Cranberry Trifle

Cranberry Trifle

Looking for a last minute Christmas dessert? What about this luscious and festive Cranberry Trifle then? It’s a breeze to make, but it looks stunning and tastes like the holidays!

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Hello everyone! Happy Monday! Just few days until the holidays, eh? We definitely need to celebrate it with this Rosemary Orange Cocktail. But as we all quite busy, I assume, we are going to keep it simple and short.

And if you are looking for a dessert, look no further. This Cranberry Trifle is an easy but an elegant and festive dessert.

It consists of three elements.

Cranberry Trifle

Swiss rolls. I used store-bought vanilla and chocolate rolls, for a more interesting visual effect. Certainly you can make a swiss roll yourself, but the point of a trifle is a simplified method.

Cranberry sauce with citrus, cinnamon, and honey notes. The taste of Christmas! You will need just 10 minutes to make it plus time for cooling.

Cream cheese and white chocolate frosting. Rich, smooth, and delicately sweet.

As you probably noticed, I dis not use any sugar except for the honey and white chocolate. Because store-bought cakes are normally way too sweet to my liking, I really wanted to keep the cranberry sauce tart, for a lovely contrast. Please note this dessert might not be sweet enough for someone’s taste. So sample your swiss rolls and add some sugar to your cranberry sauce if necessary.

Looking for more easy dessert?

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Christmas Panettone Tiramisu

I hope you like this Cranberry Trifle, and you will give it a try soon. If you make it, let me know in this post or send me anĀ InstagramĀ message or share you photos adding the hashtag #havocinthekitchen.


Cranberry Trifle
Cranberry Trifle
Cranberry Trifle

Cranberry Trifle

Recipe by Ben | HavocinthekitchenCourse: Dessert


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Looking for a last minute Christmas dessert? What about this luscious and festive Cranberry Trifle then? It’s a breeze to make, but it looks stunning and tastes like the holidays!


  • Cranberry Layer:
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

  • juice of 1 orange or 2 tangerines

  • 1 tbsp. honey

  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)

  • Cream Cheese White Chocolate Layer:
  • 1/2 cup cream 18% – room temperature

  • 1 cup cream cheese – room temperature

  • 80-100 gr. white chocolate, roughly chopped

  • 1 tsp. natural vanilla extract

  • For Trifle:
  • about 200 gr. store-bought swiss rolls, sliced

  • Sugared Cranberries, optional, for garnish


  • For the cranberry layer, combine all the ingredients in small-medium saucepan, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 5 minutes, occasionally stirring. This sauce is quite tart, so you might want to add a little of sugar, too. Chill completely.
  • For the cream cheese and chocolate layer, melt the white chocolate and let it cool for 5 minutes. Then combine with room temperature cream cheese and using a mixer, beat (low speed) for one minute. Stir in the cream and vanilla and beat for another 30-40 seconds, to incorporate. Chill completely.
  • To assemble the trifle, you will need ~800 ml. trifle bowl. Place some of the cream cheese frosting on bottom then arrange the swiss rolls slices. Spread some cranberry sauce followed by the cream cheese. Repeat the layers. I used a tall bowl, so I had 3 layers, but you may have different arrangement depending on the type of your bowl. After all, that does not really matter as you will mix up all these layers when serving. If you using sugared cranberries for decorating, leave the cream cheese as the top layer (For the contrast of colours.) If you are not using them, you can finish with the cranberry sauce. Either way, that will be delicious.
  • Chill the trifle for at least 1 hour or longer. Enjoy!

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