Looking to make a crowd-pleasing dessert that is both beautiful and delicious? You’ll love my foolproof take on a Berry Trifle.
Continue to the end of this post for a full list of ingredients and detailed instructions. I’ve made the recipe printable for ease of use.
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With summer in full swing and time racing towards the
dessert holiday season, I am thrilled to share a simple and fun Trifle recipe. It’s so simple to make we’ll call it lazy woman’s trifle.
After serving this trifle this past Independence Day, I knew I had to share it with you.
What is Trifle? Traditionally, trifle is a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream.
For this version of the trifle, we will use a sponge cake, whipped cheesecake, and a variety of berries. There really are no concrete rules to making trifles. You can have fun with it!
Take the liberty to customize your trifle to your liking.
This Trifle is immensely pleasing to the eyes!
Because this appetizing dessert is made of patriotic colors, red, white, and blue, it is my go-to dessert for the 4th of July celebrations.
Berry Trifle Ingredients: What you will need
Trifle Bowl: You will need to pull out your trifle bowl to present this recipe.
Don’t have a trifle bowl? No problem.
Reach for a punch bowl or any other deep bowl or dish instead. Another option is making mini trifles in small mason jars or serving cups like the ones pictured below.
Sponge Cake: Shhhhh! Come in close. For this recipe, we will use a store-bought cake.
I imagine half of you are clutching your pearls while half are breathing a sigh of relief.
The berries and whipped cheesecake are such strong players in this recipe that you can totally pull this off with a store-bought cake. Although, you can bake your own angel food cake or pound cake if you wish.
*Note: A sponge cake or pound cake works best for trifles because they are able to handle the moisture from the berries well.
Berries: Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries combine to add the berry goodness this recipe needs.
Cream Cheese and Marshmallow Cream: Cream cheese is mixed with marshmallow creme to make a delicious cheesecake whip.
Honey and Lime Juice: Traditional English trifle is made with sherry or other liquors and that liquor is soaked up into the cake. However, omits any liquor. I promise you that you will not miss the liquor in this dessert once you taste this recipe.
How to Make Berry Trifle
A traditional trifle cake starts with a strong foundation of sweet spongy cake so this recipe starts with layering one even layer of cake in a trifle bowl.
After layering your trifle bowl with a layer of cake you should spread your cheesecake filling over the cake base.
Next, add a heaping mound of berries over the filling. Repeat this process until your trifle dish is stacked high with this delicious goodness.
You can serve this trifle immediately after making it, but I believe the perfect time to serve it is at least 4 hours to 24 hours after making it.
The additional time allows the juices from the fruit to be absorbed into the cake.
- 16 oz softened cream cheese
- 16 oz marshmallow cream
- 8 oz sliced strawberries
- 4 oz blueberries
- 4 oz raspberries
- handful of blackberries
- sponge cake or pound cake
- whipped cream (optional)
- 1/4 cup honey
- juice of 2 limes