Classic Berry Trifle

Classic Berries and Cream Trifle

Cake, Custard | July 8, 2018 | By

Hi everyone!

I’ll just be over here stuffing my face with the leftovers of this giant dessert. Seriously, it’s huge. It’s the perfect crowd pleaser. I made this one for a big 4th of July party we went to, and we still get to enjoy leftovers man!

Trifle 8

Trifles are layered desserts, and you can pretty much dress them up with whatever you want. Fruit, chocolate, cake, brownies, cream of any kind or flavor- it’s all up for grabs. It’s kind of like a combination of other recipes that we know and love.

Trifle 6

This is a fairly classic summer trifle. We’ve got chunks of vanilla pound cake, strawberries, blackberries, vanilla mousse, and whipped cream. I’ve also made banana trifles, which are kind of like a play on banana pudding, and these Oreo Brownie Parfaits, which are basically single-serve trifles.

So, we’re starting with a layer of cubed pound cake. I used this recipe, but baked it in two loaf pans to make it a bit easier to slice into cubes.

Trifle 1

Next, the vanilla mousse. We’re doing a shortcut recipe here, find it below.

Trifle 2

Comin’ in hot with the berries next. Sliced strawberries, whole blackberries, sprinkled all about.

Trifle 3

Top it off with whipped cream, and do it all over again. A few times.

Trifle 4 Trifle 5

The options are wide open here. I will say, however, that you want to stick with fruit that isn’t too moist or juicy because that’s going to make your cream watery- it’s not a great combo. Otherwise though, any cake, brownies, pudding, fruit, nuts, cookies, whatever your heart desires.

Trifle 7

You guys know I’m a big fan of desserts that can be flexible. That’s mostly because I like to go with whatever I have on hand, or whatever looks good at the grocery store. Right now strawberries are where it’s at, so this trifle has a lot of ’em.

The amount of layers that you have, as well as the thickness of cream between, will depend on your trifle dish. I’m using a pretty large dish here, a bit wider than a traditional trifle dish. I would say it served about 20, which is a lot! Serve it at a party, for real you guys. Enjoy!

Servings 20 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 loaves vanilla pound cake
  • 2 packages instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 cups heavy cream, separated
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 lbs. fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 pints fresh blackberries

Instructions

  1. Cut your pound cake into 1 inch (ish) cubes. Set aside. 

  2. In a large bowl, beat together the instant pudding mix, milk, and 2 cups of the heavy cream for several minutes until it becomes thick and fluffy. Set aside. 

  3. In another large bowl, beat the remaining 2 cups of heavy cream with the powdered sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside. 

  4. In your trifle dish, layer the ingredients, starting with a layer of pound cake cubes. Then add a layer of the pudding mixture, followed by a layer of the sliced strawberries and whole blackberries. Top that with a layer of whipped cream. Repeat the process until all the ingredients have been used- about 3-4 times. 

  5. Chill the trifle, and serve cold. Enjoy! 

classic berry trifle

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