Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle features layers of sweetened berries doused with Amaretto, angel food cake cubes and luscious cheesecake filling, lightened with whipped cream.  I was hosting brunch at my house, and that called for a lovely fruit-filled dessert recipe. Adding a homemade cheesecake twist to a strawberry trifle recipe was brilliant.

 Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle | Layers of angel food cake, boozy berries and cream cheese filling

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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

A fruit and cream dessert is perfect for a mid-day treat, especially when company is invited. I love sweets featuring berries, like this stunning Strawberry Shortcake Roulade, but sometimes it’s nice not to turn on the oven! Sliced berries were sweetened and then dosed with a bit of Amaretto. The cheesecake layer was composed of cream cheese and sour cream, then a billowy cloud of whipped cream was folded in.

A store-bought angel food cake made quick work of the preparation. Since this is a no-bake trifle recipe, it’s perfect for hot summer days when you don’t want to turn on the oven as well as holidays when the oven is often filled with turkey and casseroles!

Not exactly health food, but this strawberry cheesecake trifle is definitely lighter fare than so many other dessert options! You know it’s a hit when the men at the table start inquiring about the ingredients. They do combine beautifully for a delicious party in your mouth with every bite.

Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle | Layers of angel food cake, boozy berries and cream cheese filling

No-Bake Trifle: Perfect for Berry Season

The berries the last few months have been lackluster, but I was thrilled to find some marvelous ripe gems at the market. This no-bake trifle would not be nearly as tasty with frozen or pale tasteless berries. Save this recipe for strawberry season or around the holidays when you can often find some lovely berries.

The servings vary on the size of your trifle bowl, but this does feed a crowd. If you don’t have a trifle bowl, any clear container will do. The glorious layers in this Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle will wow your guests!


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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle

Serves 18 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins

A twist on an English trifle featuring angel food cake, fresh strawberries, and a cheesecake filling. Recipe adapted from Country Woman.


Cheesecake layer

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (to add to cream)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar (to add to cream)

Cake layer

  • 1 angel food cake, cut into cubes (I only used half a large bakery angel food cake)

Strawberry layer

  • 2-3 pounds of fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced (I used about 2 pounds)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Amaretto, optional


  1. In a large bowl, cream together cream cheese and powdered sugar; add sour cream, vanilla and almond extracts. Set aside. In a small deep metal chilled bowl, whip the cream, vanilla and sugar. Fold whipped cream into cream cheese mixture. Set aside.
  2. Combine strawberries, sugar and Amaretto. Layer in large glass trifle pedestal bowl, starting with strawberries, then a layer of cake, followed by a layer of the cheesecake filling. Repeat, ending with the filling.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and chill well before serving.


Recipe Notes

Servings will vary depending on the size of your trifle bowl.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 341kcal Calories from fat 199
% Daily Value
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 13g 65%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 249mg 10%
Carbohydrate 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 21g
Protein 4g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle | Layers of angel food cake, boozy berries and cream cheese filling

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  1. I bet there were gasps of delight from everyone when they saw this beautiful trifle. Then again, I’m sure that happens overtime you have guests! It’s true that right around this time of year you can sometimes find wonderful berries. I wonder why that is?

  2. I got sweet strawberries a couple of weeks ago so I think this is a dessert that will be doable when I’ve got guests coming in a couple of weeks. It certainly looks beautiful.

  3. Amazing Christmas treat! Looks very good!

  4. How pretty!

  5. This sure will brighten anyone’s day… looks so incredibly delish.

  6. This trifle sounds fabulous Liz! I love cheesecake-anything, and adding fresh strawberries sounds like the perfect twist!

  7. WOW! The Strawberry Cheesecake Trifle looks stunning! I’m a huge fan of strawberries, so I’d die to try it !

  8. What a great dessert, Liz! It looks very festive for the holiday and has to be delicious! I’m sure it would disappear quickly!

  9. This is really a beautiful dessert. I am sure that it would be the hit of any meal. I know that I would love it.

  10. This trifle looks so gorgeous and delicious! Can’t wait to get my hands on some strawberries!

  11. Wow, this is a show stopper. Perfect for all occasions.

  12. Lizzy,
    Your trifle looks lovely. And I forgot to thank you for the giveaway.

  13. The first time a friend brought a trifle to a dinner party I know I’d be hooked. That same friend bought me a trifle bowl for Christmas – she knew how excited I would be! I love this strawberry filled version. It’s perfect for holiday festivities!

  14. This is a beautiful trifle!! My kind of dessert 😀

  15. I don’t see the recipe?

  16. Ripe, delicious berries this time of year is a real treat!

  17. I’m in love. I always make my trifle the traditional way with custard but your cheesecake sounds fantastic.

  18. I have been wanting to make a trifle and this totally got me in the mood. It is so beautiful with those precise layers.

  19. How beautiful and delicious, Liz! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Christmas… Wishing you all a very blessed New Year.

  20. Kathy K says:

    I am making this for my daughter’s Birthday tomorrow, my mouth is watering, wish me luck!

  21. I made this today and it is OUT of this world! I love the way the strawberry juice absorbs into the angel food cake. Soooooo delicious! Thanks for sharing

  22. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    I have to make this for the 4th of july adding some blackberries to make it patriotic I love it!

  23. If I don’t want to use liquor, can u suggest something else to make strawberries “liquid-y”?

    • Hi, Nancy,
      Just adding the sugar will make the strawberries juicy, but if you want to add a little liquid in place of the Amaretto, I’d try some freshly squeezed orange juice. Hope you enjoy!!!

  24. Can you please specify, does powered sugar go with cream cheese or with whipping cream as really want to make asap

  25. Please specify when powered sugar gets added verses regular sugar.

  26. Delores Collins says:

    Could you use Cool Whip instead of cream?

  27. I found this recipe off Pinterest and thought it looked amazing. I made it in individual serving cups for a bridal shower and it was such a hit! Fantastic recipe, definitely worth keeping.

  28. What a great breath of thinking Spring is near! love this idea for all winter long! keeps the warm weather near and dear to me!


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