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18 Traditional British Desserts to Celebrate King Charles' Coronation


Royal festivities are underway across the pond! Here are 21 British cakes that will get you in the celebratory mood. 

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Traditional Berry Trifle

Trifle is the official dessert of King Charles' Coronation, having also been the official dessert of Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee. Clearly this dessert is fit for royalty, so let yourself feel fancy and check out our traditional berry version of the quintessential British delight. You can find some of our other strawberry dessert recipes here

Ingredients for 6 servings:

For the dessert:

  • 18 lady fingers
  • 3 tbsp sherry (optional)
  • 1 cup (250 g) fresh strawberries 
  • 1 cup (190 g) fresh blueberries
  • 2 cups (660 g) strawberry jam
  • 2 cups thick homemade custard or vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups whipped cream 

For the garnish:

  • 1 cup (125 g) whole strawberries, chopped
  • 1 cup (190 g) blueberries


  1. Take a trifle bowl and line the bottom with the sponge fingers in an even layer. You can halve them to do this, if necessary.
  2. Brush the sponge fingers with the sherry, if using, and allow them to soak it up for 5 min. 
  3. Cover the fingers with 1/2 cup strawberries and 1/2 cup blueberries. Gradually pour over 1 cup of the jam and let set in the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. Remove from the fridge, and spoon 1 cup of custard or vanilla pudding on top of the jam layer.
  5. Arrange the remaining lady fingers on top, and top with the remaining 1/2 cup strawberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1 cup jam and 1 cup custard.
  6. Top with a last layer of ladyfingers. Then spread the whipped cream on top in a thick layer.
  7. Garnish with the chopped strawberries and blueberries.
  8. Enjoy!

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  • 1 shortcrust pastry
  • 3 cups / 750 g. of cherries
  • 1/3 cup / 60 g. of sugar
  • 2/3 cup / 60 g. of almond flour
  • 4 tbsp. of brown sugar
  • Pistachios
  • A dash of milk


  1. Mix the cherries and sugar together. Let stand 20 minutes.
  2. Spread or roll out the shortcrust pastry, sprinkle with almond powder and brown sugar.
  3. Place the cherries in the center of the dough, leaving about 2 inches of free dough on the edges. Fold in the edges.
  4. Brush with milk (this will make the crust go golden), sprinkle with brown sugar and bake for 20 minutes at 350°F/180°C.
  5. Top with a handful of chopped pistachios, and serve!

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