Individual Berry Trifles!

layers of vanilla pound cake, fresh berries, lemon pudding & whipped cream!

Hello, sweet friends! I hope you are all well!

As you know, Mother’s day is right around the corner, and I’ve been thinking a LOT about mine lately.

This pandemic has been hard for all of us, it’s true. But I think it’s especially hard for those ‘older’ folks.

Since my mom just turned 80 and has some health issues, she’s been in self-isolation for over a month now. She doesn’t have internet so we all try to call or stop by daily or every other day to deliver groceries, or just visit. But it’s still not the same. Because I just know she could use a hug, and it breaks my heart that I can’t give her something as simple as that.

Yes, it’s heartbreaking for sure, but we have to make the best of it, don’t we?

So I’m planning some fun surprises for her special day and the first one involves this decadent and oh so delicious berry trifle!

It has layers and layers of yumminess and all of them our mom’s favorites!

The first layer is this moist vanilla pound cake. I use the same recipe has my lemon pound cake, except I switch out one or two of the ingredients. I also make it in two bread loaf pans instead of a bundt pan. Next comes these sweet and juicy berries! None of them are in season here yet, so they were a bit spendy but SO worth it! YUM!

I think this just might be mom’s favorite layer. Lemon Pudding. I’m using store-bought because it’s what she prefers but I’ve also used homemade Lemon Curd or Lemon custard when I make it for Michael and me.

Putting it all together

First I like to cut up the pound cake into bite-sized pieces.

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Then just start layering! I’ll use these pretty glasses to ‘fancy’ things up for mom, but when it’s just the two of us, I use simple mason or canning jars.

This recipe makes six individual trifles. Which is fine because that means leftovers for us!

Here’s the full recipe!

Individual Berry Trifles

Layers of vanilla pound cake, lemon pudding, fresh berries and whipped cream

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword berries, dessert, lemon, trifle
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings 6


For Pound Cake

  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 cup butter softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk ***
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

Remaining ingredients

  • 1 3.4 oz box lemon pudding
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup strawberries quartered
  • 1 pint heavy whipped cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Grease two 9"x5" loaf pans. To bake pound cake: Cream together butter and sugar in large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Add in the eggs. Beat until incorporated. Add in the vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to egg mixture. Mix until just incorporated. DO NOT OVERBEAT. Pour half of the cake batter into each loaf pan. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Meanwhile, combine pudding mix and milk in a large mixing bowl or stand mixer. Beat until pudding it begins to thicken. Cover and place in refrigerator for at least 5-10 minutes to set. Add the whipping cream to a cold mixing bowl and beat until stiff peaks appear. When pound cake is cool, cut one loaf into bite-sized cubes. Place three-four cubes into the bottom of a mason jar, canning jar, or dessert glass. Top with a few raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries (each). Then spoon in pudding to cover berries. Then a layer of whipping cream. Repeat until jar or glass is full, making sure to top with whipped cream and a few berries. Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Recipe Notes

**Substitute for 3/4 cup buttermilk= 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice+ milk to fill measuring to 3/4 cup.

These individual trifles are perfect for Mother’s day or any day of the week!

How long do the trifles last?

Cover the trifles and they will keep for 3 days. They actually last longer but I can’t guarantee they won’t be soggy!

what if I don’t have all of the ingredients?

The way things are right now, that’s a very good possibility. No problem. The pound cake has basic pantry items, but if you prefer, use vanilla wafer cookies, a white cake mix, or even an angel food cake! No lemon pudding? No problem. You could use vanilla or make my lemon curd. You can even make your own pudding. It’s quite simple!

I hope you enjoyed today’s recipe-Individual Berry Trifles!

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Stay Well!

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8 thoughts on “Individual Berry Trifles!”

  1. This looks amazing Christine! I’ve been craving pound cake so bad so I’m excited to try your recipe. I love how fancy this looks without a lot of extra fuss. My family is going to love this! Thank you for the recipe, hugs, CoCo

    1. Thank you so much, CoCo! I too have been craving pound cake and this is such a simple recipe, and yet you can ‘wow’ it up as much as you want! I hope you enjoy it!

  2. Christine,

    Another great recipe! It makes me sad to think about older folks. It’s hard, my dad’s birthday was this week and we couldn’t see him, which never happens.

    NJ is shutdown except for essentials. He’s 85 and I love cooking a special dinner and making whatever he wants for his birthday dessert.

    I usually host Mother’s day for my stepmom. That day is tough enough not having my mom as it is and now not being able to share it with my stepmom is hard.

    Apologies for being a downer with this comment.

    Thanks for always sharing amazing recipes to add to my collection ❤


    1. Thank you, Cindy, and no apologies necessary. These are very difficult times and I’m so sorry you couldn’t spend time with your dad on his birthday. I too struggled with my mom’s. Having to talk to her from the window was heartbreaking. Sending a virtual hug, my friend. We could all use one right now. Have a blessed day. And thanks again for stopping by.

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