Desserts

Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Easter is just around the corner! Have you thought yet about what you’ll serve for Easter dinner? I’ve been tweaking my menu over the last few weeks and narrowing it down to what I want to make. I’ve discovered the perfect Easter dessert to serve to my family: Berry Cheesecake Trifle. It tastes so sweet and fresh. I think everyone is going to really love it.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

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Berry Cheesecake Trifle

I know I wanted to have an “easy” dessert. After slaving away in the kitchen prepping the main course and an array of sides, the last thing I want to do is spend hours making a dessert. I also wanted a dessert that would be large enough to feed a bigger group of people. I was inspired to create this Berry Cheesecake Trifle. It’s a no-bake dessert with layers of decadent flavours including fresh berries, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and a snack cake that has been making history for generations – Twinkies!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

This dessert is pretty fun to assemble. My 10 year old helped me put this one together. I caught her sneaking a few berries and a Twinkie though!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

I’ve enjoyed the Hostess brand of products for as long as I can remember. They’ve been around for almost 100 years! You’ve probably seen their products in the snack food aisle at your local grocery store. At our store, we have Hostess Twinkies and Cupcakes. Yum!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

When I think about Hostess, the first thing that comes to mind is the Twinkie. How could you not love this sweet golden cake with its rich creamy filling? My daughter likes to bring a Twinkie in her school lunch. They are great for a quick snack!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

Twinkies aren’t just for snacking though! Use them in your dessert recipes. Let your creative juices flow and create a dessert that your family will rave about. I decided to use my boxes of Twinkies to make a trifle for Easter. They are a great substitute for the traditional pound cake.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

The Twinkies cover the bottom of your trifle bowl. If you need to break a few in half to make it fit, then feel free to do so. I piled on the layer of sliced strawberries to cover the Twinkie layer.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

Then comes the creamy filling. I made the lemon flavoured cheesecake filling and spread it on top of the strawberries. Try to not eat right out of the bowl if you can. Trust me, it’s hard to NOT have a quick taste.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

The blackberries and blueberries go on next to cover your lemon cheesecake filling.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

Time for one more layer of Twinkies!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

To finish off the trifle, I topped it with the vanilla cheesecake filling and fresh raspberries. See what I mean about it being a dessert to feed a crowd? It has layers and layers of decadence!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

Yield: 8 to 10

Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

Ingredients:

  • 12 – 13 Twinkies
  • 1 package vanilla instant pudding
  • 1 package lemon instant pudding
  • 3 cups milk, divided
  • 1/3 cup blackberries
  • 3/4 cup raspberries
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 8 oz packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups whipped topping, divided

Directions:

  1. Layer 6 1/2 Twinkies at the bottom of a trifle bowl covering the entire bottom. Spread sliced strawberries evenly on top of Twinkies.
  2. In mixing bowl, beat one package of the cream cheese with a mixer until creamy. Continue mixing over medium low speed and add in 1 1/2 cups milk. Then add the lemon instant pudding mix and beat till fully mixed. Turn off mixer and stir in 1 cup whipped topping.
  3. Spoon the lemon cheesecake mixture on top of the strawberry layer in the trifle bowl.
  4. Spread blueberries and blackberries evenly over lemon cheesecake mixture.
  5. Layer the rest of the Twinkies on top of the blueberry/blackberry layer.
  6. In mixing bowl, beat the second package of the cream cheese with a mixer until creamy.
  7. Continue mixing over medium low speed and add in 1 1/2 cups milk. Then add the vanilla instant pudding mix and beat till fully mixed. Turn off mixer and stir in 1 cup whipped topping. Spoon the vanilla cheesecake mixture on top of the Twinkie layer in the trifle bowl.
  8. Top with raspberries.
Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

You’ll need a big serving spoon to dig through all the layers! You can also just serve it layer by layer too.

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle - Made with Twinkies, lemon and vanilla cheesecake filling and loads of fresh berries!

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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