Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle

Trifle is an English dessert that contains layers of fruit, “ladyfinger” sponge biscuits, and cream. There are varieties of this dessert all over the world. Some use other ingredients in making the layers. This recipe is a red, white, and blue berry trifle that consists of layers of raspberries, ladyfinger pieces, mascarpone cream mixture, and blueberries. You can make it ahead and keep it in the fridge overnight for it to set. Serve it the next day for your friends at a weekend get-together.


• 5 cups raspberries
• 2.5 cups blueberries
• 20-24 ladyfingers (break into 1-inch pieces)
• 1 1/3 cups mascarpone cheese
• 1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream
• 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar + 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
• 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
• 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
• salt to taste


Prepare an 8-inch springform pan.
Line the round base and sides with a parchment.
Set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, add 5 cups of raspberries.
Add 3/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar and 1/4 cup of fresh orange juice.
Mix to combine.
Set aside for 10 minutes.

In another mixing bowl, add 1 1/3 cups of mascarpone cheese.
Add 1/2 cup of confectioners’ sugar.
Mix to combine.
Pour a combination of 1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream, 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, and salt to taste.
Whisk the mixture until thick and smooth.
Set aside.

Bring in the parchment-lined springform pan.
Add ladyfinger pieces as the first layer.
Add half of the raspberry mixture and spread to cover the ladyfingers.
Add half of the mascarpone mixture and spread to cover the raspberries.
Repeat this for the remaining ingredients for the next layer.
Top it off with blueberries.
Place inside the fridge for at least 3 hours or until overnight.

Once set, remove from the fridge.
Release the cake from the springform pan.
Remove the parchment.
Slice into servings.
Serve and enjoy!

Tips and ideas:

When making the mascarpone cream mixture, you can use a handheld electric device to whisk the ingredients.

Make the trifle ahead of time if you are planning to invite friends or family over.

Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle
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