How to Layer a Trifle
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.
Layer 1: Start with a Sauce
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.
Layer 2: Top with Crumbled Cake
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.
Layer 3: Spoon on more Sauce
Another layer of sauce ensures that the cake layer will absorb all the rich flavor of the creamy Lemon-White Chocolate Sauce.
Layer 4: Add Fruit
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.
Layer 5: Finish with Whipped Cream
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).