Store-bought pound cake works well in this recipe. Or take the trifle to the next level with our Almond Sponge Cake. This recipe is equally delicious with peaches, nectarines, or plums.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2010


Recipe Summary

45 mins
3 hrs 45 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, the yolks, wine, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer, stirring, until thick, 3 to 5 minutes.

  • Strain through a fine sieve into a bowl. Stir in grated zest. Gradually whisk in butter until smooth. Press plastic wrap directly onto surface of curd. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour or up to 2 days.

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Toss fruit with remaining 1/4 cup sugar. Roast fruit on 2 rimmed baking sheets, rotating their positions halfway through, until caramelized and juicy, 15 to 17 minutes. Transfer to a bowl, with juices. Let cool slightly.

  • Whisk cream until soft peaks form. Whisk curd to loosen. Working in 3 additions, fold whipped cream into curd.

  • Layer a third of the cake in the bottom of a 12-cup bowl. Cover with a third of the lemon mousse. Spoon a third of the roasted fruit over lemon mousse. Repeat twice with remaining cake, lemon mousse, and fruit. Refrigerate trifle at least 2 hours or up to 1 day. Garnish with lemon zest.


Reviews (2)

44 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 9
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 11
  • 2 star values: 8
  • 1 star values: 2
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This is a delicious trifle recipe. My husband knows that once May rolls around, it's time to make this great refreshing summer dessert. It's one of our favorites, and my husband asks for it at least once a year! It's somewhat time-consuming, but you won't regret it!
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I was really quite disappointed by this recipe. First, it did not even come with a recipe for the pound cake, which I found to be very annoying. Also, the lemon-mousse really was not very good. I followed the directions EXACTLY, and I mean, it was ok, but really nothing special. It wasn't lemony enough and left an odd aftertaste. I don't think I would make it again.