Vegan Gingerbread Trifles

Vegan Gingerbread Trifles

These individual Vegan Gingerbread Trifles are so easy to make and I can guarantee they’ll be enjoyed by both vegan and non-vegan guests! A lot of the ingredients are shop bought, so they are minimal effort to put together. I was easily able to find vegan suitable gingerbread men in Tesco – although if you can’t find any I have a recipe for Vegan Gingerbread Men. I couldn’t find any suitable shop bought ginger cake, but I know you can get hold of it from Sainsburys and Ocado (and via the Amazon link at the end of this post). So I made one instead and it was absolutely delicious, my colleagues gladly scoffed up the leftovers! When I served the Vegan Gingerbread Trifles to my friends I didn’t mention they were vegan, and no one had a clue, which just shows how yummy and indulgent they are!

How to make Vegan Gingerbread Trifles…

You can make or buy the ginger cake for the cake layer, just check the ingredients to make sure any shop bought is vegan friendly. I decided to make a ginger cake and I used a recipe from Domestic Gothess.

I broke up the ginger cake and layered it into my serving glasses. Then I drizzled some ginger syrup over it and added a layer of the dairy free custard.

Next was more cake, more syrup and more custard!

Finally I whipped up the coconut cream with the maple syrup and vanilla and topped the trifle with a good pile of it. Then in went the little gingerbread men and a sprinkle of chopped crystallised ginger.

Vegan Gingerbread Trifles

The flavour of the Vegan Gingerbread Trifles really is made by the cake, so I do recommend making the cake, or buying a good quality one. The ginger syrup is optional, but does add that extra ginger punch!

Vegan Gingerbread Trifles

It’s really handy having the Vegan Gingerbread Trifles individually sized too as you can just made as many as you need and you don’t have to worry about leftovers. (Although if you want, you could make it in a big dish too!) They’d be great at a Christmas dinner party or for dessert on Christmas day!

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Serving glassesMixing bowlsElectric hand mixer
Kitchen scales

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Vegan Gingerbread Trifles

Vegan Gingerbread Trifles

Easy trifles with ginger cake, dairy free custard, coconut cream, crystallised ginger and gingerbread men
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: vegan
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: thebakingexplorer


  • 100 g Ginger cake homemade or shop bought
  • 500 g Dairy free custard I used Alpro
  • 2 tbsp Ginger syrup from a jar of stem ginger or ginger liquor
  • 2 x 400 ml cans Coconut milk (use only the white fat on top) left in the fridge for a couple of hours before using
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp Maple syrup
  • Mini gingerbread men homemade or shop bought
  • 2-3 tbsp Crystallised ginger chopped up


  • Break up the gingerbread cake and layer it in the bottom of your serving glasses (the ones I used have a capacity of 250ml), then drizzle over 1 tbsp of the ginger syrup
  • Pour some of the custard on top
  • Add more broken up cake, syrup, and another layer of custard
  • Whip up the coconut milk with the maple syup and vanilla until thick
  • Add it on top of the custard, then sprinkle over some of the crystallised ginger and stick a gingerbread man in the top!
  • Serve immedieately, eat leftovers within 1 day
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You could use vegan friendly ginger nut biscuits if you can't find cake or don't want to make one.
There is a very easy recipe on my blog for Vegan Gingerbread Men so you can make your own if you can't find shop bought ones.
You could also use whipped soya cream for the topping if you prefer.

If you like this, check out more of my Dessert recipes!

Or you might like more of my Vegan recipes!

Vegan Gingerbread Trifles

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  1. 5 stars
    happy new year Kat! I am so sorry for the late commenting on behalf of #BakeoftheWek. I have literally only just sat down tonight to do blog stuff, as I have not been on here since before Christmas!
    Your vegan gingerbread trifles sound delicious and perfect for this month being Veganuary. I have not had a trifle in too long! xx

  2. Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr…well I’m not writing all that over again. Anyhow, just wanted to say superb blog!

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