To show off the layers of cake, berries, and custard, a straight-sided glass dish is best. If you do not have a trifle dish, get creative. Use a clear glass bowl or cookie jar. Or make individual trifles in wine glasses, tumblers, or jam jars.
Spread the sauce in the bottom of the dish. For this trifle a creamy Lemon-White Chocolate Sauce made with eggs, cream, white chocolate, and lemon juice is the bottom layer.
A dense spicy gingerbread is torn and evenly distributed over the Lemon-White Chocolate Sauce in this trifle. Other options for the cake layer are crumble cookies, lady fingers, brownies, or sweet corn bread.
Another layer of sauce ensures that the cake layer will absorb all the rich flavor of the creamy Lemon-White Chocolate Sauce.
For color and flavor, top the trifle with a sweet fruit compote. For this Christmas trifle, tart cranberries are cooked in sugar until syrupy and paired with sweet strawberries.
For the final layer, a dollop of whipped cream adds extra richness to the dessert. For a boost of flavor and for a bit of flare, candied ginger strips are sprinkled over the whipped cream. Serve the trifle right away, or refrigerate until ready to serve (up to overnight).