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Trifle recipe with step by step photos – easy and tasty trifle pudding made with mixed fruits.

Trifle was the first dessert I learnt in my home science cooking classes. This was the first time I came to know that such a pudding existed. The flavors and textures were so superb, that after that I made trifle many times. This recipe was also requested by a few readers.

trifle pudding recipe

When I first started making the trifle pudding at home for my parents, I would get the sponge cake from a bakery, but now I make the Sponge cake at home. This famous english dessert is still a favorite with the family.

Trifle pudding is very easy to make. Its one of the easiest dessert you can make if you have a sponge cake ready. There are 5 elements in a trifle pudding.

These 5 elements of trifle pudding are

  • Sponge cake
  • Custard
  • Jelly
  • Whipped cream
  • Mixed fruits

In this trifle pudding except fruit jelly all the elements are there. I did not add jelly as the ready made jelly packs contain gelatin. And if I have to make any fruit jelly at home with agar agar, it will take a lot of time. So I skipped the jelly. If you can get ready vegetarian jelly pack, then you can make the jelly a day before and then use it. You can also set the jelly liquid in the pudding itself. Though this way, making the pudding will take time as you will need to refrigerate it for the jelly to set.

Trifle pudding makes for an excellent dessert in parties. It quite easy to assemble, chill and then serve. You can also make individual portions of the layers in dessert glasses and bowls. This is a kid friendly recipe as I have not use sherry or any other alcohol.

Tips to make trifle recipe

  1. For the cake you can choose an eggless cake or an egg based cake. You can make at home a day before or buy from the market or a good bakery. You can also use leftover cake. The type of cakes that make an excellent base for trifle pudding are:
    – Eggless sponge cake 
    – Eggless vanilla cake

    Eggless chocolate cake
  2. Custard sauce – custard can be made with custard powder or corn starch (known as corn flour in India). If adding corn starch then add some vanilla extract or essence in the custard. Use the same amount of corn starch as mentioned in the recipe below and add ½ tsp vanilla extract or vanilla essence
  3. Mixed fruits – fruits like apples, mangoes, papaya, chikoo (sapota), figs, pomegranate can be used. Even berries give a great flavor and texture. Avoid adding citrus fruits, cherries and melons as they are incompatible with milk according to ayurveda. Even bananas with milk are incompatible and cause lethargy, but I did add bananas 🙂
  4. Whipped cream – you can use a low fat cream or even whipping cream. I only get amul cream where I live, so I have used that. You can also use malai (cream floating on top of milk). Just whip ½ cup of chilled malai till it become smooth and gets soft peaks.
  5. You can also some dry fruits and nuts in the trifle recipe. Various fruit purees or berry coulis can also be added to give a variation in the trifle recipe. Even fruit jam can be added.

Serve trifle pudding as a dessert after its set.

Easy trifle recipe

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trifle recipe
4.82 from 16 votes
Easy to prepare trifle pudding with mixed fruits, custard and whipped cream.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Cuisine British, World
Course: Desserts
Diet: Vegetarian
Difficulty Level: Easy

Servings 7 to 8

Ingredients

  • 250 grams eggless sponge cake or 1 small eggless sponge cake
  • 2 to 2.5 cups chopped mix fruits
  • 1.5 cups whole milk
  • 3 tablespoon custard powder, (substitute 3 tablespoon corn starch + ½ teaspoon vanilla extract/essence for custard powder)
  • 3 tablespoon warm whole milk
  • 4 tablespoon sugar or add as required
  • 4 to 5 tablespoon mango puree or juice or any fruit juice or puree/pulp
  • ½ cup 25% to 50% low fat cream
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract or essence (optional)

Instructions

making custard for trifle

  • Warm 3 tbsp milk in a microwave or in a small steel bowl on the stove top. Then add 3 tbsp custard powder to the warm milk. Keep this custard powder paste aside.
  • Stir and dissolve the custard powder very well in the milk. There should be no lumps.
  • In another pan, take 1.5 cups milk. Then add 4 tbsp sugar.
  • Stir and heat this milk+sugar solution on a low to medium flame. Just bring to a gentle heat and stir so that the sugar dissolves.
  • Bring the flame to low. Then add the custard powder paste and stir quickly with a wired whisk, so that no lumps are formed. Keep on stirring till the custard thickens. Usually for trifles, I make a thick custard. But if you want a slightly smooth and flowing consistency, you can keep that. Allow the custard to cool at room temperature.

whipping cream for trifle recipe

  • In another bowl, take ½ cup chilled cream. I used amul cream here. You can use whipping cream or a 25% to 50% low fat cream. Add ¼ tsp vanilla extract.
  • With an electric beater or in a stand mixer, whip the cream till you get soft peaks.
  • Here the cream has got soft peaks. Keep this whipped cream in the refrigerator. Then slice and chop the fruits. You can use any seasonal fruits. Just avoid citrus fruits and melons.

prepping fruits and cake for trifle

  • Now slice 250 grams or a small block of plain eggless vanilla cake or eggless sponge cake into cubes. Here I used homemade eggless sponge cake. 
  • Also rinse, peel and chop fruits. 

making fruit trifle

  • Line half a portion of the sponge cubes in a serving bowl. You can also make individual portions of the trifles in bowls or dessert glasses.
  • Now spread 2 to 3 tbsp of mango pulp or puree on the cake. This is optional. You can also pour a bit of fruit juice on the sponge layer. But just make sure the sponge does not become soggy. If you are using mangoes, in the fruit layer, then no need to add the mango pulp. When I made this trifle, mangoes had not yet arrived. But do add mangoes 🙂
  • Now layer half of the chopped mixed fruits. Here I used apples, bananas and fresh figs. You can use berries too.
  • Also added some pomegranate arils.
  • Spread half of the custard in a layer.
  • Remove the whipped cream from the fridge and make a layer of the cream.
  • Again repeat all the layers, starting with some more eggless sponge cubes.
  • Then add the mango puree and another layer of mix fruits.
  • Make the custard layer again. Then lastly make whipped cream layer again.
  • Make the top cream layer even with a spatula and start to decorate the top layer. You can use fruits, berries or even chocolate shavings to decorate the top layer.
  • I decorated with pomegranate arils.
  • Cover with a foil or lid and keep the trifle pudding in the fridge to set for 4 to 5 hours or overnight.
  • Serve the chilled trifle pudding as a dessert.

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How to make trifle recipe

I have divided the step by step tutorial in 4 steps:

Step 1 – Making custard
Step 2 – whipping cream 
Step 3 – Prepping fruits and cake
Step 4 – Assembling and making trifle

Lets begin with step 1 – Making custard

1. Warm 3 tablespoons milk in a microwave or in a small steel bowl on the stove top. Then add 3 tablespoons custard powder to the warm milk. Keep this custard powder paste aside.

milk for trifle recipe

2. Stir and dissolve the custard powder very well in the milk. There should be no lumps.

custard milk for trifle recipe

3. In another pan, take 1.5 cups milk. Then add 4 tablespoons sugar or add as required.

milk for trifle recipe

4. Stir and heat this milk+sugar solution on a low to medium flame. Just bring to a gentle heat and stir so that the sugar dissolves.

heating milk for custard

5. Bring the flame to low. Then add the custard powder paste and stir quickly with a wired whisk, so that no lumps are formed. Keep on stirring continuously till the custard thickens. Usually for trifles, I make a thick custard. but if you want a slightly smooth and flowing consistency, you can keep that. Allow the custard to cool at room temperature. Also keep in mind, that as the custard cools, it will thicken more.

making trifle recipe

Step 2 – Whipping the cream

6. In another bowl, take ½ cup chilled cream. I used amul cream here. You can use whipping cream or a 25% to 50% low fat cream. Add ¼ tsp vanilla extract.

amul cream for trifle recipe

7. With an electric beater or in a stand mixer, whip the cream till you get soft peaks.

whip cream for trifle recipe

8. Here the cream has got soft peaks. Keep this whipped cream in the refrigerator. Then slice and chop the fruits. You can use any seasonal fruits. Just avoid citrus fruits and melons.

whipped cream for trifle recipe

Step 3 – prepping fruits and cake

9. Now slice 250 grams or a small block of plain Eggless vanilla cake or eggless sponge cake into cubes. Here I used Homemade eggless sponge cake. also rinse, peel and chop the fruits.

cake for trifle recipe

10. Line half a portion of the sponge cubes in a serving bowl. You can also make individual portions of the trifles in bowls or dessert glasses.

cake for trifle recipe

Step 4 – making trifle recipe

11. Now spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of mango pulp or puree on the cake. This is optional. You can also pour a bit of fruit juice or sherry wine on the sponge layer. But just make sure the sponge does not become soggy. If you are using mangoes, in the fruit layer, then no need to add the mango pulp. When I made this trifle, mangoes had not yet arrived. But do add mangoes when they are in season.

mangoes for trifle recipe

12. Now layer half of the chopped mixed fruits. Here I used apples, bananas and fresh figs. You can use berries too.

fruits for trifle recipe

13. Also added some pomegranate arils.

pomegranate for trifle recipe

14. Spread half of the custard in a layer.

custard for trifle recipe

15. Remove the whipped cream from the fridge and make a third layer of the cream. With a spatula even the cream layer.

cream for trifle recipe

16. Again repeat all the layers, starting with the second batch of the eggless sponge cubes.

making trifle recipe

17. Then add the mango puree and another layer of mix fruits.

fruits for trifle recipe

18. Make the custard layer again. Then lastly make whipped cream layer again.

custard layer for trifle recipe

19. Make the top cream layer even with a spatula and start to decorate the top layer. You can use fruits, berries or even chocolate shavings to decorate the top layer. You can also decorate with whipped cream.

preparing trifle recipe

20. I decorated with pomegranate arils.

decorating trifle

21. Cover with a foil or lid and keep the trifle pudding in the fridge to set for 4 to 5 hours or overnight. Serve the chilled trifle pudding as a dessert.

trifle recipe

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