Easy Trifle Recipe (using left over cake and cream)

Trifle is an English dessert and is usually made with cakes and layered with fruits/jelly/custard/cream and there are many variables to it. There is no hard and fast rule when making trifle and you just go with the flow.

Typically, I would say make trifle if you have left over cake, or if the cake you baked is hard/dry/sunk in the middle etc. and instead of throwing it away, just make trifle or ice cream sandwich cake 😉

I baked a gluten free coffee cake recently and now I can’t recall why I was not happy with it. So it went straight into the fridge. Then I started googling to find ways to re-use the cake and called on friends who’ve made trifle before, to get some ideas. Some recipes calls for the cake to be soaked with juice or liquor, but I would say skip that step unless you don’t mind mushy cake.

I split one cake into half and poured coffee over the cake, as I felt it was a little on the dry side, which was a big mistake cos the cake became mushy. I went ahead and layered it with cream and crushed Maltesers. For the other half, I layered with cream and added KitKat chocolate.


  • Cake – any leftover, sliced or cut into cubes
  • Whipped cream – leftover
  • Kit Kat chocolate or Maltesers


  • Line the bottom of your trifle bowl or a similar bowl with the cake slices.
  • Then pour some of the whipping cream over the cake slices.
  • Place the Kit Kat pieces on top of the cream or crush some Maltesers and sprinkle them over the cream.
  • Repeat with the cake slices, followed by the whipping cream and finish with the cream on top and decorate which ever way you like.
  • Refrigerate till time to serve.

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see your pics on Instagram and do tag @bakezbyshobz and hashtag it #bakezbyshobz

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