A Dessert of Ice and Fire: The Red Woman’s Red Velvet Trifle | Game of Thrones Inspired Recipes

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Winter is Coming, and we’re all on the edge of our seats, waiting to see what happens next in the realm of Westeros. But guess who’s making a comeback? That’s right, Melisandre, the Red Woman herself. This priestess from Asshai has her spellbinding ways of guiding us, much like Stannis Baratheon, toward the Lord of the Light. A bit of a double-edged sword, if you ask me. She’s been part of some truly “burning” moments on the show (pun totally intended).

A Dessert as Mysterious as the Red Woman

As the next season kicks off with an episode aptly named “The Red Woman,” we find Melisandre stationed at the Wall. Yup, she’s chilling (literally!) near our boy Jon Snow. Now, I won’t spill the beans on all the fan theories flying around about Jon Snow’s fate, but let me tell you, the tension is thicker than a bowl of Dothraki blood pie.

ingredients for red womans trifle

Here’s What You Need

  • Red Velvet Cake Mix: The rich red hue pays homage to Melisandre’s signature look.
  • Eggs: Binding agents that will resurrect your trifle, much like a certain someone does with fallen heroes.
  • Vegetable Oil: Smooths out the batter, ensuring it spreads its influence just like our mystical priestess.
  • Water: It’s the simple things that give life to the extraordinary, even in a trifle.
  • Powdered Sugar: Sweetening the pot, this is our ‘sugar and spice’ in Melisandre’s world.
  • Cream Cheese: Gives the trifle a luscious texture that’s as complex as the Red Woman’s character.
  • Butter: Rich and flavorful, butter adds depth to the trifle, like Melisandre’s cryptic visions.
  • Vanilla Yogurt: Lightens up the richness, like the Lord of the Light does in dark times.
  • Red Cinnamon Crystals: An optional kick of spice, reminiscent of Melisandre’s fiery nature.

Let’s Cook!

Preheat that oven to 350°F. It’s time to give life to our trifle, much like Melisandre gives life to… well, you get it. Get all your cake mix ingredients together and blend ’em well. You’re looking for a batter as smooth as Tyrion Lannister’s silver tongue.

Parchment paper is your Night’s Watch today. Guard your baking sheet with it, and don’t forget to spray some oil. Otherwise, you’ll be left with a cake sticking to its realm like Bran Stark to his visions.

Pour the cake batter onto this sheet of destiny and spread it thin—real thin. You want the layers as intricate as the schemes at King’s Landing. Pop it in the oven for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean—like Arya Stark’s needle in a duel.

While your cake’s doing its thing, let’s get that cream cheese mixture sorted. Mix your cream cheese, butter, yogurt, and powdered sugar. Whip it until it’s as smooth as Jaime and Brienne’s unexpected friendship. Chill it. We want the consistency to remind us of the Wall’s icy depths.

Grab your glass dish. This is where you layer your masterpiece. Alternate between the red velvet cake and cream cheese mixture as if you’re balancing the duality of good and evil in Westeros. If you’re feeling bold, add a dash of red cinnamon crystals to mirror Melisandre’s fiery demeanor.

Give your trifle a long winter’s chill for at least an hour, allowing the cream cheese to set like the stage for an epic battle.

Tips for Trifle

  • Cutting Cake Layers: If your cake comes out a bit uneven, don’t fret. Use a serrated knife to even out the layers before assembling your trifle.
  • Serving Dish Options: If you don’t have a clear glass dish, a deep bowl works too. You won’t get the visual layering effect, but the taste will be just as divine as Daenerys Targaryen’s intentions.
  • Chill Time: The longer, the better. If you can, let it chill overnight. It makes the flavors meld together like the alliances in Westeros.
  • Cream Cheese Temperature: Make sure your cream cheese is at room temperature for easier blending. We don’t want any lumps reminiscent of the Mountain.
  • Cake Test: The toothpick test is a classic, but if you don’t have one, a thin knife or a skewer can be your Jon Snow, bravely testing the cake’s readiness.
  • Red Cinnamon Crystals: These can be strong, so add sparingly. A little goes a long way, much like Tyrion’s wisdom.
  • Storing Leftovers: Covered in plastic wrap or in an airtight container, this trifle keeps well for 3-4 days in the fridge, almost as enduring as Sansa Stark’s resilience.
  • Substitute for Red Velvet: If you’re not a fan, a chocolate cake mix can play the dark and mysterious role just as well as Varys.
  • Yogurt Substitution: Not a fan of vanilla yogurt? You can use Greek yogurt for a tangier twist, somewhat like Olenna Tyrell’s witty comebacks.
  • Avoid Soggy Cake: Layer the cake and the cream cheese mixture closer to serving time to prevent the cake layers from getting too soggy—because nobody likes a soggy bottom, not even in the Seven Kingdoms.

And there we are, Hungry People! A trifle worthy of the mystical, enigmatic Red Woman herself. Whether you’re Team Melisandre or just a Game of Thrones aficionado with a sweet tooth, this dessert is your chance to bring a slice of Westeros to your table. Serve it up during your next episode binge or as a shocker at your GoT-themed party. Either way, it’s a dish that’ll get people talking, almost as much as the series’ plot twists. Enjoy!


Melisandre’s Red Velvet Trifle

The Starving Chef
Inspired by the Red Woman in Game of Thrones, this sweet trifle is hiding a bit of heat.
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
Chill Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Fictional Feasts
Cuisine Cake, Game of Thrones
Servings 4



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Stir together the ingredients for the cake mix (red velvet cake mix, 2 eggs, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, ⅔ cup water), according to the instructions on the box.
  • Spread parchment paper over a baking sheet. Spray with oil to help the cake come off the parchment paper without tearing.
  • Pour the cake batter onto the baking sheet and spread it into a thin layer (about a half to quarter-inch thick). Bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let the cake cool completely.
  • While the cake cools, use a hand mixer to beat together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla yogurt, and powdered sugar. Mix until smooth, then chill the mixture.
  • Select a glass dish to serve the trifle in. Then alternate adding layers of red velvet cake, cinnamon crystals and the cream cheese mixture so that the layers can be seen through the sides of the serving dish.
  • Chill the assembled trifle for at least one hour to allow the cream cheese mixture to set. It should be similar in consistency to thick, cheesecake-like pudding.
  • Serve cold while watching Game of Thrones. Enjoy!


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