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Strawberry Trifle on a Stick

Summer fair season is approaching. As in “state” fair, or “city” fair, or “small town” fair. Whatever kind of fair you have access to (and I hope you have one), you’re likely to see a whole lot of bizarre foods sold on a stick. Our local San Diego County fair always has its share of stick foods. I’m not sure how they do it, but I spied deep fried butter on a stick last year. I think I’ll stay conservative and go with corn dogs, or Smores, or anything else featured in Matt Armendariz’ new book: On a Stick.

In honor of this fun, new cookbook, I’ve put a Strawberry Trifle on a stick. It’s a simple-to-assemble recipe, and it’s perfect and colorful for summer. The short skewer alternates mint leaves, strawberries and chunks of angel food cake, and it’s served alongside a sweetened cream cheese whipped cream.

There it is- all assembled! Kids can help with this- it’s easy and fun and safe.

Some details: I purchased some fabulous mid-sized skewers at World Market. Use strawberries that are bite-sized. Leave mint leaves out if you’d like. And if you’re making these for Memorial Day or July 4th, go ahead and sprinkle some blueberries in and around your platter to make it red, white and blue.

Here’s Matt’s book, in all its fabulousness. I can just imagine the creative thought process that went into testing out various things that might work on a stick. There are photographs of every single recipe in this book. I just love it. And you’ll love it too. Check this out…

Pictured above: S’Mores on a Stick, Deep-Fried Macaroni & Cheese on a Stick, and yep… that’s Spaghetti and Meatballs you’re seeing there. Crazy, huh? That’s why this is such a great book. So different, and so unique and so creative. Congrats to Matt for putting something out there… that isn’t the same ‘ol same ‘old πŸ™‚ This giveaway is now closed.Β  Randomly selected winners are commenters # 8, 15 and 109.Β  Congratulations!

Yield: 20 skewers

Prep Time: 25 min

Strawberry Trifle on a Stick

Here's a fun way to serve up a strawberry trifle- on a stick!


20 mid-sized skewers
40 mint leaves
40 bite-sized chunks of pound cake or angel food cake
40 bite sized strawberries, tops cut off
1 (8 ounce) tub whipped cream cheese
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted
1 cup heavy whipping cream, whipped


1. Assemble skewers- string mint leaf, cake cube, strawberry, another mint leaf, and then another cake cube. You can also alternate and put two strawberries and one cake cube on some of the skewers, if you'd like.

2. Prepare whipped cream- In a medium bowl, whisk together cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in whipped cream.

3. Serve Trifle Skewers on a platter along with a bowl of the sweetened whipped cream.


*I purchased some fabulous mid-sized skewers at World Market.
*Use strawberries that are bite-sized.
*Leave mint leaves out if you'd like.
*And if you're making these for Memorial Day or July 4th, go ahead and sprinkle some blueberries in and around your platter to make it red, white and blue.


161 Responses to “Strawberry Trifle on a Stick”

  1. postedMay 30, 2011 3:46 AM
    Jill H

    While I love food on sticks, I have never had anything really weird on sticks… unless you consider fried candy bars on sticks weird.

  2. postedMay 30, 2011 3:52 AM

    I haven’t really eaten much off of a stick but that recipe looks so wonderful that I might start!

  3. postedMay 30, 2011 4:36 AM
    Amy G. H.

    I have eaten a fried pecan pie slice on a stick!

  4. postedMay 30, 2011 4:49 AM
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Food on a stick is somehow so much fun. These trifles on a stick are adorable!

  5. postedMay 30, 2011 4:56 AM
    Jeanne ODonnell

    I would love to win a copy of this book. Me please!

  6. postedMay 30, 2011 5:06 AM

    I love food on a stick for parties and this book would be a great encouragement to try something new and out of the box!

  7. postedMay 30, 2011 5:20 AM

    I have never eate anything unusual on a stick…but we do use them a lot in my house. I have one picky eater and if I want him to eat something I put it on a stick or let him eat it with toothpicks and it works! this would be a great cookbook for my house!

  8. postedMay 30, 2011 5:27 AM

    Food on a stick..looks like something fun for the grandchildren (and me).

  9. postedMay 30, 2011 5:42 AM

    I spent some time Friday and Saturday helping my parents, who own a catering business, make fruit kabobs and three meat & veggie kabobs on six inch bamboo sticks. I love the idea of a trifle on a stick. That may turn into a fun graduation/shower item for us to serve.

  10. postedMay 30, 2011 6:05 AM

    What a cute idea, Lori. I make a coconut curd that would be perfect with this. Going to try it soon!

  11. postedMay 30, 2011 6:11 AM

    Thsese are adorable, Lori! Great summer picnic dessert.

  12. postedMay 30, 2011 6:15 AM

    What a great easy idea for summer parties!

  13. postedMay 30, 2011 6:21 AM
    Carrie Fields

    Honestly I hope to eat something unusual on a stick though I never have. BUT I have a funny story about a corn dog. When my youngest was 4 we took him to a fair. We stopped to get some corn dogs. When he took his first bite he gasped really loud and with more enthusiasm than could ever be expected he yelled. ” THERE’S A HOT DOG IN HERE!!”

    • postedMay 30, 2011 11:58 AM

      I love that story!

  14. postedMay 30, 2011 6:21 AM

    i loooooove it…great for summer and hot weather

  15. postedMay 30, 2011 6:26 AM

    How cute are those! That book sounds pretty fun too!

  16. postedMay 30, 2011 6:32 AM
    Stacey Kuszak

    I’m usually scared of food on a stick but this cookbook looks like it might change my mind to some degree.

  17. postedMay 30, 2011 6:49 AM

    I have never eaten anything unusual on a stick, but I wound love to win this book to try some of the ideas in it!

  18. postedMay 30, 2011 7:02 AM
    Michelle Seward

    I’ve never eaten anything unusual off a stick, but I’d love to win this book – my 5yo son loves any food on a stick!

  19. postedMay 30, 2011 7:03 AM

    Nope, but I certainly would love to try!

  20. postedMay 30, 2011 7:04 AM

    Can’t wait to get my hands on this book so it would be super fun to win it! I recently made cereal kabobs – Rice Krispy bars, P.B. Cap’n Crunch bars, Cocoa Krispy bars, and chocolate and caramel dipped marshmallows on a stick for my 10 year old’s birthday slumber party. There’s just something about that stick that makes food double fun.

  21. postedMay 30, 2011 7:12 AM

    I would love to add this book to my cookbook collection!

  22. postedMay 30, 2011 7:14 AM

    I love foods on a stick, I often make salad or antipasto sticks, but Matt’s book will open up a whole new world of ideas! I am planning on trying your strawberry trifle on a stick soon, too.

  23. postedMay 30, 2011 7:16 AM
    Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

    I have a copy of Matt’s book waiting for me at home!

    I can’t wait to dig in and get busy!

    I love your Red & White theme πŸ™‚

  24. postedMay 30, 2011 7:27 AM

    Wow – Strawberry Trifle on a Stick. Sounds complicated, but it’s easy to prepare. This would be a great last minute Memorial Day treat.

  25. postedMay 30, 2011 7:30 AM

    I can’t thin of anything unusual I’ve eaten on a stick. But I’d love to try something new!

  26. postedMay 30, 2011 7:40 AM

    Love the idea of this book. Especially love the smores on a stick. So clever. Would love to win this book!

  27. postedMay 30, 2011 7:51 AM

    What a great idea! I bet it would be yummy to fill the strawberries with the cream cheese mixture, too. Thank you!

  28. postedMay 30, 2011 8:00 AM

    Anything on a stick – dipped in chocolate – is a winner in my book! What a fun book!

  29. postedMay 30, 2011 8:03 AM

    No, but those S’Mores on a Stick look soo good!

  30. postedMay 30, 2011 8:15 AM

    Ok those trifle on a stick’s look fabulous…. πŸ˜‰ I may try these for a old fashioned summer themes baby shower I’m co-hosting on a few weeks…. πŸ˜‰ thanks for the tips…

  31. postedMay 30, 2011 8:21 AM

    I am so jealous of your american followers, I wish you would allow Canadians to participate in your give aways. I love your blog and recipes and I love testing your recipes, and sharing them with others.

    Hoepfully in the near future you will be stopping by Ontario.

    all the best

    • postedMay 30, 2011 11:57 AM

      I know… I’m so sorry. Book publishers let me know where they are willing to ship, and it’s usually only the usa πŸ™

  32. postedMay 30, 2011 8:39 AM

    What a great idea, so very unique! Nice light, perfect dessert!

  33. postedMay 30, 2011 8:49 AM

    I love food on a stick! I’ve done all kinds of things for parties I’d love more ideas though.

  34. postedMay 30, 2011 9:07 AM
    Sarah @ Recipe Love

    I don’t think I’ve ever had anything unusual on a stick…but I’d sure like to!

    I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  35. postedMay 30, 2011 9:26 AM

    I guess the craziest thing would have been octopus. I try to be a very adventurous eater and this was one time I wish I could have been more conservative in my choice of food for the evening. I would love to have this book though. I love doing theme parties and an entire “stick” party would be awesome. πŸ™‚

  36. postedMay 30, 2011 9:28 AM

    Alligator on a stick from the French Quater in New Orleans is the oddest thing I’ve eaten on stick, although not odd for that area. The best thing I’ve ever had on a stick would be a deep fried Milky Way bar at a fair once.

  37. postedMay 30, 2011 9:37 AM
    Amy Ramos

    Yum! This is perfect for berry season.
    The unusual thing I hate on a stick was fried oreos on a stick covered in powdered sugar and chocolate syrup from our local fair. My husband and I shared them and I am glad we did. They were good but you needed at least 2 glasses of milk to help wash it down.

  38. postedMay 30, 2011 9:50 AM
    Alicia Starnes

    Love this idea! Great for a baby shower or bridal shower! I don’t think I’ve eaten anything strange on a stick…

  39. postedMay 30, 2011 10:12 AM

    nothing unusual on a stick…just the traditional marshamallows, hot dogs, corn dogs, popsicles….i would love to try some new things!

  40. postedMay 30, 2011 10:55 AM
    Missy M

    I can’t think of anything that unusual I’ve had myself, but I’m compiling a list of ideas for a party where everything is on a stick.

  41. postedMay 30, 2011 11:14 AM

    Wow this looks great, creative and delicious. I have not tried anything unusal on a stick : ( Just hot dogs but I’m so willing to try. I am going to make this for 4th of July. Thank you for the ideas. Keep um coming !

  42. postedMay 30, 2011 11:54 AM

    So cute. Sticks make the littlest think so pretty!

  43. postedMay 30, 2011 2:01 PM

    That is so cute! I think my son would love those! I honestly haven’t eat anything too weird or interesting on a stick… Love to try these though πŸ™‚

  44. postedMay 30, 2011 2:16 PM

    About the strangest thing I’ve eaten on a stick (though it’s not strange any more) is a deep fried Twinkie.

  45. postedMay 30, 2011 3:01 PM

    the strangest thing i’ve eaten on a stick was probably a corndog. I haven’t been to a lot of state fairs! i’d certainly love to try something crazy like chicken parmesan on a stick (no deep-fried for me!)

  46. postedMay 30, 2011 3:24 PM

    oh my goodness! this is awesome! my husband and I threw our first cookout last summer and since doing tomato-mozzarella salad on a stick, I have been obsessed with finiding recipes like this that are easy… for yesterday’s cookout, I did fruit salad on a stick. so good!

  47. postedMay 30, 2011 3:40 PM
    Michelle Torres

    Would love to win this book!!!!! I have not had anything unusual on a stick yet, but I do love serving things on sticks as they look better and are great for presentation, especially at special parties and get togethers!!!!

  48. postedMay 30, 2011 3:41 PM

    Brilliant, just brilliant! I couldn’t resist coming over when I read the title and I wasn’t disappointed. It immediately reminded me of the Anne Fine book Eating Things on Sticks, a very amusing children’s book.

  49. postedMay 30, 2011 3:58 PM

    Never really tried anything unusual on a stick. Can’t wait to try some of Matt’s recipes. He is genius πŸ˜€

  50. postedMay 30, 2011 4:20 PM

    Never tried anything weird on a stick but I would love to try lots out of this cookbook!

  51. postedMay 30, 2011 5:13 PM
    Patricia Mazzei

    These look yummy! Can’t wait to try them. I’d love to win the cookbook.

  52. postedMay 30, 2011 5:27 PM

    most of my “stick eating” has been kabobs, so not all that unusual. On my first trip to Japan, though, I thought I had been pretty adventurous in my eating until my seatmate on the airplane ride home told me he had eaten sparrow on a stick πŸ™

  53. postedMay 30, 2011 6:42 PM

    I wouldn’t say it is weird as much as a little too indulgent. I have had a fried twinkie on a stick.

  54. postedMay 30, 2011 6:47 PM

    I had a breakfast sausage wrapped in pancake on a stick. Otherwise just standard corndogs or chili cheese corndogs on a stick πŸ™‚ Thank you for hosting this giveaway. The cookbook looks like a hoot.

  55. postedMay 30, 2011 7:53 PM

    The only unusual thing I could think of that I’ve eaten on a stick is takoyaki (Japanese street food – contains octopus and other ingredients formed in a ball, on a stick) Although it’s not weird to me since I’m familiar with Japanese food, a lot of others might find it strange.

  56. postedMay 30, 2011 8:05 PM

    This looks amazing….what an unique thing to serve on the stick!!! Very creative!I love it!!

  57. postedMay 30, 2011 8:07 PM

    As much as I like food you’d think I’d have eaten lots of yummies on a stick but I’ve not eaten anything unusual. But hopefully when I get this book it will open up a new world for me

  58. postedMay 30, 2011 8:31 PM

    The only thing which I deem as different that I’ve tried on a stick is mac and cheese! It was good and decadent but definitely something I wouldn’t eat on a regular basis! Now give me desserts on a stick and I’ll eat them all!!!

  59. postedMay 30, 2011 9:19 PM

    i’ve eaten a deep fried scorpion on a stick on a trip in China!

  60. postedMay 31, 2011 12:17 AM
    Kelly Green

    You haven’t lived until you’ve had a fried ice cream sandwich on a stick!

  61. postedMay 31, 2011 2:27 AM
    Lady Nann

    Love, love love em. So fun and easy and a great new book. I must have this one. Thanks for telling us about Matt. Haven’t tried anything so different as any of these.

  62. postedMay 31, 2011 2:58 AM

    How very cool! Hmmm….I’m thinking I have never had anything out of the norm on a stick. Ohh, last year I did make cheesecake balls on a stick! Dipped in melted chocolate!! To die for !!

  63. postedMay 31, 2011 3:48 AM
    Nicole G

    So far I haven’t eaten anything unusual on a stick, but I’m hoping to change that if I win the book!

  64. postedMay 31, 2011 4:35 AM

    I have tried foods on a stick before, but nothing unusual. I’m always looking for new ways of doing things, that’s what makes this cookbook interesting.
    Looking at these dishes are motivating and inspiring to get your creativity going.

  65. postedMay 31, 2011 4:43 AM
    Kristina Boroff

    I love the idea of the food on a stick, how perfect for kids. It would be a great treat for a party and I have one coming up soon.

  66. postedMay 31, 2011 4:47 AM

    How fun! My pickiest eater says food tastes better on a stick, so this would be perfect for us. I think he says it because I’m not very creative with putting food on a stick (and refuse to do corndogs lol), but this book would get around that for me.

  67. postedMay 31, 2011 4:49 AM

    What a great give away.
    Food on a stick just makes it more fun!
    I once had deep fried cheese cake on a stick at the fair and it was delicious!

  68. postedMay 31, 2011 4:57 AM

    What a great idea for a cookbook, a springboard to many wonderful treats.

  69. postedMay 31, 2011 5:06 AM

    Bacon covered french toast on a stick. It was super yummy!

  70. postedMay 31, 2011 5:10 AM

    Haven’t had anything unusual on a stick, just the normal stuff….but those pics from the cookbook look so good and different! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  71. postedMay 31, 2011 5:25 AM

    I’ve never eaten anything weird off of a stick. Only your usual kabobs. But I would love to check this book out!

  72. postedMay 31, 2011 5:49 AM

    I am really looking forward to cooking from Matt’s book (already have a copy, so no need to include me in the giveaway). Your strawberry trifle idea is so inventive and fun for a summertime barbecue.

  73. postedMay 31, 2011 5:54 AM

    I’m a sucker for anything on a stick! What a great idea!!

  74. postedMay 31, 2011 5:59 AM

    I have eaten frozen carmel corn on a stick.

  75. postedMay 31, 2011 6:13 AM

    these recipes look great cant wait to try them. I don’t know if I want to try the smores on a stick or the strawberries and angle food cake. They both look delicious. maybe I can find some good beach recipes for the summer instead of just sandwiches.

  76. postedMay 31, 2011 6:18 AM

    I never have but this trifle sounds amazing. I am anxious to check this book out.

  77. postedMay 31, 2011 6:22 AM
    sharon watkins

    the food on a stick looks great,i know the recipes will be fine for everyone to try,who knows? might start a new trend

  78. postedMay 31, 2011 6:38 AM

    What a great book! My grandchildren will eat anything I put on a stick. I’d love to add these cute ideas to my repertoire.

  79. postedMay 31, 2011 6:42 AM
    Joy H

    Nothing unusal on a stick.I would love this book. Making your strawberry trifle for our 4th of July family BBQ.

  80. postedMay 31, 2011 6:47 AM
    Colleen Tsambarlis

    Those look awesome! Can’t wait to see all the other recipes in that book! I have not ate anything too out of the ordinary on a stick but I’m ready to try!

  81. postedMay 31, 2011 6:53 AM

    The food on a stick looks absolutely delicious ! What a fantastic idea !! My 4 kids would love it ! So would I …less mess for them !

  82. postedMay 31, 2011 7:09 AM

    Ohmygosh C-U-T-E-N-E-S-S !!! You have again inspired me (as you have so many times), so now have recipe in hand to do this! We have had a great time experimenting with foods-on-sticks for fund-raisers at school and have some to try for summer church potlucks.

  83. postedMay 31, 2011 7:31 AM

    Ah, a brilliant and hands-free way to serve trifle to a crowd! I love that you also skewered the mint – makes it beautiful and delicious! I will have to look for those skewers from world market… πŸ™‚

  84. postedMay 31, 2011 7:43 AM
    Kristy H

    Deep-fried ice cream on a stick – fabulous!

  85. postedMay 31, 2011 7:43 AM

    I’ve never eaten anything unusual on a stick, but I think anything on a stick makes it taste better!

  86. postedMay 31, 2011 7:52 AM
    Crystal S.

    The only thing I have ever eaten unusual on a stick was from Sonic it was a sausage link with a pancake wrapped around it which you could dip into syrup.

  87. postedMay 31, 2011 7:55 AM

    Oh my I love things on a stick!!!! I havent eated anythig unusual because well, deep fried twinkies on a stick are pretty standard for me! πŸ™‚

  88. postedMay 31, 2011 8:03 AM

    All the food in the cookbook looks delicious!!! I can’t think of anything unusual I’ve eaten on a stick, but if I win a cookbook, I’ll be making a lot of the recipes! πŸ™‚

  89. postedMay 31, 2011 8:04 AM

    Love this idea. We will be trying the strawberries on a stick soon. The most unusual thing I have eaten on a stick is a whole mango covered in chili sauce. The street vendors in Mexico sell them and I must admit they are amazing.

  90. postedMay 31, 2011 8:54 AM

    What a great idea!! What fun!
    I love the strawberry trifle idea too. A great summer treat.

  91. postedMay 31, 2011 8:56 AM

    I have eaten a fried candy bar and oreo cookie on a stick. I love the idea of food on a stick especially for parties.

  92. postedMay 31, 2011 9:03 AM

    Love food on a stick! I can’t wait to get this book! My kids are more likely to eat the food I make when it’s served this way, too…extra bonus…all th things to DIP in!

  93. postedMay 31, 2011 9:07 AM
    Lindsay Lee

    I have never had anything unusual on a stick but it sounds like fun!

  94. postedMay 31, 2011 9:35 AM

    Love It! I will definitely try the triffles on a stick.

  95. postedMay 31, 2011 10:14 AM
    Tina From Pa

    I love battered dipped and deep fried cheesecake on a stick and drizzled with hot fudge! It’s a once a year treat I get at the county fair. Yum! Love the strawberry idea ! Is it just me ,or do things taste better “on a stick”?

  96. postedMay 31, 2011 10:18 AM

    I love anything on a stick, but my favorite of all times is a corn dog. A novelty on a stick? I’d say bacon!

  97. postedMay 31, 2011 10:39 AM

    Sadly, I haven’t eaten anything interesting on a stitch but if I win Matt’s book I surely will be changing that!

  98. postedMay 31, 2011 10:40 AM

    I have made Caprese Salad on a stick, and it was delicious! πŸ™‚ This book looks very unique and fun.

  99. postedMay 31, 2011 10:58 AM

    oh yummy!! these look great! this looks like such a fun book, especially for kidz! πŸ™‚

  100. postedMay 31, 2011 11:10 AM

    I made hot cocoa on a stick as a part of Christmas goodie bags and they were a hit! I think these strawberry trifle sticks look so good…maybe sinful if I used cream puffs…I really should be working πŸ˜‰

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