Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham 
Hands-on Time
30 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 15 Mins
Makes 10 to 12 servings

Effortless to pull off? Check. Tastes better the longer it sits? Check. Make this beauty up to one day before company arrives.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring first 3 ingredients to a simmer in a saucepan, and cook, stirring occasionally, 6 minutes or until sugar dissolves and orange juice is reduced by half.

Step 2

Remove from heat, and cool 15 minutes. Cover and chill until ready to use, or refrigerate in an airtight container up to 4 days.

Step 3

Whisk together milk and next 3 ingredients in a saucepan over medium-low heat, and cook, whisking occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes or until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Whisk together egg yolks and next 2 ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Gradually whisk 1/2 cup milk mixture into egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly until smooth. Pour yolk mixture into warm milk mixture in pan, whisking until blended. Cook over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, 3 to 5 minutes or until mixture thickens and begins to bubble.

Step 5

Transfer to a bowl, and place plastic wrap directly on mixture (to prevent film from forming). Chill 30 minutes to 3 days.

Step 6

Cut pound cake into 1-inch cubes. Layer one-third cake cubes in a 5-qt. trifle dish. Top with one-third each orange pastry cream, cranberry mixture, and whipped cream. Repeat layers twice. Serve immediately, or cover and chill up to 24 hours.

Step 7

Note: We tested with Sara Lee All Butter Pound Cake.

Ratings & Reviews

Midgie's Review

January 08, 2014
Super good and gets better with time if you have any leftover. I, too, made the cake and whipped cream from scratch. I had thirteen for dinner so made one and a half times the ingredients. I might just call this my Christmas cake.

Silvertroyden's Review

December 24, 2013
I made this for a X-mas party. I made the pound cake old fashion style, and whipped topping form scratch. Making the layering for the trifle was super easy and fast. I made this the day before the party. Everyone LOVED it! I can't wait to make this dish again!