FancyShcmancy EasyPeasy Dessert

I don’t know about you, but I love dessert. Fools, those non dessert lovers! Who doesn’t want something sweet to round out the day?

It’s hard for me to pick a favorite anything, but if I had to pick a favorite dessert I think it would be a toss up between carrot cake and strawberry cheesecake. (See, ha, I really can’t pick just one!) I know dessert isn’t the best thing in the world to have, especially not allllllll the time, but once in a while it’s totally cool to indulge in a few of your favorite things.

What’s your favorite dessert?

So anywho, last weekend while Johnny’s grandparents were still here we had even more family over and Johnny’s grandfather made a fantastic Italian feast of baked ziti, garlic bread, hot italian sausage and meatballs that are absolutely to. die. for. (Have I ever mentioned that Johnny’s grandfather is from Naples??? Ya know, the birthplace of Pizza and home of some of the most delicious food in Italy. You have not lived until you’ve had this man’s meatballs. You don’t even know.) Me, being me, I volunteered to make… you guessed it… DESSERT…even though I had work from 7am to 3pm.

I put on my thinking cap and wondered what I could make that;

  1. wouldn’t be too heavy after such a big meal
  2. would be super easy  to throw together after working eight hours and
  3. would still fancy enough to make everyone “Oooo” and “Ahhh”


Born in Britain, the trifle is a simple dessert, traditionally made with layers of fruit, custard, cake, and whipped cream, served in a big glass dish. It’s the combination of the glass dish with the layering of the ingredients that make it look so darn fancyshcmancy.

Whenever I think of trifle I think of parfaits, because in theory trifles are really just mega -super -huge parfaits…and then I think of Shrek when Donkey says “Everybody loves parfaits!” and then I think “Everybody loves trifles!” Heh. The inner workings of my brain.

So with this particular trifle, I sorta cheated.

Okay okay okay. Not technically I guess. But I had a magnificent sous chef! Johnny’s grandma did all of the prep for me so all I had to do was put it together when I got home from my busy day making lattes at work.

You really won’t believe how easy this is to make. Even with the prep, it only takes a whopping ten minutes to throw together from start to finish! And to be completely honest, it’s really not all that bad for you either! What’s not to love?!

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

  • 2 cups strawberries, washed and sliced (save 1 whole one for the top!)
  • 2 packs instant vanilla pudding ( I use sugar-free), prepared to package directions
  • 1 store bought angel-food cake , cut into bite sized chunks
  • 2 cans (or one tub) lite whipped cream

In a large bowl or trifle dish, ladle in enough pudding just to cover the bottom. Top evenly with a layer of angel-food cake cubes, followed by a layer of sliced strawberries, then a layer of whipped cream. Repeat until the dish is full. Top with more whipped cream and the reserved strawberry!  Serve immediately!


  1. Casey

    I can’t believe you made this! I LOVE this dessert!!! I actually make this all the time and everyone loves it! I use strawberries and bananas and it’s awesome! I love your blog Jen! I still want to make that creamy chipolte pasta you did a while ago. It looks fabulous!

  2. Sara

    This looks awesome!! Love the Shrek reference. My favorite dessert = BROWNIESSSSSSSSSS or a double chocolate cake. I am a chocolate monster.

    But I can also be a parfait monster.

  3. Jennifer

    Casey!!! I’m so glad you like my blog so much 🙂 I never thought to put bananas in this particular trifele, but my Mom made one once with CHOCOLATE pudding, bananas, pound cake and crumbled toffee pieces that is so freakin good. If you do make the pasta, be sure to let me know how it turns out 🙂

    annnnnd Miss Sara, you and Johnny would get along so well over a double chocolate cake lol that’s one of his favorites… that and lemon meringue pie!

  4. Lindsay

    Trifles are such a crowd pleaser. I make an unbelievable chocolate one and get requests for it all the time. The problem is when I make it..I can’t stop eating it!

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