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The Best Low Carb Keto Berry Trifle

Beautiful and full of flavor, this is the best Keto Berry Trifle and a delicious show stopper for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Creamy goodness and filled with gluten-free, sugar-free lemon pound cake, custard, berries, and cream.

Ready to impress, Keto Berry Trifle is a delicious centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Filled with gluten-free, sugar-free lemon pound cake, custard, berries, and cream, what's not to love!? #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

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That most wonderful object of domestic art called trifle with its charming confusion of cream and cake and almonds and jam and jelly and wine and cinnamon and froth.

What is a keto berry trifle?

Have you ever heard of trifle? Here in the U.S., it’s not served nearly as often as in Britain and not so well known. I remember the first time I heard of a trifle was on a cooking show when I was in high school. I remember thinking, “Wow! Cream, custard, and cake? That’s pretty perfect! Why haven’t I had this before?”

The actual word “trifle” comes from the old French “trufle”, meaning whimsical or of little consequence. Traditionally, a true English trifle has a sponge cake soaked in some sort of alcohol (often brandy) and fruit. It’s topped with custard and cream and sometimes nuts or other berries.

Today elaborate trifles can be seen at picnics, holidays, and on cooking shows. It’s truly an impressive dessert and feeds a large crowd happily. On a keto diet, this is an amazingly delicious version for any party or event. Go on. You know you want to try it. 😉

How to make a cake plate into a trifle bowl

Can I tell you a little secret? I don’t have a trifle bowl. What? Then what’s that glass container in all the pictures?

Actually, it’s a cake plate with a dome. I know many of us have one sitting around for special occasions or maybe you were given one as a gift but rarely use it.

To make a cake plate with a dome into a trifle bowl, first, remove the dome. Then take the plate with the pedestal and turn it upside down. Now, pick up the dome, and turn it upside down. Next, fit the dome circle handle into the pedestal.

Take a look at the photo to get a more visual look at how this is done. Voílà! Now you have a trifle bowl to fill.

The best Keto Berry Trifle is a delicious centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Filled with gluten-free, sugar-free lemon pound cake, custard, berries, and cream, what's not to love!? #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

If you don’t have either, you can always make the trifle in any large bowl.

🍽 Equipment

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🥘 Ingredients

What you need to make keto berry trifle

Pound cake

Raspberry Jam

  •   12 oz raspberries
  •   1/4 powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
  •   2 teaspoon gelatin

Custard

  • 8 egg yolks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract  
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum  

Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners (this can be left out if you prefer unsweetened whipped cream)

Berries

  •   12 oz fresh organic strawberries, sliced
  •   4 oz fresh blueberries

🔪 Instructions

To begin with, a keto berry trifle is all about assembly of the prepared layers. There are many layers in a trifle to create an impressive, delicious dessert. Therefore, once all the layers are ready, it’s pretty simple to put together.

Layers in the low carb trifle:

  1. Lemon pound cake. See my recipe here: Lemon Keto Pound Cake or make/buy your own.
  2. Sugar-free raspberry jam. You can easily make your own raspberry jam with chia seeds (just sub raspberries for the strawberries in the recipe) or with gelatin as I indicate on the recipe card below.
  3. Custard
  4. Whipped Cream
  5. Berries
Keto lemon pound cake and berries

Gluten-free, sugar-free keto custard

Begin the trifle by making the custard so that it can chill while you prepare the other parts. I absolutely LOVE custard and make this custard recipe often for many different desserts and fillings.

First, place the egg yolks, almond milk, and sweetener in a blender. A blender?! You may say, but yes, a blender has become one of my favorite appliances with keto baking. Of course, if you prefer, you can always use a mixer.

Blend it all on high for 30-40 seconds and then turn it down to medium blend. Then, while the machine is still going, pour in the melted butter and process for another 20 seconds.

Second, pour the mixture into a saucepan and warm to medium heat. Whisk it vigorously until it coats the back of a spoon, about 3-5 minutes.

Alternatively, if you worry about the eggs curdling, cook the mixture in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of boiling water. I’m impatient and prefer to cook it straight in the saucepan, but you do have to whisk continuously and watch it like a hawk!

Third, remove the pan or bowl from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and then the xanthan gum. It’s best to sort of sprinkle the xanthan gum over the entire mixture evenly and whisk it in so it doesn’t clump. Next, set the bowl in the fridge until chilled.

Tip: To prevent a film from forming on top, gently lay a piece of Saran wrap/cling film directly on the custard.

How to make sugar-free whipped cream

Next, it’s time to make the whipped cream. It’s super-simple and so worth whipping your own. In a large bowl, beat the heavy cream and sweetener 2-4 minutes until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks. Done! Super-easy, right?

Once the custard had chilled, fold half the whipped cream into the cooled custard.

Keto berry trifle assembly

The last thing to prepare before assembling the trifle is the pound cake. Cut the pound cake in slices about 3/4 of an inch thick. Then, spread a thick layer of sugar-free raspberry jam on the pieces. Now carefully place one layer of the pound cake pieces topped with jam in the trifle bowl.

Keto berry trifle, cake with jam #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

Optional: If you want to be true to the traditional English trifle, before you put the jam on the pound cake, spoon several tablespoons of brandy or liqueur over the pieces.

Next, over the layer of pound cake, spoon on the custard and cream mixture. Gently even it out with a knife or spoon.

After that, sprinkle a few blueberries and sliced strawberries evenly over the custard.

Custard and berries layer on the keto berry trifle #ketorecipes #ketodesserts

Then, place another layer of pound cake with raspberry jam on top of the custard and berries. It’s starting to look rather divine!

Now, top it with the rest of the whipped cream in an even layer. Once it’s smoothed out, it’s the perfect canvas, if you will, to decorate with the berries. Create a work of art with remaining sliced strawberries and blueberries.

Lastly, chill until ready to serve to your delighted guests!

Overhead keto berry trifle with one serving out

Summer berries in keto trifle

What is better in summer than berries and cream? Not a lot, let me tell you!! Add some homemade custard, and I’m in heaven. I’m not opposed to it for Christmas either.

Also, keto or not, I do have to watch my portion size or I’m likely to eat half of it. However, don’t let that stop you! Enjoy those summer treats and fresh berries.

What are your favorite summer desserts? I hope you try out this delicious trifle. Take it one step at a time, and you’ll have a magnificent centerpiece for any summer event.

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Keto berry trifle is the ideal low carb dessert centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer party. Gluten-free, sugar-free creamy deliciousness will have friends asking for more. #ketodessert #lowcarbdessert #ketorecipes

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📋 Related Keto Recipes

  1. Lemon Keto Pound Cake
  2. Low carb lemon blueberry cream cake
  3. Almond raspberry keto Bakewell tart
  4. Keto coconut lime dessert mousse
  5. Low carb chocolate pie
  6. Butter and jam keto thumbprint cookies


Delicious lemon pound cake, custard, cream and berries come together in keto berry trifle, the perfect centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer event. #ketodesserts #lowcarbdesserts

Keto Berry Trifle

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Cooling time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Delicious lemon pound cake, custard, cream, and berries come together in Keto Berry Trifle, the perfect centerpiece for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or any summer event.

Ingredients

Pound cake

Raspberry Jam

  • 12 oz raspberries
  • 1/4 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
  • 2 tsp gelatin

Custard

  • 8 eggs yolks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/3 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp xanthan gum

Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sweetener, such as Swerve Confectioners

Berries

  • 12 oz fresh organic strawberries, sliced
  • 4 oz fresh blueberries

Instructions

Custard

  1. Place the egg yolks, almond milk, and sweetener in a blender. Blend on high for 30-40 seconds then turn down to medium blend. While the machine is still going, pour in the melted butter and process for another 20 seconds.
  2. Pour the mixture into a saucepan and warm to a medium heat, whisking vigorously until it coats the back of a spoon, 3-5 minutes. (Alternatively, cook in a bowl over a saucepan of water to prevent the eggs from curdling).
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the vanilla extract and xanthan gum. Set the bowl in the fridge (or in ice water) until chilled.

Sugar-Free Raspberry Jam

  1. Use a premade sugar-free raspberry jam you have on hand or easily make your own.
  2. Put 12 oz of raspberries in a medium saucepan. If fresh, add 2 tablespoons of water. If using frozen berries, omit the water.
  3. Warm the berries on medium heat and smash them with a potato masher or other utensil. Stir and crush until the berries are the desired chunkiness for jam.
  4. Whisk in the sweetener and simmer for 8-10 minutes, stirring often. Once it starts to thicken, remove from the heat and sprinkle with the gelatin. Whisk in the gelatin and let cool then refrigerate until ready to use.

Whipped Cream

  1. Beat the heavy cream and sweetener until the whipped cream forms stiff peaks.
  2. Fold half the cream into the cooled custard.

Trifle Assembly

  1. Cut the pound cake in slices about 3/4 of an inch thick.
  2. Spread a thick layer of sugar-free raspberry jam on the pieces of pound cake and place one layer in the trifle bowl. Over that, spoon on the custard and cream mixture and even it out with a knife or spoon.
  3. Sprinkle a few blueberries and sliced strawberries evenly over the custard.
  4. Place another layer of pound cake with raspberry jam on the custard and berries.
  5. Top it with the rest of the whipped cream in an even layer.
  6. Decorate with remaining sliced strawberries and blueberries. Chill until ready to serve.

Notes

Nutrition Facts

Servings 24.0 Amount Per Serving Calories 261  Total Fat 24 g Saturated Fat 11 g Monounsaturated Fat 4 g Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g Trans Fat 0 g Cholesterol 169 mg Sodium 142 mg Potassium 93 mg Total Carbohydrate 7 g Dietary Fiber 3 g Sugars 3 g Protein 7 g Net Carbohydrate 4 g

*Nutrition Facts per MyFitnessPal.com. For most accurate facts, calculate your own with the exact ingredients you use in the recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 261Unsaturated Fat: 0g

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Nutrition Disclaimer

Please be aware I am not a medical specialist or nutritional professional. On this blog, I share recipes and what works for me. Please do not take anything on this blog as medical advice and always consult with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. I use MyFitnessPal.com to calculate nutrition facts as a courtesy to my readers, and I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count because does not affect my own blood glucose levels.
 
 
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busyb

Friday 31st of July 2020

how far in advance can this beautiful trifle be assembled? Will it hold up overnight in the refrigerator or should it be completed just before serving? What about the custard, can that be made in advance?

Lauren

Saturday 1st of August 2020

It's best if you assemble it the day you plan to eat it as the juice from the berries can run in the cream, but it will hold up in the refrigerator. I like to make the custard, jam, and pound cake the day before so it easy to assemble the day of and decorate with the berries. Store the custard in an airtight container in the fridge.

Stephanie

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Hi, I don’t see the directions for the raspberry jam (raspberries, sweetener & gelatin). Making this now and so far so good except for that. Can’t wait to taste it!

Lauren

Saturday 25th of July 2020

Thanks for pointing that out! You can use any sugar-free jam recipe you like, or recheck the recipe card, and I've added in directions I use often for a simple keto jam. Enjoy!

Hannah Mckenzie

Saturday 4th of July 2020

Am I reading it correctly that the serving size is 1 gram? If so, that wouldn't even be a bite.

Lauren

Monday 6th of July 2020

No, the recipe card automatically populated that section so it is not correct, and I've removed it. Thanks!

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