Jul 28, 2011

Creamsicle Trifle Recipe

By: Amy Atlas, in Recipes

Creamsicles.  Is there anything more creamy and refreshing on a hot and sticky summer day?  The chilly orange ice coating with vanilla ice cream filling is usually seen in the popsicle form, like the first ones created here.We were surprised to find very few variations of this beloved treat so we decided to dream up our own version with a Creamsicle Trifle.  Grand Marnier-soaked lady fingers are sandwiched between layers of orange sherbet and vanilla bean ice cream and topped with sweetened cream. Garnish with orange flavored candy and you’ll want to dive into it just as you did as a kid with a popsicle.  It is the perfect treat for a summer soiree or a simple summer snack.  Skip the Grand Marnier if you have little ice cream lovers lurking around. Scroll down for the instructions!

Before we start, a quick word on toppings….Feel free to garnish with any topping that indicates the flavor inside.  You can use curly orange rinds for a more natural topping or orange flavored candy for a playful feel.

For the trifle layers, you’ll need…

16 lady fingers (split in two bowls)
6-8 tablespoons of Grand Marnier liqueur
½ gallon Orange Sherbet
½ gallon Vanilla Ice Cream

Whipped Cream Ingredients

For the whipped cream, you’ll simply need…2 cups heavy cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and 3 teaspoons vanilla.


1. Break ladyfingers into thirds. Put the pieces into two separate bowls. Sprinkle 3-4 tablespoons Grand Marnier over the first bowl of ladyfingers (if you would like to use less liqueur, mix 3 tablespoons Grand Marnier with 1 tablespoons water). Briefly mix with a spoon, then let the ladyfingers sit and soak in the liquor, until ladyfingers are soft. Repeat when you are ready for the second layer.

2. Spread a 1” layer of orange sherbet on the bottom of the trifle dish {we used a 7 inch diameter trifle dish}. Smooth the edges with a spatula, dipped in warm water.

3. Make a layer of ladyfingers. Position the ladyfingers around the edge of the trifle dish first. Then fill in the center with the remaining ladyfingers.

4. Put the trifle dish in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up the sherbet.

5. Spread a 1” layer of vanilla ice cream over the ladyfingers.

6. Make a second layer of ladyfingers on top of the vanilla ice cream.

7. Put the trifle dish in the freezer for 10 minutes to firm up the ice cream.

8. Spread a 1″ layer of orange sherbet on the top of the trifle. Place the dish back in the freezer.

9. Combine the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a standing mixer. Beat with the whisk attachment until the cream is whipped and fluffy, but holds its shape.

10. Spread the whipped cream on top of the trifle and garnish as you wish.


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  • I always loved those creamsicles! That’s a fantastic summer trifle!

  • YUM!!! My mom loves creamsicles, I can’t wait to make her this version of it!

  • Melissa

    I can’t wait to try this. YUM

  • Treva Bailey

    Here’s another creamsicle recipe. It is scrumptious! I make it up a dishpan full at a time, package it in bottles, and give it as gifts.

    Creamsicle Drink Mix recipe

    1 part orange-flavored instant drink mix (Tang)
    1 part powdered milk
    2 parts instant vanilla pudding
    To use, stir 2 tablespoons of Creamsicle Drink Mix into 1 cup of ice cold water.

  • It’s beautiful and yummy!!xx

  • Yuummmmmm. I want to do a strawberry one, too!

  • Vanessa Bishop

    My husband loves creamsicles! I am going to make him this on his birthday instead of a cake! Thanks for sharing! VAB

  • Jessica Brown Hussein

    Could I please ask is Orange Sherbert an orange gelato type desert?

  • Jessica, orange Sherbert is somewhere between an ice cream and a sorbet. Here in Australia like a Mango Weiss. From memory its not dairy free as it contains milk.

    Filing away this recipe for Christmas, since its summer here in December 😉

  • mara

    hummm delicious!!!!

  • Tiffany

    what would you suggest using to soak the lady fingers, if we’d like to remove the Grand Marnier altogether?

  • jenn

    do you have a suggestion as to how far in advance this trifle can be made prior to an event? day before? two days before? thank you.

  • I will be making this for my next party.


  • I can’t wait to try this, it looks so pretty.

  • ruth

    sound yummy!!

  • love this! Looks amazing! 🙂