English Trifle with Angel Food Cake


Although this recipe uses a bit of sherry, the alcohol evaporates overnight. You may simply eliminate it if you don't care for alcohol. Two boxes of custard mix or vanilla pudding mix can be substituted for the pastry cream. However, using the pastry cream makes the dessert quite rich!

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
12 hrs
Total Time:
12 hrs 40 mins
10 to 12 servings


  • 1 (16 ounce) package angel food cake mix, prepared in a loaf pan

  • ½ cup cream sherry

  • 1 (10 ounce) jar raspberry jam

  • 1 ⅓ cups white sugar

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups milk

  • 10 egg yolks, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream

  • 1 ½ cups sliced almonds

  • 12 maraschino cherries


  1. The night before, slice the cake into 1/2 inch slices and sprinkle with sherry. Cover lightly so it won't get stale. Let sit overnight to allow alcohol to evaporate.

  2. To make the pastry cream: Mix sugar, flour and salt together in the top of double boiler. Slowly add milk to form a smooth mixture. Cook over low-medium heat stirring constantly until the mixture begins to thicken. Slowly pour 1/2 the hot milk mixture into a bowl of the beaten egg yolks, stirring constantly. Then pour all the mixture back into the double boiler and sir until thick. Add butter and vanilla. Chill.

  3. The next day, spread raspberry jam on top of sherried cake layers (or ladyfingers). Layer the bottom of a bowl with 1/3 the cake and pour 1/3 of the pastry cream over the top. Sprinkle with nuts. Layer cake, cream and nuts until all of the ingredients have been used. Top the uppermost layer with whipped cream and garnish with maraschino cherries and slivered almonds. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

762 Calories
34g Fat
101g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 762
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g 43%
Saturated Fat 16g 79%
Cholesterol 284mg 95%
Sodium 602mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 101g 37%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 76g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 256mg 20%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 315mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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