Appears in
Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets

By Darra Goldstein

Published 2015

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trifle is a traditional British dessert consisting of layers of cake or sponge biscuits (often laced with sherry or other alcohol), jam or fruit, crushed macarons or ratafia biscuits, thick rich custard, and a frothy cream or a syllabub topping, often decorated with slivered almonds, angelica, glacé cherries, or the like. There are many variations on this theme. Trifle is best made in a glass bowl so that the decorative layers can be seen. It is often served at parties, celebrations, or festive occasions such as Christmas.