Orange & Mango Trifle and The Great Bloggers Bake Off

orange and mango layered trifle great blogger bake off british dessert recipe layered fruit jelly cake custard and cream

Last week whilst at cake club, I got to talking with someone involved in the Great Bloggers Bake Off. What was this I asked? (and how could I not know about it!)

Set up by Helen and Jenny, the idea revolves around that rather marvellous television programme that is the Great British Bake Off. Like many a budding baker, I am absolutely glued to the screen every Tuesday evening at 8pm, but can’t help but have an itch in my hands to what to get into the kitchen and try for myself. Which is where the Blogger part comes in – as every week the baker blog collective try their hand at one of the challenges featured on the show, and all link up into the Great Blogger Bake Off. Like the show itself, it’s great to see the variety of different things that bakers come up with in the challenges.


Busy as I am it’s something I’ll have to hop in and out of, so yes I’m starting at week 3 (but rather glad to have missed bread week!)
This weeks challenges were trifle, floating islands, or petit fours. As much as I love minature desserts, trifle has always been a big favourite of mine as my dad makes THE best, and I always got to eat the leftovers when we’d had friend over for tea 🙂 I’ll start by saying that mine wasn’t a patch on his, but I had fun nonetheless.
Rob had been watching this weeks GBBO with me and his eyes had positively lit up at the trifles containing mango as he absolutely loves it, and from there my recipe was sprung.


Orange madeira cake
60g butter
60g sugar
1 egg
85g self raising flour
Rind of 1 orange
2 tablespoons of orange juice

For the trifle layers
1 pint of orange jelly
1 pint of custard
1 pint of cream, either thick or whipped
1 orange, peeled and split into segments
1 mango, peeled and sliced

First up I made the cake – as you would with any sponge/madeira – beating the butter and sugar, adding the egg and flavouring, then folding in the flour. I baked mine in a loaf tin to give a long flat sponge; it took about 15-20 minutes to bake, at 180 degrees.

orange madeira cake recipe half loaf tin peel and juice

Despite the wealth of dishes, tins, stands and plates in my kitchen, a beautifully decorated, large trifle dish as featured on the TV is sadly not in my possession. Instead, I had to make to with a pyrex dish. Pah.
First layer was the orange segments; I de-pithed them using a cocktail stick to get off the tiny bits so they wouldn’t interfere with the smooth texture of the trifle. As they were quite moist they stuck well to the edge of the glass and stayed in place even when the jelly was added.

orange segments in glass bowl trifle recipe bottom

I added enough jelly to just cover the segments, and put into the fridge until nearly set.

With the cake cool it was time to slice – I love the flecks of orange peel running through.

orange madeira cake recipe cut into slices for trifle

Again pressing into the sides of the bowl, I layered this on top of the now-set orange layer, before covering with more jelly:

action shot photography pouring jelly onto madeira cake slices in pyrex glass bowl for trifle

Back into the fridge the bowl went, giving me some time to contend with Rob’s favourite, the mango. This was beautifully dark green, plump and squishy, just as a mango should be.

fresh dark green juicy mango for trifle

For peeling and slicing… juicy is the word I’d use. You’ll notice there are no pictures of this stage, it was rather sticky, to say the least! Slices just about intact, they too were layered up and covered in the last of the jelly.

mango slices layered in trifle orange recipe using jelly

I then gave the whole jelly, cake and fruit layer a good couple of hours in the fridge to set, before layering on the custard, another hour to set, the cream, and last but absolutely essential for any good trifle, the sprinkles!

custard and cream layers on top of orange and mango trifle complete with sugar sprinkles

You’ll notice there are no steps on my custard making. As per my previous trifle recipe I’ll be honest that I inherited some bad genes from my mum in this area and am absolutely hands down rubbish at it. But resourcefully, well let’s just say it turned out ok this time around (thanks Ambrosia, sssshh!)

orange and mango trifle for great blogger bake off cake jelly custard cream sprinkles on top

And as for the judging criteria that the contestants on the programme obsess themselves with – well the layers were certainly well-defined (although next time I’d do a thinner layer of cake to look better), and the taste – safe to say I started digging in with a large spoon and struggled to stop. No pictures of this either, it wasn’t pretty!

visible layers in orange and mango trifle for great blogger bake off 2013 segments in jelly madeira cake mange slices custard and cream

15 Comments Add yours

  1. HELEN says:

    that looks absolutely lovely – your madeira sounds really nice.
    I had to go out & buy a nice bowl too..I actually think it was a vase of some kind!
    Thanks for joining in


    1. bakearama says:

      Multi-use glassware is the way forward, although I had to scrub off some marks from last making a pasta bake in it!


  2. Prateeksha says:

    Looks gorgeous, i am sure it would have outstanding taste…..will try it soon !!


  3. bakingandjoy says:

    looks so yummy and love the idea of a blogger bake off!


    1. bakearama says:

      So much fun… you should try it!


  4. jenny paulin says:

    mmmmmmm this looks like a trifle of epic proportions! i can hear the squelch as a spoonful is removed! thank you for linking up x


  5. This looks so delish. I’m loving TGBBO. Looking forward to your next inspired creation. x


    1. bakearama says:

      Addicted doesn’t even describe it… come 8pm tonight there will be no interruptions!


  6. So glad you have decided to join in! This looks so nice!


    1. bakearama says:

      Well thanks to you for the recommendation! Now I’m going to be watching even more intently tomorrow night to see what’s next 🙂


  7. Mango trifles for the win! (I also used mango for mine) I love the sprinkles on top and your layers look perfect, mmm!


    1. bakearama says:

      They are just so juicy and good! Mangoes for everyone 🙂


  8. Jennifer says:

    That looks wonderful, and they layers are perfect!


  9. kerrycooks says:

    Probably the neatest trifle I’ve ever seen!


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