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What's called "jelly" in America is called "jam" in England, and the English call the American's "gelatin", "jelly"! But, any way you slice it -- spread some fruit preserves over cake, top with a gelled fruity confection, sweetened, stovetop-thickened milk, and whipped cream -- and you've got trifle!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
additional:
2 hrs
total:
2 hrs 20 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
1 trifle
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Slice cake and spread pieces with jelly or jam. Sandwich pieces of cake together and arrange pieces in bottom of glass trifle bowl or other glass serving bowl. Prepare the gelatin according to package directions and pour over cake. Refrigerate until set, 2 hours.

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  • Pour prepared pudding or custard over the set gelatin. In a medium bowl, whip cream until stiff peaks form. Spread over pudding. Sprinkle with chocolate and chill in refrigerator until serving.

Nutrition Facts

224 calories; protein 2.8g; carbohydrates 38.7g; fat 7g; cholesterol 18.5mg; sodium 218.4mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2003
This trifle is so easy to make and it is one of my families favorite desserts.I have also used raspberry jelly and gelatin and it tasted just as good. Read More
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6 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
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Rating: 5 stars
10/24/2003
This trifle is so easy to make and it is one of my families favorite desserts.I have also used raspberry jelly and gelatin and it tasted just as good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/19/2010
With my English trifle I substituted shortcake rounds on the bottom soaked w/sherry overnight. The added 1 cup of drained fruit cocktail minus any pineapple to the jello. Hot Custard or vanilla pudding cooled then pured on top of the set jello. Complete topping w/fresh whipped cream ( carton type ) then toss sprinkes on the top and a cherry in the center if desired. The sherry adds that special flavor. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
06/16/2008
I didn't have a dish nearly large enough to hold all of this. I ended up only using one package of strawberry jello. It looked like a dessert my grandma would have served and I was skeptical but it was pretty good! My friends LOVED it so I might make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2007
Simple...georgeous in a glass trifle dish...delicious! I wowed my company when I presented this dessert. I used raspberry instead of strawberry jam and jello. Make sure you don't use cool whip vs. whipped heavy cream. The heavy cream puts it over the top. The only thing that could make it better would be fresh raspberry or strawberry for garnish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/13/2011
Really changed this up but a great starter recipe for me. Cake mix cake; no jelly; liquid jello poured right over the cubed cake; pudding on top of that when jello set up; whipped topping on top of that. Not bad for a quick dessert. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/19/2015
I posted the trifle photo here so you will notice that I added a layer of strawberries. I did not add the chocolate since we did not make trifle that way in Ireland where I used to live. I used Bird's Custard since that was also more authentic from my experience. Absolutely delicious! Eileen Read More
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