Mandarin, Peach & Passion Fruit Trifle

Here’s one dessert that never made it to the intended location. I contemplated on whether to post this or not but then, why not? I spent time making it and I took a few large bites from it so I guess that qualifies this little bowl of loveliness a place on TT. Yes? Yes.

PS: Has that happened to you before? I mean making something to bring somewhere then in the end, it just never got there?

This one is the stuff that cake clouds are made of. I left it in the fridge to cool down and set up and when I opened my fridge again afterwards, the whole fridge just smelled amazing!

It’s similar to the one I made some months ago in that I didn’t use custard or jelly but instead replaced the jelly for syrup and just totally swapped the custard out. Now people, those calories aren’t necessary. Not when you have syrup soaked cake covered with whipped cream in front of you. Tee hee!

Vanilla Butter Cake, Mandarin Oranges, Strawberry Jam, Canned Peaches, Cream Cheese, Whipping Cream & Passion Fruit.
I know you see 2 cartons of cream & a can of fruit cocktail… but can I tell you something? I only used 1 carton of cream & omitted the fruit cocktail. You can totally use it if you have one of those really deep trifle bowls. My bowl was overflowing so I just left it out. Besides, there is already a ton of fruit in this.
Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 1

So to start off, I like to beat the room temperature cream cheese until fluffy before adding very cold cream in.Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 2

Room temperature cream cheese makes it easier to beat up lump free. Whereas cold cold cream will whip up nicely. We only want soft peaks so it took me barely 2 minutes to get there.Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 3

A nice layer of sliced cake. ย Slightly stale is good just so it absorbs all the syrup and fruit juices.Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 4

Instead of going for the heavy syrup in the can of peaches, I decided to squeeze the juice of mandarin oranges on in addition to some thinned out strawberry jam for colour.Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 5

A nice healthy layer of peaches…Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 6

…and then slather on the cream cheese mixture. That’s a cloud I want to sleep on.Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 7

My wrinkly dried out passion fruits were resurrected on this. I honestly thought they were gone as I forgot about them for probably a month in my fridge. How silly of me.Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 8

Such a simple yet beautiful dessert. And it is made from mostly storebought items!ย Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 9

Bring this to a gathering and I dare say you’ll be the most popular person around.Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 10

Mine didn’t make it that far but it did make it into my tum tum. :o)Mandarin Peach Passionfruit Trifle 11

The longer this sat in the fridge, the better it became. Lovely marriage of fruity flavours. Taste of summer!
Let this burst of sunshine cheer your Monday up ๐Ÿ™‚
(sorry, I know that sounded cheesy)
(excuse the pun)



“Observe and hear all these words which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God.” (Deuteronomy 12:28)

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Mandarin, Peach & Passionfruit Trifle
serves 10


1 loaf Vanilla Butter Cake (storebought or homemade), sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
4 oz or 1/2 cup Cream Cheese, room temperature
7 oz or 200 ml Heavy Cream, very cold
4-5 tbsp Strawberry Jam
1 (1 lb 13 oz or 825 gm) can Peaches in Syrup, drained & sliced
2 Mandarin Oranges
1 ripe Passion Fruit

  1. Nuke the strawberry jam in a microwaveable bowl for about 10 seconds or until it has melted and thinned down. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese until fluffy. Pour in cold heavy cream and continue to whip, scraping down the sides every now and then, until you get soft peaks. Set aside.
  3. In your serving bowl, arrange a layer of the cake. You can make the layer as thick or thin as you prefer.
  4. Half the mandarins and squeeze the juice over the cake. Use a sieve if you need to as mandarins contain lots of seeds.
  5. Drizzle jam around the perimeter of the bowl for colour and flavour contrast.
  6. Arrange a layer of sliced peaches over the cake.
  7. Dollop on the cream cheese mixture to cover the peaches.
  8. Arrange more peaches on the cream and spoon over pulp of the passion fruit.
  9. Cover and leave to set in the fridge for a minimum of 4 hours, preferable overnight.
  10. To serve, spoon out individual portions into small bowls.


  1. My Dad used to make a wicked layer trifle back in the day. I would dig right into it, full force! lol! I can totally see why yours didn’t arrive at its intended destination! ;-))

  2. This looks yummy! I love trifle and passion fruit. Great combination!

  3. Hi Jayne,
    I had tasted this one. Someone baked it here. ๐Ÿ˜‰ very nice. Not only the taste is nice the way it look also nice. She done it very well. I fall in love with at my first bite. Nyum. LOL ๐Ÿ˜€
    I hope that i can try it again made by your own and I am sure the taste will be unpredictable delicious. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Jac! Thanks for commenting :-). I know! I saw some pictures. I also heard that everything was gone. I’m sure the makers of the trifle were very happy to see that their creation was so well received. I’m sure you can try making it too. It’s really really easy. One day when we meet again, I’ll make the chocolate strawberry version for you to try. Much love and God bless ๐Ÿ˜‰

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