Summer Strawberry Trifle

Foodie Friday

Aug 12, 2011 by

This past weekend I was once again invited to a family reunion-with the amazing Diva Toby’s family. It’s funny isn’t it, how “family” has nothing to do with bloodlines. I choose to think of it as a family of the heart…and I have been fortunate to know and love this family for (gulp!) forty years.

It was a beautiful August afternoon/evening down at the beach, at the home of Toby’s cousin (and a Diva in her own right) Kaye Ellen. Family came from far and near, excellent food and the ‘Tinis were flowing!

So anyway, I’ve known about this party since late January, certainly long enough to have a plan for my assigned dessert. Sadly, on Friday night I started thinking “What should I bring?” Like most of us of a certain age, I have a long list of favorite go-to recipes, all of which bored me. So I combined a Christmas favorite with a summer attitude and came up with this as yet unnamed dessert.  For now, it’s going by Summer Strawberry Trifle … Enjoy!

Summer Strawberry Trifle


3-lbs strawberries – hulled and cut into quarters

½ cup sugar

2 store bought pound cake loaves

1 large (16 oz) container of Cool Whip

2 packages Instant French Vanilla pudding

3 ½ cups milk


Take 2 lbs of the strawberries – hull and cut into quarters-mix with 1/2 cup sugar, let sit X 30 minutes so they begin to macerate.  Save 1 lb (the pretties berries) hull and cut into 1/2s)

Trim off sides and bottom or the 2 pound cakes and cut into 3/4 to 1 inch pieces

Mix the 2-pkgs Instant French vanilla pudding (I only used 3 1/2 cups of milk, not the full 4 cups) with the milk make and let sit 5-10 minutes till firm.

Using a trifle bowl( or really any pretty clear glass bowl) spread 1-2 tbsp of pudding over bottom of bowl

Add 1 pound cake loaf, press lightly

Spread 1/2 of the pudding, smooth out to the edges

Add 1/2 of the berries, also to the edges

Cover with 1/2 of the Cool Whip


When assembled decorate the top with the pretty berry halves. Chill.

I swear you’ll only need 30 minutes to make this and it seemed to be a huge hit …

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I am by education an RN, have worked the majority of my career in ICUs. A few years ago I traded in my scrubs for lady clothes and a briefcase and now I am a liaison for group of excellent Rehabilitaion Hospitals here in Massachusetts. I get to travel around talking with people all day, do some direct marketing and education, and use skills honed over thirty years. In my real life I am a sister, an aunt a daughter and a friend. I have wonderful nieces and nephews who I can play with, travel with, be proud of and spoil! I’ve saved pictures of all our adventures so that someday I can blackmail them into taking me to Early Bird specials.
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  1. Kaye

    this was the best dessert,the sad part was there was none left over 🙁

  2. It’s Foodie Friday! @ #atsGf. What’s your fav summer dessert? Ck out Polli’s strawberry trifle

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