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Grandma’s English Trifle

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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 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


  • 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.

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  • Sara
    Oct 25, 2019

    Nothing like an ''English'' trifle. English trifle is made using a thin base of vanilla sponge soaked in the juice of a can of pears mixed with a glass of sherry, jam spread on top, a layer of sliced canned pears, a layer of custard and a layer of whipped double cream sprinkled with toasted almonds and studded with glace cherries.

  • Cindy
    Jun 2, 2019

    Abealka there is no cream cheese in ingredients because this recipe does not use cream cheese.I loved this recipe especially cool for summer.If you don’t have a trifle bowl you can use a glass mixing bowl not as pretty but useable.

  • Rachel
    May 31, 2019

    I was thinking, if you can find it, Birds custard might be better than vanilla pudding. Cost Plus World Market sells it. But, it sounds good. I will have to acquire a trifle bowl.

    May 31, 2019

    Looks good but no mention In the ingredient list about the cream cheese?

  • Taygin
    Dec 4, 2012

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  • frankieb
    Jul 5, 2008

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