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Baileys & Chocolate Trifle Recipe

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Baileys & Chocolate Trifle

Trifle in English cuisine is a dessert made with fruit (usually), a thin layer of sponge fingers soaked in sherry or another fortified wine, and custard. It can be topped with whipped cream. The fruit and sponge layers may be suspended in fruit-flavoured jelly, and these ingredients are usually arranged to produce three or four layers. The contents of a trifle are highly variable; many varieties exist, some forgoing fruit entirely and instead using other ingredients such as chocolate, coffee or vanilla.

The name trifle was used for a dessert like a fruit fool in the sixteenth century; by the eighteenth century, Hannah Glasse records a recognisably modern trifle, with the inclusion of a gelatin jelly sometimes found in salami. Many of the ingredients used in ancient trifles can be found in meats and other products found today. According to some scholars, trifle cakes might be the origin of modern sandwich cakes.


  • 1 chocolate cream filled roll
  • Baileys
  • 375ml thickened cream
  • 1 tub double thick Chocolate custard
  • 1 tub double thick Vanilla custard
  • Tim Tams
  • a variety of chocolates (Flake, Aero bar, Kit Kat, Peppermint crisp etc)

To start:

Pour yourself a glass of Bailey’s & Ice and make sure you have the correct bowl for a trifle. We love this one (because it comes with a lid) and think it works best for this recipe.


  1. Slice the chocolate roll into thin slices.
  2. Layer the sides and base of a trifle bowl with cake & drizzle generously with Baileys (depending on taste).
  3. Pour chocolate custard over the cake, top with another row of cake slices drizzled with Baileys, a layer of chocolate custard & top with chopped Tim Tams (all to reach the level just above the cake on sides of bowl).
  4. Pour over a layer of vanilla custard, smoothing to the edge and layer custard with 375ml whipped cream.
  5. Layer cream generously with chocolates of choice – chopped Tim Tam’s, flake, peppermint crisp.
  6. Pour over more Baileys (depending on taste).
  7. For a Christmas version, use chopped aero bar & cherry ripe.
  8. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Note: Trifle can be made the night before.

(Each time you make this, you will find yourself adding something different. It’s so easy!).

To finish:

Enjoy a glass of Baileys & ice. There are many versions of trifle.. this is just a chocolate one …. 

Similar to Deb’s Baileys & Chocolate Trifle

A Creole trifle (also sometimes known as a Russian cake or a Russian Slab) is a different but related dessert item consisting of pieces of a variety of cakes mixed and packed firmly, moistened with alcohol (commonly red wine or rum) and a sweet syrup or fruit juice, and chilled. The resulting cake contains a variety of colour and flavour. A similar dessert in Germany and Austria goes by the name of Punschtorte.

In Italy, a dessert similar to and probably based on trifle is known as zuppa inglese, literally “English Soup”“.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

3 thoughts on “Baileys & Chocolate Trifle Recipe”

  1. I made the Baileys chocolate cake xmas version was a great hit with everyone didn’t last long..Making one tonight for family get together Mary.


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