Christmas Trifle: A Classic Holiday Dessert
Normally when I think of dessert I think of chocolate! Doesn’t everyone? But every so often I get a craving for desserts that don’t involve chocolate. Like creme brulee. It’s my all-time favorite. But today – it’s about a holiday classic – Christmas trifle with mixed berries.
Trifle is a delightful layered dessert and you can make it a variety of ways.
For Christmas I felt like berries were the fruit of choice for the season.
A lot of trifle recipes call for pound cake. I opted for angel food to make it light and less calorie-heavy.
Cut the cake into small squares and place a portion in the bottom of your bowl to create the first layer.
Add a layer of mixed berries on top of the angel food cake. Then add a layer of vanilla pudding.
Repeat the layers one more time, then top it off with whipped cream.
Sprinkle more berries and sliced almonds on top of the whipped cream.
You can serve immediately, or chill it for about 30 minutes.
Christmas Trifle is a light and easy dessert. When you’re rushing around making an elaborate holiday dinner, it’s nice to end the meal with a dessert that doesn’t take a lot of finesse or time to make.
Christmas Trifle with Berries
- 1 angel food cake
- 1 6 oz. package vanilla pudding
- 3 cups cold milk
- 3 cups mixed berries raspberries and blackberries
- 1 small container whipped cream
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds
Make the pudding according to package directions, whisking the milk into the pudding mix.
Cut the angel food cake into 1-inch cubes.
Layer about 1-2 cups of cake cubes in the bottom of the bowl. Add a layer of mixed berries. Carefully spread 1/2 of the pudding mixture over the berries. Repeat the layers.
Top off with a layer of whipped cream. Tip: If whipped cream is too stiff to spread, stir it vigorously with a spoon until it starts to soften.
Sprinkle the rest of the berries and sliced almonds on top of the whipped cream.
Chill for about 30 minutes and serve.
This looks delicious and so pretty, too!
I would love the starter recipe…
These look wonderful, cant wait to make them…
Why are trifles so yummy?? Perfect for Christmas dinner!
Hi Lolly Jane! I think the secret is in the pudding. 😉
This is such a beautiful dessert!!
I’ve never made one before…looks yummy, and beautiful! Merry Christmas, Jennifer!
This looks heavenly ~ almost too pretty to eat!
Oh wow this looks simply amazing, pinned!
It looks to pretty to eat. NAH! Thanks for sharing!
Jennifer: Hate to sound stupid but is that a large box of instant pudding? Do you think Sugar Free would work? Does is get soggy if it sits a while? (Having an (afternoon) Open House and would like to make it in the morning but I don’t want it to get soggy while it sits out for about 4 hours. Sounds delicious and would really like to serve something other than the (several) chocolate items for a change! Thanks,
Joy from: theoldefarmhouse.blogspot.com
Hi Joy! Yes, it’s a large box of instant pudding and I’m sure Sugar Free would work just fine. I don’t know if 4 hours would make the cake too soggy for your guests. Maybe an alternative is to cut the cake and cover it until you want to assemble the dessert, and make the pudding in advance too. Then all you have to do is put the layers in the bowl which only takes a few minutes to do.
This looks absolutely amazing and beautiful too! Thank you for sharing this delish recipe!
Looks so yummy! What a great Christmas treat!
Gorgeous photography!! I’ve never made one but love to eat trifle! Love your berry version!! Pinned!