How to Layer a Trifle to Make a Gorgeous Dessert
To show off the layers of cake, berries, and custard, a straight-sided glass dish is best. If you don't have a trifle dish, get creative. Use a clear glass bowl or cookie jar, or even a straight-sided vase. Just make sure the opening at the top is large enough to add all your ingredients and to spoon out portions.
Layer 1: Start with a Sauce
Layer 2: Top with Crumbled Cake
Layer 3: Spoon on More Sauce
Layer 4: Add Fruit
For color and flavor, top the trifle with a sweet fruit compote or fresh berries. For this Christmas trifle, tart cranberries are cooked in sugar until syrupy then paired with sweet strawberries. Just remember: Trifles are meant to be viewed all the way around, so when you're adding the berries, make sure to spread them out all the way to the sides instead of piling them into the center. If you're learning how to layer a chocolate trifle, you could swap out the fruit for chocolate curls or colored chocolate candies.
Layer 5: Finish with Whipped Cream
For the final layer, a dollop of whipped cream adds extra richness to the dessert. For a boost of flavor and a bit of flair, we sprinkled candied ginger strips over the whipped cream. For other trifle recipes, you could add a dusting of cocoa powder, a sprig of fresh mint, or sprinkles to make the whipped cream look more festive. Serve the trifle right away or refrigerate until ready to serve (up to overnight).
Make Mini Trifles!
If you don't have your own trifle bowl, another option is to make mini trifles. You can use individual trifle bowls, which will have the same look as a large one but in mini form, or you can use Mason jars, wineglasses, or other clear glasses or bowls that will let your guests see the tantalizing layers.