Now, I’ve watched enough Great British Baking Show to know that Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood would definitely not be impressed with my trifle. I don’t make any of it from scratch! I use Cool Whip! Aaaahhh! But, it’s delicious. And is great for any holiday (I need it for New Year’s Day – family tradition). And, it’s a great leftover as the flavors all come together in one delicious pile.
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the beginning and the final product of this trifle in my instastory. But, you’re in luck. Because I’m going to do a step-by-step so that you too can make a delicious and quick trifle.
(Shout out to my mom, who still makes the best trifle ever!)
You are going to need two pound cakes. As you can see, I don’t bake them fresh. I buy my pound cakes from Mariano’s because Mariano’s makes delicious pound cakes. You can also try other flavors of cake – maybe angel food cake for a light trifle or a chocolate cake. That’s the fun part of trifle. You can mix and match the flavors to match what you have or what sounds delicious to you that day.
Cut each pound cake in half and spread a good (thick) amount of jam or preserves – essentially you are going to make a really big sandwich.
Next, put that sandwich back together and cut into small little sandwiches. You can going to cut the whole cake lengthwise and then into smaller wedges.
Make the pudding. I like french vanilla for my trifles but, again, you can experiment with flavors that you like and what you think will work well with the jam and berries (or other fruit) you are going to use.
Now comes the fun part – putting the whole thing together!
Start with a layer of the little sandwiches. I then drizzle a couple tablespoons of orange juice across the layer. Since authentic trifle has alcohol drizzled over the cake, this gives you the same added moisture and flavor soaked into the cake – but makes it family friendly because there isn’t any booze.
Then, start the layering. Berries. (I used raspberries this time.) Then pudding. Then Cool Whip. Yes. Of course, you can make homemade pudding. Sure, you can make fresh whipped cream. But, yes, you can also make this as simple as possible and it’ll still taste delicious.
Another layer of cake. Another sprinkling of orange juice. Berries. Pudding. Cool Whip. I mean seriously. Doesn’t that just look beautiful?! So colorful. And so easy.
I like almonds on top for a little extra crunch since most of the texture in the bowl is a bit soft or mushy. You can even add some crunch into your layers by adding almonds in between layers.
Again, there are tons of recipes online for trifles. Seriously. Do a search right now. How many results did you get? A lot, right? Well, each of those trifles is essentially the same thing – layers of delicious served in a beautiful bowl so you can see the layers of delicious.
Use the cake flavors that you like. Use the fruit that looks good. Experiment with flavors. I promise you, it’s going to look impressive. And, it’s going to be delicious.