Cherry Berry Trifle

A super easy version of the classic English trifle - but with much less work and alcohol. Absolutely perfect for Mother's Day!


  • Large bag frozen mixed berries – approx 2lbs (we used a raspberry, strawberry and blueberry mix), defrosted
  • 1 jar New Canaan Farms Cherry Preserves
  • 1 lb vanilla or butter loaf cake, sliced (buy store-made or Sara Lee butter pound cake)
  • 2 cups custard, cooled (I make this with Bird’s Original Custard Powder)
  • 1 cup mascarpone (or 250ml tub)
  • 5 tbsp sugar
  • 500ml whipping cream 
  • 4 tbsp Kirsch or Cherry Brandy (optional – could also use sherry)
  • Fresh berries, to decorate


A jar of New Canaan Farms Cherry Preserves
One large glass serving dish with mixed berries and cake inside, next to a bowl of custard and marscapone. Ingredients to build a trifle!


  • Mix together the berries and cherry jam until well combined
  • Cut the slices of cake into cubes (about 1/2″ long)
  • Place 2/3 of the berry mixture in the bottom of your trifle bowl, and scatter the cake on top, pressing it down lightly into the layer below. Cover with the remaining berry mixture
  • Put the custard, mascarpone and 3 tbsp sugar into a large bowl and beat until smoothly combined. Spoon this on top of the previous layer
4 layers of trifle - berries and New Canaan Farms cherry jam followed by cake, then more berries and finally a custard / cream mixture
4 layers, 1 to go!
  • Put the whipping cream, remaining 2 tbsp sugar and Kirsch (if using) in a bowl and beat until soft peaks form. Cover both the trifle bowl and the cream tightly with cling wrap and chill until ready to serve – you can do this up to 24 hours in advance.
  • To serve, spoon the whipped cream on top of the custard, and garnish with berries of your choosing. Note – you can do this up to 2 hours before serving, so you can enjoy your meal! I didn’t have any in-season cherries, so thawed and halved a few frozen ones, and added raspberries – yum!
A large glass bowl filled with Trifle, garnished with raspberries and cherries
This was a hit!
A large bowl of English trifle on a grey dining table
It looked soooo pretty
A serving of English trifle in a white and silver dessert bowl
Every plate was licked clean!

Other jams to try…

A jar of New Canaan Farms Strawberry Almond Jam
Classic strawberry which delivers a wonderful complementary hint of almond
A jar of New Canaan Farms Raspberry Jam
Classic, fabulous raspberry jam, made with delectable fresh raspberries works well with the fruit mix
A jar of New Canaan Farms East Texas Blueberry Jam
Bring out the flavor of the blueberries with our East Texas Blueberry Jam

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