Decadent Cherry Trifle

This is absolutely, hands down, one of the best desserts I’ve made to date. I absolutely love how each ingredient has its own uniqueness, yet everything comes together in the most delicious way. Read on to find out what makes this dessert so spectacular.

Watch me make my Decadent Cherry Trifle here:

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LET’S START WITH THE LAYERS-Delicate and bold flavors make this dessert a pleasant surprise. One of the reasons I really enjoy making this particular dessert is because I find it therapeutic. The easiest way to assemble a trifle is to have all of your ingredients prepared. Before you begin, make the simple syrup, cube the panettone, whip the mascarpone and cream, and chop the cherries. You can also redistribute the cherries into the syrup before layering.

A NOTE ABOUT AMARENA CHERRIES- At the moment, I find mine specifically at Trader Joe’s. I would imagine they can be found at a variety of other specialty stores. These are the best packaged cherries I’ve had in my entire life. I bought them on a whim and boy was I in for a treat! I did not expect them to have such rich, deep, and tangy flavors. The syrup is also much thicker than I imagined. It’s hard to compare to any other cherry because I really can’t think of anything else like it. What I can say is, if you really like cherries, you will LOVE these!!!

You can really play with the garnishes and get as fancy as you like. I think little dark chocolate shaving would be a welcomed addition here, it would play especially well with the contrasting flavor of the cherries.

Enjoy this Decadent Cherry Trifle!

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Decadent Cherry Trifle

  • Author: Handy Chef
  • Prep Time: 50 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: Serves 10 1x


Hands down, one of the best desserts I’ve made to date. I absolutely love how each ingredient has its own uniqueness, yet everything comes together in the most delicious way.



1 loaf Panettone bread (26 oz)

1 jar Amarena cherries

2 containers Mascarpone cheese (8 oz each)

½ cup confectioners sugar

1 pint heavy whipping cream

An assortment of candied and dried fruits *optional

For the simple syrup:

1 cup granulated sugar

1 cup water

½ tsp almond extract

½ tsp vanilla extract


1. Make a simple syrup by combining water, sugar, and extracts in a small saucepan. Simmer until sugar has dissolved; cool completely.

2. Make a sweet cream by incorporating heavy cream and confectioners sugar in an electric mixer. Whip until cream has inflated slightly but is still loose in consistency. Add the mascarpone cheese and gently whip until mixture has thickened.

3. Drain the cherries, retaining the liquid in a separate bowl. Remove the stems, and chop roughly. Add cherries back to liquid and set aside.

4. Slice the panettone loaf into 1 ½ inch slices. Lay each side flat and brush ½ of the simple syrup over each slice, brushing the liquid evenly. Gently flip slices and use the remaining syrup to coat the opposite side of each slice. Cube the bread.

5. Assemble the trifle. Start with the cubed panettone; place the pieces in an even layer on the bottom of the bowl. Top the bread with a little less than half of the cream mixture. Be sure that all of the bread has been covered. Top the cream with a few spoonfuls of cherries.

6. Repeat the layering process and use the remaining cream to finish the trifle. Top with a few more spoonfuls of cherries. Reserve the remaining cherries to be used as each serving is separated. (If serving to guests, each person can top their trifle with the desired amount of cherries!

  1. Sharon says:

    Great for the holidays.

  2. Sharon says:

    Beautiful Trifle and great for the holidays, or any time one is ready for a tasty desert.


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