Very berry trifle

Ready in 20 mins + chilling


Serves 8
Layers of mascarpone, custard, cherry conserve, mixed berries, Madeira cake and sherry - who doesn't love a trifle?

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal708
  • fat48.2g
  • saturates28.9g
  • carbs59.7g
  • sugars51.1g
  • fibre2g
  • protein7.1g
  • salt0.5g
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  • 500g pack frozen mixed berry, we used summer berry mix, defrosted
  • 150g red cherry jam



    One of the delights of the summer, cherries are much loved for their succulent texture, flavour…

  • 300-350g Madeira cake, cut into roughly 3cm cubes
  • 500ml tub custard
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 5 tbsp caster sugar
  • 400ml double cream
  • 3 tbsp sherry
  • berries, grated chocolate or rose petals, to decorate


  1. Mix the berries and cherry jam together, and spoon into your trifle bowl. Scatter over the Madeira cake and push down a little into the berries.

  2. Put the custard, mascarpone and 3 tbsp sugar in a bowl together and beat until smooth, then dollop all over the trifle. Put the double cream, remaining 2 tbsp sugar and sherry in a bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Cling film both the trifle bowl and cream and chill until ready to serve. You can do this up to 24 hours in advance.

  3. To serve, spoon the sherry cream all over the trifle, then scatter with your favourite decoration.

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Comments (11)

moirashaw1's picture

Fabulous recipe. So easy to make with the frozen fruit. Will definitely make again.

allielovetocook's picture

I made this last Christmas for my tee-total parents and this year I'm making it for them and a crowd. I made a couple of changes: I used a good quality Strawberry Jam instead of the Cherry. I omitted the Sherry and instead made my own Raspberry Puree which I swirled into the cream topping so it was marbled with pink and white (very pretty!), then I drizzled more Raspberry Puree on the top and scattered with fresh Raspberries that had been sat in a little icing sugar until they went juicy. Not only did it look amazing, it was absolutely delicious and my very fussy father asked for seconds!

susieone's picture

This is a super "grown up" trifle with no jelly to be seen! Perfect for a girlie night!!

Rebecca Webber's picture

A great trifle. I made it without the extra sugar as I thought that it would have been sweet enough. I was definitely right as it was refreshing and tasty. No extra calories needed in my opinion

patwhite43's picture

I made this trifle for a WI event, everyone loved it but I didn't get the chance to taste it so I made another one for my family. My husband said it was the best trifle he had ever tasted.
I found it very easy to make and will certainly make it again and will keep it on my list for a dessert for over Christmas.

Ashhy87's picture

Really really really delicious dessert, the only thing I avoided is alcohol but it did not make any difference in taste (couldn't tell coz I never had alcohol before). First time I made this for dinner party and everyone loved it especially my hubby who is not dessert person normally. Have made it several times now.

joannemarie1982's picture

This tastes fab but is it only me or does it not set very well?? when spooning mine in to bowls even tho it tastes great looks a mess? or am i doing something wrong?

flossydrop's picture

We all loved this recipe.
I raspberry jam (to save buying another jar) and it was truly lovely.
The mascarpone and custard mixed together is to die for !
My only change next time would perhaps be slightly more jam to help the berries & juices fully soak into the madeira cake.
A great success, my mother in law has just emailed me for the recipe link and my non trifle loving husband even loved it.

lisaga's picture

This trifle was a huge success, everyone wanted 2nd helpings!

iguazu's picture

Been my first trifle too, my friends just loved at XMas day, and its really easy to make, I certanly will make it again.

sarahlou0605's picture

This was the first trifle I have ever made and it went down a storm on Christmas Day. I had so many compliments and was asked to make it again for New Year's Eve ! Definitely worth doing and took no time at all to make.

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