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Black Forest Trifle

For those who love chocolate, a Black Forest trifle is a great alternative to the traditional with it’s chocolate custard and chocolate sponge. Trifle is quite traditional in the UK and NZ for a Christmas dessert but I wanted to jazz it up a bit for our Christmas lunch. No need to save this recipe though for next year, it’s perfect for a family Sunday lunch or if you are taking a dessert along for a pot luck dinner. Do you have pot luck dinners or bring a plate where you live? I wasn’t really familiar with it before I came to NZ but really love the concept of everyone contributing to a dinner gathering rather than the one person doing all the work. Maybe it is because here at the beach we get together most weekends with friends and it’s not such a big chore if everyone brings something along.


  • 400g chocolate sponge (or use 1/2 of my recipe for black Doris plum mousse cake)
  • 400g jar or tin of cherries
  • 3 tbsp vodka or kirsch (optional)
  • 50g 70% chocolate
  • 1/2 litre of Custard
  • 300ml whipping cream


  1. Cut the sponge into squares and place into a glass serving bowl.
  2. Strain the liquid off the cherries, reserve half and add the vodka/kirsch to the liquid.
  3. Distribute the cherries over the chocolate sponge in the bowl then drizzle the liquid over the top, ensuring all of the sponge is soaked.
  4. Melt the chocolate and warm the custard.
  5. Stir the chocolate into the custard until all combined. If it starts to set before combined just warm it up again.
  6. Pour the chocolate custard over the cherries and sponge.
  7. Once the custard is cold, whip the cream to soft peak and pour over the chocolate custard.
  8. Grate some chocolate over the top for decoration and chill in the fridge till ready to serve.
  9. Holds for 2 days.
4 Comments Post a comment
  1. i love a pot luck lunch !! those little darlings look delish 🙂

    January 4, 2011
  2. omg this has to be the best flavour combination EVER

    January 4, 2011
  3. I dont have a lot of trifle, but that needs to change, chocolate & cherry, yes please!

    January 4, 2011
  4. I love trifle! Easy to make, no real set of measured ingredients (whatever you have goes in!) This is a fantastic twist on the ol’ classic 😀

    January 7, 2011

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