Lemon Trifle


I created this trifle when I had a ton of lemons left over from a party. I made my own lemon curd and then layered it with cream and ladyfingers soaked in homemade syrup - delicious. If you want to save time you can use store-bought lemon curd. You could also add a layer of fresh berries if you like.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Additional Time:
3 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 10 mins
8 servings



  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 lemon, juiced

Lemon Curd:

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest

  • 4 large eggs

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 11 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

  • 1 ¾ cups heavy whipping cream

  • 4 teaspoons vanilla sugar

  • 15 ladyfinger cookies, or more as needed


  1. Combine sugar and water in a saucepan over medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir to dissolve sugar and remove from heat. Allow syrup to cool completely. Stir in juice of 1 lemon.

  2. Meanwhile, combine sugar, lemon juice, and lemon zest in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir together until well combined. Add eggs and egg yolks. Cook and stir over simmering water until lemon curd thickens, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from heat and beat in butter, 1 cube at a time. Allow to cool for 10 to 20 minutes.

  3. Beat cream in a chilled glass or metal bowl using an electric mixer until frothy. Add vanilla sugar gradually, continuing to beat until soft peaks form.

  4. Spread 1 layer of lemon curd on the bottom of a glass dish. Dip ladyfingers in the syrup and arrange snugly in a single layer on top. Spread another layer of lemon curd on top. Spread 1 layer of whipped cream on top of the lemon curd.

  5. Continue layering soaked ladyfingers, whipped cream, and lemon curd until all ingredients are used up. Finish with a layer of lemon curd. Garnish with remaining whipped cream. Refrigerate at least 3 hours.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

781 Calories
44g Fat
90g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 781
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 57%
Saturated Fat 25g 126%
Cholesterol 401mg 134%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 90g 33%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 51g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 26mg 129%
Calcium 98mg 8%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 204mg 4%

* 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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