This Mason Jar Strawberry Lemon Angel Food Trifle is super simple to make and it’s a light and delicious dessert to serve during Spring and Summer. Don’t you just love mason jars! I love them on the practical level for storing things and making salad dressing so easy… but I also love them in decor. I love the blue and green mason jars for decor. Today I’m sharing with you a fun mason jar dessert.Jump to Recipe
I love the combo of lemons and strawberries… it’s so refreshing!
This recipe couldn’t be simpler!
Make Angel Food Cake
To make this recipe super simple, I went store-bought prepared angel food cake, but homemade is always great. If you bake your own angel food cake, let it cool completely first. Then cut up the angel food cake into 1-inch chunks.
Make Lemon Pudding
I used a small package of lemon instant pudding mix and made it up as directed on the package. Then [ut it in the refrigerator to set up. If you are making this dessert for a larger crowd, I’d recommend the larger box of instant lemon pudding mix. You definitely could make your own homemade lemon pudding, or if you prefer a richer lemon flavor, then lemon curd would be delicious.
Make Strawberry Sauce
I took 3 cups of frozen strawberries to make the strawberry sauce. I used frozen since we always have them on hand for smoothies. You definitely could use fresh strawberries! Just wash them well and trim the stems before placing them in the pan. I put the frozen strawberries in a saucepan and cooked them down on low till they were soft and had released lots of yummy juice… it takes about 10 minutes. If you use fresh strawberries it will take probably 5-7 minutes.
Let the strawberries cool at least 15 minutes before starting the layering.
Build Strawberry Lemon Angel Food Trifle
You could easily prepare everything the day before and then assemble the trifle just before serving. I used a large mason jar for my trifle, but this recipe could easily be made in a trifle bowl, trifle dish, or any clear vessel that can hold the ingredients. Having a clear jar, dish, etc allows you to see those beautiful layers of this trifle recipe.
Place a layer of cut-up angel food cake cubes on the bottom of a mason jar. Just enough to cover the base and about 2 inches up the side.
Put a few heaping tablespoons of lemon pudding on top of the angel food cake chunks.
Then a few tablespoons of the strawberries sauce.
Then a few tablespoons of whipped topping or whip cream. I used cool whip, remember I was going for the easy recipe. If you do whip your cream, go for soft peaks.
You could easily mix it up with other flavored cakes, puddings, and fruit. If you use a trifle bowl it would be beautiful to garnish the top with some fresh strawberry slices and some lemon zest.
The possibilities are endless!
Strawberry Lemon Angel Food Trifle
- Angel Food Cake
- 1 small box lemon pudding mix follow directions on box
- milk as directed on pudding mix
- 3 cups strawberries fresh or frozen
- 2 cups whipped topping or whipped cream
- If making your angel food cake homemade, make your recipe and allow it to cool completely before proceeding.
- Prepare the lemon pudding mix according to the packaging. Place in the refrigerator to allow it to set up.
- Put your fresh or frozen strawberries into a saucepan. Cook down on medium-low heat until the strawberries have softened and the juices have come out. If frozen this takes about 10 minutes.
- Cut the angel food cake into 1-inch cubes.
- Begin layering your trifle. I did the pattern of angel food cake, lemon pudding, strawberry sauce, and cool whip.
- Repeat until you reach to top of your mason jar or trifle dish.
Other cake and fruit combo ideas
- pound cake, lemon pudding, and blueberries
- sponge cake, vanilla pudding, and blackberries
- chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, and raspberries
I hope you get to try this lemon strawberry trifle or put your own spin on a summer trifle with whatever cake, pudding, and fruit combo you love!
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