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Mini Trifles

Mini Trifles with Mascarpone and Cherries! These individual Mascarpone and Cherry trifles are so delicious!

Using store bought cake, pandoro or brioche these are filled with creamy mascarpone and cherry sauce. Perfect for that special dessert recipe you need!

close up of mini trifles layered in a glass with a cherry on top, cherries scattered around and two other glasses of dessert in the background.

A good dessert is the perfect ending to a delicious meal. If it’s quick and easy then all the better for the cook! While I love cooking and baking, I’m usually exhausted after cooking a big feast and easy desserts are all I want to do. My favourites are Easy Chocolate Puddings and Baked Peaches stuffed with Amaretti.


These mini trifles are quick and easy with only a few ingredients.

  • pandoro (or you can use brioche, panettone or plain cake)
  • cream
  • mascarpone
  • sugar
  • amaretto liqueur (or liqueur of your choice)
  • my cherry sauce (recipe link here)


  1. Make cherry sauce and cool. You can do this the day before.
  2. Whip the cream and sugar to soft peaks.
  3. Fold mascarpone and chocolate into whipped cream.
  4. Layer ingredients into the glasses – cherry sauce, pandoro (drizzle with liqueur) and cream.
  5. Repeat with a second layer.
  6. Top with almonds and a cherry.
two process images - top image whipped cream in metal bowl with chopped chocolate and mascarpone beside on wooden board- bottom image bowl of cherry sauce, flaked almonds, liqueur, and dessert in a glass with spoonful of creamy filling.

Tips for success and FAQ’s

What if I don’t have time to make homemade cherry sauce?

This cherry sauce is easy to make and can be made a day or two ahead. However, if you have no time or want to make this Mini Trifles even easier, substitute with canned cherry pie filling.

Can I make a non-alcoholic version of these Mini Trifles?

Absolutely! Apple juice would be perfect for these trifles or any juice you prefer.

This is a Trifle dessert - three glasses of creamy cherry dessert with cherries scattered around viewed from above.

These Mini Trifles with Mascarpone and Cherries look beautiful and taste delicious! When you want to impress but don’t need the stress, make these and enjoy your day!

layered creamy cherry dessert in a glass with a cherry on top cherries scattered around and two other glasses of dessert in the background.

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layered creamy cherry dessert in a glass with a cherry on top cherries scattered around and two other glasses of dessert in the background

Mini Trifles Recipe

Using store bought cake, Pandoro (Italian Christmas cake) or brioche these are filled with creamy mascarpone and cherry sauce. Perfect for that special dessert recipe you need!
5 from 5 votes
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings:6 people
Author: Marcellina


  • 6 dessert glasses or cups (capacity 1¼ cups)


  • 7 oz (200g) pandoro or brioche, panettone or plain cake
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  • 2 tablespoon powdered (icing) sugar
  • 1/3 cup amaretto liqueur
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped dark chocolate
  • 2 tablespoon flaked almonds toasted
  • 1 quantity of cherry sauce. or use canned cherry pie filling


  • Whip cream and powdered (icing) sugar to soft peaks.
  • Fold mascarpone and chopped chocolate into the cream.
  • Slice pandoro ½ inch or 1cm slices.
  • Divide half the cherry sauce amongst 6 dessert glasses or cups.
  • Tear pandoro to fit and arrange in one layer (using half of the pandoro) on top of cherry sauce.
  • Drizzle each with 1 ½ teaspoons of amaretto liqueur.
  • Divide half of the mascarpone cream amongst the 6 dessert glasses or cups.
  • Repeat with cherry sauce, pandoro, liqueur and finish with mascarpone cream.
  • Top with almonds and a cherry.
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Nutritional Estimate Per Serving

Calories: 594kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 149mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 1394IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 2mg

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Nutritional information is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. For accurate results, it is recommended that the nutritional information be calculated based on the ingredients and brands you use.

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  1. Can I substitute the amaretto liqueur for Sweet Sherry or Marsala making these for Christmas Day lucnch dessert 🍒

  2. I’m making this tonight for our neighborhood every Friday happy hour which has turned into a whole meal every Friday we go from house to house change houses every Friday it’s our one thing to look forward to every week. And this week is mine so your truffle dessert is my for tonight and I wanna know if I can make it ahead of time

    1. Hi Linda! Your neighborhood sounds like fun! Yes, absolutely, this Trifle dessert can easily be made ahead. In fact, the flavors meld beautifully after a rest in the refrigerator. Make these the day before and cover well with plastic wrap. Enjoy your Friday night dinner party!

  3. It’s as if I knew I would find this recipe – I already have mascarpone and some cherries that desperately need to be used. Perfect! Thanks for the inspiration! Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

  4. 5 stars
    These look absolutely delicious Marcella! I love the idea of using sweet bread to make a triffle – and oh so perfect when you have leftovers going stale. The combination of cream, chocolate and cherry sounds too delicious too 🙂