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How To Make An Easy Trifle

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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)


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.

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13 comments on “How To Make An Easy Trifle”

  1. This one looks awesome- mango in there?!

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

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

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

  5. Those both look ridiculously delicious!!

  6. 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. How do you make bourbon whipped cream?

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

  10. 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. 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. 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!