Easy English Trifle {Christmas Trifle}

Easy English trifle recipe (Christmas trifle), homemade with simple ingredients. Composed of multiple layers of pound cake, vanilla pudding or custard, strawberry jam or preserves, fresh strawberries, whipped cream.

Bring this elegant trifle to your next holiday gathering for not only a visually appealing dessert, but also a ridiculously delicious one as well. The contrasting textures of juicy, smooth, creamy, spongy, and airy are delightful on the tongue. There is a trifle for any occasion so take a look as this Easy Pudding Trifle, Chocolate Trifle Recipe, or Irish Trifle for any future holiday planning.

How To Make Classic English Trifle Recipe From Scratch?

  1. Arrange first cake layer– In a deep glass trifle dish, arrange a single layer of cake cubes.
  2. Add pudding– Spread an even layer.
  3. Add strawberries– On top.
  4. Spread whipped cream– On top of fresh strawberries.
  5. Add a layer of cake cubes– On top.
  6. Spread strawberry jam– On top.
  7. Arrange third layer of cake cubes– On top.
  8. Spread pudding– On top of cake.
  9. Add whipped cream– Fill a piping bag and pipe a design on top of the pudding.
  10. Chill– For at least 2 hours in fridge and enjoy.

Easy Trifle Ingredients

  • Cake: Pound cake is best because it is firm and won’t get soggy quickly.
  • Pudding: But custard can be used as well.
  • Whipped Cream: Homemade is best, but store-bought works just fine too.
  • Fresh strawberries: Washed, patted dry, and diced.
  • Strawberry jam: Homemade is delicious, but store-bought saves time.

Variations for layered Christmas trifle

Berry/Fruit trifle– Add berries such as blackberries, raspberries, cranberry, or blueberries for more flavor and color.

Cherry trifle– Add some cherries to the whipped cream, or make a sugar syrup with it for spreading on the cake layers.

Replace whipped cream with another frosting– Such as Brown Sugar Frosting {So Fluffy!}, Caramel Frosting {3 Ingredient}, Chocolate Ganache Frosting {2 Ingredient}, or American Buttercream Frosting Recipe.

Black forest- This has all the flavors of my Black Forest Cake (With Cake Mix). Use chocolate cake, Cherry Pie Filling, and whipped cream.

Lemon– Use Lemon Pound Cake (With Cake Mix) and layer with Lemon Curd and whipped cream. Decorate with thin lemon slices (candy them for even more sweetness) and white chocolate shreds.

Tiramisu– Replace cake with coffee soaked ladyfingers and use mascarpone cheese filling, and whipped cream. Add a dusting of cocoa powder, espresso powder on top.

Carrot cake– Use this Moist Carrot Cake and pair it with Cream Cheese Frosting. Layer it with pistachio pudding.

Cookie dough– Use Vanilla Buttermilk Pound Cake and pair that with cookie dough balls. Any of these would be great: Healthy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough BarsChocolate Chip Cookie Dough TrufflesPeanut Butter Cookie Dough Bars. Add whipped cream, vanilla pudding and lots of mini chocolate chips.

Peanut butter– Use vanilla cake, along with peanut butter frosting, peanut butter pudding, melted peanut butter, peanut butter chips and lots of Reese’s candies.

Pumpkin– Use this Easy Pumpkin Cake (With Cake Mix), along with pumpkin pudding, whipped cream, and chopped nuts.

Try another jam flavor– Such as blackberry, raspberry, cherry, blueberry, apricot, or even orange marmalade.

Add chocolate chips– As a layer or mixed in with the whipped cream.

Add candy– Such as Kit Kats, chopped up Snickers, or any other candy you prefer.

Add bananas– Add a layer of sliced bananas for a richer trifle.

Use Vanilla yogurt– In place of pudding for a slightly healthier and tangier version.

Use chocolate pound cake– For a richer twist on this trifle.

Add a garnish– Top it with Slivered toasted almonds, mint leaves, sprinkles, or chocolate shavings.

Try another flavor of pudding– Like butterscotch, chocolate, white chocolate, or banana.

Add another layer– Of Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, pretzels, or brownies.

Add zest– Such as lemon or lime zest for a punch of citrus and a brighter flavor.

Tips And Techniques For Strawberry Trifle Dessert

Try to keep all the layers as even as possible– This will make for the best presentation!

Can use all store-bought ingredients– If you are short on time, this will be very helpful.

Why is my trifle soggy? How to fix it? This is often because the trifle was assembled too far ahead of time. Only make it 2 hours ahead of time to chill in the fridge. Any longer than that and you risk a soggy pound cake layer. Also, make sure to pat the strawberries dry before slicing and adding them. They already contain a lot of moisture to begin with, and you do not want any extra to make the cake soggy.

Everything must be at room temperature– Nothing should be hot or even warm because that will cause all the layers to melt together and become a mess.

Use small cake cubes– I like to cut them into small cubes because they are easier to arrange in the bowl and also easier to eat.

Use firm cake– Such as pound cakes (Cream Cheese Pound Cake or Sour Cream Pound Cake) because they are dense and able to withstand the weight of all the heavy layers.

Pipe the whipped cream on top– Fill a piping bag with whipped cream and attach Tip 1M (large star tip) and pipe a design in a circular pattern on top of the pudding for a beautiful presentation.

Use thicker layers of pudding and/or whipped cream– Simply double what is called for in this recipe.


Refrigerate– In a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Freeze– I do not recommend freezing this trifle because the cream and pudding may not thaw well.

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English Trifle (Christmas Trifle)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Chill time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Easy English trifle recipe (Christmas trifle), homemade with simple ingredients. Composed of layers of pound cake, pudding, jam, strawberries, whipped cream.
Yield: 10 People



  • In a deep glass trifle dish, arrange a single layer of cake cubes.
  • Spread an even layer of pudding.
  • Add strawberries on top.
  • Spread some whipped cream on top of fresh strawberries.
  • Arrange another layer of cake cubes on top.
  • Spread an even layer of strawberry jam on top.
  • Arrange a third layer of cake cubes on top.
  • Spread some more pudding on top of cake.
  • Fill a piping bag with whipped cream and attach Tip 1M (large star tip) and pipe a design in a circular pattern on top of the pudding.
  • Chill for at least 2 hours in fridge and enjoy.


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days but may become a little soggy. 


Calories: 287kcal, Carbohydrates: 53g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 330mg, Potassium: 130mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 33g, Vitamin A: 259IU, Vitamin C: 10mg, Calcium: 72mg, Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 287
Author: Abeer Rizvi
Overhead Shot of Beautifully Piped Whipped Cream
Closeup Shot of Individual Layers of Trifle Dessert
Collage Image With Process Shots on How to Make Homemade Trifle

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