Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Triple-Berry Cheesecake Trifle


Lemon Cake Crust




Lemon Cake Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brush melted butter on the bottom and sides of a 9×13 cake pan (if you’d rather not slice the cake into 2 layers, use 2 pans and adjust cooking time.)
  3. Dust the pan(s) with white sugar and set aside.
  4. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. In your mixer, using the roller scraper or paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
  6. Break the eggs into a separate bowl, beat lightly then mix eggs into the creamed sugar.
  7. Scrape down the sides and mix until combined.
  8. With the mixer off (unless you want a cloud of flour to go everywhere) stir in one-third of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix on low speed for about 1 minute.
  9. Add half of the buttermilk and mix.
  10. Add another third of the dry ingredients and then add the remaining half of the buttermilk, scraping the bowl with a rubber spatula.
  11. Add the remaining dry ingredients.
  12. Stir in lemon juice and zest.
  13. Pour batter in the prepared pan(s) and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 20 minutes.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely before attempting to remove the cake from the pan.


  1. 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.
  2. Add the sugar and continue mixing on medium speed, scraping down the sides, until there are no visible lumps.
  3. Add the sour cream and mix for 1 minutes. Add the vanilla and lemon zest and stir until incorporated evenly.
  4. Put 1 tablespoon of the cold water in a small bowl.
  5. Evenly sprinkle the gelatin on top and set aside for about 5 minutes.
  6. Place the remaining 2 tablespoons water in a microwave safe bowl and cook on high for about 45 seconds, until it’s boiling hot.
  7. Carefully pour over the gelatin.
  8. Whisk until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
  9. Immediately pour this into the cream cheese batter and mix until combined.

To make the layers

  1. If you made one cake, use a serrated knife to slice the layer in half horizontally.
  2. Place a layer of cake inside the trifle bowl and trim to fit. (I eyeballed the size and then cut a circle freehand, trimming where needed to fit in bowl.)
  3. Place roughly 1/4 cup of the jam on top of the cake layer and spread evenly to the side of the bowl.
  4. 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. (I simply arranged the fruit so it was pretty and covered most of the area.)
  5. Add about 1/3 to 1/2 of the cheesecake mixture on top and spread evenly to the side of the bowl.
  6. Repeat the layering 1 or 2 more times depending on the size of your trifle bowl.
  7. Top with whipped cream and garnish with berries.


This can be served immediately or refrigerated for up to three days. (It was just as good the 2nd day as it was freshly made.)

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