Raspberry Trifle

Raspberry Trifle

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"Layered dessert that should, in theory, feed a lot of people! I know it's not a typical cake, but I think it's better than that! And it really does feed a lot of people!"

Ingredients 4 h 20 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 287 cals

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Original recipe yields 18 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 287 kcal
  • 14%
  • Fat:
  • 19.5 g
  • 30%
  • Carbs:
  • 26.4g
  • 9%
  • Protein:
  • 3.5 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 92 mg
  • 31%
  • Sodium:
  • 148 mg
  • 6%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. In a medium bowl, beat cream with 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. In another bowl, cream together cream cheese, lemon juice, vanilla and 1/2 cup sugar. Fold 2 cups of whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Reserve remaining whipped cream.
  2. Slice pound cake into 18 - 1/2 inch slices. Drain raspberries, reserving juice. Line the bottom of a 3 quart glass bowl or trifle bowl with one-third of the cake slices. Drizzle with some raspberry juice. Spread one-fourth of the cream cheese mixture over cake. Sift one-fourth of the cocoa over that. Sprinkle with one-third of the raspberries. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cream cheese mixture, whipped cream and sifted cocoa. Cover and refrigerate 4 hours before serving.
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This is really a great recipe as is, but I like to experiment and have had some good results with both the original and my own modifications (friends pleading for recipe is a good sign!). I used two 8-oz. packages of mascarpone cheese, plus one 8 oz. package of cream cheese, 3/4 cup sugar, and several tablespoons of fresh lemon juice as modifications to the cream cheese mixture. Also increased heavy cream to 2 cups. Folded 1 1/2 bars (6 oz.) of shaved Ghirardelli white chocolate to the combined cream mixture as a last step in that process. Omitted the cocoa dusting. Fresh,homemade poundcake works best and is worth the time. Used 1 1/2 loaves. For raspberries, thawed and crushed (with juice) 1 1/2 10 oz. packages and mixed with approximately 1 cup of raspberry liqueur (Razzmataz). Used this mixture to generously cover each pound cake layer. It was more like a cold compote, but delicious. Used 1 pint of fresh raspberries (3 total) for each of the berry layers, saving about a dozen to garnish the top.


Instead of the cream cheese mixture, I used a large box of instant vanilla pudding to cream with the whipped cream mixture. I did dribble a little liquer on the angel food cake. The pudding made it real easy to make and my whole Mothers Day party was in awe. Very yummy and very easy and very fast to make.


I just made this for a dinner party we're going to tonight and put some off to the side for my husband and I to try in case it didn't work out. I couldn't wait to write a review! WOW!! We both loved it and it hasn't even set yet for the 4 hours in the refridgerator as suggested! A couple of things I did: I used 3, 8oz pkgs of cream cheese as others suggested and increased the sugar and other ingredients accordingly. I also used 2 cups heavy cream as other suggested. I used regular pound cake from the store and drizzled grand marnier over the slices. Instead of using cocoa, I used dark chocolate chunks sold in the baker's isle. For the raspberries, I used 2, 12 oz frozen packages. As they were thawing, I added about 1/4 cup of water so I would have more syrup to pour over the cake slices, and sprinkled the raspberries with sugar. On the top, I garnished with a couple of raspberries and dark chocolate chunks and then did sift just a little bit of cocoa on the top layer only. YUMMY! And it looks fabulous in the trifle dish. If the others at the party like it half as much as we did, it will be a huge hit. Thanks for sharing this recipe!