Individual Cranberry Trifles Recipe
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Individual Cranberry Trifles Recipe

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If you don't have enough individual parfaits, you can make this dessert from our Test Kitchen in a trifle bowl. Either way, it's sure to bring you rave reviews.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:14-16 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 14-16 servings


  • 1 package (16 ounces) angel food cake mix
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (12 ounces) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cans (16 ounces each) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons grated orange peel
  • Fresh cranberries or mint, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 440 calories, 16 g fat (12 g saturated fat), 41 mg cholesterol, 313 mg sodium, 68 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g protein.


  1. Prepare, bake and cool angel food cake according to package directions. Cut into 1-in. cubes; set aside. In a large bowl, combine cream cheese, confectioners' sugar, sour cream and vanilla; beat until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. In a bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, sugar and orange peel.
  2. In individual parfait glasses or a 3-qt. trifle bowl, layer half of the cake cubes, cranberry mixture and whipped topping mixture. Repeat layers. Refrigerate until serving. Garnish with cranberries and mint if desired. Yield: 14-16 servings.
Originally published as Individual Cranberry Trifles in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2004, p135

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Reviewed Sep. 2, 2013

"Divide recipe in half and keep the other half of cake for another time"

Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"Since time is of the essance for me, I bought an angel food cake and proceeded with the was very well received even though the season for cranberries have not yet reached its peak.

Peggy colorado springs"

Reviewed Sep. 17, 2008

"I will have to try this, it looks beautiful!!!"

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