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Chocolate Orange Trifle by Benjamina Ebuehi

Cakes Biscuits & Sweet Treats
  • Makes 10 Portions
  • Preparation 30 minutes
  • 240 minutes cooking time
  • 140 C°, 275 F°, Gas Mark 1


  • For the dried oranges

    • 1 sliced Orange
  • For the trifle sponge

    • 125g Butter (unsalted) (plus extra for greasing)
    • 125g Billington’s Unrefined Golden Caster Sugar
    • 2 Large eggs
    • 100g Allinson’s Self Raising Flour
    • 25g Cocoa Powder
  • For the filling

    • 4 Orange(s) (peeled and segmented)
    • 100ml Orange juice
    • 400ml Double cream
    • 25g Dark chocolate shavings (for decoration)
    • 600ml Custard


  • Kitchen paper
  • Baking paper
  • Mixing bowl
  • 20cm square tin


  1. For the dried orange slices, preheat the oven to 110°C,fan 90°C, gas ¼. Slice each orange into ½ cm-thick rounds. Pat the orange slices on kitchen paper to absorb some of the juice, then arrange the slices directly on the oven shelves. Cook for 3 hours, turning them over after the first hour. Remove from the oven and leave to cool.
  2. For the sponge layer, preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas 4, and grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
  3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, a little at a time with a tablespoon of flour, then fold in the remaining flour and cocoa powder using a large metal spoon. Spoon the cake mixture into the prepared tin and level the top with the back of a spoon.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes, until the sponge is well risen and firm to the touch. Insert askewer into the centre of the cake; it should come out clean if cooked. Allow the cake to cool for 10 minutes in the tin, then turn out onto a cooling rack.
  5. To assemble the trifle, put the fresh orange segments in a bowl and soak in 2 tablespoons of fresh orange juice. Cut the sponge into small squares, place in the base of a deep glass trifle dish and pour the remaining fresh orange juice evenly over the sponge to soak fully.
    Next, arrange the oranges over the sponge, followed by the custard. Spoon the cream over the top of the custard and decorate with chocolate shaving sand the dried orange slices. Chill before serving.

About the Chocolate Orange Trifle

Isn’t sharing a trifle with friends and family the best, Dipping in your spoon to serve the delights of what hides inside the many delicious layers of a trifle is even more exciting when it tastes this good.

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