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Easy Strawberry Trifle with Pound Cake

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The sweet strawberries, creamy pudding and pound cake really come together and scream deliciousness in this super easy strawberry trifle with pound cake recipe.  This strawberry dessert will be a complete hit with all your guests!

Strawberry trifle with pound cake

Easy Strawberry Trifle with Pound Cake Recipe:

Don’t you just love strawberry season?

I’ve written about it a few times before, but we have a fantastic little strawberry farm about 30 minutes down the road. I’ve taken the kids there every year since my youngest was 2. (I have some of the cutest pictures of them in the strawberries.) 

In the last few years we’ve timed our visit so we were able to pick strawberries, blackberries, potatoes and a couple of times, even peaches.

We plan to hit the farm up for strawberries and blackberries this coming Friday since will be out of school. (No peaches this year, we had a late March freeze that froze all the blooms.)

So in the meantime, I’ve been having to make my strawberry recipes with just regular ol’ grocery store strawberries.  (Poor me, lol.)

The Best Dessert Recipe for Fresh Strawberries:

Today I want to share a favorite dessert recipe for fresh strawberries: this easy Strawberry Trifle with Pound Cake Recipe.  (And yes, at one point, I totally had to google whether trifle was pronounced with a short I or long I, lol.  Listen how to pronounce trifle here.)

Strawberry Trifle Recipe:

Is strawberry trifle made with angel food cake or pound cake?

Traditionally, trifles are made with a type of sponge cake and soaked with sherry.  There are plenty of easy trifle recipes out on the web. Some use angel food cake and others use pound cake. (Angel food cake is similar to sponge cake, but without egg yolks and pound cake is a sponge cake with butter.)

In my opinion, and the reason I use pound cake in this recipe, is that the pound cake holds up better and helps the trifle last longer in the fridge.  Pound cake also just tastes better -rich, buttery – yum! (After all, pound cake gets its name from the pound of butter used in the original recipe.

How many layers does a trifle have?

This strawberry trifle recipe has 3 layers of 3 ingredients, so 9 layers total. (Pound cake layer, pudding layer, fruit layer, then repeat the layers 2 more times.)  The good news is, trifle recipes are super flexible.

Depending on the serving dish, you could do one set of three layers (like a banana pudding would be) or 2 sets of three, 3 sets of three, etc.  Whatever works for you.  The taste will be the same, but the presentation will look different.

What is the Best Dish to Serve a Trifle In?

Believe it or not, the dish I used in these photos is called a Trifle Bowl. A trifle bowl is made of clear glass and usually has straight sides and a flat-ish bottom to show off the layers of your recipe.

I am pretty sure I purchased my trifle bowl from a Walmart store.  In case you are wondering, the bowl I used is 8 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep.  Here is a similar trifle bowl on amazon.  (I also have the mini trifle bowls, I love them, but I didn’t have enough to do this recipe in. I mainly use those small trifle bowls when making pudding – everybody gets an equal serving.)

Easy Strawberry Trifle with Pound Cake

What’s the secret to making the best trifle?

The secret to why this trifle recipe is so yummy is I use macerated strawberries, which makes the strawberries even yummier. By adding sugar to fresh strawberries, the sugar pulls the liquid out of the strawberries and makes a strawberry sugar syrup. You then will pour the strawberry syrup over the pound cake layers. The pound cake absorbs all that yummy strawberry sweetness for an even better flavor!

Ingredients in Strawberry Trifle:

If you’re heading to the store, these are the ingredients to add to your list:

  • 2 lbs container of Strawberries
  • sugar
  • large box of instant vanilla pudding (the one with 6 servings,) plus the ingredients to make it
  • tub of cool whip
  • 16 oz pound cake

How to make this Easy Strawberry Trifle:

You’ll love how easy this is to make!

  1. Start with your quartered strawberries and add the sugar to start the macerating process.how to macerate strawberries
  2. Slice a store-bought pound cake into cubes.how to make strawberry trifle with pound cake
  3. Make the pudding mixture and give the strawberries and pudding about 30 more minutes in the fridge.
  4. Put together your layers and Voilà! You’ve made a Strawberry Trifle!

strawberry trifle

How amazing would it have been if I had added a layer of blueberries to the trifle for a red, white, and blueberry trifle!

Can trifle be made the day before?

Technically, you can make a trifle the day before, but this recipe is at its best between 4 and 24 hours. so plan your preparation accordingly. (This trifle recipe will last 3 to 4 days in the fridge.  It will still taste great, but the older it gets, the looser the trifle becomes as the strawberries begin to soften more. (Sugar is a natural preservative and by macerating the strawberries, it not only intensifies the flavors of the berry, but it also helps extend the life of the berries.)

strawberry trifle dessert

How good does that look?  The sweet strawberries, creamy pudding, and pound cake really come together and scream deliciousness in this super easy strawberry trifle recipe.  They say a photo can speak 1000 words, and I just don’t think I can say more than the photo below does, lol.  You have to make this trifle recipe at your very next opportunity.

strawberry trifle with pound cake

Still have strawberry leftovers?  Here are a bunch more strawberry dessert recipes using fresh strawberries that you might also like to try:

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strawberry trifle

Easy Strawberry Trifle with Pound Cake

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  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes plus time in fridge
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x

Description

The sweet strawberries, creamy pudding and pound cake really come together and scream deliciousness in this super easy strawberry trifle recipe.  This strawberry dessert will be a complete hit with all your guests!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 32 oz (2 lbs container) fresh strawberries
  • 16 oz container pound cake, cubed
  • Package of instant vanilla pudding (the one with 6 servings)
  • 3 cups milk (for the pudding)
  • 8 oz tub of Cool Whip
  • 1/2 cup sugar

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar to the strawberries and toss to coat.  Set aside in the fridge for 30 minutes, tossing at least once or twice more..
  2. Prepare the pudding as directed. Gently fold in Cool Whip.  Set aside in the fridge, til needed.
  3. After the strawberries have sat with the sugar for at least 30 minutes, strain the strawberry sugar syrup into a container with a pourable lip.  (That way you won’t waste any of that sweet strawberry syrup.)
  4. Layer your ingredients into the trifle bowl in this order: 1/3 pound cake, then pour 1/3 of strawberry syrup over the pound cake, 1/3 of pudding mixture and then 2/5 of strawberries.  Repeat these layers twice more, the final layer of strawberries should be slightly less.  (1/5 verses the 2/5 used in earlier layers)
  5. Refrigerate strawberry trifle for at least 2 hours before serving. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition calculated with original cool whip, non-sugar-free pudding, and 2% milk. I have used sugar-free pudding and cool whip light and the strawberry trifle is just as good.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/12 of recipe
  • Calories: 200
  • Fat: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 39
  • Fiber: 2
  • Protein: 3

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99 Comments

  1. Absolutely delicious. Everyone loved it!,






  2. Easy, quick and delicious!!






  3. Entire family and friend group loved this! Shared this recipe a few times…it does not fail!






  4. Absolutely love this recipe and it’s a hit every time I make it. I’ve tweeked it some and added the strawberry crunch topping as well. Thanks for sharing.






  5. This was super easy to make and enjoyable!






  6. My daughter in law made this first and we’ve made this several times! Everyone loves it and ask for this as their birthday 🎂. Thank you for sharing.






  7. Made a smaller version for just 2 of us. So good.






  8. yes!!! it was absolutely delicious, 10/10 recommend & so easy to make






  9. Very simple recipe. Tasted incredible I added some blueberries on top. Delish






  10. Kathy Medlin says:

    How much sugar do you put on the strawberries?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      I don’t remember off the top of my head, but if you check the recipe card, it gives you the amount of sugar needed.

  11. My coworkers loved it!!!






  12. Absolutely delicious!! Thank you!!






  13. Katie Rose says:

    I made this for the 4th of July, and let me tell ya’ll I have never gotten so many compliments on something I’ve made before. And the thing is, I didn’t even do more than one layer of each thing. See, I really wanted to make this cake, but I didn’t have a trifle bowl and couldn’t find one anywhere on such short notice. So I ended up putting it in a couple (because I doubled the recipe) glass baking dishes. However, the baking dishes weren’t deep enough to do multiple layers, so I just did one layer of pound cake at the bottom, one layer of the strawberries in the middle, and then the pudding on top. I also took it upon my self to melt some dark chocolate and drizzle it on top, which was an addition that everyone loved. People literally went out of their way to tell me just how much they loved this cake, and some people more than once. I highly recommend this recipe❤️❤️❤️😋






  14. My granddaughter requested this for her birthday cake, so good!!






  15. A delicious and light summer dessert!






  16. Can I macerate the strawberries the day before I put it all together?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      I wouldnt. the longer they sit in thier own juices, the mushier they will get. They will tast good, but, texture will be very soft.

  17. Made this at Easter turned out great!






  18. Could you make two layers in a 9×13 dish? I don’t have a trifle bowl.






  19. Can one use an Angel Food cake in place of the Pound Cake?

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Sure it would. My personal preference is pound cake, but you could use whatever you like. I like the structure of pound cake. Angel food cake is more delicate.

      1. Thank you for all the details. Looks just incredible. Going to make this for a Potluck Saturday, I haven’t used my trifle dish in so long?! Where do you get your pound cake?






      2. Jamie Sanders says:

        In the grocery store freezer section. It is the sara lee pound cake. Here it is at walmart: sara lee pound cake

      3. Perfect. So excited to try—thank you so much!

  20. My son chose this recipe to go along with a dish he needed for a presentation on England. I chose this recipe because it looked simple and easy, (I’m not talented in the kitchen) but what we both weren’t expecting was how DELICIOUS it would be! It was super easy for the kids to help with, and it was a hit at the homeschool world cultures night event we attended. Thank you for sharing!