Basic Trifle Recipe

Recipe by BirdyBaker
READY IN: 2hrs 45mins
SERVES: 10-12


  • 1
    pre-made cake
  • 2
    instant pudding mix (I use Bird's custard mix)
  • 2
    (1 lb) bags frozen fruit or (1 lb) bags fresh fruit
  • 13
    cup sugar
  • 12
    cup whipped cream
  • additional fresh fruit (to garnish)
  • 13
    1/3 cup juice or 1/3 cup water


  • Prepare pudding or custard according to directions and let cool.
  • Mix the fruit with the sherry.
  • Cut the cake into 1" chunks and place 1/2 of the chunks in the bottom of a trifle bowl.
  • Layer 1/2 of the fruit on top of the cake layer and top with 1/2 the pudding.
  • Repeat layering.
  • Top with whipped cream and garnish with fresh fruit.
  • Chill well before serving.
  • Variations.
  • To make a low fat trifle, use angel food cake, fat-free pudding and low fat whipped cream.
  • Strawberry Shortcake Trifle- Yellow or Angel food cake, custard and strawberries.
  • Black Forest Trifle- Chocolate cake, raspberries and custard.
  • Tropical Trifle- Angel food cake, mixed pineapple, mangoes, papayas, vanilla or lemon pudding. Sprinkle with shredded coconut.
  • Apples and cream Trifle- Spice Cake, Apple pie filling and custard.
  • Banana Creme Trifle- White or chocolate cake, Sliced Bananas, Custard.