How to Make a Knickerbocker Glory: 12 Steps (with Pictures)



Layers of ice cream sitting on top of fruit, nuts, ice cream beautifully presented in a tall glass with fruit sauce, clotted cream or whipped cream and topped with a cherry and wafer.


  • A variety of chopped fruit, such as strawberries, bananas, melon, grapes, and peaches
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Fruit syrup, traditionally peach or raspberry sauce
  • Clotted cream
  • Whipped cream (only if clotted cream is not available)
  • Cherry
  • Ice cream wafer
  • Chopped hazlenuts (optional)


  1. 1

    Get a tall glass (like the type traditionally used to serve milk shakes).

  2. 2

    Chop fruit into small slices or pieces.[1]

    Ideally use colorful fruits like peaches, grapes, strawberries, melon or banana. Place these in the base of the glass.

  3. 3

    Add three scoops of ice cream on top of the fruit.

    A minimum 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream is the usual amount.


  4. 4

    Pour a fruit sauce over the ice cream – Melba (peach) or raspberry sauce is traditional.[3]

  5. 5

    Top this with Clotted cream (or thick whipped cream).

    • Put a cherry on top and add an ice cream wafer. Other toppings include nuts, jelly, fresh fruit.[4]
  6. 6

    Serve chilled along with a long ice cream spoon and a large napkin.[5]

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    If I don’t have fruit sauce, what should I do about it?

    Go buy some fruit sauce or make your own, by melting some jam/ marmalade or simmering some berries.

  • Question

    What can I use instead of ice cream?

    You can use either white chocolate mousse or yogurt instead of ice cream in knickerbocker glory. Ice cream is the main item, so the final product will be somewhat different.

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    Can I use tinned fruit, and pour the sauce over the ice cream?

  • Question

    Can I add marshmallows?

    Sure, feel free to add any other desired toppings

    on your Knickerbocker Glory.

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    Do I have to add a lot of fruit?

    No. You don`t really need a lot of fruit, but you still need some.

  • Question

    Could I add a chocolate flake on top?

    Yes, that would be a nice touch.

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  • Heavier fruit must be at the bottom.

  • Use a chilled and frosted glass for effect, or add a light covering of icing sugar.

  • Optional to add a liqueur such as cherry liqueur in the base of the glass which the fruit soaks up – naturally not for kids!

  • Clotted cream is traditionally available only in the south west of England but may be more widely available.

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To make a knickerbocker glory, start by chopping some colorful fruit, like peaches, grapes, and strawberries, into small pieces. Then, add the pieces of fruit to a tall glass, followed by 2 scoops of ice cream. Next, pour fruit sauce, like raspberry or peach sauce, over the ice cream before topping it with some whipped cream. Finally, put a cherry on top before serving. To learn how to add other delicious toppings to a knickerbocker glory, scroll down!

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