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Strawberry Trifle: the sweet, layered dessert recipe

Total time: 35 min + chilling time
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 10 people
By Cookist
lemon pudding
100 g (1 cup)
Whole Milk
480 ml (2 cups)
Sweetened Condensed Milk
400 ml (1 3/4 cups)
heavy whipping cream
480 ml (2 cups)
Powdered sugar
50 g (1/3 cup)
Vanilla Extract
1 tbsp
vanilla wafers
300 g
strawberries, sliced
900 g
Lemon zest
Mint leaves

Trifle is a traditional British dessert consisting of layers of fruits, sponge cake pieces, cream, and sometimes even a bit of alcohol. This Strawberry Trifle is a perfect dessert recipe for spring. It celebrates the freshness of the season thanks to ripe strawberries, and the sponge cake and whipped cream add just the right amount of sweetness. The flavor is sweet and light, while the texture is creamy. While the dessert is super easy, it’s perfect to serve to guests, as the layers make this strawberry trifle very impressive. Just what you need on your dining table this Spring! You only need a handful of ingredients (pudding mix, whipped cream, strawberries, powdered sugar), and by assembling the ingredients in layers, you will have a beautiful dessert in no time!


Strawberry Trifle Layers

Don’t be tempted to add all the ingredients to the bowl at the same time! You want to create distinct layers by adding each ingredient separately. Try aiming for at least three layers for an impressive dessert.

Easy Strawberry Trifle Ingredients

Fruits – for this Strawberry Trifle we used strawberries, but you can also experiment with other fruits like blueberries, raspberries, bananas, peaches, or pineapples. When using raspberries, you might want to increase the sugar in the whipped cream just to offset the tartness of the berries. Always choose ripe berries for the best results.

Vanilla Wafers – this adds texture to the dessert. You can also use lady fingers, or pieces of Victorian sponge cake or angel food cake. It’s actually a great way to use up leftover sponge cake!

Whipped cream – choose full fat for the creamiest dessert.

Pudding mix – we used lemon pudding mix in this dessert, but you can also use vanilla or strawberry flavor!

How to Make the Best Strawberry Trifle

Prepare the pudding mix and the whipped cream and combine the two. Layer the vanilla wafers, cream mixture, and fresh strawberries in the trifle bowl, making sure to create the layers as neat as possible.


Tips for the Best Strawberry Trifle

– If you don’t have vanilla wafers, you can use lady fingers, angel food cake, or pound cake.

– Making it the night before will cause it to go soggy, so prepare all the components the night before and assemble them on the day you want to serve it. Otherwise, you can make it, just know that the wafers will become soggy.

– Get creative by using other fillingsflavored jelly, custard, and even cream cheese will also taste delicious!

– For this dessert, use fresh strawberries, as frozen strawberries aren’t suitable.

How to store Easy Strawberry Trifle

This dessert is best served fresh, but you can store leftovers in the fridge for up to 5 days. If you want to make it ahead of time, prepare the components separately, and assembled them on the day of serving.



Chop the strawberries.


In a large bowl whisk together pudding, milk and condensed milk until smooth.


Then beat whipping cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.


Fold whipped cream into pudding mix, until smooth.


In a large trifle bowl assemble the pudding. First, lay 1/3 of vanilla wafers at bottom of the bowl.


Top with 1/3 of sliced strawberries.


Cover with 1/3 of pudding mixture.


Continue with 2 more layers.


Top with whipped cream, strawberries, lemon zest and mint leaves.


Let it rest in the refrigerator for 2 hours before serving.


Because of the cream in this dessert, it’s not suitable for freezing.

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