Gingerbread Trifle Recipe with Caramel

Gingerbread trifle

  • serves 12-15
  • A little effort

Check out this super festive and indulgent trifle recipe from Edd Kimber, with rum cardamom custard, gingerbread Christmas trees, juicy pears and caramel cream


Try this gingerbread trifle recipe, then check out our Christmas trifleBaileys triflesherry trifle and more Christmas dessert ideas.

Craving more gingerbread? Check out our easy gingerbread men and classic gingerbread recipes.

This indulgent trifle recipe involves a little bit of clever cheating, as you only make the custard and gingerbread trees from scratch. For the caramel cream, put the double cream and Carnation caramel in a large bowl and whisk until it holds soft peaks.



  • McVitie’s Jamaica ginger cake 2 x 245g loaves
  • pears in juice 2 tins, drained and cut into large pieces


  • whole milk 500ml
  • orange peel 4 strips
  • cornflour 30g
  • cardamom pods seeds removed and ground to make 1 tsp
  • caster sugar 200g
  • vanilla bean paste 2 tsp
  • eggs 2
  • egg yolks 4
  • spiced rum 100ml, plus extra for brushing and drizzling


  • unsalted butter 75g
  • soft dark brown sugar 50g
  • golden syrup 1 tbsp
  • self-raising flour 125g
  • ground ginger 2 tsp
  • mixed spice ½ tsp
  • ground cinnamon ¼ tsp
  • ground nutmeg a pinch


  • double cream 600ml
  • Carnation caramel 397g


  • double cream 300ml, whipped to soft peaks


  • Step 1

    To make the custard, put the milk and orange peels into a large pan, bring to a simmer and remove from the heat. Meanwhile, put the cornflour, cardamom, caster sugar, vanilla, eggs and egg yolks into a large bowl, and whisk together until smooth and combined. Once the milk is at room temperature, pour through a fine sieve over the egg mixture and whisk to combine, discarding the orange peels. Pour the custard back into the pan, heat gently and whisk constantly until thickened. Pour the custard back into the bowl and stir in the rum. Press a sheet of clingfilm onto the surface of the custard and chill until needed.

  • Step 2

    Heat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4. To make the gingerbread Christmas trees, put the butter, brown sugar and golden syrup into a small pan, and heat gently until melted and combined. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients. Pour over the melted butter mixture and stir together to form a dough. Put the dough between two sheets of baking paper and roll until 3-4mm thick. Peel off the top sheet of baking paper and use Christmas-tree-shaped cookie cutters to cut out as many trees as possible. Put onto a baking-paper-lined baking tray and bake in the oven for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned around the outside of the trees. Remove from the oven and cool.

  • Step 3

    Cut the Jamaica ginger cakes lengthways into 2cm-wide slices and use the Christmas tree cookie cutters to cut out enough trees to fit around the inside of the trifle bowl. Cut the rest of the ginger cake into small pieces. Brush one side of each ginger cake tree with rum and stick it to the inside of the trifle bowl.

  • Step 4

    For the caramel cream, put the double cream and Carnation caramel in a large bowl and whisk until it holds soft peaks.

  • Step 5

    To assemble, layer up the pears, caramel cream, chopped ginger cake and the custard, either in one layer of each, or make it more intricate by doing two thinner layers of each element. When adding in the small pieces of cake, you can make the trifle boozier by drizzling them with a little extra rum.

  • Step 6

    To finish, top the trifle with the remaining whipped cream. Press the gingerbread trees into the cream. Once assembled, the trifle can be refrigerated for up to a day but add the trees just before serving.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 705
  • Fat 44.6g
  • Saturates 26g
  • Carbs 63.8g
  • Sugars 47.9g
  • Fibre 1.6g
  • Protein 7.3g
  • Salt 0.4g