Trifle is an easy dessert to make, and one that's sure to impress. This Melon Ball Trifle is from my book, “The Spirited Baker”, themed on a favourite cocktail!
Originally published November 18, 2011. Updated on 5/5/2021
Also like that recipe, managed to forget to include this one as well! Whoops! You’ll have to buy the book for the other 160+ awesome recipes!
Melon Ball Cocktail Recipe
Before I get into the composition of this trifle - and the actual recipe - let’s look at the source material: The Melon Ball Cocktail.
These are refreshing and very easy to make, with only 3 ingredients:
In a tall glass filled with ice, pour:
1 oz vodka
6 oz orange juice
“Float” 1 oz Midori melon liqueur on top.
Melon Ball Trifle
I designed this cake to use the flavours of the cocktail:
Cake: Orange and Vodka
Cake Soak: Midori syrup
Pudding: Flavoured with Midori
Assembly: Mandarin Orange segments and Honeydew Melon.
This recipe seems involved, but it comes together quite easily.
The cake should be made at least a day before serving, but can be made even further ahead than that. Feel free to tightly wrap the slab of cake in plastic wrap and freeze for a couple of weeks, allowing it to defrost for an hour or two before cutting it up.
While I like to make up my trifles fresh RIGHT before serving them, many people find that they get better by aging a day or two in the fridge - making them an excellent dessert for entertaining!
This recipe comes from my first cookbook, The Spirited Baker. It’s FULL of fun, tasty recipes using spirits and liqueurs for flavour – you should check it out:
Combining liqueurs with more traditional baking ingredients can yield spectacular results.Try Mango Mojito Upside Down Cake, Candy Apple Flan, Jalapeno Beer Peanut Brittle, Lynchburg Lemonade Cupcakes, Pina Colada Rum Cake, Strawberry Daiquiri Chiffon Pie, and so much more.
To further add to your creative possibilities, the first chapter teaches how to infuse spirits to make both basic and cream liqueurs, as well as home made flavor extracts! This book contains over 160 easy to make recipes, with variation suggestions to help create hundreds more! Order your hard copy here on my website, through Amazon, or through any major bookseller.
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Melon Ball Trifle
- 3 cups Cake flour
- 2 ¼ cups Sugar
- 2 tablespoon Baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoon Salt
- 3 ½ oz Instant vanilla pudding mix
- 6 Eggs
- ½ cup vodka
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 ½ cups Butter melted
- 2 tablespoon Pure vanilla extract
- Zest of 1 orange
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup Midori melon liqueur
- ½ cup sugar
- 2 small boxes vanilla instant pudding
- 1 ¾ cup milk
- ¼ cup Midori melon liqueur
- 2-3 cans Mandarin orange segments drained
- 1-2 Honeydew melons
- Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Liberally a 9x 13? cake pan with vegetable shortening, and/or spray with baking spray.
- Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and pudding mix in a large mixing bowl. Add in eggs, vodka, and orange juice, beating until smooth. Carefully add melted butter, vanilla, and orange zest to the mix, mixing on medium speed until smooth.
- Pour batter into prepared cake pan. Bake until golden and knife inserted into center of batter comes out clean – about 45 minutes. Allow to cool 10-15 minutes before turning cake out onto baking rack to cool fully. Ideally, allow to cool to room temperature, wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
- Allow cake to sit overnight, assemble trifle the following day.
- Combine ingredients in a small saucepan, heat until sugar dissolves. Set aside. (Alternatively: Substitute ¼ cup reserved water/syrup from the canned mandarin orange slices for the plain water.)
- Whisk together pudding mix, milk, melon liqueur, and food coloring – if desired. Allow to set up slightly before assembling trifle.
To Assemble Trifle
- Cut cake into 1- 1.5″ cubes.
- Cut melons in half, scoop out and discard seeds. Slice, remove rind, and chop into bite sized pieces. (You can use a melon baller if you want to get fancy with it!)
- In a large trifle-type bowl, arrange ⅓ of the cake cubes (or whatever percentage it takes to get a good solid layer down) on the bottom. Drizzle with Melon soak, spoon ⅓ of the pudding mixture evenly over top. Arrange orange segments and melon pieces on top of pudding layer.
- Repeat twice with remaining cake, pudding, and fruit. Serve immediately, or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until serving.
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