Mango trifle

Recipe for Mango, Passionfruit and Yellow peach trifle

Prep time: 30 minutes *Jelly will take approximately 2 hours to set*

Cook time: 1 hour 

Makes: 1 large trifle bowl


Mango jelly

4 x Mangoes (skin and seed removed)

1 x Lemon (juice only)

5 x gelatine leaves titanium grade

1 x cup sugar

1/2 cup water

Butter cake

200 g butter (softened)

50 g caster sugar

3 eggs

180g self raising flour

1 x lemon (juice and zest)

Mixed Cream

250 ml Mascarpone

600ml Pure Cream

Passionfruit syrup

8 x passionfruit (pulp only)

½ cup caster sugar

2 tbsp water

Fruit for topping trifle

3-4 yellow peaches (seeds removed) and sliced into wedges

4 x passionfruits (cut in half, pulp removed from a couple)

You will need a trifle glass bowl or a deep bowl to create the layers of a trifle


  1. Measure the diametre of the trifle bowl and using a pencil mark some baking paper base on the diameter. Use scissors to cut around. Set the paper aside.
  2. Prepare the mango jelly first by pureeing  mangoes then transfer the puree in a medium sized pot. Add the lemon juice, the sugar and the water then stir through well. Bring to a boil then reduce to simmer for 10 minutes. Meanwhile soak the gelatin in some cool water in a bowl or container until the gelatin has softened. Once the mango mixture has finished cooking, place the pot aside and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Squeeze out the water from the gelatin then place it into the mango mixture. Stir through well, you will feel the mixture lightly thickens which means the gelatin has completely melted through. Pour the runny jelly into the trifle base, allow to cool then place into the fridge until the jelly mixture has formed. This will take 2 hours minimum (you may like to do this the day before).
  3. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Prepare a cake tin, butter the surfaces.
  4. Use an electric mixing stand to prepare the butter cake. Whisk the butter and sugar together until light, pale and soft. Add the eggs into the mixture one by one, slowly, and continue to whisk until each egg is completely mixed through thoroughly. Sift the flour into the butter mixture, add the zest and the lemon juice and using a spatula or wooden spoon fold the flour through the wet mixture. Transfer this mixture into the cake tin, even it out and place into the oven to bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a skewer can be inserted and removed clean. Set the cake aside, allow to cool then using the paper cut out as a guide, slice off the edges of the cake. Use a fork to press holes into the cake top (this well help the passion fruit syrup soak into the cake).
  5. Prepare the passionfruit syrup by placing the passionfruit, the caster sugar and the water into a pot, bring to a simmer and cook until the sugar has completely melted. Set aside and allow to cool completely.
  6. Once the jelly has set, the cake base and the passionfruit syrup has completely cooled, prepare the cream by using an electric whisk to whip the pure cream. Once you have soft peaks turn the whisk off, make sure you don’t over whisk. In a large bowl mix the mascarpone using a fork, start by adding a bit of the whisked pure cream and completely fold through, bit by bit and then the entire amount.
  7. Layer the trifle by placing the cake base over the jelly, pour the passionfruit syrup over and spread evenly, top with the cream mixture and the extra fresh fruit!


Cooking notes:

  • If you want to soften butter quickly, chop it up into very small pieces and spread over a plate. This will take only 10-15 minutes for the butter to soften naturally.

Recipe created for Harris Farm Markets


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