Sherry trifle in a glass bowl

Sherry trifle

  • serves 6
  • Easy

This easy trifle recipe has all the classic components - madeira cake, raspberry jam, double cream and a proper thick custard. Add a few tablespoons of sweet sherry and you have a gorgeous grown-up dessert, perfect for festive entertaining.


Try this sherry trifle recipe, then check out our chocolate trifle, Christmas trifle, Baileys trifle and more Christmas dessert ideas.



  • raspberry jam 4 tbsp
  • madeira or lemon cake 300g bar cake, thickly sliced and halved
  • raspberries 300g, plus extra for decoration
  • sweet sherry 4-6 tbsp
  • custard powder 2 tbsp
  • caster sugar 1 tbsp
  • milk 500ml
  • double cream 284ml pot and 142ml pot
  • flaked almonds a handful, toasted


  • Step 1

    Spread a little jam on each slice of cake. Arrange on the bottom of a glass dish. Spoon over the raspberries and squish down a little with a fork then sprinkle over the sherry. Put the custard powder and sugar into a bowl and mix in 2 tbsp of the milk. Heat the rest of the milk then gradually pour over the powder, mixing all the time. Return to the pan and simmer for a few minutes until thickened.

  • Step 2

    Leave custard to cool to room temperature then spoon over the raspberries. Chill for 30 minutes. Softly whip the cream and dollop over the custard. Scatter over the almonds and raspberries then chill for an hour before serving.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 678
  • Fat 49.1g
  • Saturates 26.5g
  • Carbs 51.6g
  • Fibre 2g
  • Protein 8.2g
  • Salt 0.67g