Malteser Trifle

Happy New Year everybody!

I thought I’d share with you a recipe for Malteser Trifle, it’s a recipe I’ve been making for many years now and something we always have to have at Christmas/New Year.  It originally appeared on one of the recipe cards you can get from Sainsbury’s many years ago and was written by Jamie Oliver which I’ve slightly adapted!  It’s quick and easy to make –  something I usually need as Christmas or the New Year approaches.


  • 1 pt raspberry jelly
  • Large Madeira cake (shop bought one is fine)
  • 312g can Mandarins (drained)
  • 200g raspberries or other soft fruit such as blackberries (or slightly more, it’s up to you)
  • tablespoons sherry (or I like to use Amaretto)
  • 500g tub of fresh custard (or you can make your own)
  • 300ml double cream
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • Pack of maltesers (the larger the better!)


The first thing to do is to make up the jelly following the instructions and leave to set in the fridge.

Trim the Madeira cake and cut it into cubes about 1cm thick (eat the off-cuttings!).  Put the cake into the bottom of a large bowl and spoon the mandarins and raspberries over the cake.  Splash the sherry (or other alcohol) over the fruit, so that it soaks through the fruit into the sponge underneath.


Spoon over the custard so that it covers the fruit and then gently top it with the jelly (I usually use a knife to cut the jelly up whilst it’s still in the jug).


Lightly whip the cream with the icing sugar

Just before serving, bash up the bag of maltesers and sprinkle them over the top.until it forms soft peaks and spoon it over the top.  If you’re really careful you should be able to spread it over the whole top of the jelly.

The trifle tastes even better when you leave it for a day – that’s if there’s any left.




3 thoughts on “Malteser Trifle

    • Thank you. It is really tasty and so easy to make, unless you want to make the cake and custard yourself. I’m sure you could use another ‘sweet’ to cover the top with if you wanted. I did think of using ‘Revels’ but thought the grandparents might have problems with the toffees, hehe!!

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