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My Mum's Wicked Trifle

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I do this trifle for adults and kids alike. I will just omit the alcohol if its for a kids party. This is best started the day before and finished off just before your guests arrive. Its sooo moorish and cheap and easy. My mum always used to make it and Ive carried on the legacy!


Serves: 6

  • 1 punnet strawberries (you can use any soft fruit but I think strawberries work best)
  • 2 packets bird's dream topping
  • 1 packet sponge finger (you could also use a sliced sponge roll)
  • 2 packets raspberry jelly (or strawberry jelly)
  • raspberry jam (or strawberry jam)
  • 1 tub custard (ready made - Sainsbury's own is lovely)
  • hundreds and thousands (if it's for a kids party)
  • chocolate buttons (if it's for a kids party)
  • jelly tots (if it's for a kids party)
  • brandy (or sherry or cointreau)


My Mum's Wicked Trifle is a community recipe submitted by Anonymous and has not been tested by so we are not able to answer questions regarding this recipe.

You will need a trifle bowl, or any bowl - make sure it's not too wide but deep (25cm wide is ideal).

  • Get the Sponge roll or if using trifle sponges, cut them in half lengthways ,spread with jam then sandwich back together. Then place into the bottom of the dish in one layer.
  • Sprinkle with the alcohol, as much or as little as you want.
  • Cut the strawberries in half lengthways and arrange in one layer on top of the sponge
  • Make up the jelly as directed on the pack, I always use half hot water, melt the jelly then add half cold water that way it doesn't make the sponges too soft. Pour the jelly onto the sponges. Put into fridge until firm and set.
  • A few hours before you serve (so in the morning of the day you want to eat it) pour over the custard and smooth over. Place into fridge again to chill.
  • Make up the dream topping as directed on the packet then spread over the top of the trifle.
  • Sprinkle with hundreds and thousands or other sweets if required.
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