Cranberry Trifle Recipe

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   This easy cranberry trifle features soft cake layered with sweet tart cranberries and homemade custard.  This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year!

   This easy cranberry trifle features soft cake layered with sweet tart cranberries and homemade custard.  This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year!

I love serving trifles for dessert, especially when I am cooking for a crowd!  They’re always gorgeous, easy to make and the best part is that you make them ahead of time!

This cranberry trifle features a homemade sweet tart cranberry sauce and a from-scratch custard layered with your favorite cake!  You can assemble this up to 2 days ahead of time but I’d recommend adding the whipped cream & decorations just prior to serving.

    This easy cranberry trifle features soft cake layered with sweet tart cranberries and homemade custard.  This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year!

I topped this recipe with Sugared Cranberries and added a little bit of orange peel to make it extra pretty.  You can use whipped cream, whipped topping or even shaved white chocolate and fresh cranberries as a topping.

   This easy cranberry trifle features soft cake layered with sweet tart cranberries and homemade custard.  This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year!

Cranberry Trifle Recipe

This easy cranberry trifle features soft cake layered with sweet tart cranberries and homemade custard.  This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year!

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Ingredients:

Cranberry Layer

  • 24 oz fresh cranberries (2 packages)
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Custard Layer

  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cups 2% milk
  • 9 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Cake

  • 1 loaf (16 oz) frozen pound cake, cut into 1″ cubes

or

  • 1 9 x13 white cake , baked, cooled and cubed
  • Whipped cream for decorating
  • Sugared Cranberries for decorating

Directions:

Cranberry Layer

  1. Combine all cranberry layer ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook uncovered about 10 minutes. Cool completely. Discard cinnamon stick.

Custard

  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk in milk. Stir over medium-high heat until mixture reaches a boil, let boil 2 minutes while stirring.
  2. Whisk egg yolks in a small bowl. Slowly add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to the eggs while whisking. Return the mixture to the sauce pan and stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Let boil 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
  4. Cool in the saucepan for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally. Pour into a large bowl and place plastic wrap on the surface. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

Assembly

  1. Place half of the cake cubes on the bottom of a trifle bowl. Top with half of the cranberry mixture and half of the custard. Repeat layers.
  2. Top with whipped cream and candied cranberries if desired.

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Recipe Adapted from Taste of Home

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This easy Cranberry Trifle features soft cake layered with sweet tart cranberries and homemade custard. This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year! #HolidayDessert #Cranberries
This easy Cranberry Trifle features soft cake layered with sweet tart cranberries and homemade custard. This beautiful dessert is perfect for any time of year! #HolidayDessert #Cranberries

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Holly is a wine and cheese lover, recipe creator, shopping enthusiast and self appointed foodie. Her greatest passion is creating in the kitchen and making deliciously comforting recipes for the everyday home cook!

25 comments on “Cranberry Trifle Recipe”

  1. I’ve never had one and was wondering how do you serve this to your guests. I’m assuming that you cannot serve like a nice piece of cake..?

  2. Can you substitute the 2%milk for almond milk?

  3. Is this ok made the day before?

  4. When are the vanilla and butter added

  5. What kind of whip cream did you use? Do u have a recipe? Thanks can’t wait to try this!!

  6. would you be able to use a pudding mix or custard mix instead of making from scratch

  7. So, the pound cake should be frozen when it’s cut and assembled into Trifle? It shouldn’t be defrosted first?

  8. Can you sub cranberry juice for the water?

  9. Has anyone tried this with strawberries instead????

  10. Can I use cream. Cheese frosting instead of custard

  11. The sauce is a too tart. Can I reheat the sauce and add more sugar?

  12. A spectacular dessert for the Christmas table! Beautiful and it tasted so good; the cranberry complimented the sweetness of the custard and cake. I will make this again.

  13. I made this for a tea-party bridal shower I hosted, and it went over fabulously! Besides the scones, this was the only thing I didn’t have any left of. Everyone asked for the recipe! It was delicious and so easy to make. Thank you!

    Rating: 5

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