Shortcut Strawberry Trifle

I was looking for a nice dessert to bring to a friend's rooftop graduation party last week (I know, I know, we broke the rules. Judge away). We also knew we would have to take the T to get there rather than drive since she lives downtown where parking is $$$. Times like these are where trifles come in handy. They're the perfect party dessert since they 1) are easy to transport, 2) feed a crowd, and 3) look spectacular. If you invite me to your party and tell me to bring dessert, chances are I will bring a trifle.

This one was fun to put together and really tasty with all the ripe strawberries we bought at Costco. It has a few shortcuts such as pudding mix and cake mix if you're lazy like me, but I didn't think it tasted artificial. If I had had more time, I would definitely have made my own pound cake to use in this. Next time!

Shortcut Strawberry Trifle
(Recipe from Taste of Home)

  • 2 cups cold heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup cold milk
  • 1 cup sour cream (trust me, the end result will not be sour)
  • 1 package (3.4 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 tsp grated orange zest (I left this out since I didn't have time to run to the store)
  • 8 cups white cake, cubed (I baked a cake from a white cake mix and cubed it. You can also use a store-bought angel food cake or pound cake.)
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries

  1. In a large bowl, whip the heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. Keep chilled.
  2. In another large bowl, beat the milk, sour cream, pudding mix, and orange zest on low speed until thickened. Fold in whipped cream. 
  3. Place half the cake cubes on the bottom of a trifle bowl or 3-quart glass bowl. Arrange a third of the strawberries around the sides of the bowl and over the cake. Top with half the pudding mixture. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining berries.
  4. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. 

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