Individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

These individual no bake strawberry shortcake trifles make a wonderful summertime dessert! Ready in less than 10 minutes, throw these tasty trifles together for your next backyard party or outdoor barbecue.

Looking for more easy, no bake dessert recipes? Try my Peanut Butter Chocolate Bars, No Bake Mascarpone Fruit Tarts or my Easy No Bake S’mores Bars!

Top shot of individual strawberry shortcake trifles next to ingredients on wooden table.

Individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

I love a good shortcake, especially this strawberry shortcake which I love to make a lot in the summertime! Buttery pound cake layered with whipped topping and fresh sliced strawberries — it just doesn’t get much better than that. Or does it?

Sometimes, I really want something sweet but just don’t feel like turning on the oven. If that sounds familiar, then this no bake dessert recipe is for you! Using store bought pound cake or angle food cake makes this dessert come together even quicker. Plus they are in individual portions which means you don’t have to share.

I kept it simple and used whipped cream for the filling instead of a custard or cream cheese base. For me a strawberry shortcake should be simple. Whipped cream + Strawberries + Poundcake. Done!

Small bowl of strawberries, cubed pound cake, and whipped cream on wooden table.

Key Ingredients

  • Heavy Whipping Cream: You’ll need at least a pint for this recipe. You can substitute a milk and butter combination if needed.
  • Sugar: Just a few tablespoons of sugar is all that’s needed to make your cream layer. Don’t overdo the sugar, as the strawberries add a natural sweetness to the trifle.
  • Strawberries: I prefer to use fresh strawberries for this trifle, as it’s best served immediately. If you need to use frozen strawberries, I recommend allowing them to fully thaw first.
  • Pound Cake: You can make your own pound cake recipe ahead of time or purchase a store-bought cake to save some time!

Top shot of strawberry and pound cake desserts on serving tray.

How to make Individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

  1. Whisk cream: First add heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Then whisk on high until cream forms soft peaks.
  2. Add pound cake: After that, start assembling the trifle by adding pound cake into the bottom of the glasses. (I divide it between 4-6 jars depending on size). You can always add this to a large bowl to serve a crowd.
  3. Assemble Trifle: Next layer on whipped cream and strawberries evenly to each jar. Repeat.
  4. Serve and enjoy: Now serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Top shot of individual strawberry shortcake trifles next to ingredients on wooden table.

Tips for making the perfect Individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

  • Don’t make too far in advance: These strawberry shortcake trifles are best served immediately, since you don’t want the pound cake base to become soggy. If you’re looking to save some time and work ahead, you can prepare your pound cake ahead of time then freeze until it’s time to assemble the trifle.
  • Make it boozy: Traditionally, some trifles have been served with sherry, but that generally yields more of an orange flavor. If you’re looking to add a little bit of alcohol to your strawberry shortcake trifles, you can experiment with port, rum or brandy.
  • Store your leftovers: End up with a few leftover trifles? You can store them, loosely covered, in the refrigerator. I would recommend eating your leftover trifles within 3 days, as the layers will meld together and the pound cake will become soggy.

Top shot of strawberry and pound cake desserts on serving tray.

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Individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 -6

Ready in less than 10 minutes, throw these individual strawberry shortcake trifles together for your next backyard party or outdoor barbecue.

Ingredients

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 4 cups pound cake diced

Instructions

  • Add heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract to a stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Whisk on high until cream forms soft peaks.
  • To assemble the trifle start by adding pound cake into the bottom of the glasses. (I divide it between 4-6 jars depending on size). You can always add this to a large bowl to serve a crowd.
  • Next layer on whipped cream and strawberries evenly to each jar. Repeat.
  • Serve immediately or store in the fridge until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

  • Don't make too far in advance: These strawberry shortcake trifles are best served immediately, since you don't want the pound cake base to become soggy. If you're looking to save some time and work ahead, you can prepare your pound cake ahead of time then freeze until it's time to assemble the trifle.
  • Make it boozy: Traditionally, some trifles have been served with sherry, but that generally yields more of an orange flavor. If you're looking to add a little bit of alcohol to your strawberry shortcake trifles, you can experiment with port, rum or brandy.
  • Store your leftovers: End up with some leftover trifles? You can store them, loosely covered, in the refrigerator. I would recommend eating your leftover trifles within 3 days, as the layers will meld together and the pound cake will become soggy.
Nutrition Facts
Individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1155 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Fat 50g77%
Saturated Fat 29g181%
Cholesterol 403mg134%
Sodium 1314mg57%
Potassium 436mg12%
Carbohydrates 163g54%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 100g111%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 2112IU42%
Vitamin C 43mg52%
Calcium 254mg25%
Iron 7mg39%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Individual Desserts, No Bake Desserts, Pound Cake, Strawberry Shortcake Trifle, Summer Recipes

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