This is a very non-traditional trifle. There’s no custard and no jelly, so some may argue it’s not a trifle at all. However, I maintain that the soaked sponge and whipped cream on top qualifies it. I use chocolate mousse instead of custard, because it’s quick and easy to whip up and gives the trifle a wonderful lightness, which you don’t get from traditional custard.
The meringue drops and candied peel take time, but you could easily buy the candied peel, meringue, and the sponge to