Easy Trifle Recipe

Easy Trifle
  • Prep time: 6 Hours & 15 Minutes
  • Cook time: 10 Minutes
  • Total time: 6 Hours & 25 Minutes
  • Serves: 8


Cake and Fruit Mixture

  • 12 sponge fingers, cut into 2cm (1 inch) squares
  • 250 g (8.8 oz) raspberries

Jelly (Jello) Mixture

  • 85 g (3 oz) packet fruit-flavored jelly
  • 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) boiling water
  • 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) cold water


  • 2 Tbsp custard powder
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 250 ml (8.5 fl oz) milk


  • 125 ml (4.2 fl oz) whipped cream


  1. Layer the sponge and fruit in a large bowl or trifle dish.
  2. Dissolve the jelly crystals in the boiling water. Once the crystals are dissolved, mix in the cold water. Pour the jelly mix over the sponge and fruit.
  3. Place in the fridge and allow to set. Roughly six to twelve hours.
  4. In a deep saucepan, mix the custard powder and sugar with 2 Tbsp of milk.
  5. Turn on the stove to medium and slowly mix in the rest of the milk.
  6. Keep heating until the milk reaches a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook for 2-3 minutes. Allow to cool. The custard should be nice and thick.
  7. Pour the custard over the top of the set jelly and allow it to cool completely.
  8. Top with whipped cream.
  9. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • Using a premade custard will help speed things up, but it can be very hit and miss. It is often best made fresh. Custard powder is also much cheaper as you can make quite a few batches from one box.
  • Slivered almonds go amazing on top of this dessert. They also add a bit of crunch.
  • The fruit is optional and can be left out, but it does add lots of flavor to the dish.
  • You can use either fresh or frozen fruit in this recipe. I recommend fresh if you can get it at a reasonable price. Otherwise, frozen fruit will work perfectly.

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