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No Bake Summer Berry and Ladyfinger Trifle

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This pretty, no-bake, Summer Berry and Ladyfinger Trifle is that go-to dessert you’ll be needing for any and all occasions this summer! Easy, simple, but still so delicious. Sweet and crunchy ladyfingers (aka savoiardi!), layered with luscious Chantilly cream, and sweet summer berries. Then, after assembling, this trifle is topped with extra Chantilly cream and even more fresh berries. This trifle is no-bake, perfectly cold for hot summer days, extra berry-filled, and oh-so very pretty with minimal effort!

berry trifle in large trifle glass with whipped cream and more berries on top, with two more smaller trifles behind, with fresh berries and white flowers around on marble surface.

About The Recipe

It’s officially the unofficial start to summer and we are celebrating this Memorial Day with the easiest, but still seriously delicious dessert…a summer berry trifle! I honestly cannot wait to make this trifle again.

It’s one of those desserts that everyone will LOVE, while being oh-so easy to make!

I mean, it’s kinda the perfect combo of everything, you know? The ladyfinger cookies make it reminiscent of a tiramisu, while the whipped cream and fresh berries are a treat that everyone loves.

When you put it all together, it creates an irresistible dessert that will have you coming back for more.

The flavors are light and truly perfect for summer. Every bite is perfectly sweet, crunchy, creamy, and bursting with fresh berries.

What’s not to love?!

berry trifle with lit sparkler in main trifle, with two more smaller trifles behind, with white flowers and berries around.

So, whether you’re looking for a last-minute Memorial Day dessert, something for the Fourth of July, or simply need a delicious berry-filled dessert then you need to make this berry trife!

What is a Trifle?

A trifle is a layered dessert that originates from 18th century England! Traditionally, it consists of three of four distinct layers. Soaked sponge cake, custard, fruit, and even whipped cream. Some even included jelly!

Though, in America, trifles tend to be less complicated and can consist of just about anything. Cubes or crumbles of cake (any kind!), brownies, cookies, custard, pudding, fruit, sauces, jam…as long as it tastes delicious together, it can pretty much be made into a trifle!

Reasons You Will Love This Berry Trifle

  • Completely no bake!
  • A light and not-too-sweet dessert that’s perfect for summer.
  • Effortlessly gorgeous.
  • Can be made in-advance!
  • Highly customizable.
  • Perfect for Memorial Day and Fourth of July!
close up of berry trifle with piped whipped cream and berries on top, more berries around, and two trifles behind.

Equipment Needed

Ingredients

Full ingredient amounts and instructions can be found in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Heavy Whipping Cream – This is essential to make the Chantilly cream. Be sure to use cold heavy cream to make sure it whips!
  • Powdered Sugar – Adds just enough sweetness, without being too much.
  • Vanilla Extract – Gives the Chantilly cream a delicious flavor!
  • Savoiardi (Ladyfingers) – Using savoiardi adds a delicious flavor and texture to this trifle.
  • Mixed Fresh Berries – For this recipe, you can really use ANY berry you want! We used a blend of blueberries, raspberries and strawberries to give this trifle an iconic red, white, and blue combo.
blueberries, ladyfinger cookies, chopped strawberries, raspberries, vanilla, heavy cream, and powdered sugar on marble surface.

How To Make This Berry Trifle

Step 1: Whip cream

Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Beat with an electric mixer to medium peaks. Set aside.

Step 2: Assemble

In a trifle dish, or individual glasses, place a layer of savoiardi (cutting to fit, if necessary). Spoon a layer of cream on top of the savoiardi. Spread evenly. Top with berries. Repeat layers to top of glass.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make substitutions?

Absolutely! A little further below, we’ve listed substitutions you can make for this trifle.

Should a trifle be made the night before?

With this particular recipe, you definitely can. We actually recommend making this trifle about 5-8 hours ahead of time!

How long can a trifle be left out of the fridge?

Typically, a trifle can be left at room temperature for about 1 hour. Though, we recommend not leaving it ANY longer! It’s always best to keep it in the fridge.

Decorating Ideas

Trifles in the glass can be gorgeous! Though, the top layer can always be a little plain. So, we’ve compiled a quick list to give you some inspo!

  • Pipped or dolloped whipped cream
  • Extra berries
  • Red, white, and blue sprinkles
  • Edible flowers
  • Mint leaves
mixed berry trifle in tall trifle glass with two smaller glasses of berry trifle behind, with fresh berries and white flowers around, two empty glasses behind, and a stack of plates beside.

What Can I Add to a Trifle?

Looking to add even MORE flavor? We got you! Here’s a few things you can add to really amp up the flavor of this trifle.

  • Lemon Zest – It may sound a little odd, but add some fresh lemon zest to the whipped cream to add a brightness to this dish.
  • Chocolate Sauce or Caramel Sauce – Or, if you’re like me, BOTH! A drizzle of chocolate sauce or caramel sauce can really add a delicious pop of flavor to this trifle.
  • Strawberry Jam or Raspberry Jam – You can coat your berries/fruit in some jam or add some layers of jam to add some extra flavor.
  • Vanilla Pudding – If you wanna add some extra yumminess to this trifle, try making some vanilla pudding!

How To Store

This trifle is best enjoyed a few hours after it’s assembled! If there’s any leftovers, you can cover the trifle dish with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for 1-2 days.

Substitutions

  • Angel Food Cake and Vanilla Pound Cake can be used instead of ladyfinger cookies.
  • Any fresh fruit/berry can be used in this trifle.
  • If desired, store-bought whipped cream can be used.

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mixed berry trifle with two more smaller trifles behind on marble surface with flowers and fresh berries around, and a cake knife beside.

Expert Tips

  • Want to add a little kick to this trifle? Lightly soak the ladyfingers in a mixture of amaretto and cream!
  • For the best flavor, try to use the sweetest berries possible! While it’s more expensive, we found that organic berries tend to be much sweeter.
  • The heavy cream needs to be cold to whip properly!
  • Keep the sides as clean/neat as you can to have gorgeous and distinct layers.

When you make these No Bake Summer Berry and Ladyfinger Trifle, leave a comment down below! We love hearing from you and answering any questions you might have! Also, be sure to tag us on social media and hashtag it #BakersTable.

berry trifle in large trifle glass with whipped cream and more berries on top, with two more smaller trifles behind, with fresh berries and white flowers around on marble surface.
5 from 1 vote

No Bake Summer Berry and Ladyfinger Trifle

Author: Caylie
The perfect no-bake dessert for summertime! This Summer Berry and Ladyfinger Trifle is light, not too sweet, and oh-so easy to make.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration Time 5 hours
Total Time: 5 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup heavy cream, cold
  • 1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 24 savoiardi
  • 12 ounces mixed fresh berries, washed and dried

Instructions
 

  • Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla in a medium bowl.
  • Beat with an electric mixer to medium peaks. Set aside.
  • In a trifle dish, or individual glasses, place a layer of savoiardi (cutting to fit, if necessary).
  • Spoon a layer of cream on top of the savoiardi.
  • Spread evenly.
  • Top with berries.
  • Repeat layers to top of glass.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Notes + Tips!

Substitutions:
  • Angel Food Cake and Vanilla Pound Cake can be used instead of ladyfinger cookies.
  • Any fresh fruit/berry can be used in this trifle.
  • If desired, store-bought whipped cream can be used.
 
Expert Tips:
  • Want to add a little kick to this trifle? Lightly soak the ladyfingers in a mixture of amaretto and cream!
  • For the best flavor, try to use the sweetest berries possible! While it’s more expensive, we found that organic berries tend to be much sweeter.
  • The heavy cream needs to be cold to whip properly!
  • Keep the sides as clean/neat as you can to have gorgeous and distinct layers.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 331kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 142mg | Sodium: 76mg | Potassium: 119mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 854IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.

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