Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Friday, 4th March 2011

My daughter, Liana, stocked our refrigerator with an assortment of berries this week.  My favourite way to eat strawberries is really quite simple; I add freshly whipped cream.  But these strawberries had a different destiny in store.  That’s because soon after they arrived home, I started flipping through the Donna Hay Magazine and she had a huge spread on Trifles.  That’s when I decided to make Strawberry Shortcake Trifle.

A photo of 3 Strawberry Shortcake Trifle desserts garnished with fresh strawberries.

Why strawberries? I mean it doesn’t make sense to make this dessert in March, especially noting that our growing season isn’t until June/July.  Well for one, these out-of-season strawberries were especially sweet and juicy and two, that magazine cover grabbed my attention – flawless Strawberry and Vanilla Macaron Trifle.

A photo of 2 Strawberry Trifle desserts garnished with fresh berries.

You may be asking, “If the cover grabbed your attention why not make the featured recipe?”  Well, I have a fear of making macarons!  I can’t count the amount of times I’ve purchased all the ingredients, aged the egg whites and then at the last minute decided against it.

A photo of Strawberry Desserts.

If it’s anything like trying to achieve the “perfect” Italian Amaretti cookie I am in big trouble.  It baffles me, how my Mother, using the same recipe, can make these beautiful little gems.  And me?  Well not so much!  My Amaretti end up twice the size, flat and looking more like a Florentine.

A photo of Strawberry Desserts served in various glass cups and garnished with fresh berries.

And what’s the main reason for making Strawberry Shortcake in March?  We are big “Jell-O” lovers, especially when it’s topped with whipped cream.  This trifle also gave me the opportunity to try Donna’s Strawberry Jelly.  The recipe called for cranberry juice, a little odd I thought. But with all the fresh strawberries layered in the jelly it actually tasted like strawberries with just a hint of tartness.

A photo of Strawberry Desserts served in glasses.

I would’ve been content stopping right there; the jelly was so tasty.  In fact, I even made a few jelly desserts without the cake (knowing my son as well as I do, they won’t last long!).

A photo of several Strawberry Shortcake Trifle desserts.

But I’m happy I continued with the dessert.  At first glance, although striking, with its layer of Strawberry Jelly that reminds me of a coveted ruby red gem, especially against the white Sweetened Whipped Cream, it’s even more elegant, because nestled inside, hidden within the cloud of fluffy cream, is a decadent layer of sponge; a wonderful surprise!

A photo of Strawberry Shortcake Trifle served in glass dessert cups.

A photo of 4 Strawberry Shortcake Trifle desserts.

A photo of various Strawberry Desserts pictured also with fresh bowls of strawberries.

A photo of a bowl of fresh strawberries.

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Comments (33)

33 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake Trifle”

  1. Lauren at Keep It Sweet Says:

    You always have the most wonderful pictures! What an elegant and delicious dessert.

  2. RavieNomNoms Says:

    You always have the most gorgeous pictures!

  3. Grace Says:

    Thank you so much!

  4. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lauren, practising and practising.

  5. Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. Says:

    omg this looks fantastic!

  6. Giuliana Says:

    Oh my goodness Aunt Grace these are beautiful!!

  7. marla {family fresh cooking} Says:

    This post is so pretty! Loving both variations. I would prefer this to the macarons any day :)

  8. fooddreamer Says:

    you are so talented, Grace, I can’t believe you would be afraid of making macarons. I’ve never made them, but I don’t think I have HALF your talent! Thse trifles look wonderful too, of course ;)

  9. Vicki @ Wilde in the Kitchen Says:

    So the angelfood cake is hiding in all that delicious whipped cream? Looks amazing!

  10. Grace Says:

    Yes tucked away inside Vicki – thanks!

  11. Grace Says:

    Absolutely terrified, hopefully I will bite the bullet soon and give it a try.

  12. Grace Says:

    Thank you Marla and thank you for stopping in for a visit.

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you honey!

  14. Ryan Says:

    You can do so much with strawberries, they’re fantastic.

  15. Grace Says:

    Thanks Ryan – perfect treat for the boys.

  16. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen Says:

    Okay – if this is not on the Top 9 tomorrow I will be calling somebody! Well, Foodbuzz is a mystery to me in many ways so nevermind that. BUT THESE ARE STUNNING!!! STUNNING!!!!!!!!!!!! ♥- Katrina

  17. sonia Says:

    Awesome strawberry triffle….just the best dessert around the web! I wud love to have it… !

  18. Grace Says:

    Thank you Sonia

  19. Grace Says:

    Oh Katrina you are so funny – thank you!

  20. Lizzy Says:

    Fabulous, elegant dessert!!!

  21. @MikeVFMK Says:

    Grace, love these trifles. The pictures are gorgeous and the styling is great! Donna Hay has nothing on you!

  22. penny aka jeroxie Says:

    I feel like I am in strawberry world!

  23. Melissa@EyesBigger Says:

    more stunning photos. gorgeous. love trifle

  24. Trisha Says:

    Looks stunning and I’m sure they tasted amazing!

  25. briarrose Says:

    Mmmm….what a beautiful trifle. I suddenly crave strawberries. :)

  26. Natalie Says:

    These look so wonderful! You are definitely talented! Amazing job! I honestly think you should open up a bakery and serve these delicious desserts to the public. You would make a fortune!

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  28. Alex Says:

    I followed the directions exactly but my gelatin didn’t fully set. They tasted OK, anyway, but I’ll probably use a little more gelatin if I do this again.

  29. Grace Says:

    I’m sorry the jelly didn’t set Alex. Did you add any other fruits or substitute the berries for another fruit? Some fruits cause gelatine not to set? Was your cranberry juice you used to dissolve the gelatine cold?

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