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Strawberry Mascarpone Trifle

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Strawberry Mascarpone Trifle

Strawberries are a cheery sign of summertime and are the perfect choice for this easy and delicious trifle. Bathed in fresh whipping cream, mascarpone cheese and served with a sweet rum cake. Now this is a taste of heaven!

Makes: 12 dessert cups or 1 large glass bowl.
Prep time: 50 min / Bake time: 20 min


Strawberry & Mascarpone Filling 

  • 3 qt. strawberries, hulled and cut lengthwise into ¼" slices.
  • 6 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 c. heavy cream or dairy Free whipped cream
  • 1 tsp GF vanilla extract
  • 1 c. mascarpone cheese - room temp. or Kite Hill - cream cheese

For the Cake

  • 1 bag MinusG White Cake Mix
  • 1½ c. sugar or granular substitute
  • ⅔ c. oil
  • 4 eggs 
    • For egg-free use 2 tsp baking powder + 1 Tbsp vinegar + 1 Tbsp water per egg.
  • 4 tsp. GF vanilla extract
  • 1 c. buttermilk / non dairy milk
    • (Make buttermilk by adding 1 tsp vinegar to milk - let sit 5 minutes)
  • 4 oz Meyer's dark rum (optional topping)


Strawberry & Macarpone Filling 

  1. In a bowl, combine the sliced strawberries and 2 Tbs. of sugar. Toss to mix. Cover and set aside.
  2. In another bowl, combine the cream and 4 Tbs. of the sugar and vanilla. Using an electric beater, whisk to soft peaks. Lightly whip in the mascarpone cheese until smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.

Make the Cake 

  1. Grease 2 8-inch round cake pans. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. In a stand mixer, add cake mix, sugar oil, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk and beat together. Scrape down sides of the bowl and beat again.
  3. Divide batter evenly between cake pans.
  4. Bake 35-40 min or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  5. Cool cakes completely on a wire rack.

Assemble Trifle

  1. OPTIONAL: Brush each cake with 2 oz. of rum.
  2. Cut cakes into 1" cubes
  3. Fit a pastry bag with a wide decorative tip and fill with the mascarpone cream. 
  4. Set aside 1½ c. strawberries for topping.
  5. Assemble into dessert cups, glass jar, or a large clear bowl by alternating layers of sliced strawberries, mascarpone cream and cubed cakes. Top with cream and remaining strawberries.


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