A totally indulgent mix of classic comfort food, this Chocolate Cherry Trifle is a decadent dessert that’s so easy to make.

Easy Chocolate Cherry Trifle recipe

Why is it so easy? It uses all store-bought ingredients but you could amp up the flavours by making your own cake if you wish.  The custard flavour is integral to the flavour, so do try and find a good one.

As with all trifles, this will taste even better the next day, so make it ahead if you can. That’s less stressful too! Choose a pretty glass bowl with straight sides to show off the wonderful mix of colours inside the trifle.

Adding my favourite Christmas treat, rum balls (Johnnie’s Favourite Rum Balls Recipe) to the top is a total indulgence. Making rum balls is one of my favourite parts of the preparation for Christmas. I exchange them with a friend for her homemade Christmas pudding, and we both love the deal.

Born of my love of rum balls and trifle, this recipe is something that can be adjusted to your own taste. Just be sure to keep an eye on the balance of sweetness, texture and cream.

Chocolate ​Cherry Trifle recipe


  • 2 packets of jelly – strawberry or port wine flavour
  • 1 store-bought strawberry jam and cream sponge or roll
  • 1 x 600g tub of chocolate custard or chocolate mousse
  • 1 kilo fresh cherries
  • 140g Macro Organic Toasted Coconut Flakes
  • 300 ml whipping cream


  1. Make the jelly according to the packet instructions and put in the fridge to set.
  2. Break up the sponge into small pieces by hand and place in the base of a large, clear glass bowl.
  3. Pour about a ¼ of the jelly mix over the sponge.
  4. When set, spoon half of the jelly on top of the sponge.
  5. Add a layer of coconut flakes
  6. Add half the custard on top of the jelly.
  7. Stone all the cherries and place about half in the bowl on top of the custard. Reserve the rest to decorate the top.
  8. Add the rest of the jelly.
  9. Top with cream whipped with a dash of vanilla.
  10. Finish with cherries on top and a sprinkle of coconut flakes.


  • Include some chopped Cherry Ripe bars on top of the jelly.
  • Top with rum balls instead of cherries.
  • Add some extra rum with the jelly or cream, but be careful as rum is a strong flavour.
  • Use a lamington cake or fingers instead of a jam roll

Note: This recipe has not been developed in association with any brand. I am just sharing food love.