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Easy Chocolate Trifle

This is the first dessert my children learned to prepare and it gave them immense satisfaction to produce a grown – up dessert visitors invariably loved.

Ten Minute Chocolate Trifle
Category Quick & Easy
Preparation Time 10 minutes
Cooking Time none
Serves 8

It’s so simple and your local supermarket should have regular supplies of everything needed here.

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A chocolate swiss – roll is ideal, but any bought cake will do including left over cup cakes. Cadbury’s Crunchie bar adds crunch to an otherwise mushy texture but you can basically adapt this recipe to suit what’s in your larder if a visitor arrives unexpectedly.

Oh and be sure to substitute the sherry with orange juice if serving this to children.


  • 1 chocolate Swiss roll
  • 1 bar Cadbury’s Crunchie
  • 1 tin of pears
  • tablespoons sherry
  • 6 chocolate chip cookies
  • 225 g whipping cream


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  1. Slice the Swiss roll into 3cm slices and use them to line the base of a round glass dish
  2. Drain the juice from the pears. Add the sherry to ½ glass of juice and use half of this to dampen the cake.
  3. Slice the pears and spread evenly over the cake.
  4. Break up the biscuits and scatter on the cake. Place the crunchie in t a plastic bag and break up by pounding a rolling pin. Scatter the broken pieces of crunchie over the cake and biscuits.
  5. Ten Minute Chocolate Trifle 4Add another layer of Swiss roll slices on top. Dampen this with the sherry and juice and allow the cake to absorb this before the final stage.
  6. Whip the cream until it reaches a piping consistency. Spread a layer on top of the trifle and decorate as you wish. I piped out some cream and sparingly dribbled chocolate sauce over before adding 2 chocolate leaves to the central rosette. You can use chocolate sprinkles and no need for a piping bag if short on time…. Just use a fork as I did in this picture here


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