strawberry shortcake trifle

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: angel food cake, barbecue, bbq, cake, holidays, parfait, potluck, shortcake, strawberries, strawberry, summer, trifle
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 254 kcal
Author: Amanda Formaro

My Strawberry Shortcake Trifle is reminiscent of the famous cake, in that it uses a macerated strawberry sauce with the addition of fresh strawberries, and a delicious whipped cream and cream cheese layer, all stacked together in a trifle bowl with sweet angel food cake.



  • 20 ounce angel food cake cut into cubes

Strawberry Sauce

  • 2 pints strawberries divided, cored, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice

Cream Cheese Layer

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 16 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip divided - or homemade whipped cream


Make Strawberry Sauce:

  1. Combine one-quart of sliced strawberries, sugar, cornstarch and lime juice in a large saucepan.

  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, bringing to a gentle boil. Continue the gentle boil for about 3 minutes, then reduce heat to low and cook 5 more minutes. Strawberries should be soft and the sauce should be thick but not pasty. 

  3. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.

  4. When cool, add the second quart of sliced fresh strawberry and stir to combine well. Set aside.

Prepare the cake:

  1. Using a serrated bread knife, cut the cake into three even layers, they will look like donuts.

  2. Cut those layers into 1.5-inch cubes and set aside. 

Cream Cheese Layer:

  1. Beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.

  2. Reserve 1/4 cup of Cool Whip to for the top of the trifle, store in the refrigerator until needed.

  3.  Fold the remaining Cool Whip into the cream cheese mixture.


  1. This recipe will fit nicely into a 13-cup (liquid measure) trifle bowl. You will likely have a little cake and strawberry sauce leftover.

  2. Add a generous single layer of cake cubes to the bottom of the trifle bowl. Turn the pieces along the bowl edge so that the white side shows through the glass.

  3. Using a rubber spatula, add dollops of cream cheese mixture carefully over the cake cubes. Start along the glass and finish in the center. use your rubber spatula to carefully spread the mixture and tap it down.

  4. Top the cream cheese layer with half of the strawberry sauce.

  5. Add a single layer of cake cubes over the top of the strawberry sauce, placing each piece rather than dumping them on.

  6. Again, using a rubber spatula carefully add the remaining cream cheese mixture over the cake. Use the rubber spatula to carefully press along the edge, pushing the cream cheese mixture down into the cake.

  7. Place cake cubes onto the cream cheese mixture, positioning them carefully so that the white side of the cake faces outward.

  8. Pile strawberry sauce into the middle of the top layer, leaving the outer cake pieces visible. 

  9. Add reserved whipped topping to the center of the strawberry sauce and garnish with a sauced strawberry slice.

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
Amount Per Serving (1 heaping cup)
Calories 254 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 26mg 9%
Sodium 226mg 9%
Potassium 154mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 30g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 6.6%
Vitamin C 34%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 1.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.