This dessert recipe came from a friend from England, Gill Overfelt. She is one of the best people in the world (an angel in disguise!). It is delicious and elegant looking layered in a trifle bowl or individual dessert glasses.

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Ingredients

14
Original recipe yields 14 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Slice strawberries and sprinkle them with sugar. Cut the bananas into slices and toss with orange juice. Combine pudding mix with milk and mix until smooth. Cut the cake into 1 inch cubes.

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  • Use half of the cake cubes to line the bottom of a large glass bowl. Layer half of the strawberries followed by half of the blueberries, and then half of the bananas. Spread half of the pudding over the fruit. Repeat layers in the same order.

  • In a medium bowl, whip the cream to stiff peaks and spread over top of trifle. Garnish with maraschino cherries and slivered almonds.

Nutrition Facts

633.1 calories; 9.5 g protein; 98.4 g carbohydrates; 28.6 mg cholesterol; 537.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
This is a yummy dessert it makes plenty and is a crowd pleaser. It does not get mushy if you refrigerate over night overall it is a very light summer dessert. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/24/2010
I really wanted to give this recipe 4 stars, but just couldn't with so many adjustments. First, I made my own white cake which came out great, but 2 regular size layers were way too much...I couldn't fit it all in the bowl, and I have a standard size trifle bowl. Next time, I'll make only one cake and cut it in half through the mid-section to get two thinner layers. Also, I was surprised the recipe didn't call for any sherry, so I added 1/4 cup dry sherry to the bottom cake layer...really nice. Next, I've never had an English Trifle with a banana layer, so I omitted it...didn't feel the berries really needed it or like the idea of brown mushy bananas for leftovers. I also wasn't crazy about the taste and texture of the instant vanilla pudding...will try to make something better for next time, though it may take more time & effort. To the whipping cream I added 2 Tbsps sugar and 1 tsp vanilla...would have been pretty bland without it. Finally, I omitted the slivered almonds and maraschino cherries on top...didn't feel they would add anything to the already wonderful fresh berries. Overall, a decent base recipe that I will make my own...still glad I tried it! Read More
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220 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 176
  • 4 star values: 38
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/08/2003
This is a yummy dessert it makes plenty and is a crowd pleaser. It does not get mushy if you refrigerate over night overall it is a very light summer dessert. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/01/2004
This is very good but I made my own custard(Idon't like packaged) I used my own frozen strawberries in winter and it's just as good with fresh peaches in summer Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
This is absolutely the easiest and most delicious trifle I've ever tried. I usually flop everything I make no matter how easy the recipe is but there is nothing that I could possibly mess up with this recipe. My boyfriend said this is the best thing I've ever made. I wrapped some up for his mother and even she raved about it. I will definately make this trifle many many more times. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
05/24/2010
I really wanted to give this recipe 4 stars, but just couldn't with so many adjustments. First, I made my own white cake which came out great, but 2 regular size layers were way too much...I couldn't fit it all in the bowl, and I have a standard size trifle bowl. Next time, I'll make only one cake and cut it in half through the mid-section to get two thinner layers. Also, I was surprised the recipe didn't call for any sherry, so I added 1/4 cup dry sherry to the bottom cake layer...really nice. Next, I've never had an English Trifle with a banana layer, so I omitted it...didn't feel the berries really needed it or like the idea of brown mushy bananas for leftovers. I also wasn't crazy about the taste and texture of the instant vanilla pudding...will try to make something better for next time, though it may take more time & effort. To the whipping cream I added 2 Tbsps sugar and 1 tsp vanilla...would have been pretty bland without it. Finally, I omitted the slivered almonds and maraschino cherries on top...didn't feel they would add anything to the already wonderful fresh berries. Overall, a decent base recipe that I will make my own...still glad I tried it! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2004
This is a nice basic trifle. It does make quite a bit but the leftovers are still great. Mine were not runny or mushy at all. I will definately make this when I need an easy dessert for a group of people. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2003
My family just can't get enough of this with fresh summer fruit and berries. So good and refreshing. I add 2 kiwi to the fruit listed in the recipe. It adds some nice color. Also I use cheesecake flavor pudding rather than the vanilla. This is a great make ahead dessert. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2003
This was very good light and easy. I only used one layer of the cake though and that was plenty. Otherwise I think the fruit and pudding would have been lost. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2003
Awesome dessert. Used cheesecake pudding as well. Everyone in my familly gave it 5 stars. Next time will probably use twice the ammount of pudding though and create a bottom layer of pudding under the first layer of cake. Simply the best! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2003
Great recipe however I made homemade pudding and homemade cake both from this site and the result was out of this world well worth the effort.Thanks for sharing. Read More
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