This Labor day I wanted a dessert that was a little bit lighter. Nothing chocolatey or too rich. And I knew I definitely wanted something with fruit and cream, and thus, the Scrumptious Berry Trifle was created.
It was a huge hit at our Labor Day gathering so I wanted to share it with you all! This dessert would also be great for potlucks, picnics and cookouts. And because it’s red, white and blue, it’s also perfect for Memorial day or the 4th of July!
The cake is the perfect base for the trifle. It’s thick and dense enough to hold up while being layered between fruit. Making a cake that is too light and airy will just fall apart leaving your guests with a big plate of crumbs, and nobody wants that!
It’s also not overly sweet, so it makes for a perfect flavor combination with the fruit and the cream! It’s a simple batter to mix up too. All it takes is flour, sugar, baking powder and salt mixed together with milk, butter, vanilla and yogurt. The yogurt is what helps give the cake a dense texture that holds up well and tastes delicious!
Next, cut the cake into small squares, roughly 2″. Then, place a layer of the cake squares into the bottom of the trifle bowl.
Yum! The cream layer is the best part of any berry trifle! I wanted it to be something between a whipped cream and a whipped cream frosting. This is a little heavier than whipped cream so that it can hold up well while being layered in a trifle. But not quite as heavy as a frosting, since I was going for a lighter taste.
To make it, start by placing your mixing bowl and whisk in the freezer for several minutes to get them nice and cold. Making sure everything is cold first helps the cream to whip up lighter and fluffier. Then, add the heavy cream and begin stirring on low to medium speed. Add in the vanilla and gradually add the powdered sugar as you continue to stir. Stir for about 3-5 minutes, or until thick and fluffy. Spread a layer onto the top of the cake layer using about 1/3 of the cream topping.
Next add a layer of strawberries and blueberries. Follow this same pattern adding another layer of cake followed by a layer of cream topping and a layer of berries.
Then, spread another layer of cream topping and top with the rest of the berries. I put the strawberries in the middle with the blueberries around them but you can arrange them however you like! Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Enjoy your beautiful berry trifle!