How To Make An Easy Trifle

What to do with leftover cake, brownies, cookies, fruit, or candy bars?

Make a trifle!

Seriously, trifles are a baker’s best-kept secret.  They are easy, fast, delicious, and they a great way to use up any of your sweet leftovers.  Just chop/tear/cut your main ingredient into bite-sized pieces, and then layer it in a trifle dish (or multiple smaller trifle dishes or glasses) with other complementary ingredients, and voila!  Trifles are so simple, and I guarantee that your friends and family will have no idea this might be your starring dessert’s second appearance.  ;)

For the trifle pictured above, I layered angel food cake, fresh fruit (pineapple, peaches and strawberries) and bourbon whipped cream.  Read on for more trifle tips and ingredient suggestions.  And then would love to hear — what are your favorite trifle combinations?

(See recipe for Twix Trifles)

How To Make An Easy Trifle

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 6-12 servings

How To Make An Easy Trifle


    Ingredient Ideas (To Mix & Match):
  • baked dessert (ex. cakes, brownies, cookies, bars, etc.)
  • candy bars
  • marshmallows
  • fruit
  • whipped cream
  • frosting
  • sauce (caramel, hot fudge, etc.)
  • fruit curd (lemon curd, lime curd, etc.)
  • sprinkles


Cut, chop or tear desired ingredients into bite-sized pieces. Then, in a large trifle dish (or smaller trifle dishes or glasses), make even layers with the ingredients in the order you choose. Garnish as desired.

Ali’s Tip:

Try to aim for a good mix of textures as well as flavors.  I generally aim to have a main ingredient (such as cake or brownies), some sort of fruit or candy to accent, and then a whipped cream and/or sauce to tie it together.

Leave a Comment:


  1. Blog is the New Black — July 5, 2011 @ 3:23 am (#)

    This one looks awesome- mango in there?!

  2. Heidi @ Food Doodles — July 5, 2011 @ 10:53 am (#)

    Beautiful! Thanks for the tips! My grandmother use to make amazing trifles so this made me think of her :D

  3. Samantha — July 5, 2011 @ 1:46 pm (#)

    Oh wow. Twix. I need this in my life!

  4. Michelle — July 6, 2011 @ 7:55 am (#)

    There’s nothing quite like the presentation you get when you assemble a trifle. Gorgeous!

  5. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — July 6, 2011 @ 9:44 am (#)

    Those both look ridiculously delicious!!

  6. Desi — July 8, 2011 @ 12:44 pm (#)

    Wow your twix trifle looks amazing! I wanted to let you know about my cookbook giveaway that is going on right now until July 16th. Stop on by to enter! Hope you are having a great week :)

  7. Lori — July 15, 2011 @ 4:33 am (#)

    How do you make bourbon whipped cream?

  8. Ali's Mom — July 18, 2011 @ 8:02 pm (#)

    Here’s my go-to quick dessert – little individual trifles in wine glasses or other stemware. Layer cut up angel food cake with cheesecake instant pudding (or whatever flavor you have). Then top with some fruit – I like frozen cherries because they drizzle down the dessert and look and taste good. When I pull these out of the frig for dessert, everyone is impressed!

  9. Renee — July 22, 2011 @ 9:00 am (#)

    Trifles always look so beautiful and the layers of different textures are amazing.

  10. Alysha @ She's on the Run — July 22, 2011 @ 12:00 pm (#)

    I just bought a trifle dish and can’t wait to make my first one. I found a recipe for a banana split trifle from Sandra Lee that looks delicious (bananas, pound cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream and cherries).

    -Alysha @ShesOnTheRun

  11. Emily — June 26, 2012 @ 9:29 am (#)

    We made some recently w/ chocolate pudding, homemade whipping cream, peanut butter whipping cream (also homemade), crumbled Oreos, Reese’s cup chunks, and Heath bar chunks. They were delicious!

  12. Angela — February 14, 2013 @ 4:45 pm (#)

    Thank you for sharing your instructions! I just put up a post sharing an angel food cupcake recipe and included one of your pictures. I gave you full credit and linked it back here. Here’s the link; thanks again!


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