As I am typing this the rain is falling down or pouring down is a better word to describe it. However, it is still summer and I feel like sharing this delicious summer trifle with you. This trifle dish is so easy it’s perfect for a quick dessert and even more perfect with fresh summer berries.

Summer trifle

Summer trifle

Technically we didn’t make this trifle in a large bowl as is customary but we placed all the ingredients on a plate and ate it that way. So you have all the flavors of any traditional trifle recipes but without the hassle of building layers. Although if you want you can still make this in a large glass bowl to represent a traditional trifle.

We just whipped the cream to stiff peaks, cleaned all the juicy berries and we finished it with some delicious store-bought cake. We didn’t even add any jam but you could add something like raspberry jam or strawberry jam to make it even more perfect. 

Summer trifle

Picnic style

We made this summer trifle for a picnic and it is perfect and super easy for that. You could also make the trifle at home in mason jars and bring it along on the picnic that way. Of course don’t leave it out too long on hot summer days as the whipped cream will not like that very much. If you make it at home and serve this as an easy dessert during the summer months you can definitely make individual trifles and serve it – for instance – at the end of a summer barbecue. 

In a jar

If you want to serve this easy summer berry trifle in a jar start by adding the jam at the bottom of the jar. Add some pieces of cake and top those with a fruit layer. The natural juices of the berries will soak into the cake and make it lovely and moist. You can use homemade whipped cream next or you can go for cream cheese or greek yogurt depending on your preferences. Depending on the size of your jar you repeat the layers and end with the whipped heavy cream. Now that’s a summer dessert you literally will have made within a few minutes. 

Fresh summer fruits

Definitely not a traditional english trifle but in terms of flavor it does come pretty close. 

Which fruits to use

I love making this with in-season fruit. That can be fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries or anything along those like. I like the fruit to be somewhat juice so it will soak into the cake, but you could also make this with other fruits if you prefer. As it’s a pretty simple dessert I tend to go for store-bought pound cake. If you happen to have some homemade cake at hand, that would be even better of course. Chocolate cake is also a good option or go for ladyfinger cookies or another cookie base. To make it fresher I sometimes add a bit of lemon curd on top of the cake or on top of the jam layer. That’s totally optional but really delicious.

Summer trifle

If you’re looking for a classic trifle recipe have a look at the Christmas trifle which can – of course – be adapted to your own needs and the season at hand. No matter what the season I do find this the perfect dessert and a beautiful trifle is always a great way of ending a meal. 

Check the ingredients in the recipe card with full details!

Summer trifle

Summer trifle with fresh berries

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The easiest dessert out there which only needs a few minutes
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Prep time 10 minutes
Cooking time 5 minutes
Total time 15 minutes

4 people


  • 500 g fresh berries or other summer fruits
  • 250 ml of whipping cream
  • 100 g raspberries
  • 2 tbsp of sugar or more or less as you prefer
  • 400 g Cake – homemade or storebought

  • Whip the cream with the sugar until you have stiff peaks. Use a fork to break up some of the raspberries and carefully fold them through the cream. You want it to look rippled and not all pink.
  • Clean and cut or peel the rest of the fruit in whatever size you want it to be.
  • Cut the cake in slices and arrange layers on plates with the cake, the fresh fruit and the raspberry cream and tuck in and enjoy!

Nutrition Information per portion

Calories: 682kcal | Carbohydrates: 108g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 747mg | Potassium: 212mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 63g | Vitamin A: 990IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 269mg | Iron: 3mg


The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.

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Simone van den Berg

Food blogger from the Netherlands. Loves good food. Likes to create healthy and easy recipes for daily use, but also loves the occasional sweet dish. Lives in the Netherlands with her two cats; Humphrey and Buffy. Profession: Food photographer, food blogger, recipe developer and nutritionist