how to make strawberry dessert cups

How to make strawberry dessert cups: These easy-to-make cups are filled with a creamy and sweet filling, topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

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How to make strawberry dessert cups

Strawberry Shortcake Trifles — All the flavors of the classic strawberry shortcake but with a soft cake layer instead of biscuit, and served in individual cups for a fun party or after dinner treat!

Strawberry Shortcake Trifles on wood serving board

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Individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifles

Strawberry Shortcake Trifles made with six layers of utter bliss! In these mini dessert cups, you get a sweet vanilla cake alternating with layers of fresh, juicy strawberries and rich, fluffy whipped cream.

Let me tell you though, these mini strawberry trifle cups are dangerous! I’m generally pretty good and putting limits on myself since I have so many desserts around here all the time — but not with these.

Goodbye self-restraint, hellooo strawberry shortcake trifles! These would be perfect for a shower or for Mother’s Day, or of course they are perfect just to treat yourself because it’s the weekend! Dessert on the weekend is a must, right?

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle Ingredients

For the shortcake layer, you’ll need:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Cornstarch
  • Salt
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Unsalted butter
  • Granulated sugar
  • Lemon zest
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sour cream

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For the strawberry layer, you’ll need:

  • Fresh strawberries
  • Granulated sugar

And for the whipped cream layer, you’ll need:

  • Heavy cream
  • Cream cheese
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract

individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifles garnished with fresh strawberries

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Trifles

  • Make the cake batter. Spread into greased and floured pan and bake.

spreading cake batter into pan

  • Cut cooled cake into rounds that will fit into the cups you’ll be serving in.

cutting cake with biscuit cutter in pan

  • Make the cream cheese topping.

whipped cream in two mixing bowls next to electric mixer

  • Make the strawberry mixture.

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diced strawberries for strawberry shortcake trifles in glass bowl with spoon

  • Assemble trifles by layering cake strawberries and cream, two times each.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifles

What Size Are the Jars You Used?

For these individual strawberry shortcake trifle cups, I used 8-oz glass jars. But you can use any size jar you have on hand!

Can I Make These in Advance?

You can make the cake one to two days ahead of time (if it gets a little dry, don’t worry! The whipped cream and fresh strawberries will moisten the cake again).

However, I’d wait to assemble the strawberry trifles until the day of, otherwise they’ll become soggy.

Tips for the Best Strawberry Shortcake Trifles

  • If you don’t have a cookie or biscuit cutter, simply cut out the cake layers with the top of the jar.
  • Frozen strawberries can’t be used in this recipe. They’re too soggy and the flavor isn’t as good!
  • For a less sweet treat, scale back on the amount of sugar in the whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifles in wooden tray with spoons

More Strawberry Dessert Recipes You’ll Love:

  • Classic Strawberry Shortcake
  • Fresh Strawberry Cake
  • Strawberry Cupcakes
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crisp
  • Angel Food Cake French Toast with Fresh Strawberry Syrup
  • Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes
  • Strawberry Rhubarb Crumb Bars

close up of individual Strawberry Shortcake Trifle garnished with whole strawberry

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