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Classic Sherry Trifle Recipe by Avoca

Christmas celebrations are not complete without a trifle and this AVOCA recipe is the perfect cake or chocolate alternative to top off any festive feast!

4.43 from 7 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British, Irish
Servings 10 servings
Calories 704 kcal


For the sponge

  • 5 medium eggs
  • 140 g caster sugar
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla essence
  • 140 g plain flour

For the custard

  • 6 large eggs
  • 100 g caster sugar
  • 40 g cornflour
  • 175 ml cream
  • 150 ml milk
  • ½ vanilla pod split in half length wise

For the fruit mix

  • 250 ml sherry
  • 250 ml water
  • 500 g caster sugar
  • 800 g fresh raspberries

For the topping

  • 400 ml cream stiffly whipped
  • 2 tbsp flaked almonds toasted
  • Raspberries to decorate


To make the sponge

  • Pre heat oven to 170 °C / gas mark 5
  • Line a 27 x 3m loose-bottomed round tin with baking parchment.
  • Using an electric mixer, whisk together the whole eggs, vanilla and caster sugar for 12 -15 minutes or until the mixture is pale in colour, has doubled in size and can hold a figure eight made with a whisk.
  • Carefully fold in the sifted flour without deflating the mixture. Spoon in the pre-lined tin and then bake in the oven for 20 – 25 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.

To make the custard

  • In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour for 3 – 4 minutes. Place the milk, cream and split vanilla pod in a heavy saucepan and bring to just below boiling point, then pour the hot milk and cream over the egg yolks whisking vigorously as you add the liquid.
  • Return from the heat, transfer to clean bowl and allow to cool.
  • Cover and place in the fridge until required. This custard will keep perfectly in the fridge for 3 – 4 days as long as you use the milk and cream with a good shelf life.

To make the fruit mixture

  • In a stainless-steel saucepan place the port, water and caster sugar on a low heat stirring until the sugar has dissolved, then increase the temperature and allow to boil vigorously for 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Add the raspberries and bring back to the boil. Remove from the heat and strain the fruit from the stock and reserve the port stock syrup.

To assemble the trifle

  • Break the sponge into pieces and dip each piece into the port stock syrup, allowing the sponge to soak up the syrup.
  • Arrange the sponge in the bottom of the bowl, spoon a generous amount of the raspberries onto the sponge and then add another layer of sponge and raspberries.
  • Cover the entire surface of the mixture with the cold custard, smoothing the surface with a spoon or a palette knife.
  • Then top with stiffly whipped cream and finally, the toasted flaked almonds and raspberries to decorate. Ideally, return to the fridge for an hour or two before serving. It is perfect to make the night before but, if doing so don’t add the flaked almonds until just before serving.


Calories: 704kcalCarbohydrates: 102gProtein: 11gFat: 28gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 260mgSodium: 102mgPotassium: 297mgFiber: 6gSugar: 79gVitamin A: 1157IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 111mgIron: 2mg
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