Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

The post “Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle” was sponsored by Ankarsrum Original USA but all photos, thoughts and opinions are my own.

A trifle is a classic British dessert made with a thin layer of cake, traditionally soaked in sherry, topped with layers of preserves, custard, and cream. Trifles can be relatively simple to make or as complex as you want to make them. Trifles are easy to customize to your specific tastes and flavor combinations are only limited by your imagination.

My husband is a big fan of cheesecake so I decided to make him a Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle, adapted from Melanie Underwood’s cookbook Making Artisan Cheesecake. This recipe has a lot of steps, but it is delicious and worth the extra effort.

It would make a lovely and delicious dessert for Valentine’s Day. While a trifle is typically served in a clear bowl with straight sides to show off the gorgeous layers, it also looks beautiful in single serving glasses.

My Ankarsrum Original Stand Mixer, with it’s powerful and quiet 600 watt motor, was the perfect tool for making this trifle. The roller with a separate scraper simultaneously mixes the batter and scrapes the sides of the mixing bowl. That made easy work of creaming the butter and sugar for the cake batter. I used the 3.5 liter plastic beater bowl with double beaters to create the cheesecake filling. It blended the ingredients perfectly, so the filling was smooth and creamy. If you want to check out the Ankarsrum Original Stand Mixer for yourself, take a look here.

Brush melted butter on the bottom and sides of a 9×13 cake pan. Dust the pan(s) with white sugar and set aside.

In your mixer, using the roller scraper or paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Break the eggs into a separate bowl, beat lightly then mix eggs into the creamed sugar.

Add half of the buttermilk and mix.

Stir in lemon juice and zest.

Add another third of the dry ingredients and then add the remaining half of the buttermilk, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.

Add the cream cheese to the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium speed until softened, scraping down the side of the bowl frequently, about 2 minutes.

Put 1 tablespoon of the cold water in a small bowl. Evenly sprinkle the gelatin on top and set aside for about 5 minutes.

Add the sour cream and mix for 1 minutes. Add the vanilla and lemon zest and stir until incorporated evenly.

Place a layer of cake inside the trifle bowl and trim to fit.

Place roughly 1/4 cup of the jam on top of the cake layer and spread evenly to the side of the bowl.

Place about 1 cup of the berries in a single layer on top of the jam making sure the press them to the edged of the bowl.

Add about 1/3 to 1/2 of the cheesecake mixture on top and spread evenly to the side of the bowl.

Repeat the layering 1 or 2 more times depending on the size of your trifle bowl. Top with whipped cream and garnish with berries. (My husband used my heavy cream to make dinner so I had to skip the whipped cream. In all honestly, I didn’t miss it!)

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle


If you want to make a trifle in a hurry, you can always use store bought pound cake, jam, fresh fruit, and Cool Whip.

There so many trifle recipe variations. You can use brownies, angle food cake, or cookies for the cake layer, and for the filling use pudding, mousse, custard, or flavored cream, like pumpkin, coffee or lemon. The possibilities are endless.

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Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Comments 25

  1. This looks delicious! I’m not much of a home cook, but I could definitely do the quick-and-easy version! I’m thinking, brownies, chocolate mouse, whipped cream and strawberries! My hubby will LOVE that!!

  2. Looks like an amazing dessert – perfect for the Valentine’s Day coming up! I love desserts with berries, and this one looks like an easy recipe to make, especially since we always have all of the ingredients on hand!

  3. This Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle sounds like a great dessert for any occasion. I know my family would indeed love this so I will have to make it for them. Thanks for sharing a great dessert idea.

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  4. I’m not very good at the kitchen, so I jsut came here to say thank you. All the photos you post and all the detailed steps has helped me tons. Thank you!!!

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