Alcoeur Apron's Patriotic Trifle


  • 17 ounces angel food cake, cut into 1″ cubes
  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced vertically
  • 1 pound fresh blueberries
  • 4 or 5 quart trifle dish, for assembly (9×13 casserole dish works as well)

For the lemon syrup

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

For the frosting

  • 2 packages 8 ounce cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


Make the lemon syrup:

  1. In a measuring cup, combine the water, sugar, and lemon juice and stir until sugar is dissolved. Set aside until needed

Make the frosting:

  1. Beat together 1 pound of cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar (with the whisk attached to your stand mixer) on medium speed until creamy and smooth, scraping the bowl a couple of times to help full incorporation of the sugar. With the mixer on low/medium speed, pour in 2 cups heavy cream then turn mixer to medium/high and continue beating until whipped and fluffy. Add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla and beat until incorporated.

Assembling the trifle:

  1. Place 1/3 of your sliced angel food cake into the bottom of your trifle dish and brush with 1/3 of your lemon syrup. Add 1/3 of your frosting and loosely spread it over cake pieces. Add 1/2 of the sliced strawberries. Repeat with remaining ingredients (adding 1/2 of the blueberries for the second layer of fruit). Frost the top with the last 1/3 of cream and decorate with remaining fruit, using the remaining blueberries to make a star in the center and filling in the blank areas with the remaining strawberries.
  2. Serve & enjoy! If not serving immediately, store in refrigerator until time.


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