Orange Rough Trifle Recipe

A good Christmas feast needs a trifle! Think cool cream, thick custard and seasonal fruit all packaged up in lovely layers but the key here is time - the longer you leave this in the fridge the better it gets!

Every family has a good trifle recipe and the variations are endless but if you're looking for something new to wow your guests then try this version which uses our popular Orange Rough Cake to elevate this classic dessert

You will need:

  • A large glass bowl, trifle dish or a glass bowl for each person if you're making individual trifles.
  • One Orange Rough Cake
  • 5 Oranges
  • Raspberries for decoration
  • 1L Custard - Carton or make your own
  • 600ml of thickened cream for whipping
  • 2 tablespoons of icing sugar
  • 100g milk or dark chocolate.
  • 4 tablespoons of marmalade
  • Optional - Orange liqueur (we leave this out so the kids can indulge)


  • Zest 2 oranges and juice one of the oranges. Peel and segment the rest of the oranges and set aside.
  • Finely grate your chocolate and set aside.
  • Whip the cream with the icing sugar until you have soft peaks, careful not to over whip as you don't want to make butter! Add the orange zest and orange juice to the cream and gently fold in.
  • Make your custard (or open the carton if you're cheating)
  • Cut your Orange Rough Cake through the middle so you have two thinner cake discs. If you're making individual trifles then cut your Orange Rough Cake into small chunks.
  • Now it's time to assemble. Take one of your Orange rough discs and place it in the bottom of your bowl. If you're using the liqueur then now is the time to liberally add it to the cake.
  • Spread half your marmalade over the cake.
  • Add some orange segments, half your custard and then some of the cream.
  • Repeat the process, adding the second Orange Rough disc (or another layer of chunks if they are individual trifles) and add the rest of the marmalade, orange segments, custard and then top with cream.
  • Dust the top of your trifle with the grated chocolate, place remaining orange segments on top of the trifle and add raspberries.
  • Place your trifle in the fridge for at least 4 hours to let the flavours develop.

The best things about trifle is there are no rules. You can add a layer of jelly if you like, use 2 cakes and make loads of layers, add different fruits or even use different cakes.

Buy your Orange Rough Cakes here and send us some pictures of your creations!