Individual English Trifles are a show stopping end to any meal, but traditionally served in Britain, often at Christmas.
If you ever want to have an easy, impressive, make ahead dessert; or have some leftover cake (usually from trimming the top off), this is a great idea.
This post may contain Amazon affiliate links for your convenience at no added cost to you.
English trifles often include bananas (which I prefer not to put in my trifle) and the gelatin is poured in over the cake whilst still in liquid form. Here’s my version made in individual dessert glasses; very elegant.
Christina’s Individual English Trifles
by Christina Conte
- leftover yellow or pound cake, broken into small pieces
- Sherry (Harvey’s Bristol Cream) or your favorite liqueur
- one 15 oz can of mixed fruit cocktail in juice
- one 4 serving packet of flavored gelatin, prepared as directed (your choice of flavor)
- homemade custard, not yet set, at room temperature, or Bird’s custard (cooked with milk)
- freshly whipped cream
Place the cake in the bottom of the cup or bowl and sprinkle with Sherry.
Next, add some fruit cocktail with a little juice.
Mix the gelatin with a fork (I like to use strawberry flavor) and layer it over the fruit.
Next is the custard layer. Make sure it’s not hot or it will melt the gelatin, but if it’s already set, it won’t look good, so it has to be room temperature.
Last, but not least, top with the freshly whipped cream, either spooning it on, or piping it for a more formal presentation.
You have just made English trifles!
These need to be kept refrigerated, and will be delicious for about 24 hours, and they are actually best if left for a few hours before eating, as the flavors will meld together more.
Trifles are a super-easy, make-ahead dessert which will be sure to please, and you can always give them your own spin by changing the flavors of cake, fruit, gelatin, etc. For example, here’s a Christmas trifle made with strawberry and lime gelatin.
Don’t miss another recipe or travel post; sign up for my FREE subscription below!
(I promise not to sell or share your info, ever!)