It is day 11 of December which means we are on a delicious countdown to Christmas! Every day this month, we will share some of our most Christmassy and festive recipes such as this red velvet Christmas trifle.


Layers of red velvet cake, custard, strawberry jelly and whipped cream, caramel cream with raspberries and white chocolate snowmen playing on top!

Serves 8 to 10

For the cake 

  • 160g caster sugar 
  • 120g butter 
  • 3 eggs
  • 200g plain flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder 
  • 3 tbsp red food colouring (2 tsp colour paste)  

For the trifle 

  • 1 strawberry jelly  
  • 300g raspberries 
  • 200ml caramel whipped cream 
  • 500ml freshly whipped cream 
  • 300ml custard
  • 4 tbsp sherry (or to taste)

For the snowmen

  • 200g white chocolate 
  • 10 white mini marshmallows
  • 20g rice krispies
  • Black "ready roll" fondant, for hats and buttons 


  1. Preheat the oven to 180C/fan 160C/gas 4.
  2. Line the base of 1 x 23cm cake tin with parchment and brush the sides with melted butter and dust with flour.  
  3. To make the cake, place the sugar and butter into a bowl and cream until pale. Whisk in the eggs.   Fold in the plain flour, baking powder, and cocoa powder. 
  4. Stir in the red food colouring or paste and pour into the tin. It must be a deep red. 
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through. Insert a skewer to check that it is cooked – the skewer will come out clean. 
  6. Leave in the tin to cool before transferring to a cooling rack. 
  7. To assemble the trifle, slice the cake into pieces.
  8. Make the strawberry jelly accordingly to the instructions on the packaging. Leave to set slightly. 
  9. To layer up, using a pretty glass bowl, spoon some custard on the base, add slices of cake, drizzle some sherry, add the raspberries, whipped cream, more cake slices and jelly, caramel whipped cream and continue until ending with whipped cream. 
  10. To make the snowmen, line a tray with parchment.
  11. Melt the chocolate and marshmallows in a bain marie and take it off the heat.  Stir in the rice krispies.
  12. Leave to cool slightly, spoon some mixture into your hands and roll it in 5 large balls for the body of the snowman and place onto parchment. Now do 5 smaller ones for the head. Leave to set completely.  To assemble, glue them together with a little melted chocolate and leave to set.
  13. Make 5 small hats from the "ready roll" fondant and create eyes and buttons.
  14. When set, stick the hats, buttons, and eyes on with a little melted chocolate. 
  15. When ready to serve, arrange the snowmen on top of the cream. 

Catherine's Red Velvet Christmas Trifle

Recipe sponsored by Avonmore