This trifle dessert encompasses everything that the perfect summer dessert should have- fresh fruit, a bright, refreshing flavor, and a light texture that won’t weigh you down on a hot summer day.
Earlier this spring I made a lemon layer cake that had a fluffy lemon cream cheese filling. When I started thinking about a fruit trifle recipe I knew right away that I wanted to incorporate that filling into the dessert. I made a cream cheese pound cake for the cake portion of the trifle, but you could certainly use angel food cake, shortcake, or even some brownies. The cream cheese layer has a bit of lemon zest and extract to incorporate the lemony flavor that goes so well with berries. Fresh whipped cream is folded into the cream cheese giving it a cloud-like texture that pairs perfectly with the cake and fruit.
Use a mixer with the whisk attachment to whip the heavy cream until stiff peaks form, be careful not to over mix. Transfer the whipped cream to a separate bowl and set aside.
Return the mixing bowl to the stand and beat the cold cream cheese and room temperature butter until smooth and well combined. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix on low speed until smooth. Add the lemon extract and lemon zest and beat on high speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
Use a spoon or rubber spatula to gently fold about a third of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Stir gently until fully combined, then add the remaining whipped cream and fold together.
To assemble: layer a spoonful of the cream cheese mixture in a small bowl, glass, or jar. Add some cubed cake pieces, then fresh fruit. Repeat with another layer of cream cheese filling, cake, and fruit. Top with an additional dollop of filling.
A former member of CROPP’s Sustainability Department, Annie has relocated to Indiana but remains a CROPPie at heart. Annie has a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and continues to work in the field of environmental sustainability. When she and her yellow lab Boomer aren't outside exploring local hiking trails, Annie can usually be found in the kitchen. While she cooks for subsistence, Annie’s real passion lies in creating indulgent baked goods for friends and family.