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Cranberry-Orange Trifle

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. Cook: 15 min. + chilling


16 servings

I make this showstopper for many occasions, slightly changing—or adding—ingredients. I sometimes add toasted coconut between the layers. —Raymonde Bourgeois, Swastika, Ontario
Cranberry-Orange Trifle Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 packages (12 ounces each) fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • 4 teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups 2% milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 loaf (16 ounces) frozen pound cake, thawed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup orange liqueur
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • Sweetened whipped cream and orange sections


  1. In a large saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients; bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat to medium; cook, uncovered, until berries pop and mixture is thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat; cool completely.
  2. For custard, in a large saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk in milk. Cook and stir over medium-high heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk a small amount of hot milk mixture into egg yolks; return all to the pan, whisking constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes. Immediately transfer to a clean bowl; stir in vanilla. Cool for 30 minutes. Press waxed paper onto surface of filling; refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
  4. To assemble, place half of the cake on the bottom of a 4-qt. trifle bowl or glass bowl; drizzle with 2 tablespoons orange liqueur. Layer with half of the cranberry mixture, 1/4 cup almonds and half of the custard. Repeat layers. Refrigerate, covered, until serving. Top with whipped cream and orange sections.
Editor's Note
To toast nuts, bake in a shallow pan in a 350° oven for 5-10 minutes or cook in a skillet over low heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 327 calories, 10g fat (5g saturated fat), 114mg cholesterol, 145mg sodium, 53g carbohydrate (42g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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  • cindiak
    Jul 13, 2020

    Like another reviewer, I stock up on cranberries during the holidays and freeze them. this was so good and made such a beautiful presentation.

  • Elizabeth
    Dec 25, 2019

    I made this for Thanksgiving where it was a huge hit! I'm making it right now to take to my mother's house for Christmas dinner. I had never made a trifle before.

  • writeaway
    Jan 24, 2015

    I always buy extra fresh cranberries when they are on sale around Thanksgiving, then I freeze them for times when I want to make recipes like this one. Glad I did. This was a great recipe to take for dessert when some girlfriends got together. I received many compliments on it. I stayed true to the recipe except I cut the recipe in half because there would only be five of us. The only ingredient I didn't have on hand was the fresh ginger root so I used about 1/16th of a tsp (half of 1/8 tsp!) of powdered ginger. Everybody really enjoyed this. Even with the recipe cut in half there was leftovers. I would definitely make this again!

  • fuudee
    Mar 6, 2013

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  • cookingat#8
    Feb 10, 2013

    simply amazing!

  • ayodaly
    Jan 4, 2013

    Many asked for this recipe.

  • jpdakine
    Dec 26, 2012

    This is great! Everyone enjoyed even those who aren't big cranberry fans.