Red Berry Trifle

Nuvita Biscuits


  • 1 Plain Pound Cake, recipe follows
  • 1 cup good raspberry jam
  • Framboise (optional)
  • 2 half-pints fresh raspberries
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • Cognac Cream, recipe follows
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract


Cut the pound cake into 9 (3/4-inch) slices and spread each slice on 1 side with raspberry jam, using all the jam. Set aside.

Place a layer of cake, jam side up, in the bottom of a 2 1/2-to 3-quart glass serving bowl, cutting the pieces to fit. Sprinkle with Framboise. Top with a layer of raspberries and strawberries and Cognac Cream. Repeat the layers of cake sprinkled with Framboise, raspberries, strawberries and Cognac Cream, ending with a third layer of cake jam side down and raspberries and strawberries.

Whip the heavy cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to whip until it forms stiff peaks. Decorate the trifle with whipped cream. The trifle can sit for a while at room temperature.

For the Pound Cake:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 4 extra-large eggs, at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour 2 (8 1/2 by 4 1/2 by 2 1/2-inch) loaf pans. Line the bottoms with parchment paper.

Cream the butter and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, beat in the eggs, 1 at a time.

In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. In another bowl, combine the buttermilk and vanilla. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean.

When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes. Take them out of the pans, place them on a baking rack and allow them to cool completely. Wrap well, and store in the refrigerator.

For the Cognac Cream:

  • 3 cups milk
  • 10 extra-large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 tablespoons sifted cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon Cognac
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream

Heat the milk in a medium stainless-steel saucepan over medium heat and bring almost to a boil. Remove from the heat.

Beat the egg yolks and sugar on medium-high speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment until pale and thick, about 5 minutes. With the mixer on low speed, sprinkle on the cornstarch. Beat on medium-low speed until combined, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula.

With the mixer on low speed, slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture. Pour the mixture back into the pan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, 5 to 7 minutes. (Pay attention because it will thicken and then quickly become scrambled eggs!)

Immediately, pour the mixture through a fine sieve into a large bowl. Stir in the vanilla, Cognac, butter, and heavy cream. Place plastic wrap directly on the custard and refrigerate until cold.



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Recipe Comments

  1. posted by Mc L on Feb 5, 2013

    So some of us n neighbours are new on block, and a couple people got together and made this flyer invite up to get to know one another. It just says bring out your bbq lawn chairs, n games. So what ideas do you have for me?

  2. posted by Andre on Feb 5, 2013

    just normal trifle with.

    custard, jelly spongecake, canned fruits and cream

  3. posted by llb443 on Feb 5, 2013

    i had this cake the other day, it was mostly made of some kind of whipped cream, and it was set with geleton toit was like a whipped fluffy cake with fruit in it. aparently it’s a dutch cake, but i can’t remember what it was called. if anybody knows what i’m talking about, and could tell me the name it would be greatly appreciated

  4. posted by Disrae on Feb 5, 2013

    Today my doctor told me that I have high cholesterol and that I need to go on a low cholesterol diet. Problem is…I really don’t know how to cook (although I am trying to learn) I shouldn’t eat dairy, but will still eat it at times. Does anyone know of some simple meals/snacks/breakfast/
    DESSERTS (that taste good) to cook that are healthy for me to eat. I’m starvin and want to start off learning how to cook healthy.
    Recipes would be appreciated thanks!

  5. posted by Matthew S on Feb 5, 2013

    I want to find pints of the best and most useful liqueurs.

  6. posted by Alun J on Feb 5, 2013

    i was looking on the pampered chef website and saw this strawberry and blueberry dessert but i can’t find the recipe on the website.

    first i went to the pampered chef website:

    then i went to products and chose shop online

    the picture is at the top of the page. it is red white and blue in a glass container. it has strawberries blueberries and i guess whipped cream but there is other stuff at the bottom.

    the first person that finds the recipe for this fruit concoction will get the best answer.


  7. posted by Praveen on Feb 5, 2013

    stuffed quahogs,baked potato,drawn butter and lemon wedge for lobster. Am I forgetting anything?

  8. posted by Bryant B on Feb 5, 2013

    Ok making a flag cake for a party tmw…i make it every 4th if july party every year but today im tired and not in the mood to be betty crocker so being impacient i flipped the cake before it cooled
    And it fell…so any ideas how to make a cake woth cake crumbs?

  9. posted by RichT on Feb 5, 2013

    I am having a dinner party and I was having trouble coming up with ideas for the main course. So if you went to a dinner party and had something you really enjoyed or if you threw one and your main course was a success please fill me in on your secret!

  10. posted by Ray D on Mar 16, 2013

    This is probably the first Christmas that my daughter will actually remember it and I’m hosting for the first time. I want to pick a few desserts to fix for Christmas that will become traditions from here on out. I want to pick things that are very traditional. I’ll probably make Lane cake. Any other ideas?
    Lol, your family sure does like the peanut butter!

    Thanks guys!

  11. posted by Matthew David on Mar 16, 2013

    Ok well i already have the dinner thing …now i need help with snacks and dessert? Now remember we are going to eat these things at the fireworks display….And i really don’t have simple ingredients like flour ?
    Don’t have kids Murray but Thnx for all the details~Im Really young(13) but i plan to cook for forth of July~Lol Thnx Guys~

  12. posted by MexicanDude on Mar 17, 2013

    I recently made some brownies because I love to bake. Then I went away to sleep away camp for 5 days and my family ate them. I made some more brownies. My family and I ate them super fast again. I want to bake something again tonight, but not the classic brownies and cookies. I love to bake but it is so annoying how all I ever think of is cookies and brownies. So do you guys have any good, easy dessert recipes. I already did s’more brownies – delicious. Try to avoid shortening, yeast, vegetable and canola oil. I don’t have those.


  13. posted by altair on Mar 18, 2013

    Hi, so this year for the 4th of July, my family is going to have a dessert making contest. My two aunts are also in the contest and they are very good at baking and cooking but I am very competitive and I really want to win. I was thinking of what to make and so for this is my idea: I’m going to make white chocolate bowls (dip melted chocolate in water balloons, freeze it, pop the balloon) with red velvet ice cream inside, and add blue pop rocks to represent fireworks. is that a good idea? And can you think of any other awesome desserts that go along with the 4th of July theme? Thanks so much:)

  14. posted by Victoria T on Mar 19, 2013

    I have red berries and don’t know what to do with them? I was thinking that you could use the for scones or jam! Can you put them in trifle?
    strawberries and raspberries!

  15. posted by vanvark83 on Mar 19, 2013

    I am doing a three course dinner, and the theme is carnival, i need ideas on what to serve, but it can’t be very expensive

  16. posted by PIE BOY on Mar 21, 2013

    I am having my daughters 4th birthday party in a few weeks, we are doing everything in Olivia (cartoon) and would like to have Red Food/Drinks….All ideas are welcome!

  17. posted by evil chevy on Mar 21, 2013

    I made the best trifle but have seen a million ways to make it but never like I do..what is your way of making it?
    I cut up a raspberry scroll sponge cake and layer that on the bottom top with green jello, custard, peach slices,cream and make about 3 layers of each but the second layer has red jello for the christmas feel.I sometimes pour a little brandy over the sponge cake (but not for the kids).Yummm!

  18. posted by The Villain on Mar 25, 2013


  19. posted by sean on Mar 25, 2013

    It’s urgent! I desperately need the recipe to something called “berry coconut cream”. If anyone knows how to make this, please answer ASAP!Thank you so much, you gems

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