Today I am sharing my secret recipe for the Best Strawberry n’ Cream Trifle ever! Years ago, I found a basic recipe for this dessert, but it has taken me countless tries to make it perfect.This dessert is a wonderful choice for the summer of a special event like Valentine’s Day, it’s quick and easy to make. Actually, it’s wonderful for any occasion or time of the year where strawberries are in season.
To make this delicious dessert you will need the following ingredients.
- 1/2 cup condensed milk (not sweetened)
- 3 cups 2% milk
- 5.1 oz package of INSTANT Vanilla Pudding
- 2 – 16 oz containers of regular Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 – 9 inch prepared angel food cake
- 8 cups sliced fresh strawberries
- 3 whole strawberries
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In a bowl, whisk the instant pudding mix and milk for 2 minutes. You must use INSTANT pudding, regular pudding will not thicken up and will ruin the dessert. Let the mixture stand for 2 minutes until soft-set. I use my Kitchen Aid mixer HERE for all my baking and food prep needs, makes cooking so much more efficient and looks great on my counter 🙂
Fold in the thawed whipped topping and evaporated milk. The evaporated milk I use is non-sweetened. “Sweetened” milk is available and specifies so on the can. I have tried this recipe with sweetened milk and it was way too sweet in taste. I also like to use double the amount of cool whip, 2 containers is perfect for this recipe.
Mix until creamy. Cut the angel cake into 1/2″ cubes. You could also use pound cake for this recipe, but angel cake makes the dessert lighter.
Spoon a third of the pudding mixture into a trifle bowl HERE and top with half of the cake cubes and sliced strawberries.
Repeat layers once.
Top with remaining pudding mixture and garnish with whole strawberries. It’s that easy and oh so delicious!
There are many variations of this recipe you could try to reduce calories and fat. For instance, you could use sugar free pudding, (personally I don’t like aspartame in my food so I choose the sugar version). You could substitute water for milk, or use reduced fat Cool Whip. I have tried several of these variations and this one is my personal favorite.
Every time I make this recipe, it is devoured by guests and family.
All styled on my favorite bar cart HERE.
Give it a try and let me know what you think! I love hearing from my readers.
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