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Berry Trifle

Need a quick and easy dessert?  The berries at my local Costco were begging to be shown off in this dish.  You can substitute raspberries and blackberries too.  Be sure to invite lots of friends as 2-day old trifle isn’t nearly as glamorous.

¼  cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
¼  cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup water
¼ teaspoon almond extract
1 pre-made angel food cake
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
2 pints blueberries
2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced

Make a simple syrup by heating 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat.  Stir until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

Cut the angel food cake into 1-inch slices and spread out on a cookie sheet.  Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries.

Save a handful of fruit for garnish and then repeat the three layers (cake, blueberries, cream).  Arrange the remaining strawberries and blueberries in a decorative pattern to garnish.

Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.

Thanks to Amy K. for sharing your secrets on this dish.

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  3. Christy Smith 07/13/2015 at 9:03 am

    Is there something you can use other than the almond extract (maybe vanilla)? I want to make this for a church dinner and we have a couple of people who have nut allergies including almonds and almond extract. Thanks!

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  5. Cami Wilson 08/30/2014 at 8:12 am

    I have made this recipe several times and it’s always a big hit. People at work will specifically request this plus it’s super easy. Thanks for sharing!!

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  10. Erin Oltmanns 09/22/2011 at 8:56 pm

    This looks WONDERFUL. Maybe I’ll make this as my weekly treat!

  11. Carina Wytiaz 09/21/2011 at 11:48 am

    This is my favorite to make when I have a day or two old cake that is past its prime!

    • Erin Oltmanns 09/22/2011 at 8:56 pm

      See. That’s my problem. I never have “day or two old cake”. I just have cake. ALLLLLLL of the cake in mah belly.

  12. CoolPlaygroundMommy 09/21/2011 at 8:56 am

    Looks sooo yummy!

  13. Erica Fehrman 09/21/2011 at 8:30 am

    Missy, you must post more recipes! Reader crowd–Amy is our TM version of Martha Stewart 🙂

    For the imbibers out there, trifle is also good with a little brandy poured over each layer of cake.

    • Amy Allen Johnson 09/21/2011 at 10:11 am

      E-Thanks for the vote of confidence. I won’t be waiting for the “perfect” picture and hope I make at least 1 thing a week that’s photo-worthy. loving our Indian summer here!