Trifle | Recipe Video Tutorial

Trifle- as the name suggests, is actually a dessert that is as simple as it gets. There are very few ingredients and very little hassle in preparing them. BUT…but what takes time is the assembly. I know a number of people who have taken the Trifle recipe from me but have not attempted it till date because the steps involved in making this dessert, when written down on paper sound quite intimidating. That’s one reason why I finally thought of making a video tutorial of how to make Trifle.

The other reason is a bit more personal. Back when I was in school we used to have a fair named Business week. It was a week where as the name suggest, students brought out their own business ventures. So there would be stalls selling food, CD’s, T-shirts, games and what-not. Apart from all the annual sports events, that was one of the most exciting weeks in school and you would always find me in front of the (food) stalls rather than behind. Then came grade 10 and a friend all the way from Scotland named Fabliha…She somehow convinced me to join her and three others to give a food stall at Business Week!


While discussing what item each of us would bring we realized that there was no stall at the Business Week selling just desserts. That’s when it struck us and that’s how we formed Dlite Desserts Plc.


I managed to find a photo of our stall! This was way back in 2008 :O

Initially we had decided to bring different desserts each day but on the second/third day Fabliha brought her amazing Trifles and they became such a sellout success that we had to make it an everyday item. That year and for the next 2 years that we operated the Trifle was our best seller and Dlite Desserts Plc was the best trading firm at the Business Week.


You may be asking where do I come in here? Well after the first year my friend Fabliha had to go back to Scotland so the next year the responsibility of preparing our best selling Trifle was on me. Fabliha was not only kind enough to share her recipe with me but also guided me through the process via Skype the first time I made it.

So yeah, the Trifle was actually my first dabble into dessert making and it still remains one of my most loved/popular dessert item’s so it only made sense that the first tutorial video I make is about this.

Given below is the full recipe and click here for the video.


  • 500ml milk
  • 3 Tbsp custard powder
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 plain cake (store bought/ self baked)
  • 2 packets Jello of choice
  • 100gm Crushed cookies (optional)
  • 1 package Dano Cream
  • Sprinkles for decor


  1. Place 500ml milk in a saucepan and bring to boil.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk together custard powder, water, sugar and egg
  3. Add the custard mixture to the hot milk. Whisk constantly to dissipate the heat otherwise the egg in the mixture will start cooking and the mixture will curdle.
  4. Put this mixture back on the stove and cook under medium hitting, stirring constantly until custard thickens.
  5. Let it cool.
  6. Place cakes pieces on the bottom of plastic cups, Ladle a spoon of lukewarm custard, just enough to properly cover the cake pieces. Stick it in the fridge and wait 15-20mins until custard sets. –.
  7. Meanwhile make jello according to the package instructions.
  8. Take cups out of the fridge and slowly add a layer of lukewarm jello. When pouring the Jello, use a light hand. Don’t directly drop it in because otherwise the jello will pierce through to the custard layer.Let it set in the fridge for 20mins.
  9. Repeat steps 6 and 7 and finish it off with a layer of crushed digestive biscuits and cream and some sprinkles.

These are best eaten cold. So keep them in the refrigerator until serving. Makes about 12 cups.

Let me know if you give it a try and if the tutorial was helpful or not!



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