Chocolate Orange Trifle (Easter Themed)

Chocolate Orange Trifle (Easter Themed)

Are you looking for the perfect dessert to impress your guests at your next dinner party? Look no further than our delicious Chocolate Orange Trifle recipe. This decadent and indulgent trifle is sure to win over hearts with its rich layers of chocolate swiss roll, creamy chocolate custard, fragrant orange jelly, mandarin segments and luscious whipped cream and because I made this around Easter, you got to top it with Easter chocolates. Keep reading to unveil the secret to creating this show-stopping dessert.

Chocolate Orange Trifle ingredients on a table

To embark on the creation of our sumptuous Chocolate Orange Trifle, a carefully curated selection of ingredients is essential. Gather the components listed below to ensure your dessert is nothing short of spectacular:


  • Chocolate swiss roll: The foundation of our trifle, providing a rich and indulgent base.
  • Mandarin: Fresh mandarins are key, as both the zest and juice will be used to infuse the custard with a vibrant, citrusy flavour. But I used tinned which worked just as well.
  • Chocolate Custard: lending a creamy texture and a rich taste to the custard.
  • Orange Jelly: gives a citrusy layer to the dish
  • Cream: Whipped to soft peaks, it will crown the trifle, adding a luxurious and velvety layer.
  • Chocolates: as a garnish, it provides a sophisticated and intense chocolatey finish.

Assemble these ingredients and prepare yourself for the delightful task ahead. Crafting this trifle is not only an exercise in dessert-making but a journey through layers of texture and taste that promise to enchant your palate.

  1. Begin this enchanting culinary journey by addressing the base of our trifle - the chocolate sponge cake. With a sharp knife, carefully slice the roll into 3cm rounds, each bite a promise of chocolatey indulgence. Select a trifle dish with enough depth and elegance to do your creation justice, and arrange the first layer of sponge snugly at the bottom. This methodical placement ensures a firm foundation, allowing the subsequent layers to meld beautifully while maintaining their distinct textures and flavours. Each round of sponge will later soak up the orange jelly, becoming a delightful marriage of chocolate and citrus. At this stage, focus on even distribution to guarantee every serving is as perfect as the next. This preparatory step is not merely about laying a base; it’s an art in ensuring the balance of flavours and textures that will define your trifle. With the sponge layer settled, anticipate the transformation as it readies to absorb the luscious flavours of the layers to come.

Embarking on the meticulous journey of assembling our Chocolate Orange Trifle requires a keen eye for detail and precision. After preparing the chocolate sponge into bite-sized rounds, the art of layering begins.

  1. Carefully place a second layer of mandarin segments and jelly, allowing time to set before topping with a layer of rich chocolate custard, ensuring an even distribution. This not only guarantees structural integrity but also promises an even taste of chocolate indulgence in every spoonful.
  2. Following the custard, delicately place another layer of mandarin segments and spoon over more orange jelly just to cover. Once this layer has set carefully pour the remaining jelly over and completely allow to set.
  3. Pour another layer of the custard over the top. The interplay of textures and flavours between the soft sponge and the silky custard is a dance of culinary delight, each layer enhancing the next. It's essential to cover the entirety of the jelly with custard to achieve a harmonious blend of the chocolate and orange notes throughout.

As you repeat this process, take care to smooth each layer with the back of a spoon or a spatula, creating a uniform surface that will welcome the next layer warmly. This attention to detail not only ensures that each bite is as delicious as the last but also contributes to the visual appeal of the trifle, with its distinct and inviting layers.

  1. Progress until the trifle dish is filled to the brim, with the final layer mirroring the meticulous care and attention bestowed upon the initial layers. This layering not only encapsulates the essence of the trifle but also sets the stage for the final flourish of whipped cream and garnishes that await. The precision in this stage is paramount, as it sets the foundation for the decorative touches that will crown your dessert masterpiece.
Decadent chocolate orange trifle with layers of sponge cake, creamy chocolate mousse, and zesty orange slices.
  1. Elevate your Chocolate Orange Trifle with a flourish that encapsulates the essence of this decadent dessert. A lavish layer of softly whipped cream, applied with a gentle hand, forms the pinnacle of your trifle, introducing a cloud-like texture that contrasts delightfully with the dense layers beneath. Precision in this step is key, as a smooth surface serves as the canvas for the final adornments.
  2. Crumble a chocolate stick liberally over the whipped cream, allowing the fine shavings to cascade like a chocolate waterfall, offering a counterpoint to the sweetness below. This not only introduces an additional layer of chocolatey depth but also an exquisite visual contrast against the white cream. The chocolate, with its sophisticated flavour, ensures that each mouthful carries the rich indulgence that chocolate enthusiasts covet, and as stated I added a few Easter chocolates seeing as it was the Easter weekend when I made this dish.

To further enhance the visual allure and flavour profile, you could sprinkle finely zested orange peel atop the trifle. The vibrant orange zest will bring a burst of colour and a hint of citrus aroma that ties the dessert together, echoing the orange jelly layer's tangy essence. This not only garnishes the dessert but also acts as a reminder of the trifle’s harmonious blend of chocolate and orange, a combination celebrated for its dynamic interplay on the palate.

A delicious Chocolate Orange Trifle with layers of chocolate cake, orange-flavoured custard, and whipped cream.

To ensure the Chocolate Orange Trifle is enjoyed at its absolute best, it's advised to serve this splendid dessert well chilled. Its myriad layers and the interplay of flavours are most delightful when cool, offering a refreshing end to any meal. This dessert shines as the centrepiece for celebratory dinners or as a luxurious indulgence to brighten the everyday.

In the unlikely event of having any of this exquisite trifle left, it should be stored in the fridge. To do this, cover the trifle dish securely with cling film to maintain freshness and prevent the absorption of any fridge odours, which could compromise its delicate flavours. Ideally, consume the trifle within 48 hours to enjoy its optimal taste and texture, as beyond this period, the layers may begin to merge, and the overall quality could start to decline.

It’s also worth noting that this dessert's presentation and taste could make it a talking point amongst your guests, so don’t forget to share the recipe or perhaps a taste with those you cherish. By following these simple serving and storage tips, the Chocolate Orange Trifle not only offers an enchanting flavour experience but also becomes a memory of culinary delight shared with loved ones.

Chocolate Orange Trifle with Easter egg decorations.

If you make this dish, why not send me a picture on Instagram using the #acountrygirlskitchen so I can go over and show it some love.

I hope you all have a wonderful day.

*Chefs Kiss*

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