Cranberry Cherry Spice Cake Trifle

by Kate on December 9, 2015

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This trifle is about to be your new favorite holiday dessert. The spiced sweet potato cake is outstanding. This cake alone is a dessert worthy of serving. Pile it high with fresh whipped cream, perhaps some sugared cranberries and you’re good to go. But let’s take it one step further, shall we?

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Here cubes of this wonderfully moist, spiced cake are layered with smooth, sweet cinnamon kissed pastry cream. As if that’s not amazing enough, the sweet and tart combination of the cranberry cherry compote is the perfect complement to the spice cake and pastry cream. The perfect bite of all three of these things is intoxicating and will have you coming back bite after bite. All these flavors are screaming holiday dessert!

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Cranberry Cherry Spice Cake Trifle

Cranberry Cherry Spice Cake Trifle

Layers of spiced sweet potato cake, cinnamon pastry cream and cranberry cherry compote. Perfect for holiday entertaining!


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked, mashed sweet potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
  • Compote:
  • 13 ounces cherry preserves
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • 4 cups fresh or frozen cranberries, divided
  • Pastry Cream:
  • 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


    Make Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Prepare two 9-inch round cake pans by spraying with a baking spray containing flour. Set aside.
  2. In an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Slowly add both sugars and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until blended after each addition, scraping down the sides as necessary. Add sweet potatoes and vanilla, beat again just until blended.
  3. Whisk together flour and next 6 ingredients. Add to butter mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat at low speed just until blended after each addition. Spoon batter into prepared cake pans.
  4. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on a wire rack 10 minutes then remove cake from pans and cool completely on wire rack.
  5. Make Compote:
  6. Bring first 3 ingredients and cranberries to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat to low, and continue simmering for 5 to 6 minutes or until berries begin to pop, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a bowl; cool completely then cover and chill for at least 8 hours.
  7. Make Custard:
  8. Whisk together brown sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large heavy saucepan; whisk in milk and 1 1/2 cups cream. Whisking constantly, bring mixture to a boil over medium heat,. Boil 1 minute then remove from heat.
  9. Whisk in butter and next 3 ingredients. Transfer mixture to a medium bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap, gently pressing the plastic wrap directly on the mixture to prevent a film from forming. Cool completely then chill for at least 8 hours.
  10. Assemble Trifle:
  11. Cut cake layers into cubes. Layer about one-third of cake cubes in a 4-qt. bowl. Top with one-third each cranberry filling then top with one-third pastry cream. Repeat layers twice. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Recipe courtesy of Southern Living

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Leslie Trumm December 9, 2015 at 7:27 am

Love to make homemade almond roca and crunchy spice pecan cookies!!


becky December 9, 2015 at 7:35 am

My favorite sweet treat to make is my Mom’s Fudge recipe, since I have been making for many years.


Jo-Ann Brightman December 9, 2015 at 10:36 am

My favorite sweet treat for the holidays are the Christmas cookies I bake


Sydney December 9, 2015 at 4:28 pm

I love making homemade carmels!


Emily Wells December 9, 2015 at 10:55 pm

I love making rum cake and peanut butter balls (buckeyes)!


Amy S December 10, 2015 at 12:37 am

I love making molasses cookies!


Carrie @ poet in the pantry December 22, 2015 at 11:12 pm

I love this trifle! Such great seasonal flavors and it’s great for a gathering! You knocked it out of the park here!


nita December 13, 2016 at 2:34 pm

I make 40+ loaves of cinnamon-pecan sweet bread for all my neighbors and friends at Christmas. Flour is everywhere but the bread is greatly appreciated and makes me feel that I have done a good thing.


Kate December 14, 2016 at 1:00 pm

That’s such a wonderful gesture!!


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