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10 next level trifle recipes


Tired of classic sherry trifle? Make a multi-layered masterpiece with our inventive trifle recipes – perfect for your next party.

Creamy custard, light-as-air cream and your pick of exciting additions – who doesn't love a scoop of trifle? We're powerless to resist the decadent layers that make up this crown jewel of festive desserts. If you want to branch out from the classic recipe, we have the puds to impress for your next family gathering. Pick your favourite from our show-stopping desserts and start layering...


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1. Retro trifle

Retro raspberry trifle in a glass serving bowl, topped with cream

This super-fruity retro trifle goes all out on indulgence. Layer raspberry jelly and compote with a clotted cream custard and custard cream biscuits. Topped with fluffy whipped cream and cherries, this towering treat is a delight to behold and even more so, to devour.

2. Chocolate orange-tini trifle

Chocolate and orange trifle layered up in glass bowl

This brilliantly boozy pud brings together the flavours of a Mississippi mud pie with a marmalade martini. Our chocolate-tini trifle features a creamy citrus posset, silky chocolate custard, madeira chocolate mousse, madeira cake and clementines – could it get more more extravagant? Yep – it's topped with crushed biscotti, chocolate buttons and orange zest.

3. Apple flapjack trifle

Layered apple trifle in bowl with oat topping

Imagine buttery apple flapjack in a trifle. That's what we're bringing to the table in this fruity dessert with crispy nuggets of sugared and spiced oats. Add a drizzle of tart blackcurrant coulis to cut through the sweetness and top with toasted oats.

Try our finest apple cake recipes for more crowd-pleasing sweet treats.

4. Eggnog trifle

Orange, custard and eggnog layered trifle with toasted meringue topping in bowl with sherry

Combine the classic English pud with the traditional American Christmas tipple and you've got yourself an eggnog trifle. Get the blowtorch out and scorch the meringue topping to create golden brown peaks for extra pizzaz. There are even profiteroles hidden underneath the cream for a twist on the usual sponge fingers.

Learn how to make creamy eggnog.

5. Très alcohol trifle

Cream topped trifle in bowl with amaretti biscuit topping

As the name suggests, our très alcohol trifle is a super-boozy option and the perfect end to a dinner with friends. Treat your guests to layers of amaretto-drenched amaretti biscuits, armagnac-soaked prunes and a marsala cream topping. Once assembled, leave overnight to let the flavours intensify.

6. Boozy brownie trifle

Chocolate and Malteser trifle with cream in bowl

If there's a way to turn a classic pud chocolatey, you can guarantee we've tried it. Our boozy brownie trifle uses shop-bought ingredients so it's super-simple to make and even includes crunchy Maltesers – what more could you ask for? A splash of coffee liqueur or Irish cream takes the richness of brownies to the next level.

Discover our brownie recipe collection.

7. Christmas pudding trifle

Christmas pudding trifle in bowl with holly and serving spoon

Need something to do with leftover Christmas pud? Rustle up this speedy, indulgent creamy trifle with boozy, steeped oranges and a custard and mascarpone filling. You can also turn your Christmas pudding into a marvellous mousse or even indulgent ice cream. Take a look at our Christmas leftovers dessert guide.

You may also want to check out our Christmas pudding collection.

8. Black Forest trifle

Black cherry and cream layered trifle topped with whipped cream and cherries

For an even more nostalgic, 70's-style pud, this Black Forest trifle ticks all the boxes. It's two retro desserts combined to make the ultimate party piece. Use chocolate brownies, cherries in kirsch and chocolate custard for waves of fruity, chocolatey delight.

9. Yorkshire parkin & blackberry trifle

Layered trifle topped with parkin and blackberries with icing sugar with spoons and bowls

Take a traditional Bonfire Night treat – gently spiced parkin – and turn it into an irresistible dinner party dessert that you can assemble and chill until you're ready to serve. Our parkin & blackberry trifle is true winter comfort food. Want to make your own Yorkshire bake from scratch? Try our traditional syrupy parkin recipe.

10. Mary Berry's royal cherry trifle

Cherry trifle in serving dish on red background

Try Mary Berry's kirsch-drenched royal cherry trifle with light, spongey madeira cake and generous spoonfuls of rich cherry jam. Make ahead of time and leave the flavours to infuse in the sponge for a few hours before serving. The biscuits add the perfect amount of crunch to this mouth-watering fruity feast.

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