Winter Berry Trifle with Creme de Cassis

By Clodagh McKenna

This a lovely extra special Christmas dessert. It’s low cost and time efficient – just what we love! Thanks for sharing Clodagh.

Serves 8


500g bag frozen mixed berries

70g golden caster sugar

50ml crème de cassis

200g Madeira cake, sliced

250ml tub mascarpone cheese

500ml tub custard

1 tbsp vanilla extract

300ml double cream, softly whipped


  1. Place the berries and sugar in a saucepan over a low heat and simmer for 2 minutes, then pour the crème cassis and set aside to cool.
  2. Place a layer of madeira cake at the bottom of a large trifle bowl, and spoon 2/3 of the berry mix on top.
  3. In a mixing bowl whisk together the mascarpone, vanilla extract and custard until smooth but make sure it doesn’t get to runny, you want it to remain slightly thick. then gradually beat in the custard and stir in the vanilla. Spoon on top of the cake and berries, followed by the whipped cream.
  4. Chill for a couple of hours in a fridge and just before you serve pour the remaining berries on top.
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