Lime and Plum Trifle

A British classic, this dessert has many variations. Originally it consists of sponge cake soaked in syrup, topped with fruit and custard and whipped cream to finish it off. I decided to experiment with the numerous limes that my tree had borne this year. Asian limes are much stronger than lemons and so a little bit goes a long way.

I also wanted something without too many calories and so I substituted Greek yogurt for the cream. I also made a coconut milk custard instead of the usual egg custard, which is both dairy free and eggless. You can make this completely vegan by using vegan cake and coconut milk yogurt. 

Lime and coconut is a wonderful combination. Trifle is all about layering. The bottom layer consisted of sponges sandwiched with lime jam that I had made earlier. These were soaked in syrup and topped with the coconut milk custard. Then I topped this off with the plum compote and the final layer was the lime curd folded with the Greek yogurt.

The layers blended well together and the result was a lovely trifle with a decidedly sharp lime flavour. I love lime and lemons and so I found it delicious. You can let your imagination run riot and experiment with various fruits such as raspberries, strawberries, oranges, etc.

PREP:  20 minutes  COOK TIME:  40 minutes


6-8 trifle sponges or shop bought cake cut into slices

400 ml+ 3 tbsp coconut milk

3 tbsp cornflour

1/3 cup sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

600 ml water

350 grams sugar

1 tbsp lime zest

500 gms plums

400 ml Greek yogurt

1/3 cup lime/lemon curd

6-8 tbsp lime/lemon jam 

3-4 tbsp vodka (optional)


First, make the sugar syrup by boiling the 600 ml water with the 350 gms sugar for about 10-15 minutes until you obtain a syrup. Add the lime zest and allow it to cool.

Cut the plums around the middle and twist to remove the stone from the centre. Place the plums in a small pan and add about a cup of the sugar syrup. Cook for about 10 minutes until the plums are softened but still whole. You can also cook them completely to make a sauce but I just left them whole. Reserve some of the syrup for decoration.


Mix the 3 tbsp coconut milk with the cornflour to make a slurry. Place the 400 ml coconut milk in a pan with the 1/3 cup sugar, vanilla extract  and add the slurry. Heat the mixture, stirring vigorously until the mixture thickens to a custard. It will take about 10 minutes. Cool completely.

Place the lime curd in a bowl and fold the Greek yogurt through it, until they are well blended. Do not overmix.

Sandwich the sponges with lime jam or any other jam that you prefer. Place the sponges in a wide glass dish and spoon about a cup of the sugar syrup on them to soak them completely. Splash the vodka on top. Next spoon the coconut milk custard on the sponge layer and then the plum compote. Finish the dessert with the lime curd and Greek yogurt mixture. Decorate with the reserved plum syrup and enjoy.






6 thoughts on “Lime and Plum Trifle

  1. Oh wow Padma, this looks incredible! My husband and I love lemons and limes like you do. I guarantee he would be thrilled if we whipped this one up. Thank you so much for sharing such a treat. YUM!

    I love how you subbed in the Greek yogurt as well. That’s such a great idea to reduce calories and even add in some additional health benefits. ♥ You’re the best, thank you! Sending my love to you & yours, this day and always. I pray each of you are well?

    • Hi Holly, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I hope you do like the lime trifle.

      I have been in so much pain these last few months. I lost my beloved cat Ella in November. She was 15 and had renal failure. We lost another cat, Cinnamon on December 30th again due to the same disease and I lost my beloved dog Sascha on January 19th also due to renal failure. She was my favourite dog. She loved people so much, especially children. Her mannerisms were so unique. She loved good food and I miss her terribly. I can never love another dog like that again. That’s why I haven’t been blogging much.

      In between all this, two other cats were ill and I had to rush to the vet. It’s been non-stop. Another of my daughter’s cat is sick now. She has congenital heart failure. You see, we rescued all these cats and dogs at the same time. ?They’ve all become old now and they’re all dying one after the other. My heart just cannot take this pain and suffering. I just feel so depressed.

      Thank you so much for listening to me. I know that you will understand what I am feeling. Only someone who truly understands the connection between humans and animals will know what I’m talking about.

      It’s been nice talking to you. Take care and stay safe. Love, Padma

      • Oh precious Padma, my heart is crushed for you. Sweet friend, I am so so sorry for all that you have been going through! Oh my goodness, bless your heart!! It isn’t much but I am sending my most heartfelt love, hugs, and fervent prayers that the Lord would comfort your broken heart and ease the burden of pain you are feeling.

        Each of your sweet babies sounded as precious as can be. It helps to remember them so fondly, but I do know, as you said, just how horrific the pain of losing them in this life is. If I can do anything for you besides pray, please let me know! You are loved, cared for and valuable to me. ♥️ Most importantly, God adores you and I know He longs to heal your heart. I trust that He is embracing you ever so close and giving you exactly what you need right now.

        I do understand and am here for you my friend. I send you my love again and a reminder that if you need me, please reach out.

      • My dear Holly, Thank you so much for your love and prayers. Another pet Copper Beecham passed away yesterday. She was 15 and had a congestive heart failure. She was such a tiny cat and a lovely soul. You see, we rescued them all together and they are disappearing fast. It’s just too much pain to bear. Each time, I feel that a piece of me is gone forever. She used to sleep on my daughter’s head. So precious!

        Your support and prayers mean a lot to me. I lost five of them last year and I have already lost two and the year has hardly begun. I don’t know what else is in store.

        Your messages are very much appreciated. ❤ Take care and stay safe.

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