What could be better than a Strawberry Trifle on a hot summer’s day? Layers of angel food cake, fresh berries, and a creamy no-bake cheesecake filling make this dessert just as pretty as it is delicious!
What’s in a Trifle?
Trifle is a traditional British treat, sponge cake soaked in liquor, layered with fruit, chocolate, jello, custard pudding, or whatever your heart desires. This recipe is a cousin to its boozier relative from across the pond. But if no children are partaking, feel free to douse the cake with something stronger than strawberry syrup!
- Cake: Angel Food Cake is light and airy. Try freezing it before cubing to keep the cake intact as you cut it and layer it. White cake or pound cake will also work in this recipe.
- Cheesecake: Cream Cheese, whipping cream and orange zest whipped together with orange juice add a little zippy twist to this “cheesecake”.
- Fruit: Strawberries, of course! Try making a cranberry trifle by changing up the fruit layer.
To Make Juicy Strawberries
Combine the strawberries with sugar and allow them to sit out on the counter at least 30 minutes. The sugar will cause the berries to release juices (which make this trifle extra yummy). This process is called macerating and works with many fruits.
You can use sugar as in this recipe but also a splash of your favorite liquor as well (like Grand Marnier) or even citrus juices.
How to Layer Trifle
Layering a trifle is easy! You’ll want to ensure the juices get to soak into the cake portion in this recipe but you don’t want the cake to be soggy. We add the strawberry juices to the cake before layering for flavor.
- Combine strawberries with sugar and let sit. Toss the cake cubes with the strawberry juices.
- Layer angel food cake cubes, cream cheese mixture, and strawberries in a trifle dish or punch bowl. Repeat layers.
Use a transparent dish to show off the layers, or use individual dessert dishes or even wine glasses to create individual portions. Chill in the refrigerator for 4 hours.
Trifle needs to sit 4 hours or overnight but will last in the fridge for several days. If you’re making this ahead for an event or special dinner, have some extra whipped cream and fresh berries to dress it up a bit before serving.
I find that after the initial 24 hours, the trifle can sink down a little bit so being able to top it up a bit will make it look as good as new.
Can Trifle be Frozen?
Generally trifle won’t freeze very well once it has been assembled because of the heavy cream. If you’d like to freeze this strawberry trifle, replace the heavy cream and sugar in this recipe with whipped topping (such as Cool Whip).
Alternatively, the cake freezes beaufiuflly and berries can be frozen after mascerating (or you can use frozen strawberries)!
More Fresh Fruit Dessert
- Strawberry Rhubarb Cobbler – magical combination of sweet & tart!
- Homemade Blueberry Pie – delicious classic dessert
- Creamy Peach Pie – melt in your mouth goodness!
- Apple Cobbler – simple & delicious
- Easy Fruit Pizza – colorful, sweet, and flavorful
- 3 pints strawberries
- ½ cup sugar
- 10" angel food cake store bought
- 16 ounces cream cheese softened
- 1 orange zested & juiced
- ½ cup sugar
- 3 cups heavy cream whipped
- Slice strawberries and toss with ½ cup sugar. Allow to sit at room temperature at least 30 minutes.
- Cube angel food cake into 1" cubes.
- Beat cream cheese, orange zest, sugar, and ¼ cup orange juice until fluffy. Fold in whipped cream.
- Drain strawberries reserving juices.
- Place ½ of the cake cubes in the bottom of a trifle dish. Drizzle with half of the reserved strawberry juice. Top with ⅓ of the cream cheese mixture and ½ of the strawberries.
- Repeat layers and top with the remaining cream cheese mixture.
- Refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)