Happy Independence Day everyone! I hope you’re all doing something to celebrate with your family and friends. There are about 6 billion Fourth of July recipes taking over Pinterest right now so I’m going to throw one of my own in. Because I’m predictable like that. I present to you: mini cherry cheesecake trifles.
When I thought about my Fourth of July dessert I knew I wanted it to:
- Be super quick and easy
- Look American(obviously)
- Include cherries (because I’m all strawberried out right now)
The first time I made this recipe I was worried it was going to be kind of “meh” but I was pleasantly surprised with how it turned out! It’s a little bit different from a traditional trifle because the cream cheese filling is a little bit more rich and creamy than a pudding or whipped cream and the pie filling is a bit sweeter than fresh fruit (though any sort of fresh fruit would be a great substitute!) I also used white cake instead of angel food cake. I found that the cake needed a bit more weight to hold up the cream cheese and cherries.
In the recipe I call for a white cake mix but feel free to use a yellow cake mix (it just won’t be white obviously) or make a white cake from scratch. This recipe from Goodie Godmother is a good one if you’re looking to make it from scratch. If you really want to make it easy just buy a pound cake from the bakery at your grocery store and call it good! Sometimes you need a really quick, no-bake dessert.
The cheesecake filling in these trifles is just cream cheese, powdered sugar, and whipped topping (aka: cool whip). I use this combo in a lot of my recipes (like my no-bake mango cheesecake). It’s simple, creamy, and really light and fluffy. It’s tried and true and my go-to for everything cheesecake.
I chose to put the trifles in little mason jars (I like this size here) because they are easy to serve, fairly inexpensive, and you are able to close them with a lid. This way if you are serving the trifles outdoors or in the heat you can display them in a bucket with ice to keep them cold and keep the bugs out. So cute right?
Have a happy Fourth!