November 27, 2019
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An easy gingerbread trifle with ginger cake, gingerbread, custard, ginger cream, caramel and more! Perfect no-bake dessert for the festive season!
So, who doesn’t love trifle?! Actually.. technically me. I have a hatred of cream + jelly together, or custard + jelly together. I know right, call me crazy.. but I was never the kid that loved jelly and ice cream when I was younger. Couldn’t stand it!
However… after the success of my chocolate orange trifle, and just how delicious I found that, I couldn’t resist making another one for the festive season. It is, my version though… so there is no jelly.
My only exception to the jelly & cream rule, is my Jaffa cake cheesecake as that is just out. of. this. world. This particular gingerbread trifle? All it has is ginger cake, gingerbread biscuits, custard, ginger cream, caramel and some decorations!
This may sound a little weird to some people, but trust me… this is SCRUMPTIOUS. I realise that I do say that about every recipe, but I’m not going to post a recipe of something that I don’t think is delicious, as there really would be no point!
I genuinely did contemplate trying to incorporate jelly into this trifle somehow to make it more ‘classic’ but at the end of the day… it’s gingerbread themed, so it’s not classic at all. I knew I would make a gingerbread trifle that I know I adore, and that I know you will all love too!
I used McVitie’s Jamaica ginger cake for this for the ginger cake as I just adore it, and it was the cheapest in the shop I was in. Any ginger cake will do! If you really do want to make this homemade, you can easily make my gingerbread loaf cake sponge and then use that!
For the gingerbread men, I used my favourite mini ones as per usual. It’s hard to put a quantity/weight on this part of the recipe as most supermarkets sell them, but most packets weights or how many you get in the packet vary SO much! I’ve bought them in Tesco, Asda, and Sainsburys!
I used pre-bought custard for this, as I can rarely be bothered to make my own.. and the shop bought is always the perfect amount! I do always use the more expensive kind with the vanilla bean flecks in though as I prefer it!
For the ginger cream, I use double cream whisked with a bit of icing sugar and ground ginger. The ginger creates a beautiful sweet, but not too sweet cream with a wonderful warming hint. It’s a beautiful light touch for this dessert!
Caramel and sprinkles
The rest is easy.. pre-made caramel, and some sprinkles! These are both optional, but I genuinely loved the touch of caramel inside this pudding! You could add in some sea-salt if you prefer to make it slightly elevated, but that’s up to you!
I went for a simple glass trifle bowl as I love to be able to see all the layers in this bake – but any sort of bowl will do! Remember that some trifle bowls/dessert bowls can vary greatly in size so! Anyway… I hope you all loveeee this beautiful no-bake gingerbread trifle as much as I do!
Other gingerbread recipes
This is definitely the year for gingerbread – I am OBSESSED! Christmas for me is cinnamon and gingerbread and I am salivating! I have soo many (almost too many) other gingerbread recipes to choose from such as blondies, brownies, loaf cake, caramel ginger cake – you must start trying them all now! Enjoy!
- 450 g ginger cake
- 250 g gingerbread men
- 500 g vanilla custard
- 600 ml double cream
- 75 g icing sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 350 g caramel
- Start by prepping your ingredients - I slice my ginger cake into 1-2cm thin slices, whip my cream with the icing sugar and ground ginger, and get everything else ready.
- I then layer my trifle!
- I use half of the ginger cake on the bottom.
- I then gently press half of the gingerbread biscuits in circles around the edge of the trifle bowl.
- I then layer on half of the custard, and half of the cream, and half of the caramel.
- Then, repeat the process.
- To decorate, I use sprinkles and gingerbread men crumbs!
- These weights/volumes are all estimates as it's going to depend on the shape of your bowl!
- You can swap it up and change things where you fancy, this recipe is a guide!
- I used McVitie's ginger cake, supermarket own gingerbread men, and carnations caramel - the rest is supermarket own branded items!
- I recommend using this trifle bowl!
- And I bought my beautiful cute sprinkles from Iced Jems!
- This is best served on the day or the day after, but make sure your ingredients are fresh!
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We all loved this trifle on Christmas day.
A small ammount was left for Boxing day, more delicious in taste and had to have a game to see who would win the pudding!!!
Made for NYE was absolutely stunning thank you x
Hi…I made this as one of my Christmas day desserts along with your chocolate orange cheesecake. Now I am a traditional trifle girl however this is by far the most delicious trifle I’ve ever eaten and was a big big hit with the family!!!!!! So thank you!! Can always guarantee a tasty pud from your blog!!!! X x
Would normal custard work or does it need to be vanilla? Can’t find any in shops, prob all sold out!
Normal custard would absolutely work – whatever you prefer! Enjoy! x
Could this be made the night before?
Yes absolutely you can! Enjoy! x
If I was to add alcohol to the ginger cake to moisten it a bit what would you recommend or do you think it would ruin the trifle
Hi is there anything I could substitute the custard with please ?
Hello! I’m making this recipe for Christmas tomorrow but I can’t find any ground ginger in the supermarkets anywhere. Would cinnamon work or should I miss it out instead? Thank you :)!
If you like cinnamon it would be lovely! x
when you say caramel, do you mean carnations caramel or carmel dipping sauce?
For this, you can use either – I tend to use carnations!
Instead of plain double cream could I use baileys double cream?
You can – but baileys cream sometimes isn’t as good at whipping.
Hi, do you have any suggestions for how I can make this cream free please?
I use dream whip in cream free recipes