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Layered Strawberry Trifle: Celebrating the Debut of Spring

I’m excited to be debuting my first recipe video for GoodBite. The theme is “Spring,” for which I contributed one of my favorite spring recipes: a Layered Strawberry Trifle. It’s a really simple dessert recipe, and I must say that it’s perfect for Easter brunch too!  View the video for the quick how-to and then print out the recipe below.

Yield: 6 to 8 servings

Prep Time: 25 min + chilling time

Cook Time: 2 min

Layered Strawberry Trifle


1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup water

12 ounces pound cake or butter loaf (store bought is ok)
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
6 cups fresh strawberries


1. Prepare lemon syrup: In a small saucepan, bring sugar, lemon juice and water to a boil over medium heat. Stir to dissolve sugar completely. Let cool.

2. Slice cake into 3/4-inch slices. Brush lemon syrup over both sides of each cake slice. Quarter each slice.

3. Beat cream cheese with sugar on high speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to medium and slowly add cream. Continue beating until mixture resembles soft whipped cream.

4. Arrange half of the cake pieces in the bottom of a glass serving bowl or dish (2 quart size is sufficient). Spoon half the cream-cheese mixture over the cake in dollops; spread to the sides of the dish. Scatter half of the strawberries on top. Repeat layering with cake, cream cheese and berries. Pile additional strawberries on top.

5. Cover and refrigerate until chilled (about an hour). You may also refrigerate overnight.


*For a lower fat version, try fat-free pound cake and reduced-fat cream cheese.
*Try substituting raspberries or blueberries for strawberries, or use a mixture of all three berries.


19 Responses to “Layered Strawberry Trifle: Celebrating the Debut of Spring”

  1. postedApr 1, 2010 4:02 AM

    looks gorgeous! I looove trifle!

  2. postedApr 1, 2010 4:39 AM

    Congrats on your debut at GoodBite! So cool to see you on video. The trifle looks great.

  3. postedApr 1, 2010 7:02 AM

    Congratulations! You did a great job in the video and the trifle looks delicious!

  4. postedApr 1, 2010 6:43 AM

    It looks lovely on your site, but a search at GoodBite did not turn up the recipe. Has it not been posted there yet? My MIL loves strawberries and I would like to make this for her.

    • April 2nd, 2010 @ 5:30 AM

      They have the recipe up now on GoodBite. Just posted it a few hours after I did. Sorry for the confusion!

  5. postedApr 1, 2010 11:47 AM

    love trifle! perfect and refreshing for the warmer weather that’s approaching!

  6. postedApr 1, 2010 2:38 PM

    What a great video Lori!! I love the recipe and am totally making this for Easter dessert!!

  7. postedApr 1, 2010 5:15 PM

    yum! a nice alternative to the chocolate trifle!

  8. postedApr 1, 2010 6:54 PM

    Looks great! I haven’t made a trifle in a while, but now I am totally craving it. 🙂

  9. postedApr 2, 2010 2:31 AM

    Another dimension to this already gorgeous site….I am envious!

  10. postedApr 2, 2010 1:18 PM

    That’s cool, Lori. Nice to see you!

  11. postedApr 2, 2010 2:39 PM

    Congratulations! And what a beautiful dessert too. As you say – perfect for the warming weather.

  12. postedApr 4, 2010 12:17 AM

    Delicious looking trifle and wonderful to see you in real life!

  13. postedApr 4, 2010 1:14 PM

    Great video Lori. Congrats!
    Very Spring-y!

    Happy Easter to you and your family!

  14. postedApr 5, 2010 7:00 AM

    Nice to see this in a video. As refreshing as the dessert.


  15. postedApr 5, 2010 10:23 AM

    What a great looking dessert, perfect for strawberry season!

  16. postedApr 5, 2010 4:09 PM

    Congratulations Lori on your recipe being showcased on GoodBite! Looks very delicious and one worth making! Good job…though I would have preferred to see you make it on the video.


  17. postedApr 5, 2010 6:09 PM

    Hi, I wanted to let you know that I made this for Easter. My children adored it, just as I knew they would. I added the zest of the lemon I juiced to the sugar, water, and lemon juice mixture. I don’t know if that changed things but that syrup was puckerlicious! To really kick up the lemoniness I added lemon zest and a generous squeeze of lemon juice to my strawberries. I also added some of the left over lemon syrup to the cream mixture. It all sounds like it would be too lemon but it really wasn’t.

    Thanks for the recipe!

    • April 5th, 2010 @ 7:05 PM

      Ingrid- your changes sound wonderful! I’m glad this turned out so well for you.

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