Vegan Summer Trifle Cups

Vegan Summer Trifle Cups

Trifles are something that most people enjoy. Whether it’s vegan or not, in summer, it’s the perfect dessert (besides ice cream of course!).

When Michael and I first started dating, I used to come over to his place and make the unhealthiest trifle from store-bought ingredients. Custard in a carton, fruit, pre-made sponge or cookies, thickened cream, flake bar/s, and anything else that seemed appropriate at the time. This was our naughty dessert—stay in watch movies all night type of dessert. We both always felt sick afterwards, but for some reason, we still managed to justify it the next time around.

Oh, how times have changed! Not only are we vegan now, but I would not touch that stuff with a ten-foot pole! So much crap and sugar.

My mum started making trifles around holiday time (Christmas to New Year’s) two years ago. The first one was a gluten-free homemade version, but last year it was gluten-free AND vegan. So I wanted to share this recipe so you can make it over your holiday season and enjoy it 🙂

As this is a Summer trifle, unfortunately, this recipe is more targeted and possible for Aussies around the holiday season as you won’t have access to this type of fruit this time of year in the US, Canada and Europe.

vegan summer trifle cups

Vegan Summer Trifle Cups
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Serving Size: 4-6 depending on the size of the cups

Vegan Summer Trifle Cups


  • ½ cup walnut or almond meal
  • 1 cups of gluten free flour
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
  • ½ cup of nut milk
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil or coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp apple sauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cornflour (organic)
  • 2 cups nut or coconut milk - the coconut milk make it a slightly richer custard
  • 2 tbs coconut sugar
  • 1/8 tsp turmeric powder (optional if you want a more yellow custard, no taste of turmeric comes through)
  • 1 mango
  • 1 passionfruit
  • 1 punnet blueberries
  • 1 punnet raspberries


  1. Preheat oven to 180C and line a 16cmx25cm (approximately) baking dish with baking paper.
  2. In two seperate bowls, mix well the dry ingredients and wet ingredients.
  3. Whisk in the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until well combined but don't stir too much as it won't rise!
  4. Transfer to lined dish and bake for 15-20 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Set aside to cool.
  1. Mix the cornflour, 1/2 cup of the nut milk, sugar and turmeric in a mug and stir well.
  2. In a saucepan on medium heat, bring the rest of the milk (1.5 cups) to a boil and then reduce to low. Slowly pour in the cornflour mixture and whisk consistently for 1-2 minutes. It should thicken to a nice custard.
  3. Set aside to cool.
  4. Once those two components have completely cooled, cut the sponge to the right size and shape to fit whatever cups/dishes you are using for layering. I just used the top and bottom parts of the cup to measure and cut around.
  5. Layer the sponge, custard and fruit however you like!

If you want to soak the sponge in syrup to make it a little moister, bring to the boil some water, coconut sugar and vanilla extract. Pour over the sponge and let it cool.

Another gorgeous optional addition would be some macadamia nuts if you want some extra crunch.

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  • Richard Ma 23/12/2015 Reply

    These look great!

  • Emma 23/12/2016 Reply

    Can this be made into one family sized, rather than multiple small ones?

  • Shannon 31/05/2017 Reply

    I’m not sure if I made these wrong, but the custard became rubbery. I’m in the US and assume that corn flour is the equivalent of our corn starch, but I could be wrong. Also, my sponge cake tasted extremely bitter. I used lemon juice and I don’t think it was acidic enough to handle the amount of baking soda and baking powder. Perhaps with more lemon juice is required than apple cider vinegar?

    • Hi Shannon, so sorry for not replying sooner! Sorry to hear you had issues with it. This is the corn starch powder that I use. I’m not sure if it’s the same in the US, sorry. If it’s too rubbery, you could add more milk to it to thin it out a little and if the taste isn’t sweet, add a little more sugar. And yes, sorry the ratio should be slightly different when using the lemon juice. Double the amount of lemon juice if using instead of apple cider vinegar! Hope that helps 🙂

  • Laura 23/06/2017 Reply

    If we aren’t gluten sensitive can all purpose flour be used?

  • Quinita 09/11/2017 Reply

    I love this idea. I am actually thinking of making this for a holiday party with seasonal fruit. Though I am thinking that it would be a nice option to use silken tofu with vanilla, nut milk, and coconut sugar for the custard instead of the corn flour mixture. I’m probably just being lazy, but it seems like it would be a good swap for dairy cream/custard.

    • Sorry Quinita, I only just found your comment! Did you try out your custard option? How did it go?

  • jane j 23/12/2017 Reply

    sponge recipe didn’t work – not enough liquid – should the apple sauce be apple juice?
    when sponge ingredients mixed together had a crumb mixture!

    • Hi Jane, sorry I didn’t respond sooner! I have just updated the sponge part of the recipe and this one should work a treat!! The sponge isn’t too sweet so if you don’t plan on soaking it in a syrup and you have a sweet tooth, I would add a little more sugar. I’m so sorry that the first one didn’t work for you! Hope you give this one a try 🙂

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