"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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2 h 20 m servings 224 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 224 kcal
  • 11%
  • Fat:
  • 7 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 38.7g
  • 12%
  • Protein:
  • 2.8 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 18 mg
  • 6%
  • Sodium:
  • 218 mg
  • 9%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. 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.
  2. 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.


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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.

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, ...

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...

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 ...

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 to...

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...

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