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Coconut-Cranberry Trifle

Prep time 23 mins
Cook time 5 mins
Other time 4 hrs, 45 mins
Yield 12 servings
Convenience products simplify this holiday trifle. The hard part is waiting four hours for it to chill.


  • 1 (16-ounce) can whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar red currant jelly (we tested with Crosse & Blackwell)
  • 2 tablespoons grated orange rind (rind of 2 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 (3.4-ounce) packages coconut cream or vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 (16-ounce) frozen pound cake, thawed, cut into 1
  • 6 tablespoons Grand Marnier, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, toasted and divided
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook 1 minute or until thickened and bubbly. Chill 45 minutes or until completely cooled, stirring occasionally.

  2. Combine pudding mix and milk in a large bowl; whisk 2 minutes or until thickened.

  3. Place one-third of pound cake cubes in a 3-quart trifle bowl; drizzle with 2 tablespoons liqueur. Top with one-third of cranberry-orange sauce and one-third of pudding. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup coconut.

  4. Repeat layers twice using remaining cake cubes, orange liqueur, cranberry-orange sauce, pudding, and coconut, reserving last 1/2 cup coconut for garnish.

  5. Spread whipped topping over trifle. Sprinkle with reserved coconut. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.

Christmas With Southern Living 2006