Chocolate Trifle




Yield 8 portions

An indulgent home-made trifle using chocolate roll or muffins, fresh bananas, marmalade and buttons topped with a fresh chocolate custard and a mascarpone-vanilla cream. Perfect for playdates or to feed a crowd or a big family. 


3-4 large chocolate muffins or one large chocolate swiss roll

Good glug of brandy (optional, leave out if making for kids)

2-3 bananas – sliced

75g white chocolate buttons

1/2* jar of orange marmalade – let down with 100ml hot water

Fresh Custard

6 egg yolks

125g caster sugar

40g flour

300ml double cream

100ml milk

150g dark chocolate – chopped

200ml double cream – whipped (optional)


250ml double cream – softly whipped

250g mascarpone cheese

1 vanilla pod – seeds scrapped

To decorate – 100s and 1000s


  1. Break up the muffins or slice the chocolate swiss roll and put into a trifle bowl. Add a good glug of brandy, if using. 
  2. Add the banana slices, chocolate buttons and then pour over the let-down marmalade.
  3. Custard – whisk the egg yolks and sugar and flour together.
  4. Bring the cream and milk to simmering point and then pour over the egg mix, a little at a time, whisking together well until smooth.
  5. Put the custard mixture back into the pan with the dark chocolate and stir until chocolate melts and the mixture thickens. Do this over a very low medium, stirring continuously for about 5 minutes. Transfer into a cool bowl. Cover with cling film and leave to cool completely.
  6. Once cool, fold in the whipped cream, if using. Pour the custard over the sponge/bananas/buttons.
  7. Topping – mix the cream, mascarpone and vanilla together until well combined. Pipe or spoon over the top and sprinkle with 100s and 1000s.


1 jar of marmalade reduced to 1/2 jar 

Courses Dessert

Cuisine British

Recipe by Ren Behan - Author Wild Honey and Rye at