No Bake White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse, and fresh raspberries this no-bake trifle is totally luscious! Bursting with delicious sweet-tart flavors from fresh raspberries and white chocolate this No-Bake White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle is a summer must-have dessert. Quick, easy and to make, too.

 

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse and raspberries this no bake trifle is totally luscious! Quick, easy and so delicious! | manilaspoon.com

 

I am married to a British guy so we often have desserts in our house! I personally did not grow up having desserts all the time. In fact, it was considered a luxury in our house located on a tiny and somewhat remote island in the Philippines.

When I was young, we had it, maybe, once a week usually on a Sunday when my Mom prepared a special lunch for everyone. If we were fortunate, we would have a family size Coke to go with it! And because it’s sweet – it may count as dessert….yes, seriously!

 

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse and raspberries this no bake trifle is totally luscious! Quick, easy and so delicious! | manilaspoon.com

 

It wasn’t that we were poor or couldn’t afford it (we’re not rich either, just middle class). It just wasn’t in our lifestyle.

We never had a proper oven growing up (electricity was super unreliable those days) so we never baked a cake. The only thing I remember that remotely resembled an oven was a gray metallic-looking box filled with charcoal where my Mom would bake her Bread and Butter Pudding for the weekend (from left-over nutri-buns from our school donated by the USAID!).

 

 

My mom was a Home Economics teacher and was in charge of the canteen so we got to bring home uneaten buns on a Friday afternoon. It’s amazing how she managed to cook those bread puddings in that makeshift oven and they always turned out delicious!

 

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse and raspberries this no bake trifle is totally luscious! Quick, easy and so delicious! | manilaspoon.com

 

So what does all that have to do with this White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle? Nothing really….LOL. 

I just wanted to point out that I never had many desserts until I got married. My hubby has sweet tooth and loves chocolate so our desserts often revolve around chocolate!

He grew up having sweet treats all the time as well – the exact opposite of my experience. However, I have only made trifle a few times in the 13 years we’ve been married so when he requested dessert one weekend, I decided to make this No-Bake White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle.

 

 

This is not a traditional English trifle but there’s raspberry and white chocolate mousse there so no one complained!  

Seriously, my whole family loved it though my husband suggested a drizzle of cream on top for his slice….you can never have too much cream as far as he’s concerned!

 

 

Anyway, I only made 3 layers here but you can certainly adjust and double them (depending on how large your trifle bowl is) or you may use individual trifle glasses.

When raspberries are not in season or quite expensive (as they can be!), simply replace them with strawberries! Make sure to use the best white chocolate you can find, too! Enjoy!

 

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse and raspberries this no bake trifle is totally luscious! Quick, easy and so delicious! | manilaspoon.com

 

No Bake White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle

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By: Manila Spoon
Published: 08/27/2016

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse, and raspberries this no-bake trifle is totally luscious! Quick, easy and so delicious!

NOTES on Ingredients

  • white chocolate – use only the best quality chocolate for the best flavor. This could be your favorite chocolate bar or an eating chocolate (as opposed to chocolate for baking). 
  • heavy or double cream – (or whipping cream)
  • confectioners or icing sugar – (powdered sugar)
  • granulated sugar
  • fresh orange or lemon Juice
  • fresh raspberries plus a few extra for garnish
  • angel food cake or vanilla pound cake

How to Make the Trifle 

  1. In a small pan over simmering water, melt the white chocolate with 1/4 cup heavy cream. Stir until smooth. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Beat the remaining 1 1/2 cups cream until soft peaks form. Slowly add the confectioner’s sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the cooled white chocolate into the whipped cream.
  3. Combine the orange or lemon juice with the sugar. Gently toss the raspberries with the sugar and juice.
  4. Layer the trifle beginning with half the white chocolate mousse at the bottom. Add 2-3 layers of the cubed cake. Spread the raspberry mixture all over and top with the remaining white chocolate mousse. Or if you wish, you can simply double each layer by dividing the cake and raspberry mixture into 2 portions and the white chocolate mousse into 3 portions with the third portion as topping. Follow the same order as stated. You can also do this in individual glasses. Chill overnight.
  5. Garnish with extra fresh raspberries on top and dust with some icing sugar, if desired. May be served with extra whipped or pouring cream on top! Delicious.
  6. Notes: Before whipping the cream chill the mixer and beater(s). If you wish to double each layer, use at least 4 cups of raspberries. You may replace them with strawberries, too.

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 00 hrs. 30 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 30 mins plus chilling time
Tags: Sweets, Desserts, Trifle, White Chocolate, Raspberries, No-Bake, Summer

 

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse and raspberries this no bake trifle is totally luscious! Quick, easy and so delicious! | manilaspoon.com

No Bake White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle

Layered with cake, white chocolate mousse, and fresh raspberries this no-bake trifle is totally luscious! Bursting with delicious sweet-tart flavors from fresh raspberries and white chocolate this No-Bake White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle is a summer must-have dessert. Quick, easy and to make, too.
Course Desserts
Cuisine English, Great Britain
Keyword easy raspberry trifle recipe, no bake trifle recipe, No Bake White Chocolate Mousse and Raspberry Trifle, White Chocolate and Raspberry Trifle
Prep Time 30 minutes
Chill 4 hours
Servings 8
Author Manila Spoon

Ingredients

  • 7 oz good quality white chocolate
  • 1 ¾ cups heavy or double cream, divided
  • 3 tbsp confectioners or icing sugar plus extra for dusting
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp fresh orange or lemon Juice
  • 3-4 cups fresh raspberries plus a few extra for garnish
  • 1 angel food cake or vanilla pound cake, sliced into cubes (there may be extra left)

Instructions

  1. In a small pan over simmering water, melt the white chocolate with 1/4 cup heavy cream. Stir until smooth. Set aside and let cool.
  2. Beat the remaining 1 1/2 cups cream until soft peaks form. Slowly add the confectioner's sugar and continue to beat until stiff peaks form. Fold the cooled white chocolate into the whipped cream. This is your white chocolate mousse.

  3. Combine the orange or lemon juice with the sugar. Gently toss the raspberries with the sugar and juice.
  4. Layer the trifle beginning with half the white chocolate mousse at the bottom. Add 2 layers of the cubed cake. Spread the raspberry mixture all over and top with the remaining white chocolate mousse. Or, if you wish to do more layers, divide the cake and raspberry mixture into 2 portions and the white chocolate mousse into 3 portions with the third portion of the chocolate mousse as topping. Follow the same order as stated. You can also do this in individual glasses. Chill at least 4 hours or preferably overnight.

  5. Garnish with extra fresh raspberries on top and dust with some icing sugar, if desired. May be served with extra whipped or pouring cream on top! Delicious.

Recipe Notes

Tips and Tricks

 

  • Instead of raspberries, you may use strawberries.
  • For extra flavor, sprinkle the cubed cake with a little sherry or white/rose wine. 
  • Before whipping the cream chill the mixer and beater(s). If you wish to double each layer, use at least 4 cups of raspberries or strawberries.

 

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6 Comments

  1. August 29, 2016 / 4:13 am

    It sounds as if your growing up might have been short on dessert, but not on love and ingenuity as far as your mom's cooking was concerned. I love trifle and raspberries must make it extra special.

  2. August 29, 2016 / 5:51 pm

    It's amazing how we make do with what we have…your mom sounds like she was quite creative! I have a sweet tooth but my husband does not, and I don't like to make desserts so we seldom have them. This one looks easy enough for me though! I do love desserts with fruit!

  3. August 29, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    This looks delicious Abby! And I loved your story about what your desserts were like growing up — that oven sounds like it got the job done ok :).

  4. August 31, 2016 / 7:16 am

    We only usually have trifle at Christmas, but I may have to make an exception for this. White chocolate and raspberry go so well together!

  5. August 31, 2016 / 8:39 pm

    Raspberries and white chocolate make this my new favorite trifle! Growing up, we were lucky if we got an occasional bowl of ice cream for dessert! Maybe that's why I bake so much now 🙂

  6. Joy
    December 25, 2018 / 1:21 pm

    I made this recipe for family in Ireland this summer and everyone said it was the best trifle they ever had! I did sprinkle the cake with some white wine. The only deserts my mother ever made were jelly, apple pies and Christmas pudding so I love making desserts. Thank you for sharing your story. 🙂

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