Cherry Spice Cake Trifle

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Cherry Spice Cake Trifle Recipe

Photo: Alison Miksch; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

Make Ahead: Thaw Holiday Spice Cake layers, and prepare the recipe through Step 3. Assemble trifle the morning of Thanksgiving, and refrigerate. Remove 1 hour before serving.

Makes 15 to 20 servings


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1 (13-oz.) jar cherry preserves
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, divided
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
5 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon table salt
3 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups heavy cream
6 tablespoons powdered sugar


Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 9 Hours, 15 Minutes

1. Prepare Filling: Bring first 3 ingredients and 3 cups cranberries to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and boil, stirring often, 5 to 6 minutes or until berries begin to pop. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 1 cup cranberries. Transfer mixture to a bowl; cool completely (about 30 minutes). Cover and chill 8 to 24 hours.

2. Meanwhile, prepare Custard. Whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large heavy saucepan; whisk in milk and 1 1/2 cups cream. Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Boil 1 minute, whisking constantly. Remove from heat.

3. Whisk in butter and next 3 ingredients. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl, and place plastic wrap directly on mixture (to prevent a film from forming). Cool completely (about 30 minutes). Chill 8 to 24 hours.

4. Assemble trifle. Layer about one-third of cake cubes in a 4-qt. bowl. Top with one-third each cranberry filling and custard. Repeat layers twice.

5. Prepare Topping: Beat vanilla extract and 2 cups heavy cream at medium-high speed until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Dollop over trifle. Serve immediately, or chill up to 8 hours.

Created date

October 2015