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 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.

  • 24 oz fresh cranberries 2 packages
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 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
  • 1 loaf 16 oz frozen pound cake, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 9 x13 white cake baked, cooled and cubed
  • Whipped cream for decorating
  • Sugared Cranberries for decorating
  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.
  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.
  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.

Calories: 387, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 136mg, Sodium: 404mg, Potassium: 178mg, Carbohydrates: 77g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 54g, Protein: 6g, Vitamin A: 5.8%, Vitamin C: 7%, Calcium: 18.2%, Iron: 8.6%