Grandma’s English Trifle

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. + chilling


10 servings

Updated: Feb. 10, 2022
This scrumptious trifle recipe is a family heirloom. My grandmother would make an enormous dish of it for Saturday night dinners when they often had guests. If there were leftovers, they'd eat that English trifle dessert every night that week until it was gone! —Ruth Verratti, Gasport, New York
Grandma's English Trifle Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 prepared loaf pound cake or 1 package (10-3/4 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 package (3 to 3-1/2 ounces) regular or instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • Slivered almonds
  • Maraschino cherries, halved


  1. Slice pound cake in half horizontally. Spread with jam and replace top of cake. Slice cake into 9 pieces. Line the sides and fill the center of a 2-qt. glass serving bowl with cake pieces. Prepare pudding with milk. Pour over cake. Chill. Beat cream and sugar until soft peaks form; spread over cake and pudding. Chill at least 4 hours. Garnish with almonds and cherries.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 292 calories, 16g fat (10g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 176mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.