what mariel made: easy berry trifle

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presettrifle :: a dessert made of layers of cake, jam or jelly, and custard and topped with whipped cream

One of the things that I am very guilty of is being lazy whenever it comes to cooking in my dorm. I find many excuses not to cook, and the most common one always tends to be, “I don’t have the proper supplies to make <insert food item>.” However, this trifle recipe is an exception to the excuse. The only gadgets you really need are a bowl, a whisk, and some elbow grease. (I mean, having an electrical mixer would be nice, but eh~you can get an arm workout otherwise!)

I made two versions of this recipe. One version is a larger-scale trifle made with a medley of berries (blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries). The other version is meant for individual servings made with only blackberries.

Ingredients:

  •  berries, or any type of fruit in season (I used 16 oz. of strawberries, 8 oz. of blackberries, and 8 oz. of raspberries for the larger recipe, and 8 oz. of blackberries for the individual servings recipe)
  • 1-3 tablespoons of sugar for fruit
  • 1-1.5 cups of heavy cream
  • 1-2 tablespoons of sugar for whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 angel food cake (mine was store-bought for practical reasons)

Supplies:

  • large bowl (to whip cream)
  • serving bowl/serving cups (I used small plastic cups for the individual trifles)
  • whisk (or mixer)
  • spoon
  • knife (to chop berries, if necessary)

Step 1: prepare the berries/fruit by sprinkling with sugar and mixing and letting sit for several hours *tip: to save time, do this the night before you want to make the trifle, and just let the fruit sit in the fridge (*fun fact: this process is called maceration)

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Step 2: combine sugar, vanilla extract, and heavy cream and start whipping the cream (whip until you can lift up the whisk and the cream stands up in soft peaks) & set whipped cream aside in the fridge

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Step 3: cut or tear angel food cake into ~1-inch pieces *tip: doesn’t have to be a fresh angel food cake

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Step 4: lay down layer of angel food cake into serving bowl/serving cups

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Step 5: put layer of fruit over angel food cake (gently push down and let juices sink into cake)

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset Step 6: spread layer of whipped cream over top fruit layer

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Step 7: continue layering cake, fruit, and whipped cream *make sure you top off with whipped cream (and maybe some leftover fruit for garnish)

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This is an easy-peasy dessert to make ahead in advance. It should be a great summer dessert to bring to BBQs, 4th of July parties, anywhere really. Enjoy, y’all!

❤ mariel

p.s. listen to this song whilst making the trifle, it’s the cutest baking/cooking tune (holla to the Please Like Me fans out there)

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  1. looks great! pretty impressive for a dorm room recipe, too!

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