almond flakes to garnish. Yum!


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