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Berry Meringue Trifle

This delicious berry meringue trifle is the perfect spring or summer dessert recipe.  Light and tasty, and easy to whip up for a summer picnic or BBQ.

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword berry recipes, summer dessert recipes, trifle
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 6 people



  • 1 box vanilla cake mix {Will also need ingredients to prepare cake that are listed on the box}
  • 8-9 drops red food coloring

Mascarpone Filling

  • 2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Berry Topping

  • 2 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 2 cups raspberries
  • extra berries for garnish
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 4-inch store-bought meringues {You can also use about 12 small meringue cookies}


For Cake

  1. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the packaging.  Add 8-9 drops of red food coloring and stir.  Pour cake mix into a 9x12 cake pan and bake according to the package directions.  Allow to cool.  

For Mascarpone Filling

  1. Beat together the mascarpone, icing sugar, whipping cream, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.  Set aside.

For Berry Mixture

  1. Combine the berries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium bowl. Lightly smash the berries with a fork to release the juices.

To Assemble the Trifles

  1. Cut up the cake into small bite-sized cubes.  

  2. Break the meringues into small pieces.

  3. Add some cake pieces to the bottom of a mason jar.  Add a couple of spoonfuls {approximately 1/3rd cup} of the mascarpone filling followed by a small handful of the meringue pieces and then the berries {approximately 1/4-1/3 cup}.  Repeat the layering until you reach the top of the jar.  Top with a small dollop of the mascarpone mixture and garnish with fresh berries.