Sweet Sunday: Tricolour Trifle

Weekends are the perfect time to enjoy some sweet treats and when your country’s national holiday happens to fall on a Sunday; you know that you have to come up with something special. Saint Patrick’s Day for us this year is going to be a busy one, so dessert was always going to be a hassle-free dish that would look good and satisfy any sweet tooth. A tricolour trifle served in individual glasses seemed to be the perfect solution.

I used some leftover plain cupcakes for the sponge base which – although not necessary – adds great substance and texture. For the middle section, I mixed shop-bought vanilla custard with freshly whipped cream to get an indulgent consistency as well as that all-important white colour. To top it off, I used tinned orange segments but if you have fresh pieces, they would work just as well.

You can, of course, play around with the quantities of ingredients to your liking. It’s hard to go wrong with this dessert – it’s fun, simple, tasty and pretty much a guaranteed crowd pleaser.

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Serves 4


Sponge cake
1 packet of Lime jelly
200ml of Vanilla custard
200ml of Dessert cream
Orange segments


Line each glass with a little bit of sponge cake. Make up the jelly according to instructions and pour over sponge pieces, filling a third of the glass. Leave to set in the refrigerator.

Fold the custard in to the cream until fully combined. Divide the mix evenly in to each glass. Top with the orange segments and return to the refrigerator until ready to serve.

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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona Duit!


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