Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream #Improv Challenge

This simple Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream is layers of cubed pound cake, sweet mascarpone whipped cream and sweet, juicy sliced strawberries! An exquisite combination!
Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream

Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream

Who wouldn’t be excited for this combination?  Strawberries and cream, that is. Our Improv Challenge for May was to use these two ingredients in a recipe. Piece.of.cake. I would make a trifle. A Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream. The first time I had a trifle was when my parents were living in Glasgow, Scotland. Bill and I spent a week’s holiday with them, and their sweet neighbor, Clare, invited us all over for dinner. Made with fresh raspberries from her yard and a delicious vanilla custard, it was somehow both elegant, yet old fashioned and homey.

Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream

EASY and Impressive!

It was still too early for our local berries to be ripe, but the strawberries in the market were luscious and fragrant. I did not use any jam, booze, or custard but instead just layered cubes of pound cake, mascarpone whipped cream and sliced strawberries. Using a bakery pound cake would make this a breeze to put together. I had no doubt this would be a winner, and as predicted, Bill and the boys claimed this strawberry trifle with mascarpone cream was terrific. Katie had Oreos instead.!  That’s the way she rolls! Thanks to Kristen, of Frugal Antics of a Harried Homemaker, for coordinating our efforts again this month. Please check her blog if you’d like to join us. Next month’s challenge is cherries and almonds.

Strawberry Trifle with Mascarpone Cream


Cake adapted from Ina Garten

Pound Cake

  • 1 stick butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract, optional

Mascarpone Cream

  • 8 ounces mascarpone
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 cups whipping cream


  • Approximately 24 ounces fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced.


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Grease and flour an 8½ x 4½ inch loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a mixer fit with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar for about 5 minutes, till light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time.
  3. Whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine the buttermilk with the vanilla and orange extract. Alternately add the about a third of the dry ingredients, then half the buttermilk, etc., ending with the dry ingredients. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top.
  4. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and let cool on rack.
  5. Whip mascarpone and vanilla. In another bowl, whip cream and sugar till soft peaks form. Add mascarpone mixture and whip till combined.
  6. To assemble, cut off heals of cake and save for another use. Cut cake into cubes. Layer half of cake cubes on bottom of trifle dish, followed by ⅓ of the berries (place some against side of bowl), then half of the mascarpone cream. Repeat with the rest of the cake, another ⅓ of the berries and the rest of the cream. Top with the remaining berries.

Yield: 8-10 servings

Total time: 3 hours including cooling time


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 5228kcal Calories from fat 2969
% Daily Value
Total Fat 330g 508%
Saturated Fat 198g 990%
Transfat 4g
Cholesterol 1347mg 449%
Sodium 2301mg 96%
Carbohydrate 525g 175%
Dietary Fiber 19g 76%
Sugars 360g
Protein 63g

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 Trifle with Mascarpone Cream
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