I love you like a fat kid loves cake … check this sweet recipe: Easy trifle

I love you like a fat kid loves cake … check this sweet recipe: Easy trifle

How to Make Easy trifle

Preparation time:

less than 30 mins

Cooking time:

1 to 2 hours


Serves 6


For the base

  • 500g/1lb 2oz frozen summer fruit (raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blackcurrants
  • 50g/2oz caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp blackcurrant or raspberry liqueur
  • 500ml/18fl oz cloudy apple juice
  • 5 sheets leaf gelatine
  • 250g/9oz Madeira cake

For the custard

  • 250g/9oz mascarpone
  • 500ml/18floz ready-made vanilla custard

For the topping

  • 300ml/½ pint whipping cream
  • handful toasted almonds or hazelnuts


  1. Put the fruit into a saucepan, add the sugar, then cook gently until the sugar has dissolved and the liquid is slightly syrupy. Remove half of the berries and juice to a bowl, stir in a tablespoon of cassis, then set aside to cool.

  2. Add the apple juice to the fruit in the pan, and bring to a simmer. Taste the fruit, and add a little more sugar if necessary. Remove from the heat, and add the remaining cassis.

  3. Soak the gelatine leaves in a bowl of cold water for five minutes, until soft and floppy. Lift the gelatin from the water and squeeze out the excess liquid. Add to the fruit in the pan and stir until the gelatine has completely dissolved. Remove from the heat, and transfer the jelly mixture to a bowl. Allow to cool, then chill in the fridge until the mix has set to a softly wobbling jelly.

  4. Cut the madeira cake into 1cm/½in slices. Give the fruity jelly a stir – it should be softly set. Layer the cake, jelly, fruit and juice in the bottom of a trifle dish (roughly 20cm/8in diameter).

  5. For the custard layer, put the mascarpone into a large bowl then add the custard. Whisk together until creamy and smooth. Spoon the custard over the fruit and sponge.

  6. Whip the cream until soft peaks form when you remove the whisk from the mixture. Spoon the cream over the top of the trifle, starting from the outside and working in. This will avoid the cream sinking into the custard.

  7. Chill the trifle for an hour before serving. Finish with a scattering of toasted almonds.

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