Fresh Cherry Trifle Made with Washington Cherries

Jump to Recipe

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclosure policy.

Known as one of the top antioxidant-rich foods, Washington Rainier Cherries often grow one or two sizes larger than dark cherries.  Come to find out, Rainier Cherries are actually a mix between the Bing & Van cherry varieties-explaining their unique skin coloring & size!  Remember-the sweet skin of Rainier Cherries is delicate & often shows brown spots.  These spots are actually extra-sweet areas of the cherries, not bruises!

Here is a recipe for Fresh Cherry Trifle by Sage Fruit! This recipe is ALWAYS a request in my house.

No ratings yet

Fresh Cherry Trifle Made with Washington Cherries

This easy yet elegant trifle is made with one of the most beautiful fruits ever grown, Rainier Cherries! Not only are they pretty but naturally sweet, too!
Servings8 people


  • 1-1/2 lbs cherry fresh Rainier Cherries recommended, pitted and cut in half
  • 10.75 oz butter pound cake sliced into 26 equal pieces
  • 1/2 cup cran-cherry juice
  • 3.4 oz instant pudding vanilla
  • 1 envelope whipped topping dry mix (Dream Whip)
  • 1 cup milk whole
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 cup almond sliced
  • 4 cups cool whip thawed
  • 12 cherry whole with stems for garnish


  • In large bowl of electric mixer combine box of vanilla pudding, dry whipped topping and milk. Beat with electric mixer for 4 minutes until pudding mixture becomes thick like custard. Add teaspoon of almond extract and continue beating until extract is well combined. Set aside.
  • In large glass bowl or trifle bowl, layer 13 of the pound cake slices in a single layer at the bottom of the bowl. Drizzle pound cake slices with ¼ cup cran-cherry juice.
  • Spread ½ the pudding mixture on top of the pound cake and layer half of the cut cherries on top of the pudding mixture.
  • Spread 2 cups of the cool whip on top of the cut cherries and repeat layers by layering the rest of the pound cake on top of the cool whip, sprinkling the pound cake with the rest of the cran-cherry juice and layer the rest of the pudding on top of the pound cake.
  • Layer the rest of the halved cherries on top of the pudding layer and top with 2 cups of cool whip. Garnish the top of the trifle with fresh whole Rainier Cherries and sprinkle with toasted almonds.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Use prepared butter pound cake found in your grocer's bakery. 

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Desserts
Like this? Leave a comment below!

About Lori

Lori Taylor is the Founder & CEO of The Produce Moms. For ten years she sold fresh produce to over 300 grocery stores throughout the United States, and today she is fully focused on working with the produce supply chain, media, and government to increase fresh produce access & consumption in the US and around the globe. Connect with Lori on LinkedIn.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *