Lemon Berry Trifle Recipe + VIDEO

Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 10 servings

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This Lemon Berry Trifle is made up of a homemade Greek Yogurt Lemon Cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream and piles of fresh berries! It is the perfect summer dessert! Includes step by step recipe video

tall image of glass trifle bowl with lemon berry trifle topped with whipped cream

I know, I know — lemon and berries?!? No surprise here!

Lemon with fresh summer berries is one of my all time favorite combinations, I just can’t decide if I want to start with this Overnight Lemon French Toast, this No Bake Lemon Cheesecake, or these Baked Lemon Blueberry Doughnuts. And while we’re at it, let’s make sure this Lemon Raspberry Icebox Cake hits the table as well.

What I love about trifles (though I guess you’d never know because this is the very first ever trifle recipe here on The Recipe Rebel!), is that they’re so easy and yet so impressive.

lemon berry trifle close up in glass trifle serving dish with blackberries raspberries and blueberries

You can use a cake mix, boxed pudding and Cool Whip if you want. Or you can go all out, make the cake, and pudding and whipped cream from scratch. Have a dry cake sitting around that isn’t all that great on its own? Smother it in some pudding, whipped cream and fresh fruit to rejuvenate it and no one will ever know (I promise).

For this Lemon Berry Trifle recipe I used my favorite Lemon Bundt Cake recipe. It is perfect and so moist — I fed it to my family and they inhaled it willingly without any toppings!

lemon berry trifle on white plate topped with whipped cream and fresh berries

The recipe makes a pretty large cake, so if you only want a small trifle, feel free to stick half of the cake in the freezer for another use (as a whole or cubed for another trifle). You will feel like a rockstar the next time you need to bring a dessert somewhere but don’t have hours to spend making something! I swear the freezer is my best friend most days. I fill that baby up with all kinds of goodies!

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Lemon Berry Trifle Recipe + VIDEO

5 from 1 vote
This Lemon Berry Trifle is made with super moist homemade lemon cake, layered with vanilla pudding and tons of fresh berries! Perfect for summer.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Servings 10 servings
Calories 311cal


Lemon Cake

  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar 250g
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup plain 0% Greek yogurt
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 188g
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • zest of 2 lemons


  • 1 4 serving size package instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 cups fresh berries
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened whipped cream


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 8×8″ or 9×9″ pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together butter and sugar until smooth.
  • Add eggs, vanilla, applesauce, yogurt and lemon juice and whisk until smooth. Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt and zest and stir just until combined.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Check cake at 25-30 minutes, and if browning too quickly cover loosely with a piece of foil for the remainder of the baking time. Let cake cool completely.
  • To make the trifle: Cut the cake into cubes. Place half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a trifle dish or glass bowl.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together vanilla pudding mix and milk until smooth. Pour half over the cake in the dish. Top with half of the berries.
  • Repeat layers one more time, using remaining cake, pudding and berries. Top with whipped cream. Refrigerate until chilled and set, about 1-2 hours and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 311cal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 257mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 375IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice says

    I love trifles for the exact same reason, they’re easy to make and doesn’t cost a ton of money to buy the ingredients! What a pretty trifle, Ashley! Whenever I see trifles like this, I automatically think of summer. Love that you made your own lemon cake, too. This looks so perfect for the season!

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