Our Top Trifle Recipes
For a great make-ahead dessert that gets better the longer it sits, look no further than these fabulous trifle recipes. Some recipes require a no-cook approach, while others involve cake layers and decadent toppings. Choose a trifle that bests suits your needs for a truly unforgetable dessert to celebrate any special occasion, party, or even to just put an added note of sweetness onto any night of the week.
This decadent pear-and-caramel trifle is perfect for a party because it can be made a day ahead and it serves a crowd.
Cranberry Dreamsicle Trifle
Effortless to pull off? Check. Tastes better the longer it sits? Check. Make this beauty up to one day before company arrives.
Mexican Hot Chocolate Trifle
Top this rich trifle with a sprinkle of chocolate curls.
Ginger-Pumpkin Trifle with Vanilla Mascarpone Cream
Layers of pumpkin, mascarpone, crushed cookies, and a coffee mixture create this show-stopping holiday trifle.
Cherry Spice Cake Trifle
Make Ahead: Thaw Holiday Spice Cake layers, and prepare the recipe through Step 3. Assemble trifle the morning of Thanksgiving, and refrigerate. Remove 1 hour before serving.
This show-stopping layered dessert will be a hit at your next luncheon or shower.
Strawberry Zinfandel Trifle
Maggie Kademian's easy trifle is a classy dessert for a spring party. Prep and Cook Time: about 20 minutes, plus at least 1 hour to cool and 2 hours to chill.
Sticky Toffee Trifle with Cranberries
Notes: We've designed this gorgeous, gooey dessert to serve more than the other dishes in the menu, for the sake of filling a large trifle dish and having leftovers. The trifle has several components, all of which can be made ahead of time. You'll find plump, moist Medjool dates in the produce section of many supermarkets; if they're unavailable, use drier packaged dates.
Black Forest Trifle
Make a reduced-sugar trifle using sugar-free chocolate cake, sugar-free pudding, frozen cherries, and whipped topping. This classic make-ahead layered dessert is ideal for entertaining when you have guests that need to reduce their intake of sugar.
Loved ones will happily dig right into this decadent Lemon-Strawberry Trifle. Get a head start on dessert by making the strawberry sauce up to a day in advance. Just keep tightly covered and refrigerated until ready to use.
Orange, Almond, & Pomegranate Trifle
Make most of this the day before so the gelatin can set. Then finish it off the next day.
Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
This classic layered dessert features slices of pound cake brushed with strawberry jam, creamy custard and fresh strawberries. Once you have layered all the ingredients, just cover and chill until you're ready to serve.
Gingerbread Pear Trifle
Layer homemade gingerbread, pears, vanilla custard, and whipped cream for an elegant dessert that's just as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.
Angelic Berry Trifle
Prep: 15 minutes; Refrigerate: 1 hour or more. Blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries all rank in the top 20 of the government's list of antioxidant-rich foods. Great for your heart and full of fiber, almonds can help keep you at a healthy weight.
Strawberry-Sugar Biscuit Trifle
This fantastic trifle recipe is layered with cream, strawberries, and sugar biscuits, which gives this great dessert a strawberry shortcake feel.
Banana Pudding Trifle
This classic English layered pudding dessert goes Southern with banana pudding and bourbon-soaked vanilla wafers.
Blackberry Trifles with Pecan Feuilletage and Mascarpone-Cane Syrup Mousse
You can’t have enough blackberry dessert recipes, and this one makes brilliant use of the summer’s juicy gems. Feuilletage is flaky puff pastry, and here it is partnered with melted butter, pecans, and sugar, reminiscent of some of our favorite pecan treats. Use frozen blackberries if you want to make this recipe in the cooler months.
No-Waste Banana Trifle
Apple and Cherry Pie Trifle
This eye-catching trifle allows you to fully embrace the convenience factor of a prepared dessert from the freezer aisle without being obvious about it. Frozen Marie Callender pies make an amazing shortcut to creating fruity layers (accented with pieces of flakey, buttery crust) in this easy dessert that’s completed with a couple of other convenience items, like pudding mix and frozen whipped topping. It’s perfect for any occasion when you’re short on time, but still need something decadently impressive. Feel free to swap apple and cherry for your own favorite pie flavors.
Ambrosia Meringue Trifles
Sort Of Fancy Breakfast Trifle
There are bound to be weekends where you’re breakfasting with with a crowd—holidays, birthday brunches, parents coming in for the weekend. You’ve got to feed everyone, but how? Putting together a bagel spread is pricey, and you’ll need a pan the size of Florida to scramble eggs for a hungry group. Sure, you could leave out a carton of yogurt and a few muffins, but that doesn’t really feel like enough. In moments like these, you need a breakfast trifle.
By layering classic breakfast ingredients that you could have on hand, like yogurt, blueberry muffins or scones, sliced fruit, and granola in a trifle bowl (or any large vessel), you’ll make a tender, creamy dish worthy of any hungry group. The best part of this dish has got to be the whipped yogurt: You’ll mix softly whipped cream with thick Greek yogurt, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. After trying it in the trifle, watch out—you’ll be plopping this topping on everything.