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Simple Strawberry Shortcake Trifles

Easy, fresh, and tasty! Three things we love about these simple strawberry shortcake trifles. Growing up, my mom would serve up strawberry shortcake for an easy and light dessert. It was always the perfect sweet when company was over because it’s low maintenance and quite the crowd pleaser! I’ve finally realized the beauty of pre-making dishes when possible (whether you’re having company or not!) You can whip these individual servings up ahead of time and won’t have to worry about preparing anything when your ready to dig in : ) They are the perfect treat for a brunch, lunch, or after dinner delight!

The ingredients laid out for a Fresh and Easy Dessert Idea To Make Ahead including a bowl of whole strawberries, a cup of sugar, a carton of whipping cream, and a loaf of angel food cake on a wooden surface

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Strawberries
  • 1/8 Cup Sugar
  • Angel Food Cake or Pound Cake
  • 16 oz Heavy Whipping Cream

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Directions:

1. First, cut the leafy caps off of the strawberries and slice into halves or quarters.
2. Add the sugar to the strawberries and toss until they are all coated. (You can add more or less sugar depending on what you prefer. The sugar helps produce the syrup.)
3. Now, cover your bowl and let it sit for at least 3-4 hours at room temperature.

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4. Pour the heavy whipping cream into a mixing bowl. Whip until it starts to form stiff peaks or at the consistency you like! The longer you whip it the more dense it becomes.
5. If your strawberries aren’t ready yet, just put some plastic wrap over your bowl and place it in the fridge until your ready to prepare your trifles.

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6. When you’re ready, cut the angel food cake into slices.

7. Now place the angel food cake at the bottom of your dish as your first layer. (Fill all the gaps with extra pieces of the cake to fit your dish.)

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8. Now add a layer of strawberries. (If you aren’t going to serve these right away, don’t add too much syrup at this point, just enough to soak into the bottom layer of the angel food cake.)

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9. Now add a layer of whipped cream.

10. Next, add another layer of angel food cake and then top it off with another layer of whipped cream.

11. Add some strawberries or bits of angel food cake to the top for decor and they’re finished!

*Store your strawberries and whipped cream in air tight containers in the fridge. If you aren’t serving the trifles until later, cover them in plastic wrap and place them in the fridge as well. Once you’re ready to eat, just take them out and enjoy!

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To make this dessert a little bit richer, you can add custard which is usually included in a classic trifle. You could also get creative with different types of fruits! I just love the simplicity of this strawberry shortcake combo, though. It’s definitely a feel good dessert : )

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Don’t forget:

When you serve your trifles, be sure to put out the bowl of extra strawberries and syrup! Most people will definitely want to add extra to the top as they eat. I also like to offer a bowl of extra whipped cream because it’s just so good.

Looking for more fruit inspired dessert ideas? Try our Classic Homemade Schaum Torte : )

Hope you enjoy!

With Love,
Kristen

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