Trifle is a layered dessert made from cake, custard, fruit or chocolate and whipped cream. While you can make the components from scratch, many easy recipes call for commercially prepared products.
Begin your trifle by cutting a premade angel food or sponge cake into 1-inch cubes. Layer one half to one third of the cake in a deep, clear glass bowl. For a chocolaty variation, use brownies.
Next, prepare boxed pudding or custard mix according to the directions on the label, and set aside. While many recipes call for vanilla, common variations use chocolate pudding. Next you need about 2 pounds of filling. Common fruit fillings include strawberries, raspberries and peaches. Another common filling is chocolate peels. Whether you’re using fruit or chocolate, chunk or slice it, and then layer a half to a third on top of the cake.
Pour about one half to one third of the pudding or custard on top of the filling. Continue to add layers until the trifle fills the bowl. Add whipped cream on top and garnish with fresh fruit and nuts, citrus zest or sprinkles. Chill thoroughly before serving.
It’s easy to adjust this simple recipe to make your trifle richer — use butter in the custard and real whipped cream. For a lighter summertime dessert, use fat-free pudding and low-fat whipped topping.