Old English Trifle

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. + chilling


12 servings (1 cup each)

Updated: Feb. 02, 2023
Loaded with cake cubes and fruit, an old English trifle is always welcome at a holiday dinner. The creamy, homemade custard is well worth the effort. —Nancy O'Connor, Glen Ridge, New Jersey


  • 2 cups cubed sponge cake
  • 5 macaroon cookies, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons sherry or orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons brandy or orange juice
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup sliced peeled fresh or frozen peaches, thawed
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. In a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks and sugar until blended. Stir in 1-3/4 cups cream. Cook over low heat about x-x minutes or until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and a thermometer reads at least 160°, stirring constantly but gently, about 10 minutes. Do not allow to boil. Immediately transfer to a bowl. Place bowl in an ice-water bath for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate until cold.
  2. Place cake cubes and crumbled cookies in a 3-qt. glass bowl. Drizzle with sherry and brandy. Layer the raspberries, strawberries and peaches over crumbled cookies; spoon custard over fruit. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  3. In a large bowl, beat remaining 1-1/4 cups cream until stiff peaks form. Pipe or spoon over custard; sprinkle with almonds.