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 A scrumptious and spring-like lemon trifle with lemon cake, lemon jelly, custard, limoncello and extra… gentle, delicious and pleasant!

Once I bake, I make so many various kinds of desserts, truffles, puddings, traybakes and so forth, with all differing types of flavours and themes. I like this about what I do, and they’re at all times recipes that you simply guys need to see – and this one isn’t any completely different; a lemon trifle! 

I’ve performed just a few trifle recipes earlier than resembling my chocolate orange trifle, and my raspberry Prosecco trifle, they usually at all times go down so effectively. Trifles are simply really easy, and I believe that’s why – they’ll mainly be thrown collectively and left till you want them – and you’ll have enjoyable once you make them. 

What ought to go in a trifle can range relying on who’s consuming it. Everyone knows the buddies scene proper?! I’m by no means going to publish a recipe fairly like that – however this one is simply scrumptious. It’s so lemon themed, it’s good for spring, and I’m simply in love with it! 

For this recipe I needed to function a good quantity of layers in order that it was fascinating sufficient, and never only a few random layers of issues. I made a decision to make use of pre-made lemon cake as a result of this recipe is supposed to be about ease; however you’ll be able to after all make truffles your self (resembling my lemon drizzle cake), after which use that as an alternative. 

Most supermarkets will promote a small lemon cake, whether or not it’s a madeira kind sponge, a small drizzle cake, or something like that – you simply need one thing you’ll be able to simply slice up, after which have sufficient weight smart. I at all times need to do two layers at the least of bits like sponge or biscuit in a trifle, because it’s one of many few ‘stable’ layers. 

Often in a trifle, you’d soak the sponges in an alcohol liquid, or one thing to present it a stage of moisture, and I used limoncello. That is after all alcoholic, however in the event you don’t need it to be alcoholic, you should utilize a lemon drizzle soak (resembling 100ml lemon juice, and 100g caster sugar whisked collectively till clean). 

Clearly, one of many essential layers in a trifle in my view is the custard. I like custard. I genuinely simply adore it, and it goes so effectively on this lemon trifle! I used a prepared made custard as a result of it simply makes life a lot simpler, and they’re the proper thickness. You may break up the custard simply for every layer as effectively. 

One other layer that’s frequent in trifle is jelly… one factor my trifles haven’t tended to function to this point is jelly, however I assumed it was about time (and sufficient of you’ve requested for it!!). I don’t thoughts jelly, nevertheless it’s not my absolute favouring factor on the earth I’ll admit! I’ve to be within the temper… however lemon jelly? yeah okay then. 

I used jelly cubes, and dissolved these in half boiling water, after which half cooled water (As per packet directions). It’s so vital to begin the jelly first, and wait some time earlier than you stick with it as a result of the recent jelly will virtually undoubtedly damage the lemon trifle in the event you poured it on recent! Think about all that custard and cream curdling. Or, you are able to do the jelly as the bottom layer, let it set, after which stick with it; it’s as much as you!

For the remainder of the layers I used a mixture of whipped double cream (Sweetened barely with icing sugar) as a result of trifle ought to at all times have cream in my view – I ensure that to whip my cream to smooth peaks, as a result of by the point it has sat round in a bowl, or been spooned into the trifle bowl it might probably generally thicken, so that you don’t need to over whip the cream. 

As talked about earlier I usually like two layers of every theme, however as an alternative of two layers of jelly (once more the warmth could make it sophisticated) I used a layer of lemon curd! Once more, all of those are fully as much as you. You may add different issues to the lemon trifle, or use much less layers – it’s as much as you!! 

I completed the trifle off with some lemon zest sprinkled over, and a few biscuit crumbs to behave like sprinkles as I assumed it regarded good – however once more, that is as much as you. I used a 21cm trifle bowl for this – however trifle bowls actually can range in measurement! You don’t have to essentially use a trifle bowl precisely, simply a big dish that’s deep sufficient -good luck discovering one although!


Lemon Jelly

  • 1 packet lemon jelly cubes
  • 250 ml boiling water
  • 250 ml chilly water

Whipped Cream

  • 600 ml double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar

Lemon Cake

  • 600 g lemon loaf truffles
  • 4-5 tbsp limoncello (elective)

All the things Else

  • 500 ml custard
  • 300 g lemon curd
  • lemon zest
  • 1 x biscuit crumbs

Lemon Jelly

  • Add the jelly cubes to a jug, and pour on the boiling water. Whisk the jelly cubes within the boiling water till they’ve dissolved.

  • Pour within the cooled water, and whisk once more.

  • Go away to chill absolutely, stirring typically so it does not start to set.


  • Begin constructing your trifle, that is merely how I did it, however you are able to do it in any order you want

  • Add half of the lemon cake slices on the underside layer of the trifle bowl, and sprinkle over half of the limoncello.

  • Pour over half of the custard and unfold. 

  • Pour on the lemon jelly combination – it is best to pour the jelly onto the again of a spoon, and let this drizzle onto the custard layer to forestall any splitting.

  • Let the jelly set within the fridge for a few hours.

  • Unfold on half of the whipped cream, and add one other layer of the lemon cake. Unfold on the lemon curd.

  • Add the second half of the custard, after which add the remainder of the whipped cream on prime.

  • Enhance the highest with some lemon zest and biscuit crumbs in the event you fancy.

  • Go away it to set for an hour within the fridge so the custard is not as runny. Get pleasure from!

  •  It will final for 3 days as soon as made, however is finest eaten recent. 
  • Portions for this recipe are full estimates because it totally is determined by your trifle bowl!
  • What order you utilize the layers of the trifle is as much as you – please see notes on the weblog put up. 
  • If you happen to do not need to use alcohol, please see another within the notes of the weblog put up. 
  • I suggest utilizing this trifle bowl!


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