Trifle is one of the easiest dessert recipes. There are many different ways to make a trifle and it is easy to customize. These 17 recipes offer a variety of ideas for how to make a great trifle.
Whether you are looking for a dessert to celebrate a special occasion or hoping to use up some leftover fruit, trifles are an easy solution.
Trifle is a great dessert for any season and any occasion. It looks fantastic and no one has to know how easy it was to make. Enjoy exploring these 17 delicious trifle recipes.
17 Delicious and Easy Trifle Recipes
Whether you like caramel or chocolate, summer fruit or autumn flavors, there is a trifle waiting for you. Once you take a look at these recipes you will see how easy it is to remove an ingredient you don’t like and substitute or add an ingredient you do like.
1. Toffee Trifle
Toffee Trifle is simply divine. This trifle is full of flavor, whether you go for English Toffee or Southern Praline Style Toffee. You can use hard toffee or soft toffee in these recipes.
You can substitute any cake or cake mix you have on hand. If you are gluten free, use or make your favorite gluten free cake or flour for this recipe.
2. Summer Berry Trifle
Summer Berry Trifle can have any mix of summer berries you like. If you are making it for the 4th of July, perhaps you want blueberries and strawberries with plenty of whip cream.
If you are making this in August, consider using a mix of Blackberries, loganberries, and marionberries. Alternatively, you can sub in some of your favorite summer fruits such as cherries, peaches, plums, or nectarines.
3. Strawberry Trifle
Strawberry Trifle is perfect for a warm June day. These recipes call for pound cake or angel food cake. A great substitute is shortcake if you want to go for a strawberry shortcake trifle.
Other delicious customizations include Strawberry cheesecake trifle, strawberry lemon trifle, Chocolate covered strawberry trifle, and strawberry champagne trifle.
4. Lemon Blueberry Trifle
Lemon Blueberry Trifle is great for a warm July day. Fresh blueberries are best, but frozen will do in a pinch or if you want a “colder” trifle.
Great customizations for this trifle are lemon blueberry cheesecake trifle, blueberry lemon trifle with blueberry or lemon sorbet, and Meyer Lemon Blueberry Trifle.
5. Chocolate Trifle
Chocolate Trifle is one of the easiest trifles to customize. You can customize it by changing the cake, pudding, whip cream, or by adding in your favorite fruit or candy that goes with chocolate.
Chocolate Trifle is great for any time of the year. In August, try Chocolate Cherry Trifle. In December, try Peppermint Chocolate Trifle. In February or July, try Chocolate Raspberry Trifle.
6. Chocolate Caramel Trifle
Chocolate Caramel Trifle is easy and delicious. Whether you are making it from scratch or using premade ingredients this trifle is sure to please.
If you are looking to add some fruit to this trifle, try adding apples, cranberries, pears, or bananas. You can also customize this trifle and toss in some extra Halloween chocolate candies or some nuts.
7. Chocolate Peanut (or other nut) Butter Trifle
Chocolate always goes great with nuts. Whether you are a fan of peanut butter cups or Chocolate hazelnut spread, nuts and chocolate make a great trifle.
To customize the peanut butter fudge brownie trifle try subbing the peanut butter for another favorite nut or seed butter.
8. Caramel Apple Trifle
These Caramel Apple Trifles are great for a late summer or autumn trifle. Easy and delicious to make, they are also easier to eat than a caramel apple.
Customize these recipes by adding or subbing gingerbread, graham crackers, or candied nuts. Anything you can put on a caramel apple can be added to these trifles.
9. Cranberry Orange Trifle
Cranberry Orange is another Favorite Fall Flavor. One of the great things about these trifles is you can make them with leftover cranberry or cranberry orange sauce.
Other delicious additions or substitutions include candied cranberries or candied orange, sugared pecans or walnuts, or pumpkin bread or gingerbread. For extra flavor try making homemade cranberry sauce, it is simple and delicious.
10. Pumpkin Gingerbread Trifle
For Pumpkin lovers, here is a trifle for you. If you are a Pumpkin Spice Latte lover, try customizing this by adding coffee yogurt or ice cream.
Looking for a way to use up leftover pumpkin and pecan pie? You can make a trifle! If you are not a fan of pumpkin but love gingerbread, try the gingerbread trifle.
11. White Chocolate Raspberry Trifle
Creamy white chocolate pairs deliciously with sweet raspberries in these trifles. For the 4th of July, toss some blueberries in for a Red, White, and Blue trifle.
If you are making these around November, you can sub cranberries or cranberry sauce in place of the raspberries. Or you can add a mix of both raspberries and cranberries.
12. Pavlova Trifle
Whether you have leftover pavlova or meringue cookies, this delicious trifle is a great option. The lightness and fluffiness of the pavlova or meringue adds a unique texture to this trifle.
Customize it by adding or subbing any fruits you like. Try chocolate meringue cookies with fresh cherries or strawberries. Or try coconut macaroons and mango or pineapple.
13. Pineapple Trifle
Pineapple Trifle is the perfect tropical fruit trifle. Perfect for a summer’s day or any time you want a taste of the tropics. Customize these recipes by tossing in any other fruits you enjoy with pineapple.
Substitute coconut macaroons for the bread or add coconut shavings or coconut ice cream for a more Pina Colada style.
14. Mango Trifle
Mango Trifle is another great tropical fruit trifle. If you are looking for more fruit variety, try a Tropical Fruit Salad Trifle: just substitute pineapple, kiwi, papaya, guava, and/or coconut for some of the mango.
Other flavors that go well with mango are ginger and orange. Try customizing by adding candied orange or candied ginger. Alternatively, you could add gingerbread or gingersnaps or slices of fresh orange.
15. Coconut Cream Trifle
Fans of coconut cream pie rejoice. This easy trifle is just as delicious and a lot easier to make. Don’t be afraid to go overboard if you love coconut, it will still taste great.
Toss some of your favorite tropical fruits in for a taste of the tropics. Looking for a little color? Try adding some pomegranate seeds or berries.
16. Butterscotch Trifle
Butterscotch Trifle is easy and delicious. It offers the flavors of toffee and caramel without as much stickiness. Of course, if you are a fan of the stickiness, you can always add some caramel or toffee.
This trifle is great for any time of year, but it is especially wonderful for the fall and winter. Butterscotch is a flavor that often has warming effects and reminds of the comfort of home.
17. Banana Cream Trifle
What list would be complete without the addition of a banana cream option? Whether you want a simple and tasty Banana Cream Trifle or a Tropical Banana Pina Colada, these two recipes are perfect.
Customize these recipes by adding some fresh strawberries. If you are a fan of chocolate and bananas, try adding frozen chocolate covered banana slices to the Banana Cream Trifle.
So, there you have it. These 17 delicious and easy trifle recipes will make your desert the center of attention at any party.
Enjoy making and customizing these delicious trifles. If you are not sure where to start, the top is always a great place. Happy cooking and happy eating!