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Lemon, Almond and Raspberry Trifle

A gluten-free lemon and almond sponge, drizzled with limoncello, cosseted by a thick blanket of raspberry curd and topped with a dreamy lemon custard and clouds of double cream.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time10 hrs 30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 747kcal


For the almond sponge:

  • 160 g caster sugar
  • zest of ½ lemon
  • 120 g unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 90 g gluten-free plain flour
  • 90 g ground almonds
  • ¾ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons limoncello

For the raspberry curd:

  • 150 g raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry powder optional – see notes
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 200 g caster sugar
  • 55 g unsalted butter
  • 3 eggs lightly beaten

For the lemon custard:

  • 500 ml double cream
  • 120 g caster sugar
  • 100 ml lemon juice from about 3 lemons

For the topping:

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 20 g flaked almonds
  • 75 g raspberries


To make the almond sponge

  • Pre-heat the oven to 160°C and line and grease a 7 inch square cake tin.
  • Beat the sugar with the butter and lemon zest until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well between additions.
  • Add the vanilla extract.
  • In a separate bowl whisk together the flour, almonds, baking powder and salt then beat into the rest of the ingredients.
  • Pour the cake batter into the tin and then place in the oven
  • Bake for 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for about four hours.
  • Once cool, cut circles out of the sponge which are easier to assemble into the bottom of the trifle bowl. When your sponge is in place then spoon over the limoncello.

To make the raspberry curd

  • Heat the raspberries in a medium saucepan with a small splash of water until the raspberries have completely softened. Strain, keeping the juice for the curd.
  • In a medium saucepan combine the strained raspberry juice, raspberry powder, lemon juice, caster sugar and butter and whisk them together whilst bringing to a low boil.
  • Remove from the heat then pour a splash of the raspberry into the beaten eggs and whisk well, pour a little bit more of the raspberry in and continue whisking, then continue pouring the raspberry liquid into the eggs in a slow stream until combined.
  • Pour it all back into the saucepan and bring to a boil, still whisking all the time, then continue whisking for 5 minutes until the mixture thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and strain so the curd is very smooth.
  • Place the curd in the fridge for an hour to cool.
  • Once the curd has cooled then spoon over the limoncello soaked sponge in an even layer.

To make the lemon custard

  • Pour the double cream and the sugar into a medium saucepan and bring to a gentle boil, allowing to simmer for a couple of minutes.
  • Remove the cream from the heat and stir in the lemon juice.
  • Pour the lemon custard over the raspberry curd and place in the fridge, this time to rest overnight so the custard can set.

The final layer:

  • Whip the double cream until thick then spoon over the top of the trifle. Decorate with toasted almonds and fresh raspberries.


  • The raspberry powder is completely optional. It does amp up the raspberry taste but the main reason for using is to improve the colour otherwise the curd can look a little grey.


Calories: 747kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 245mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 190mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 52g | Vitamin A: 1755IU | Vitamin C: 11.1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 1.4mg