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Do you love berries? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE any kind of berry. This recipe is loaded with three different types of berries, pillow soft chunks of angel food cake, real whipped cream and cream cheese. Oh, yes, please! This recipe is right up my alley.
This dessert is especially good during the summer months (think 4th of July and red, white and blue), but it is exceptional anytime of the year. I really tend to make it for holidays and since Turkey day is quickly approaching, viola, here it is!
This recipe might look a little intimidating, but, truly, it is pretty simple to make and will only take about 30-ish minutes and everyone will be so impressed.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR TRIPLE BERRY TRIFLE
Use whatever berries you like best…OR…you don’t even have to use berries. Try mango, kiwi and pineapple. Get creative!
Use more berries, if you wish.
If you don’t want the added sugar of the jam mixture, simply omit that step and just use the berries. Sometimes berries are not as sweet as we would like, so adding the jam helps to combat that issue. It, also, adds an extra layer of yum.
This dessert is best fresh. Because of the nature of berries and whipped cream this doesn’t hold up long. One, maybe two days, max. FRESH IS BEST.
INGREDIENTS FOR TRIPLE BERRY TRIFLE
Angel food cake – I use already prepared store bought angle food cake. You could also use pound cake, it just won’t be quite as light as angel food cake.
Fresh berries – This recipe calls for strawberries, blueberries and blackberries, but use whatever you prefer. Raspberries would be awesome, also!
Jams – Not jelly, but jam. I use blackberry and raspberry, but you could use all raspberry, or another combo, like blueberry and raspberry.
Lemon juice and lemon zest – make sure to use fresh lemon. And, when zesting, only use the yellow part, never the white pith underneath the yellow part. The pith is bitter.
Heavy whipping cream – make sure to keep it cold, not room temperature.
Cream cheese – make sure to let it soften.
Pure vanilla extract – I only use pure. I am actually making some of my own for the first time ever. It has to sit for one entire year! YES, one whole year. Mine will be ready in December just in time for Christmas baking. I’ll let you know how it turns out. If you’re interested in making your own, you can get more information here: https://indrivanilla.com/. I would love to be able to give you some expert advise on it, but I am still a newbie.
- Electric hand mixer
- Trifle bowl
- 16 ounce angel food cake Cut into approximate 1" cubes
- 1 pound fresh strawberries washed, hulled, dried and sliced
- 2 pints fresh blueberries washed and dried
- 2 pints blackberries washed and dried
- 1/2 cup seedless blackberry jam melted
- 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jam melted
- 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
- 1 zest from one lemon
- 16 ounces cream cheese softened
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2.5 cups heavy whipping cream cold
- Slice and dice angel food cake (or pound cake) into approximately one inch cubes.
- Wash and lay berries out to dry on doubled paper towels. Gently dab the tops with paper towels to help dry. Slice the strawberries in half or into quarters.
- Using the microwave in 20 second increments, heat the jams just until liquified, Add the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir together.
- Choose which berries and the amount you want to save for decorating the top of the trifle and set aside.
- Place the remaining berries in a large bowl and add the melted jam/lemon mixture. Thoroughly, but gently mix the berries and jam together. Set aside.
- In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, mix the cream cheese and powdered sugar on low speed for about 30 seconds, or until combined, then increase the speed to medium-high and beat for about 2 minutes. Add vanilla and mix for about 30 seconds on low. Set aside.
- In another large bowl, using an electric mixer, whip the heavy whipping cream, first on medium speed for about one minute and then on high until stiff peaks form.
- Add 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture to the cream cheese mixture and use a spatula to fold together. Repeat this step 2 more times, adding all of the whipped cream to the cream cheese mixture.
- For assembling, you'll layer 3 layers of each thing, so you'll end up with nine layers. Start with 1/3 of the angel food cake as the first layer in the trifle bowl, next add 1/3 of the berries, then 1/3 of the cream cheese mixture. You will end with your top layer being the cream cheese mixture. Then you'll top with the remaining berries.
- Store covered in the refrigerator.
- Now you are ready to dazzle because this is a beauty!Enjoy, friends.