Lemon Strawberry Trifle: gorgeous layers of creamy lemon pudding, vanilla wafers & fresh sliced strawberries combine to create one amazing fruity summer trifle!
It’s feeling like spring time here in Florida with the mountains of fresh strawberries we have!
I bought a few pounds of gorgeous strawberries last week at the farmers market and I knew I wanted to make a pudding trifle.
Like my previous pudding trifles (Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding and Mama’s Best Banana Pudding), this Lemon Strawberry Trifle is packed with goodness.
We start with
Then we have layers of vanilla wafers and fresh strawberries topped with all that creamy lemon pudding.
It’s so deliciously light and refreshing!
Florida’s prime strawberry season starts around the end of January and runs through mid March.
Every year I make sure and take prime opportunity of our fresh strawberry season and make some epic strawberry desserts.
When I came home with all those trays of strawberries, Jorge asked me what we could possibly make with all of them.
Don’t worry, I didn’t let any of them go to waste! We ate them plain, in smoothies, and we made three desserts.
The first was this Lemon Strawberry Trifle that we brought to a friends bbq.
Second, we made these Easy Strawberry Shortcake Donuts for Saturday breakfast. The girls thought they hit the lottery!
We used the remaining strawberries to make Jorge’s favorite Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes.
CREAMY LEMON PUDDING
Like the previous pudding trifles I have made, there is one very important secret ingredient you can not skip: Sweetened Condensed Milk.
It makes ALL the difference in the final flavor and texture of this trifle. It’s 100% necessary!
To keep the recipe easy, we use a store bought instant lemon pudding mix. We add milk and the sweetened condescend milk and let it sit for a few minutes.
Then we fold in some fresh homemade whipped cream until it’s so light and creamy. The texture is amazing!
GET THE LOOK
If you want your trifle to look like this one in the photos, the key is how you place the strawberries.
Make sure and slice your strawberries in the exact same style, just like you see in the photo above.
Save the end slices to fill in the middle, but save the pretty center slices.
Then as you go layer by layer, make sure and arrange a line of strawberries pressed against the glass on the edges.
Fill the center with additional strawberries, sliced/chopped anyway you please.
To finish it off, I like to add additional fresh strawberries, whipped cream, lemon zest and a few springs of mint.
This is only for looks, it’s not necessary! Other ideas are just whipped cream and strawberries.
Or you can crush some vanilla wafers to sprinkle on top. It’s totally up to you!
You want to make your Lemon Strawberry Trifle at least 2 hours before you are ready to serve it.
You want to give the vanilla wafers time to soften and the strawberries to soak up some of the lemon pudding flavor.
This Lemon Strawberry Trifle is an amazing make ahead dessert for a party and it travels well too!
You can make the trifle up to 24 hours ahead and store it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.
I can’t wait to hear your reviews, I can tell you at our party — there wasn’t a bite leftover!