Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle (Red, White & Blue)


A classic British Sherry trifle given a French touch replacing sponge fingers with Parisian macarons. The result is an easy no-bake recipe for Macaron Berry Trifle. Perfect as a celebratory red, white and blue dessert.

macaron berry trifle with red blue fruits

British Trifle Meets Gluten-Free French Macarons

A good sherry trifle is a must dessert as part of a patriotic Best of British party table. From watching or celebrating a Royal Wedding, to Wimbledon strawberry parties this summer, then you’re covered with this easy no-bake, yet adult – Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle. For Francophiles, decorate this as the French flag for Fête Nationale (Bastille Day) on 14th July, or enjoy this for any occasion right up until Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year!

It celebrates the freshest of sweet berries in season with ready-made macaron shells soaked in berries and sherry then topped with the lightest elderflower Chantilly cream.  And if you want to make a Union Jack decoration with berries, then this is a perfect quick dessert to fly the flag.

Easy Make-Ahead Individual Desserts

Bake a batch of macaron shells in advance (and even store them in the freezer) and this trifle is an easy dessert to assemble on the day.

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

Elderflower with Strawberries

If you know my recipes in ‘Teatime in Paris‘, then you’ll know I adore the combination of sweet, fresh strawberries with elderflower – I have a most delicious strawberry éclair with an elderflower pastry cream that will make you forget to watch the wedding or the best shots in Wimbledon – but that’s another story.  Here, I’ve just added a hint of elderflower to the trifle’s Chantilly Cream to add some intrigue.

If you can’t find elderflower cordial or syrup, then you could always use St Germain elderflower liqueur – added with the sherry already in there, and your party will swing!

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle – an easy dessert to assemble

Celebratory Red, White & Blue Dessert

This is an ideal Red, White and Blue dessert to fly the delicious flags: from the British Union Jack, the American flag for 4th July desserts – to the French flag for Bastille Day or Fête Nationale on 14th July.

Looking for more berry desserts? See the market pages for recipes with blueberries and strawberries.

Serve with Darjeeling tea, the Champagne of teas – or a glass of fizz!

British Union Jack decoration with berries

Although the photos for this recipe are made as a romantic dessert for 2 large portions, the recipe below is for 8-10 people. Let’s be honest: I don’t have a lovely party-sized glass bowl!

More Trifle Desserts with Cracked Macarons

If you love trifle, try my other easy versions with gingerbread or make them gluten free with macarons!  Cracked macarons? Please never bin them! They’ll taste delicious and disguised in these easy trifle recipes:

Berry Sherry Macaron Trifle recipe

macaron berry trifle with red blue fruits
5 from 2 votes

Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time40 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course : Dessert, teatime
Cuisine : British
Servings : 10 people
Calories : 300kcal


Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle - a traditional British party dessert, replacing classic trifle sponges or lady fingers with gluten free Parisian macaron shells. 


  • 40 macaron shells
  • 250 g / 9oz fresh raspberries
  • 250 g / 9oz fresh blueberries
  • 250 g / 9oz fresh strawberries
  • 200 g / 7oz dry Sherry
  • 3 tbsp raspberry jam

Elderflower Chantilly Cream:

  • 300 g / 11oz whipping cream chilled (at least 30% fat)
  • 3 tbsp elderflower cordial or syrup (or caster sugar + vanilla essence)


  • First, chill a large bowl in the fridge or freezer for the Chantilly cream.  
    In a large glass bowl (if making one large trifle) or individual glass serving dishes, place half of the macaron shells at the bottom.  Top with half of the blueberries.
  • Liquidise half of the raspberries and strawberries with the sherry in a food processor (or just mash the berries with a fork to keep things easy) and pour the boozy pulp juice over the macarons.
  • With the remaining macarons, sandwich them together with the raspberry jam, so that there is the equivalent of one macaron per person.  Plop the macarons on the top.
  • To make the cream: whisk the chilled cream in the chilled bowl until soft peaks form.  Add the elderflower cordial/syrup (or sugar with a few drops of vanilla extract) and continue whisking until firm peaks form.
  • Top with the cream by either spooning or piping it out. Refrigerate until ready to serve and decorate with the remaining fresh berries.


For the elderflower Chantilly cream, I use Ikea's cordial or Monin's syrup (their elderflower/sureau is particulary good).
If you prefer trifle with jelly, use the homemade raspberry & rose jelly used in my recipe for raspberry, rose & lychee mini macaron trifles.

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8 responses to “Macaron Berry Sherry Trifle (Red, White & Blue)”

  1. 5 stars
    Just perfect for any summer celebration, but especially nice for Bastille Day or 4th of July!! And love all the variations on it too! Lovely!!

  2. Yes we had the trifle for the wedding party too with a similar decoration on top. Next time it will be with your macaron base – they look great. I’ll get your Dad to make it.

  3. 5 stars
    I love the idea of making a trifle with macarons! Leave it to your creativity! Perfect summer treat.

    We had an elderflower cake for our Royal Wedding party! But your trifle would have been a marvelous addition.

    • Good idea on the elderflower cake – bet it was like the royal wedding cake, Liz! The kids are loving this trifle so much, I need to make another batch of macarons, just for the shells!

  4. 5 stars
    I love this British creation, Jill! Even without the Union Jack (and you did a great job) it looks wonderful! Perfect for our American 4th of July celebrations, too, with the red, white and blue!

    • Thanks, sweetie. So, will you be watching the Royal Wedding during the night? Thinking of you with your scones and cups of tea!

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