Fruit Cocktail Trifle

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Serves 6-8

A trifle is a beautiful dessert made up of layers of cake, fruits, custard and whipping cream. 

plain/sponge cake
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2-3 cups
custard pudding
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1 tin
fruit cocktail
2 cups
whipping cream
2-4 tbsp.
(any flavour, preferably strawberry)
jelly, set and cut into cubes
chocolate shavings for garnishing

First, have your cake ready. The cake can be either home-made or store-bought or even any leftover cake that you have on hand will do, preferably plain. Some good home-made cake options for this recipe are either my pound cake recipe or my vanilla cake recipe.

Then prepare the custard (RECIPE HERE) and allow it to cool completely (it can be made even a day ahead and refrigerated until you are ready to assemble the dessert). If you are making this dessert for more than 8 people, make sure to prepare double the custard recipe.

I like to use a drained can of fruit cocktail but any fruit or combination of fruits that you like will work, either fresh or canned. You can also prepare different coloured jelly, allow them to set then cut them into cubes to add to the dessert if you want it more colourful and festive.

When ready to assemble, cut the cake up into cubes and whip the cream with 3-4 tbsp of sugar and 1 tsp vanilla essence.

Either in one deep bowl or a few individual dessert bowls,  place a layer of the cake cubes. Drizzle some of the drained juice (from the canned fruits) over the cake layer to keep them nice and moist. Then add some small dollops of strawberry jam on the cake pieces, followed by a layer of the fruits. Next, add a layer of the custard, and top that with pieces of coloured jelly if you are using it.  

Lastly, top the dessert with whipped cream and grate some chocolate over it. Chill until ready to serve!

Enjoy! :)






i want to know how to make cake curtard it look delicious

veeeeeery nice fauzia

to make this trifle,should i put hot custard or should i 1st refrigerate & then add on fruits &cake?

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Allow the custard to cool at least to room temperature or even slightly colder before layering with the fruits and cake.

Hy fauziya plz cn u tl me wich fruts hav to uz

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You can use banana, mango, strawberries, grapes, cherries, pineapple, peaches, kiwi. Whichever combination of fruits that you like.

Can u tell me how to make thd jelly thnks

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I just buy the pack and follow instructions as per the packet directions.

Thanks alot for this recipe!!Loved it:)

Salaamz Fauzia.. This a family favourite that Mom always makes, except that she first layers the cake & cooled custard alternatively with the fruit cocktail plus liquid in a large dish & lets it refrigerate for an hour or so. When it is time to serve, we scoop up the well-soaked cake & top it with Nestle cream, slivers of different coloured jellies, chopped apples, dates or fruits of our choice, drizzle some Nestle SCM for those with a sweeter tooth & finally add a scoop of ice-cream on top. The next time I make it, I'm going to try your version. Thanx for the walk down memory lane! :)