Summer Berry Trifle
The Best Berry Trifle made with Cream Cheese Pound Cake layered with Sweet Vanilla Pudding, Fresh Berries, and Whipped Cream
Years ago I went through a “trifle” stage. Every time I was asked to bring a dessert to a party or get together, it was some kind of trifle dessert. I received a trifle dish as a present and you better believe I got some serious use out of it! The beauty of a trifle is that it is rustic in nature so you can layer it anything your heart desires.
What is a trifle?
It is a chilled dessert of sponge cake layered with fruit, custard, and whipped cream
This is such a beautiful patriotic 4th of July dessert. The strawberries are red, the blueberries are blue, and the whipped cream is white. It is perfect for a potluck as it can serve a lot of people and it is so easy to serve — you just scoop desired serving amount into bowls.
Let’s talk about what goes into this Summer Berry Trifle. I wanted to create a trifle where every layer is perfection. It all starts with a sweet cream cheese pound cake recipe. I shared this recipe yesterday because it is hands down, my favorite pound cake recipe! Next, we are creating a custard filling by adding vanilla pudding, milk, sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, and whipped cream. On a scale of 1-10, it is a 12. I can sit and watch Southern Charm on Bravo with a big bowl of this homemade sweet custard and be one happy girl. It is silky smooth, creamy, and sweet. The strawberries and blueberries are tossed with some sugar to bring out their sweetness and create some natural juices.
How to make the Perfect Berry Trifle:
- Start with the Perfect Cake. I use my cream cheese pound cake recipe because it holds up beautifully in a trifle dessert. It is heavy enough to hold its own when the cream and fruit are layered. If you want to save a few steps, you can use a cake mix or buy an angel food cake at the store.
- Make your own sweet custard layer. This starts with vanilla pudding mix and milk. Sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese, and heavy cream are whipped together until light and fluffy. The key is to make sure the cream cheese is softened so it is smooth and creamy when whipped with the sweetened condensed milk.
- Sprinkle Strawberries and Blueberries with Sugar. This is a key step as it helps to create natural juices which help to keep the cake extra moist.
- This Trifle Dessert can be showcased in a Glass Trifle Bowl. Here’s a traditional glass trifle dish for about $17 bucks and here is an embossed glass trifle dish if you want something more unique.
- Chill and Refrigerate until ready to serve. This is a chilled dessert so it needs to be refrigerated until ready to serve. This helps the pudding to set up.
- Cream Cheese Pound Cake:
- 1½ cups Unsalted Butter (3 Sticks), softened
- 6 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
- 3 cups Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 4 Eggs plus 2 Egg Yolks
- ¼ cup Whole Milk (or Buttermilk)
- 3 cups Cake Flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- Custard Filling:
- 1 (5-ounce) Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix
- 1½ cups Whole Milk
- 1 (8-ounce) pkg. Cream Cheese, softened
- 1 (14-ounce) can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1½ cups Heavy Whipping Cream
- Fresh Fruit:
- 2 lbs. Strawberries, sliced
- 1 (12-ounce) pkg. Blueberries
- Raspberries (optional)
- ⅓ cup Sugar
- Heat oven to 300 degrees. Spray 12-cup nonstick Bundt pan with baking spray with flour. Coat the pan well to prevent sticking.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add vanilla, eggs, egg yolks, and whole milk. Mix for 1-2 minutes.
- Stir in flour and salt and mix just until combined, avoid overmixing. Fold all ingredients together.
- Pour into prepared bundt pan. Gently tap pan on the counter to release air bubbles. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes -- 1 hour 25 minutes, or until the cake tester comes out clean.
- Let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes. Invert cake onto rack and let cool completely. Cut into cubes.
- In a medium bowl, toss berries with sugar. Set aside and let juices form.
- To make Homemade Custard Filling: In a large bowl, beat together pudding mix and whole milk. In another bowl, whip cream cheese, and sweetened condensed milk until smooth and creamy. Add heavy cream and beat until soft peaks form about 5 minutes. Fold in the pudding.
- Layer cake, custard, and fresh fruit. Repeat.
- Chill in refrigerator until ready to serve.
I hope you love this patriotic 4th of July dessert! Happy Baking, my friends!