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This English dessert dates back to the Victorian age. It is made from sponge cake, lady fingers, or biscuits that are soaked in sherry (or other liquor or even fruit juice). The cake is layered with custard and whipped cream (and sometimes jam). It is best served in a glass bowl so the attractive layers are visible. The trifle can be topped with candied or fresh fruit, nuts, or grated chocolate.
In Colonial times the trifle was also known as "tipsy parson" or "tipsy squire". The Italian version is called zuppa ingelse, meaning "English soup" and the Spanish version is bizcocho borracho, meaning "drunken cake".
In place of the sponge cake you can also use angel food cake, brownies, or regular cake (either from scratch or from a mix). Many modern trifle recipes use pudding in place of custard and pie filling in place of the jam. It's sometimes called punch bowl cake because it can easily be made in a glass punch bowl for large groups making for a nice presentation (and easy to serve). The trifle usually needs to be refrigerated for a few hours for the cake layers to soak up some of the filling.
Spring Fruit Trifle Ingredients: pancakes, strawberries, mango, kiwi fruit, whipped cream, bananas, maple syrup, butter stovetop
Death By Chocolate Trifle Dessert Ingredients: Kahlua, chocolate covered toffee candy bars, chocolate cake mix, whipped topping, chocolate pudding or mousse mix oven Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 519 calories, 16g fat, 86g carbs, 4g protein.
Death By Chocolate With Pecans Ingredients: prepared box of chocolate brownies, Kahlua, prepared mousse, Cool Whip, Heath Bars, crumbled, pecans Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 412 calories, 25g fat, 44g carbs, 4g protein.
Low-Fat Trifle Ingredients: strawberries, whipped topping, angel food cake, milk, cream cheese, raspberries or blueberries, vanilla pudding mix Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 240 calories, 6g fat, 38g carbs, 7g protein.
Punch Bowl Cake Ingredients: whipped topping, pineapple, vanilla pudding mix, cherry pie filling, angel food or yellow cake mix, whipped topping, pecans oven Pineapple Trifle Ingredients: Cool Whip, coconut cream flavor instant pudding, milk, pineapple, frozen pound cake, toasted coconut flakes Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 381 calories, 16g fat, 53g carbs, 4g protein.
Bavarian Cream Cake Ingredients: unflavored gelatin, water, eggs, milk, sugar, flour, salt, vanilla extract, almond extract, whipping cream Butterfinger Trifle Ingredients: Cool Whip, chocolate pudding mix, chocolate cake, candy bar Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 390 calories, 19g fat, 50g carbs, 5g protein.
Butterfinger Cake Ingredients: Cool Whip, vanilla extract, confectioners' sugar, egg yolks, butter, angel food cake, candy bars Show Dish Data™ ▼
Nutrition per serving: 455 calories, 18g fat, 64g carbs, 7g protein.
Chocolate Toffee Trifle
Ingredients: size container Cool Whip, boxes instant chocolate pudding, chocolate cake mix, chocolate covered toffee candy bars