A large trifle topped with cherries

Lemon curd trifle

  • serves 6
  • Easy

Make this luscious lemon curd trifle in just 15 minutes (plus a little soaking time). Layered with vanilla custard, dark chocolate and madeira cake, it's the ultimate summer dessert


Make this zingy lemon trifle, then check out our summer fruit trifle, chocolate triflesherry trifle and more trifle recipes.



  • maraschino cherries in syrup (we used Luxardo) 400g jar
  • madeira cake 1 loaf (250g)
  • cream sherry 75ml
  • double cream 300ml
  • vanilla custard 500ml
  • lemon curd 120g
  • dark chocolate 25g


  • Step 1

    Drain the cherries through a sieve over a bowl, reserving the syrup. Slice the madeira loaf, and use the cake slices to line a trifle dish or large glass bowl. Pour over the sherry and half the reserved cherry syrup, and leave to soak. Whisk the double cream to soft peaks, and set aside.

  • Step 2

    Spoon the custard over the soaked sponge layer, then dot over half the drained cherries. Drizzle with half the remaining cherry syrup. Dollop over the cream, then spread it out so it covers the cherries. Spoon over blobs of the lemon curd, using the back of the spoon to ripple the curd through the cream.

  • Step 3

    Just before serving, scatter the remaining cherries over the trifle, drizzle over the rest of the cherry syrup, and grate over the dark chocolate.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 704
  • Fat 38.3g
  • Saturates 23.1g
  • Carbs 80.1g
  • Sugars 66.2g
  • Fibre 0.5g
  • Protein 6.4g
  • Salt 0.6g