I think this recipe deserves a photo as the jelly topping would look and taste really good.  It’s another one from Mum’s bowls club slices recipe book, which sadly has no photos at all.  The book would have been put together well before computers and Photoshop.  It would have been typed and the cover would have had to have been done at the printers – the good old days……

TRIFLE – Strawberry, Port, Peach, Pineapple, Passion Mango, Hot Swiss, Raspberry

This cutting from the Herald Sun Checkout cooking page says ‘any old trifle is dead easy, but a “great” trifle has mystique’.  A trifle overdone perhaps, but a good trifle is a great summer dessert.  These versions seem to have come from the inaugural ‘Great Trifle’ competition – unsurprisingly not a competition that’s around anymore.  Equally I’m not quite sure of how these recipes would work today, but there’s some interesting combinations in them!!!!!



At one stage Mum used to make quite a few desserts that were topped with beaten jelly.  It works really well on top of a trifle or with berries mixed in. This recipe is really just a fancy was of combining custard and jelly that you then serve with fruit and cream or ice cream.  Should be one the kids would like.

Rainbow Dessert


I found this unusual birthday cake recipe among Mum’s Herald Sun cutouts.  She must have been quite taken with it as she cut out around the picture, although I’m sure she never made it.  I really wish it was printed in colour as it must look quite good with the red, yellow and green jelly cubes inside.  Not quite sure what it would taste like though, but if you’re looking for a kids cake you don’t have to spend hours decorating this might work for you….

No bake party cake


These biscuits are a little unusual as they use jelly crystals in place of sugar. The original recipe has orange flavoured jelly, but I’m sure you could use other flavours successfully. I top them off with a chocolate button just to add an extra kick.



  • 125g butter
  • 1 packet orange jelly crystals
  • 30g sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 60g coconut
  • 60g ground rice
  • 125g plain flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Chocolate buttons

Cream butter with jelly crystals and sugar. Add beaten egg and the dry ingredients previously mixed together. Place in small spoonfuls on a tray lined with baking paper and bake 15-20 minutes at 180ºC.