The flavors of this trifle go together very well. The custard and pears are nicely spiced - flavorful but not overwhelming. I made half the recipe, but accidentally made all of the custard, and I'm glad I did, because I think it would have been too dry otherwise. It's a lot of steps and you have to think ahead, but the end result is lovely. Note: I couldn't find a chocolate pound cake at my supermarket, so I made Wonderful Chocolate Pound Cake for this. Thanks for sharing, Mirj!