White cake cubes, no-bake lemon cheesecake filling and fresh berries make the perfect summer dessert! Use red and blue berries for a July 4th celebration, or use just red berries for a Canada Day celebration. Either way, it’s going to be delicious!
I just love summer.
I think that’s one of the best parts of being a teacher. Especially since, in Manitoba, we might only get 4 months of nice, warm weather to begin with. And now that I’m on maternity leave, I get a nice llooonnnggg summer.
And I definitely plan on taking advantage of it!
This is another old post that I’m redoing for you this summer. I just love the combination of vanilla cake, lemon, cheesecake, and juicy berries, but my photos were seriously lacking! I am having so much fun practicing my food photography, and it’s giving me a chance to give recipes another run through, just to make sure they are perfect.
I actually did make a couple changes to this recipe, but nothing major. I doubled the amount of lemon curd in the filling and decreased the amount of whipped cream (though these kinds of changes you can definitely adjust to your tastes!).
It’s been hard waking up the last few weeks. Even though the sunshine pours in our windows in the mornings (and our drapes don’t block out much light), I can almost convince myself that I can lay there as long as I want as long as my 3 year old will tolerate it. It would be so easy to just roll over and let my eyes close, shirking all responsibility.
But then the baby indicates she’s ready for breakfast and I drag myself out of bed yet again.
I am such a big fan of citrus. Citrus and berries = summer.
And lemon curd? I could eat it like pudding, by the spoonful. It is just SO good and super easy. There really is no reason to buy it at the store!
If you’re ever making a cake and have extra, I totally recommend freezing the cake cubes for an easy “no-bake” dessert using whatever fruit is fresh and looks good! See my favorite white cake recipe here.
See my lemon curd recipe here.
See my favorite vanilla cake recipe here.
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Lemon Berry Cheesecake Trifles
- 5-6 cups white cake cubes or an 8×8″ cake, cubed
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup icing sugar
- 2 cups cool whip or whipped cream
- 1/2 cup lemon curd
- 3-4 cups sliced fresh strawberries I used a 1lb container
- 1-2 cups fresh blueberries
- additional cool whip strawberries and lemon curd for garnish
- For the cheesecake, beat cream cheese until smooth in a stand mixer. Add vanilla and sugar and beat until smooth. On low, or with a spatula, fold in the cool whip and lemon curd.
- Layer half of the cake cubs in parfait glasses or a 2.5-3qt glass bowl. Cover with half of the cheesecake mixture and top with half of the berries
- Repeat layers one more time, topping with additional cool whip, lemon curd and strawberries if desired
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Mariah @ Mariah's Pleasing Plates says
These trifles are stunning! I love how simple they are to make!! Pinning for later! 😉
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
Definitely ideal for the 4th! These little trifles look SO patriotic. I would love to devour one!
Mary Frances says
You definitely knocked these photos out of the park! Absolutely gorgeous. And they have summer written all over them – love the double dose of lemon curd! Berries, cake, and lemon is an unbeatable combination. Pinned!
I love this lemon berry trifle. So easy to make and I´m sure it´s super delicious!!
Mel @ The Refreshanista says
these trifles look super delicious! totally pinning to make this summer. I completely relate to soaking up the summer while you can, I live on the East Coast of Canada- beautiful, but cold. It was 5 degrees the other day!
Kelly - Life Made Sweeter says
Love summer! It’s so much more relaxed and it also means berries + lemons 🙂 These cheesecake trifles are so so pretty! The lemon curd sounds delicious with the fresh berries and cake!
Shelby @ Go Eat and Repeat says
Wow, Ashley! I love the idea of a cheesecake trifle! The lemon berry flavor is such a good complement to this dish!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
I love summer as well. . I’m so glad you are getting an extra long one.. I was thinking today that I really need to slow down and relax this summer . . but realized we have so many things lined up! I’m not sure what I was thinking . . regarding summer camps and activities etc. . anyway, love this cheesecake trifle!!!! love the lemon curd!!!
My Kitchen Craze says
Yay for summer and maternity leave!! Hope you throughly enjoy this time and get to sleep in a few times this summer!! 😉 This trifle looks delicious and I love those serving dishes. So cute. Pinning!
Dorothy Dunton says
Hi Ashley! These would be a perfect dessert after a summer feast! So light and refreshing and I’m with you on the lemon curd with a spoon!
Yes, it’s SO good! Thanks Dorothy!
Heather - Butter & Burlap says
I love trifles in the summertime! You only get 4 months of warm weather? Bless your heart! I love your tip about storing extra cake in the freezer. I’m definitely going to have to try that next time I have extra cake! So glad I stopped by your site!
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says
I’m so excited that the summer is finally here, too! And that means I can indulge in more delicious treats like this. I love the lemon and berry combo! Looks gorgeous and so delish, Ashley! Pinned!
Erin @ Miss Scrambled Egg says
Ashley – These trifles are adorable. The summer flavors are perfect. 🙂
Appreciate it! That ended up being great so easy to make.
I like the blend of flavors and pops of color! Looks very summery and I’m sure tastes amazing!
Jess @ On Sugar Mountain says
Teehee yeah the summer sunshine is nice until it wakes you up in the morning with it’s uber bright glaring rays. Though I would be happy to wake up to a cheesecake trifle for breakfast. 😀
Haha, that’s a great idea! There’s fruit and dairy, so it counts I think.
Annie @Maebells says
This is so creative! I love your flavor combo, so perfect for summer!
Elliot D. says
Amazing recipe, thanks for publishing it. Cheesecake is a favorite of mine.