Individual Strawberry Trifle

Individual Strawberry trifle served in a wine glass with a blue background.
These Individual Strawberry Trifles are decadent, rich and oh so delicious. Sherry soaked sponge, sweet strawberry compote, creamy vanilla custard all topped with a pillow of whipped cream. All served as an individual serving! Who could resist that?

Strawberry Trifles served in stemless wine glasses.

These Individual Strawberry Trifles are a great way to serve trifle.

So often trifle bowls are large and designed to serve at least 8-10 people. Perfect if you are serving a crowd, but if you just have 4 for dinner, you either have to serve double portions or eat trifle for breakfast the following morning.

(Shush!!! It has been known to happen in our house 😉 )

But with these individual strawberry trifles you have a beautiful pre-portioned, prepare ahead dessert for your next dinner party.

What is more, if you are serving kids (or people who can’t/don’t drink alcohol) you can easily prepare one or more using fruit juice rather than sweet sherry.

Two individual trifles in wine glasses with a blue napkin in the background.


I like to use sweet sherry here as the cake soaks everything up and a dry sherry just doesn’t taste as nice. If you only have dry sherry at home then a couple of tablespoons of brown sugar mixed through it can make all the difference to this dessert.

For the custard layer in these individual trifles, I use my Easy, Made from Scratch Custard. It is simple to make at home, but a good thick store bought custard will work just as well.

With the sponge, a store bought vanilla sponge is perfect here.

Slightly overhead shot of the individual trifle showing a cut strawberry on top of the cream.


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Individual Strawberry Trifle in wine glasses.
5 from 6 votes

Individual Strawberry Trifle

These Individual Strawberry Trifles are decadent, rich and oh so delicious. Sherry soaked sponge, sweet strawberry compote, creamy vanilla custard all topped with a pillow of whipped cream. All served as an individual serving! Who could resist that?

Course Dessert
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 875 kcal


  • 1 small sponge cake
  • 3 tbsp Strawberry jam
  • 2 cups custard
  • 200 g fresh strawberries
  • Zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 6 tbsp sweet sherry - see notes
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • icing sugar - for dusting


  1. Cut the cake in half and use the jam to sandwich the slices together.
  2. Use a cookie cutter to cut 4 circles out of the cake and place them into 4 glasses. Cut the remaining cake up and fill the gaps.
  3. Spoon a tablespoon and a half of sherry into each glass.
  4. Reserve 4 strawberries and then hull the remaining strawberries and cut them into quarters.
  5. Divide the cut strawberries amongst the trifles.
  6. Sprinkle over the lemon zest over the strawberries.
  7. Spoon over the custard.
  8. Pour the whipping cream into a bowl and whisk until it forms soft peaks.
  9. Spoon this over the custard and garnish with a cut strawberry and a dusting of icing sugar.

Recipe Notes

If you haven't got sweet sherry dissolve a tablespoon or two of brown sugar into your dry sherry.

Nutrition Facts
Individual Strawberry Trifle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 875 Calories from Fat 459
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 51g 78%
Saturated Fat 30g 150%
Total Carbohydrates 88g 29%
Protein 12g 24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    • Dannii
    • February 28, 2018

    These look delicious! I love that they are individual sized, so they would be perfect for a dinner party.

    1. Reply

      Thank you.
      They are, and it saves having a half a trifle left in the fridge….because in my house I know one of the kids will decide they want that for breakfast…..

    • Emily
    • February 28, 2018

    Gorgeous photos Claire and what a lovely dessert!

    1. Reply

      Thank you Emily 😀

    • Patty
    • February 28, 2018

    I’ve always loved trifles, specially when strawberries are involved! Looks delicious and so easy to whip up, can’t wait to try your recipe!

    1. Reply

      When strawberries are in season there is nothing better, is there 😀
      I love desserts that are easy to make and can be made in advance!

  1. Reply

    I love strawberry desserts and these trifles look simply delicious! The combination of strawberry jam, sponge cake and cream is simply irresistible!

    1. Reply

      It is such a classic combo isn’t it.
      Showing my quintessentially English roots 😉

  2. These look delicious, you just can’t beat a strawberry trifle. I am so tempted with big trifle bowls to eat the whole thing so an individual serving is great!

    1. Reply

      Ha!!! It is so true!!!
      And I know if there is dessert left over, at least one child (or Stew) will decide it is a valid breakfast choice!!!

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