Cranberry Trifle Recipe

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Bobbie Modified: June 1, 2021

How To Make Cranberry Trifle

Serve up this sweet and delectable cranberry trifle at your Christmas dinner party! It’s loaded with tasteful custard and cranberry for a sweeter treat.

Preparation: 40 minutes
Cooking: 35 minutes
Total: 1 hour 15 minutes



For Cranberry Layer:

  • 24ozfresh cranberries,2 packages
  • cupswater
  • 1cupsugar
  • 1cinnamon stick

For Custard Layer:

  • 1⅓cupssugar
  • 3tbspcornstarch
  • ¼tspsalt
  • cups2% milk
  • 9egg yolks
  • 1tbspvanilla extract
  • 1tbspbutter

For Cake:

  • 1white cake,9 x 13, baked, cooled and cubed
  • whipped cream,for decorating
  • sugared cranberries,for decorating


  1. Combine the fresh cranberries, water, sugar, and cinnamon stick in a saucepan.

  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and cook uncovered for 10 minutes.

  3. Cool completely, then discard the cinnamon stick.

  4. Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk in the milk.

  5. Stir over medium-high heat until the mixture reaches a boil.

  6. Let boil for 2 minutes while stirring.

  7. Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl.

  8. Slowly add 1 cup of the hot milk mixture to the eggs while whisking.

  9. Return the mixture to the sauce pan, then stir over medium heat until thick and bubbly. Let boil for 2 minutes.

  10. Remove from heat, then stir in the butter and vanilla.

  11. Cool in the saucepan for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  12. Pour into a large bowl, then place the plastic wrap on the surface.

  13. Refrigerate until completely cooled.

  14. Place half of the cake cubes on the bottom of a trifle bowl.

  15. Top with half of the cranberry mixture and half of the custard. Repeat layers.

  16. Top with whipped cream and candied cranberries, if desired.

  17. Serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 222.47kcal
  • Fat: 4.72g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.20g
  • Trans Fat: 0.09g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 1.71g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.57g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.16g
  • Fiber: 2.09g
  • Sugar: 36.09g
  • Protein: 3.90g
  • Cholesterol: 89.68mg
  • Sodium: 89.70mg
  • Calcium: 104.48mg
  • Potassium: 147.62mg
  • Iron: 0.43mg
  • Vitamin A: 74.67µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.81mg
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