Would you like a holiday dessert that isn’t pie?!? A dessert that will have people coming back for seconds…and maybe even thirds? A dessert that can be prepped ahead of time and feeds a small army? I have just the recipe for you – Cranberry Orange Trifle.
*this recipe was developed for my friends at Imperial Sugar
So, what is a trifle anyway?
A trifle is a layered dessert, typically consisting of cake, egg custard, jam, and topped with whipped cream. Trifle recipes traditionally include a bit of booze as well. Sherry is the usual spirit of choice in an English trifle.
In America, you’ll frequently see the custard layer swapped for pudding and the cake for brownies. Jam is often exchanged for fresh strawberries.
Our cranberry orange trifle has a few components. Most can be made ahead then assembled. Even the assembly is done ahead of time – the trifle magic happens in the fridge – so no baking or fussing is going on while your guests are waiting.
Cranberry Orange Trifle components:
- cranberry orange pound cake
- vanilla pastry cream
- prepared cranberry sauce
- whipped topping
- sugared cranberries
- orange liqueur
But, can I use real whipped cream instead of whipped topping?