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English Trifle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy by Meenu Gupta

Easy English Trifle

Traditional English Trifle, an easy to make dessert, loved by kids and adults alike.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 35 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British, English, Multi-National
Servings 8 Portions
Calories 375 kcal


  • 80 Grams Mango Flavoured Jelly Crystals
  • 415 Grams Fruit Cocktail
  • 200 Grams Swiss Roll Raspberry Flavour (1 Small Packet)
  • 500 Grams Custard Vanilla Flavour
  • 300 ML Fresh Whipping Cream
  • 2 Tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 300 Grams Strawberry Evenly Sliced
  • 1/2 Cup Grapes Cut Into Halves
  • 2 Tablespoon Pomegranate Seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Essence


  • In a bowl, empty the packet of Mango flavoured jelly crystals.
    Mango Flavoured Jelly Crystals for Trifle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Pour 1cup boiling water over jelly crystals. Mix well till all the crystals are dissolved and keep aside.
    Jelly for Trifle | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now take a trifle bowl, or a plain bowl in which you planning to make trifle. Drain the water from the fruit cocktail and put the drained fruits in the trifle bowl.
    Traditional English Trifle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now pour the jelly water over fruits in the bowl. Now keep it in the fridge for sometime till its completely set, which should take around 20 minutes. Now the base layer of trifle is done.
    How to make Trifle | Trifle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Meanwhile lets prepare our cream, while the jelly sets. For doing this, empty the cream into a separate bowl and beat it on high speed for 5 minutes with the help of electric beater. Now add powdered sugar and vanilla essence and beat again till it forms soft peaks. Keep this in fridge.
  • Cut swiss roll into not so thin pieces and arrange them in the trifle bowl over the jelly as shown in picture.
    Adding layer of Cake on Trifle | Trifle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Pour the custard over this layer and spread it evenly all around the bowl, to make the middle layer.
    Adding Custard | Trifle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now spread some sliced strawberries and grapes over custard.
    English Trifle Recipe | Your Food Fantasy
  • Now, spread the beaten cream evenly on top and spread all over. Garnish the top with sliced strawberries, grapes halves, and pomegranate seeds. Trifle is ready. Keep it in the fridge until the time of serving. Serve chilled and enjoy.
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  • You can use basic sponge cake instead of swiss roll. If you using it, please pour 2-3 tablespoon of fruit juice over it to make it little moist. I find swiss roll to be the best as its already little moist and comes with different flavours. You can use other flavours of swiss roll like strawberry depending on your tastebuds and availability.
  • You can also use pancakes in case you do not have sponge cake either.
  • Similarly, you can use other flavours of jelly like strawberry and raspberry. For fruit cocktail, you can easily skip it if you want to use fresh fruits instead.
  • For custard, I have used readymade one, but you can make it at home too. Similarly, for cream you can use readymade version (one which is ready to pour).
  • You may like to add other fruits and nuts of your choice.
  • Jelly in UK is referred as Gelatin. Steps 1 and 2 explain how to set Jelly from Gelatin.


Nutrition Facts
Easy English Trifle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 375 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Cholesterol 115mg38%
Sodium 122mg5%
Potassium 232mg7%
Carbohydrates 44g15%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 36g40%
Protein 4g8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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