Chocolate Trifle Dessert Recipe

White forest trifle

  • serves 10
  • Easy

This trifle is an easy and stylish Christmas dessert to make during the festive season or all year round. Ready in only 30 minutes, our white forest cake will become a crowd favourite in no time


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



  • all-butter Madeira cake 2 x 300g
  • cherry conserve 150g
  • black cherries in kirsch 3 x 390g jars, drained (we used Opies)
  • mascarpone 250g tub
  • fresh vanilla custard 500ml tub
  • vanilla extract
  • kirsch
  • double cream 600ml tub
  • icing sugar 2 tbsp
  • white chocolate 200g block 


  • Step 1

    Cut the cakes into 2cm slices. Spread with jam and make sandwiches. Cut each into 4.

  • Step 2

    Put 7 cherries aside to decorate the top of the trifle then cut the rest in half.

  • Step 3

    Beat the mascarpone until smooth then gradually beat in the custard. Stir in 1 tsp vanilla extract.

  • Step 4

    Put half the cake in the bottom of a large glass trifle dish. Drizzle over 3 tbsp kirsch and spoon over half the cherries, making sure you push them to the edge of the dish so they are visible. Top with half the custard.

  • Step 5

    Add another layer of cake then more kirsch and the other half of the cherries. Top with the rest of the custard.

  • Step 6

    Softly whip the cream with another 2 tsp of vanilla and the icing sugar. Spoon on top of the trifle.

  • Step 7

    Make curls by drawing a large, sharp knife across the surface of the white chocolate. Pile on top of the cream and dot around some cherries to finish.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 931
  • Fat 60g
  • Carbs 86.2g
  • Fibre 0.6g
  • Protein 9g
  • Salt 0.8g