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Easy Glass Trifle Bowl Recipes

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Pineapple-Strawberry Delight

Source:  Sharyn's Slant

Source: Sharyn's Slant

What Is a Trifle?

The word Trifle has many meanings including something whimsical, of little value or significance. But as you will learn, that description is far from reality.

You see, a trifle is also a dessert that the English have enjoyed for more than three centuries and typically consists of cake soaked in alcohol such as brandy, rum or sherry and covered with layers of jam, custard, and whipped cream. This dessert is layered and displayed in a see-through glass dish. Trifles were first created as a way to not waste leftover stale cake.

Specially designed glass or crystal trifle bowls are available today. These clear bowls typically have straight sides and a stem resembling an oversized brandy snifter glass.

The ideas are endless for what you can make, display and serve from your trifle bowl.

Pineapple-Strawberry Delight

Ingredients

  • 1 10.5-ounce loaf angel food cake
  • 1 3.75-ounce box instant vanilla pudding
  • 1 1/2 cups cold milk
  • 1 8-ounce CoolWhip
  • 16 ounces (1 pound) strawberries
  • 1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple

Instructions

  • Cut most of the strawberries into small pieces. Keep one strawberry whole and thinly slice just a few to decorate the top of the dessert. (see photo)
  • Slice the angel food cake loaf into bite-size pieces. (see photo)

Do not follow instructions on the pudding box.

  • Make vanilla pudding using only 1 1/2 cups cold milk.
  • Using a hand mixer or whisk, blend CoolWhip into the pudding.

Begin layering your dessert.

  • Layer 1 (bottom) ~ Use 1/2 of the angel food cake pieces.
  • Layer 2 ~ Spread 1/2 can crushed pineapple. Note: It is okay to use the juice as it will moisten the cake.
  • Layer 3 ~ Use 1/2 of the cut-up strawberries.
  • Layer 4~ Spread 1/2 of the pudding/CoolWhip mixture.
  • Layers 5–8 ~ Repeat layers 1–4.
  • Layer 9 (top) ~ Decorate with a whole strawberry in the middle and sliced strawberries around the top.

Servings: 6–8

Variations:

  • Substitute jelly-roll cakes or pound cake instead of angel food cake.
  • Substitute different types of fruit.
  • Substitute a different flavor pudding.
  • Use sugar-free alternatives.

Layered Jello Dessert

Ingredients

  • 5 or more 3-ounce packages of Jello (any combination of flavors/colors)
  • Evaporated Milk (refrigerated)
  • Cool Whip (thawed)
  • Fruit for Topping (mandarin oranges or strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, etc.)

Instructions

Do not follow instructions on the Jello box. You will be using less liquid to ensure the Jello remains firm.

  • Layer 1 (bottom) ~ Dissolve 1 package of Jello in 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir in 1 cup cold water. Pour into trifle bowl and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Layer 2 ~ Dissolve 1 package of Jello in 1/2 cup boiling water. Stir in 1/2 cup cold water and 1/2 cup cold evaporated milk. Pour into trifle bowl and refrigerate for about an hour.
  • Layers 3–5 ~ Continue with alternating layers clear and then opaque (with evaporated milk).

Note: If your trifle bowl is large enough, you could make more layers of Jello. Be sure that each layer has set before you add the next.

  • Layer 6 ~ Spread thawed CoolWhip OR use a pastry bag for a more decorative outcome. (I used a ziplock bag and cut the corner, turning it into a “pastry bag.”)
  • Top Layer ~ Decorate the top with fresh or canned fruit.

Servings: 6–8

Variations:

  • Add fruit or mini marshmallows in between layers.
  • Use sugar-free alternatives.

Individual Trifle Desserts

Any glass or crystal dish will work to make beautiful individual trifle desserts.

Below are just a couple photos to give you an idea so you will be able to make your own creations.

Beautiful Trifle Desserts for One

More individual trifle desserts!

More individual trifle desserts!

Additional Recipe Ideas for a Trifle Bowl

  • Layered fruit salad
  • Layered Waldorf salad
  • Layered green salad
  • Layered pasta salad
  • Layered Mexican salad

You Can Use a Trifle Bowl to Display Any Type of Food

Other Trifle Bowl Uses

  • Use it as a punch bowl.
  • Use it as a bowl for whole fruit.
  • Make a centerpiece such as glass stones around a pillar candle or a flower arrangement.

What About You

Thank You for Stopping by!

Using a trifle bowl truly adds a beautiful centerpiece to any table. Even if you do not have a trifle bowl, any large glass bowl will do such as a punch bowl. You will, no doubt, receive many ooohs and ahhhs when others see your pretty display. Have fun and enjoy the compliments!

© 2012 Sharon Smith

Comments

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 15, 2018:

Awesome Logo ~ so glad you enjoyed!!!

logo225 on July 14, 2018:

When you need a dessert because you don't realize your having dinner guests until 2 hours before dinner, the pineapple strawberry delight is perfect. It went over very well!!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 09, 2015:

Hi Fran,

I'm sure yours will look great. A trifle bowl has a way of making everything look good in it! Thanks for stopping by!

Sharyn

Fran on August 08, 2015:

IM GOING TO DO THIS TONIGHT AND IN THE MORNING FOR OUR CHURCH DINNER TOMORROW HOPE IT TURNS OUT AS PRETTY AS YOURS THANKS FOR SHARING.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 21, 2014:

Hi SoSown! Thank you so much for your comments. Thanksgiving is a great time to add a beautiful trifle bowl dessert to the table. I hope you enjoy!

Sharyn

Kelly from NJ, USA on October 08, 2014:

Very creative, I picked up a few tips and got a few ideas for Thanksgiving desert! Thanks!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 07, 2014:

I'm sure it's going to be awesome Karen. Have a wonderful Mother's Day!

karen on May 07, 2014:

thanks so much for getting back to me! trig this for mothers day....should be great! thanks for your input!

karen

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 07, 2014:

Hi Karen,

I think you will really like your creation in a trifle bowl. As far as the cool whip and jello together, I've never done that (when the jello is liquid). But I have mixed cool whip with boxed pudding before and it works out good. I believe you would need to use less water in the jello and then try the cool whip. One thing I've done is to use Dream Whip. You can find Dream Whip at your grocery store near the boxed jello. If you check out my article called Orange Pineapple Dream Cake Dessert Recipe, you can see how I mixed the Dream Whip with pudding. I am assuming that it would work quite similar when using jello.

Jello or pudding in a trifle bowl is going to "set up" that same as it would in any other bowl. Absolutely the desserts would be great the next day. They should last for a few days. I hope all of this helps.

Have fun being creative. It really is a lot of fun using a trifle bowl. Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!

Sharyn

karen on May 07, 2014:

hi sharon,

can i mix the jello and cool whip together and then layer the trifle bowl?

and then refrigerate overnight?

karen ellen on May 06, 2014:

Hi Sharyn,

I would like to make this jello with cool whip in a trifle bowl. I normally combine the jello with the cool whip and layer in a jello mold. Do you recommend this method for a trifle bowl. I also make it a day before, but never have used a glass container.thanks,

Karen

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on March 29, 2014:

Hi Leslie,

Ohhh, death by chocolate sounds wonderful. Thanks so much for stopping by and pinning too!

Sharyn

lesliebyars on March 26, 2014:

Hi Sharyn,

This dessert looks so good. I have a dessert recipe that follows the same idea as yours but is totally chocolate. Check out my recipe called Death By Chocolate.. I will pin this to pinterest. I voted up and awesome.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on October 19, 2013:

Hi Au fait ~ well thank YOU so much. I'm so glad you came across this and appreciate the shares too!

Hi Jaye ~ absolutely! Any type of salad looks beautiful in a trifle bowl. Thank you so much for your feedback!

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on October 17, 2013:

The last part of your hub was most useful to me. Since I stopped eating the foods one normally uses a trifle bowl for, mine has sat in a cupboard unused. Now I will use it for large salads or fruit when I have guests. (Why didn't I think of that? Probably because when I thought of "trifle bowl", only "trifle" came to mind. Thanks!

Voted Up and Useful

Jaye

C E Clark from North Texas on October 17, 2013:

Saw a beautiful photo of your main picture on Pinterest and followed it through to you! Decided to pin it directly from the source (you) on my "Fabulous Deserts' board. Looks so delicious and perfect for a holiday (or any) table. Going to share with my followers too.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on June 02, 2013:

Hi Vellur ~ thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to vote and comment. Very much appreciated.

Hi Moonlake ~ Gosh, I bet the trifle bowl with the red bottom is really pretty. Thank you so much for your comment and votes.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 28, 2013:

Lisa Lisa Lisa, oh my, you always have a way of making me laugh, lol. I'm so sorry you may have stained your shirt, ha! I will definitely come visit and make some desserts but I'd appreciate a backscratch vs. the shoulder thing. Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 25, 2013:

Hello sginteractive4 ~Thanks! I hope your family will love it. Thank you so much for stopping by!

Sharyn

moonlake from America on May 22, 2013:

I have two trifle bowls, one with a red bottom for Christmas. We love trifle and these recipes look really good. I like your hint for making cool whip thicker. Voted up and five stars.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 22, 2013:

Great recipe, thank you for sharing. Delicious!! Voted up.

Liz Rayen from California on May 22, 2013:

ok.. I barely made it halfway through and found myself drooling all over my shirt. Thanks a lot Sharon! lol I have made layered desserts before, but they don't look quite as beautiful as yours.. can you come for a visit and just make desserts for me for one week? I'll rub your shoulders if you do! *wink*♥

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on May 13, 2013:

Hi Missy ~ I have never tried the flavored Cool Whip but I would like to :)

I'm so glad you enjoyed this and it inspired you to bring out that Trifle bowl. Take care,

Sharyn

Missy Mac from Illinois on May 11, 2013:

You know, I have been testing several low cal deserts and have tried a fruit and cool whip. I love it! Your article has guided me back to the trifle. I love a lemon cool whip with pineapples and strawberries. Next time I will add the cake/angle food cake. I make up the mixture and leave in refrigerated and make individual servings. Thanks and great hub.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on January 25, 2013:

Hi rumanasaiyed ~ Thank you so much for the compliment. That first recipe is SO good and really easy too. I hope you try it. I appreciate you stopping by.

Sharyn

Rumana from Sharjah, UAE on January 24, 2013:

Your recipe is amazing... I also do make trifle pudding but I just make layers like Jelly, cake, custard, cream and decorate it with fruits on it. But yours is absolutely amazing. Voted up Useful

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi CassyLu1981 ~ it's nice to meet you. Oh yeah, Tiramisu would be great in a trifle bowl too. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hello ElleBee ~ oh, your recipe sounds delicious too. Yes, definitely try mixing the Cool Whip with the pudding. It's a great combo. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Vicki ~ I actually wanted to do a 7-layer type salad to also add to this hub but at the time, I didn't have all the ingredients. It would look great in the trifle bowl. Thanks so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

MARELLEN!!!!!!!!!!! ~ can you hear me yelling??? ha, just so glad to see you. Thanks for stopping by. Things are good, just busy. I hope all is well with you too!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Cyndi ~ It IS really easy, that's why I love it too. The jello recipe takes a much longer but the first one is really awesome. In fact, I think I'm going to make it for a Labor Day picnic. Thanks for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 30, 2012:

Hi Kelley ~ definitely, the kids will love this dessert. I'm sure they'd love the jello one as well. Personally, I think everyone should own a trifle bowl, ha. Let me know how it comes out! Thanks for pinning and sharing.

Sharyn

CassyLu1981 from Spring Lake, NC on August 30, 2012:

I love using my trifle bowl :) I use it all the time for my tiramisu I make. It's so good. My favorite part about the bowl is you get to see all the layers!!!

ElleBee on August 30, 2012:

These sound delicious! I usually make a chocolate berry trifle in mine with brownies, chocolate pudding, coolwhip, and berries (usually raspberries or strawberries). I never thought of combining the pudding and coolwhip. Might have to try that next time.

Victoria Lynn from Arkansas, USA on August 29, 2012:

I want a bowl like this. It would also be great for my 7 layer salad! Lovely hub. Pretty photos!

marellen on August 29, 2012:

Hi Sharyn, I love this dessert and have a beautiful glass bowl that I always use. It looks and taste fantastic. Thanks for sharing your recipe. How are things with you? I hope well. Take care........Mary

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on August 29, 2012:

YUM! This looks like it's easy and perfect for family and friends who come over. I love it! Beautiful pictures and awesome hub. I am going to have to try this. :)

kelleyward on August 29, 2012:

This is exactly what I was looking for. A simple dessert that my boys will love! Strawberries and whip cream, yum. Plus it's so attractive in a trifle bowl. Got to get one now! Voted up, 5 stars, and pinned! Kelley

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on August 01, 2012:

Hey Lesley ~ I give you permission to eat dessert in the early morning or anytime you wish! I hope you do treat yourself to a trifle bowl. They aren't too expensive and really make things look so decorative. Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Movie Master from United Kingdom on July 30, 2012:

Hi Sharyn, I'm reading this at 8.00 in the morning and I still want to make some 'now!'

I must get a trifle bowl - it all looks delicious thank you and voted up:-)

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 29, 2012:

Hi Deb ~ I'm so glad you like these recipes. I agree, I like displaying any type of salad in my trifle bowl. It still looks pretty even if it is not layered. It just adds so much to the presentation. I really appreciate your feedback. Thanks,

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 29, 2012:

Hi Paula ~ I love my trifle bowl too. I really like your idea of having a plant sit in it that can spread its leaves because it is up higher on a pedestal. Great idea. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 29, 2012:

Hi Susan ~ Even if you don't have a trifle bowl, you could use any glass bowl, even a punch bowl too. I'm thrilled to hear you will be making this and look forward to hearing back from you. Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 29, 2012:

Hi Brenda ~ I agree we could use a couple more "button" options. I am so glad you mentioned sugar free because there are many ways to alter these recipes to make them sugar free and less calories. I'm sorry I made you hungry :) Thanks for stopping by.

Sharyn

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on July 29, 2012:

Yum. These look wonderful. I like the idea of using a trifle bowl for salad.

Paula Kirchner from Austin. Texas on July 29, 2012:

I love my trifle bowl. It definitely is an appealing display for parties and gatherings. Currently, I have a plant sitting in mine in my dining room. The plant is full and the bowl lifts it higher so that it can spread its leaves easily.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on July 29, 2012:

All of these look amazing! I don't own a trifle bowl but I do have a bowl that I can use that is just a tad shorter as I have to make that Pineapple Strawberry Delight. It's making my mouth water :) I'll be back to let you know how it turned out.

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on July 29, 2012:

We really do need a "Yummy" vote on HP. These are gorgeous and easy to make. I have given up sugar but can make one sugar-free. Thanks for making me hungry. laugh

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hello Athlyn Green ~ so nice to meet you. Thank you so much for your great feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hi Debbie ~ I do hope you try it, so simple yet so good. Thank you so much for sharing too.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hi Carol ~ These recipes really are easy. The first one is extremely simple and really tastes great. The jello recipe does take some time. It's easy though too. Thank you so much for your feedback.

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hello CASE1WORKER ~ great to meet you. Thank you for the compliments.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hi TT ~ absolutely! You can really change this recipe with whatever fruit is in season. Although I will say that the canned crushed pineapple is a good idea because the juice makes the angel food cake really moist and yummy. Thanks for your feedback!

Sharyn

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hello Unknown Spy ~ I am so glad you enjoyed this. Thank you for stopping by!

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hey Josh ~ I sent some in the mail to ya! I hope you got to it before anyone else did.

Sharon Smith (author) from Northeast Ohio USA on July 28, 2012:

Hi Angela ~ I was so happy to see your message that you will be making this for a family reunion - and you did! Then I saw your message that is didn't come out as pretty as mine. Well, let me tell you, trying to display something in a glass dish is not as easy as it looks. I have no doubt that yours looked just fine and tasted delicious. We just finished our "pineapple-strawberry delight" today. It was really good and refreshing. I hope yours was too. Thanks so much for your comments and stopping back.

Sharyn

Athlyn Green from West Kootenays on July 28, 2012:

Wow! What an incredible Hub and wonderful photos.

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on July 28, 2012:

I made it, but mine isn't quite as pretty as yours. :)

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on July 28, 2012:

Sharon this looks wonderful.. I make my banana puddings in mine.. I love this bowl,.. I will try your desert soon.. I am sharing on the cooking page and the TOPS PAGE i created I will make sure you are a member.. blessings my friend

Debbie

carol stanley from Arizona on July 28, 2012:

My sweet tooth is crying for some of this very delicious looking creation. It is so beautiful...and looks like it is fairly easy to put together. Thanks for sharing this delightful dessert...

CASE1WORKER from UNITED KINGDOM on July 28, 2012:

This is a lovely hub with wonderful ideas- I do have a heavy cut glass trifle bowl which I use specifically for trifles!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on July 27, 2012:

These look awesome, and with all the fresh fruit available now, I can see a mixed berry trifle in my near future. :)

Life Under Construction from Neverland on July 27, 2012:

Wow, that was awesome!! Very yummy recipe.

Joshua Zerbini from Pennsylvania on July 27, 2012:

Sharon,

This is simply not fair! I want this right now! :) Awesome recipe Sharon!

Angela Michelle Schultz from United States on July 27, 2012:

I think I'm going to make the first one tommorrow for a family reunion I'm going to. :) I'm going to pin this for sure!