Classic jelly and custard trifle in a glass serving bowl

8 next level trifle recipes

Forget gran's sherry trifle – make a multi-layered masterpiece for your next party. Our sumptuous trifle recipes have wow factor and can easily feed a crowd.

Creamy custard, light-as-air cream and whatever filling your heart desires – who doesn’t love a scoop of trifle? We can’t resist the luscious layers of goodies 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 top eight showstopping desserts and start layering up…


1. Apple flapjack trifle

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.

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2. Eggnog trifle

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.

3. Très alcohol trifle

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.

4. Boozy brownie trifle

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 Tia Maria or Irish cream liqueur takes the richness of brownies to the next level.

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5. Christmas pudding trifle

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.

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6. Black Forest trifle

For an even more nostalgic, 70-style pud, this Black Forest trifle ticks 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.

7. Yorkshire parkin & blackberry trifle

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.

8. Mary Berry’s royal cherry trifle

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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