Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 20 mins

This delightful trifle recipe was given to me by my Nana in 1953. Nana served this every time we visited her. She learned this from her Mother in England, so it has been in the family for many years.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Spread raspberry jam over sponge cakes.
  2. Cut cakes into 1 inch square chunks and place in base of a 2 quart round glass bowl.
  3. Sprinkle with Sherry.
  4. Spread drained fruit over sponge cake.
  5. CUSTARD---------------.
  6. Using a double-boiler, stir together milk and cornstarch in top portion of broiler.
  7. Heat water in lower broiler, then gently heat milk mixture.
  8. Add cream and sugar and continue to heat until hot, stirring frequently.
  9. In a small bowl, add egg yolks and 1/2 cup of hot milk and stir to blend.
  10. Whisk in egg mixture into remaining sauce, continue to heat and stir constantly until thickened.
  11. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla.
  12. Cool for 10 minutes.
  13. Spoon custard over fruit.
  14. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  15. TOPPING---------------.
  16. In a chilled mixing bowl, add 1 1/2 cups whipping cream and using an electric mixer, beat until slightly thickened.
  17. Add vanilla extract and beat for a few seconds.
  18. Now add sugar gradually, beating all the while until thickened.
  19. Smooth half of the whipped cream over the surface of the trifle.
  20. Pipe remaining whipped cream decoratively around the edge of the trifle.
  21. Garnish with red maraschino cherries and almonds.


Most Helpful

MMMmmmmmmmmmm. The best!! The Italians can claim the best pasta... the Americans the best burgers, but the Brits definitely got the best trifle. This is the authentic trifle just as my nan also made it - it bought back so many memories. Just one tip - don't make it unless you are going to make it exactely as written. This recipe is spot on. Try and use the 'seedless' raspberry jam. Thanks Uncle Bill

scimietta99 July 02, 2007

i swapped the sherry wine for fruit juice as my kids wanted some too. we all thought it was a nice change to our normal trifle

AussieGal Tracey April 17, 2006

Made this for dessert last weekend and it looked and tasted beautiful! I wish I took a pic of it. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Uncle Bill. :)

Bobbawah January 22, 2005

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