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  • 2 x 300g all-butter Madeira cake
  • 150g cherry conserve
  • 3 x 390g jars black cherries in kirsch, drained (we used Opies)
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 500ml tub fresh vanilla custard
  • vanilla extract
  • kirsch
  • 600ml tub double cream
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • 200g block  white chocolate


  • STEP 1

    Cut the cakes into 2cm slices. Spread with jam and make sandwiches. Cut each into 4.

  • STEP 2

    Put 7 cherries aside to decorate the top of the trifle then cut the rest in half.

  • STEP 3

    Beat the mascarpone until smooth then gradually beat in the custard. Stir in 1 tsp vanilla extract.

  • STEP 4

    Put half the cake in the bottom of a large glass trifle dish. Drizzle over 3 tbsp kirsch and spoon over half the cherries, making sure you push them to the edge of the dish so they are visible. Top with half the custard.

  • STEP 5

    Add another layer of cake then more kirsch and the other half of the cherries. Top with the rest of the custard.

  • STEP 6

    Softly whip the cream with another 2 tsp of vanilla and the icing sugar. Spoon on top of the trifle.

  • STEP 7

    Make curls by drawing a large, sharp knife across the surface of the white chocolate. Pile on top of the cream and dot around some cherries to finish.

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