Sangria, fruit and the fluffiest berry filling – this no-bake summer sangria fruit trifle is bound to become a summer favorite! It’s the perfect no-bake dessert, made using lady fingers soaked in sangria and layered with all the best summer fruit! This incredible easy and insanely delicious sangria trifle is inspired by one of the most popular recipes on my blog – my ‘Summer Sangria Cake’! This fruit dessert recipe has all the same flavors, minus the baking! Use sweet grape juice in place of sangria for a non-alcoholic version!
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How to Make a Fruit Trifle
Fruit trifles are one of the easiest desserts to make and they’re very impressive! They are made with three essentials: cake, fruit and filling. There are several different methods of preparing this dessert – some recipes call for pudding, others for custard or whipped cream. Some recipes call for home-made cake, others use premade cake like Angel Food cake or like in my recipe, lady fingers. The fruit is all up to you!
For my sangria fruit trifle, I went with crispy lady finger cookies, a fluffy berry whipped cream and a mix of summer fruit. I use the crispy, hard type of lady fingers for this recipe because they soak up the sangria very well and don’t break easily. This trifle can be assembled in one large trifle bowl like I did in the video recipe, or you can assemble it as individual fruit parfaits.
The Creamy Filling
For the filling, I make the most delicious cream with cream cheese, sweetened condensed milk (in place of pastry cream), heavy cream, and just a touch of strawberry preserves. This filling can be made with other fruit flavors such as raspberry, blueberry and blackberry. Even mango would work well! To make a different flavor cream, simply replace the strawberry preserves with the fruit or berry preserves of your choice and add 1 tsp of extract of the same flavor – e.g. raspberry preserves with raspberry extract.
Important Tip!! When making this filling, it’s important that it’s not overmixed! Over mixing the filling will cause it to separate! First cream together the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk, then add the cream. Whisk just until medium peaks form. In this case, it’s better to be slightly undermixed than overmixed.
I love to enjoy this no-bake summery sangria trifle with a mix of all the best fruits and berries that summer has to offer! For my video recipe, I did a mix of cherries, blueberries, strawberry, nectarines and pineapple. Here are some more options to try: blackberries, mangos, raspberries, kiwis, peaches, dragon fruit, kumquats.
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Use these disposable parfait cups for individual desserts for parties and special occasions!
I love to use this strawberry emulsion for frostings – adds tons of flavor!