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Judy's Raspberry Trifle

Jim Franco
Yield Makes 6 servings
My sister, Judy, has made this recipe for the holidays for as long as I can remember. She makes one large trifle, but I like to make individual ones in glasses so you can see the layers of fruit and cream. Make this ahead so the cake absorbs the flavors of the cream and berries. Prep: 20 minutes, Cook: 8 minutes, Chill: 4 hours.


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dry Marsala wine, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups whipping cream, chilled
  • 6 slices pound cake
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam
  • 2 pints fresh raspberries

How to Make It

  1. Beat egg yolks and sugar in a heat-resistant bowl on high speed with an electric mixer until well blended. Beat in 1/4 cup Marsala. Place over pot of simmering water, not allowing bowl to touch water. Beat about 8 minutes or until mixture triples in volume and temperature reaches 160°. Let cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally.

  2. Beat cream to soft peaks in a separate bowl, and add remaining 1/4 cup Marsala, beating until stiff peaks form. Reserve 1 cup whipped cream, and gently fold remaining whipped cream into yolk mixture.

  3. Spread each cake slice evenly with jam. Divide half of cream mixture evenly into 6 serving glasses. Add 1 slice of cake to each glass. Divide 1 pint raspberries evenly over cake. Add another layer of filling. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. Just before serving, top trifles with reserved whipped cream and remaining 1 pint raspberries.