Easy Irish Trifle

Easy Irish Trifle

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 45 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: Irish


This recipe for easy Irish trifle is the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert, or for any time you want a pretty, fruit and pudding filled treat.


  • One package ladyfinger cookies (see note)
  • 1 cup raspberry or strawberry jam
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 1 package of raspberry or strawberry gelatin, prepared according to package directions and fully set
  • 1 package vanilla pudding, prepared according to package directions
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar
  • Fresh raspberries or strawberries for garnish
  • Coarse pink sugar for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut the ladyfingers in half length-wise (or use two small slices of cake in place of each ladyfinger).  Spread generously with jam and put together like a sandwich.  Line a serving bowl with the sandwiches, all along the bottom and up the sides.  Sprinkle with the sherry.
  2. Using an electric mixer, whip the set Jello into a foam.  Spread the foam over the sandwiches.  Spread the prepared pudding over the foam.
  3. Put the cream and confectioner’s sugar into a mixing bowl and beat with a mixer until soft peaks form.  Spread over pudding.
  4. Garnish with fruit and colored sugar and serve!


If you can’t find ladyfingers, then thin slices of pound cake or sponge cake will work.  Cut them about 3 inches tall, 1 inch wide and 1/2 inch thick.