Great Summer Dessert-Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

So, where’s the picture, right?  Well, I made this for our Easter get together and honestly I forgot to snap a photo before I put it out, big mistake.  As it was immediately tackled and devoured within minutes, no joke.  Too bad for the ones who decided to stay out on the trampoline for a few extra minutes,  they missed out!  So once I make it again, and I will be as everyone loved it, especially my hubby, I’ll get a picture up.  But for now, I just couldn’t keep holding out on you guys, this is a must try and so simple to put together.  No baking required!  Taste-wise it’s like a cheesecake-y version of a strawberry shortcake, so good and just tastes like Summer.

I originally got this recipe off of, it’s called Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle.  For those of you who don’t know what a trifle is, it’s basically a fancy word for a layered dessert.  They even have special “trifle” bowls which really makes the dessert look extra fancy, no matter what’s really in it, but it’s certainly not necessary!  I just used a pretty glass bowl that we had, kind of like a fruit bowl.  And of course I altered the recipe a bit to suit our tastes and the supplies we had on hand, so my version is below.   My only suggestion is that you eat this within 4-6 hours of making it, so the cake doesn’t get a chance to get too soggy or mealy.

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle recipe for a crowd (feeds at least 12):

  • 2 (8 oz.) packages of light cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (8 ounce) container of light sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tub of lite Cool Whip, thawed
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 angel food cakes, sliced into 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick pieces
  • 2 quarts (4 pints) of fresh strawberries, thinly sliced


  • Place the sliced strawberries and sugar in a large bowl and gently fold a few times to get the sugar distributed.  Set aside and allow the juices to come out a little.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the cream cheese and powdered sugar and blend using a mixer.  Once it is well combine add in the sour cream and the extracts, mix well and then set aside.
  • In a large fruit bowl or trifle bowl, begin the layering starting with the cake.  You’ll want to lay down enough cake slices to cover the entire bottom, then add a generous layer of the cream cheese mix, then finally top it off with a layer of strawberries.  Continue this layering process until you are out of ingredients.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours before enjoying.

3 thoughts on “Great Summer Dessert-Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

  1. Made this last night. I halved the recipe to feed 6. The kids each had a friend over which made 6 of us and it was the right amount. The servings were good sized too. I cheated and bought a pre-made cake from the bakery at cubs. It was a nice change from the traditional strawberry shortcakes. Perfect this time of year.

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