7 Christmas Trifles That Belong on Your Dessert Table

published Nov 28, 2016
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When it comes to holiday desserts, pies, fudge, and cookies are always traditional favorites. There’s another treat, however, that you need to consider making this year. Trifles are a classic English dessert that are usually layered with sponge cake, fruit, and custard, but there’s a lot of room for creativity. Your guests will appreciate this showstopper, and you will be thankful trifle is deceivingly impressive.

Here are seven Christmas-inspired trifle recipes that deserve a spot on your holiday table this year. From a peppermint cheesecake trifle, to a gorgeous cranberry orange trifle, you have a lot of options.

1. Everything Christmas Trifle from Sprinkle Some Fun

This beauty is layered with gingersnap shortbread, chocolate chip cheesecake, eggnog pudding (!), and whipped cream. It will make all your Christmas dessert dreams come true.

2. Peppermint Cheesecake Trifle from Taste of Lizzy T’s

If it’s peppermint you love, be sure to make room for this trifle at your holiday gathering. The red velvet cake is a box mix, which saves you time and of course pairs nicely with peppermint cream cheese filling and mint Oreos.

3. Pumpkin Butterscotch Spice Cake Trifle from The Gold Lining Girl

Pumpkin might seem more like an October or Thanksgiving flavor, but it should definitely still be a contender for your Christmas desserts. Pretty layers of spice cake, pumpkin butterscotch pudding, and some doctored-up store-bought whipped cream make this an instant party crowd-pleaser.

4. Cranberry Orange Cream Trifle from Chef in Training

Topped with delightfully Christmasy sugared cranberries (to be prepared the day ahead, so plan accordingly!), this trifle features pound cake, a classic cranberry filling, and a beautiful homemade orange zest whipped cream.

5. Mini Bailey’s Chocolate Cheesecake Trifles from Life, Love, and Sugar

Trifles, in mini form! Bailey’s whipped cream is something to write home about and is a gorgeous, boozy complement to the dark chocolate cheesecake layer. Individual servings are sure to make your guests feel extra special.

Put in a little extra work with this trifle and in return you’ll get a memorable, festive dessert featuring light chocolate genoise brushed with orange-flavored liqueur, cranberry sauce, and cream cheese mousse.

7. Caramel Apple Trifles from Bakers Royale

Buck tradition a bit with this trifle, which uses crumbled granola in lieu of sponge cake in between layers of both homemade caramel sauce and a luscious caramel mousse. While this dessert is probably more of a parfait than a trifle, no one will turn their nose up at such beauty.

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