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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

This stunning Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle is a make ahead dessert that’s always a crowd pleaser. It’s filled with sweet strawberries, angel food cake and a homemade vanilla cheesecake mousse. Serve it for any special occasion when show-stopper desserts are on the menu.

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

Easy Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe

How do you make Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle? To assemble this layered confection, I recommend starting with cubed cake, then a layer of strawberries and vanilla cheesecake mousse in that order. Depending on the size and depth of the trifle bowl used, the layers could come together differently, so consider the size of the bowl you’re using when separating the ingredients into layers. This strawberry cheesecake trifle is a fun dessert to make and serve and there’s never ever a spoonful leftover. How to make simple Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle:

  • Strawberry Layer – Fresh strawberries, granulated sugar, fresh lemon juice and 21 oz can strawberry pie filling.
  • Cheesecake Mousse Layer – Two blocks plain cream cheese or Neufchatel cheese, powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  • Cake Layer – One Angel Food Cake or Pound Cake.
Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

How to Make the Best Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle Recipe

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle: For the strawberry layer 2 quarts of fresh strawberries hulled and diced, one can premium strawberry pie filling, granulated sugar and lemon juice.
  • To make the cheesecake layer you’ll need: Softened plain cream cheese, powdered sugar, heavy cream and vanilla extract.
  • You’ll also need one baked angel food cake baked, cooled and cubed. You can make it from scratch, using a box angel food cake mix or purchase one at the grocery store bakery. You could also use my buttermilk pound cake recipe for the cake layer.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: A stand mixer or a hand mixer, measuring cups and spoons, a strawberry huller, sharp knife and cutting board, large trifle bowl, large bowl medium bowl, large spoon.
  • Why use pie filling? It’s a shortcut hack to make the strawberry layer more pie-like. If you want to adapt using one of the packets of premade strawberry glaze, you could.
  • You don’t have to get super fancy with the whipped cream on top, unless you want to. It’s perfectly fine to first the top just as you would a cake and decorate it with fresh strawberries.
  • If you don’t have a trifle bowl, any large glass bowl will do. It should be able to hold at least 4 quarts. My rule of thumb with trifle bowls is to go larger rather than smaller. A large bowl is still pretty if the filling doesn’t go to the top but a small bowl overfilled is never a good idea.
  • Serving Options: Birthday parties, church and office potluck gatherings and of course, for the holidays. I make this trifle year-round when I can get my hands on sweet strawberries. Thankfully, that’s not a problem thanks to the fact that my local grocery store always has them in stock. Strawberry shortcake is a given during strawberry picking season, but the colors make it perfection at Christmas and the holiday season, too.
  • Store Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle chilled in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

More Strawberry Desserts To Make

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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

Prep Time20 minutes
Chill Time4 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry-cheesecake-trifle
Servings: 16
Calories: 463kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • Strawberries:
  • 2 pints fresh strawberries hulled and cubed
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 21 oz can strawberry pie filling
  • Vanilla cheesecake mousse:
  • 2 8 oz blocks plain cream cheese (OR Neufchatel cheese) softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar divided use
  • 4 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tsp pure vanilla extract divided use
  • 1 angel food or vanilla pound cake cubed


  • To make the strawberry layer: Mix together the cubed strawberries with 1/3 cup granulated sugar and 1 juiced lemon. Stir well then set aside to macerate for 10 minutes.
  • Add the strawberry pie filling to the macerated strawberries, mix well. Set aside.
  • To make the cheesecake mousse: Using an electric mixer, whip together cream cheese with 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 1/2 cups heavy cream. Add 2 teaspoons vanilla. Whip for 2-3 minutes on medium-high speed until creamy, fluffy and combined.
  • In a separate bowl, use the mixer to whip the remaining 2 1/2 cups heavy cream with 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Whip until stiff peaks form, don't overbeat.
  • Fold 2 cups of the whipped cream into the cheesecake mixture by hand. Reserve the remaining whipped cream for the top.
  • To assemble: Alternate layers of cubed cake, strawberries, and vanilla cheesecake mousse in that order. Repeat until all ingredients have been used.
  • Frost the top with the reserved whipped cream and garnish as desired. Chill for at least 4 hours or overnight, prior to serving.
  • Store leftovers chilled for up to 4 days.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 242mg | Potassium: 175mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 883IU | Vitamin C: 39mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Can I make it cherry instead? If so can I use cherry pie filling and maraschino cherrys? Also would I still use the lemon and sugar?

  2. 5 stars
    Got some pound cake from the Costco bakery and made for Vday this year. Super simple and delicious! 😋❤️

  3. 5 stars
    June 27,2020
    I made this for my daughter’s housewarming party. I only changed one thing and it wasn’t an ingredient, but serving container. You can hardly beat the beauty of serving a trifle in a trifle dish, however we opted to go with dessert shooters! The particular ones I chose were about 4-5 oz. Although I only filled a dozen of them with this yummy dessert, it would have easily filled approximately 20-24. (We also served 2 other dessert shooter options and just didn’t need too many of them filled.) The trifle was a hit for everyone at the party and they commented many times on the amazing desserts! Thank you for such a great recipe!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I have made this already quite a few times since I pinned it. I’ve done it as a cheese cake like the recipe but have also substituted and put banana vanilla pudding mixed with whipped cream. We love it!!! Great for no bake not to heat up kitchen on hot days.

  5. Are you supposed to chill the entire dish for 4 hours after you have assembled everything before serving it? The cook time says chill for four hours but never says what or when in the directions.

    1. You actually make the cheesecake mousse according to the recipe. If you can’t find cheesecake pudding mix try white chocolate.

      1. Where is the pudding mix in the recipe? I made this once and I thought it had pudding mix, but now I don’t see it in the recipe?

      2. I have many trifle recipes and each one is slightly different. This one doesn’t have pudding mix in the mousse. When you have time, browse the recipe index for trifles when you have time.

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