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This was amazing! Granted, I cheated and did it all the easy way. I layed pound cake pieces, then instant vanilla pudding I made the night before (you gotta let it firm overnight or its just too runny), blueberry preserves mixed with fresh blueberries, store-bought whipped cream, and strawberry preserves. I had enough room to layer everything twice, and then just put a bunch of blueberries and drizzled more preserves on top. It was such a hit, everyone at the bbq ate it in under 20 minutes. I ran back home and made another one since I had enough for more. 2nd time I round I skipped the blueberries and just sprinkled graham cracker crumbs and shaved milk chocolate on top. Even better!
Oh my goodness!!!! My family doesn't know how close this dessert came to being eaten before the 4th of July celebration dinner! Soooo delicious . . . and beautiful, too!
I made this for our family's 4th of July cookout. I am not known for being a cook, so this was a big leap for me. I reduced the sugar and almond flavoring just as others suggested and it was a HUGE hit! Thanks for a recipe that is easy, tasty and pretty all at the same time.
This dessert is definitely a competitor for SUPREME RULER OF ALL DESSERTS IN DESSERT UNIVERSE. The only constructive comment I have is that I sub'd Lady Fingers for the cake and did not mix the cake in with the cream cheese mixture. The reason I did not include with the mixture is that I ate about 1/2 of the mixture before assembling the dessert. So, if you have more self-control, your dessert may look more like the picture.
Made this for a 4th of July party and it was a huge hit! I took the advice of many other reviewers and cut the granulated sugar on the fruit to 1/4 cup (rather than 3/4). I also cut the almond extract on the fruit...to 1 tsp. It gave the fruit just a hint of almond flavor and it wasn't overpowering. This is a great recipe and I'll make it again....before the next 4th of July!
This is a beautiful and delicious trifle. I wish I could give it 5 stars, but when I make it again I will reduce almond flavoring to 1T and sugar to 1/3C in the fruit mixture and reduce confectioners' sugar to 1 1/2 C. I will definitely make it again and thank you so much for posting this!
What a beautiful and delicious dessert! I used less sugar and I really don't think it sacrificed the flavor. Everyone was raving! This is much too good to have just once a year!
I also took everyone's advice and added less sugar. I used about 1 1/4 cups of confectioners sugar in the filling, and 1/4 cup with the fruit. I only used 2 tablespoons of almond extract in the fruit, and I still think that it was too much. I took it to work and everyone LOVED it, so it must just be me, but I'd rather taste the fruit than have it covered up with almond flavor. I think that next time, I'll only use half a tablespoon or so. But it was really pretty and relatively easy to make!
This recipe was easy to make and so delicious. I took the first few reviewers' advice and added more fruit and less sugar; I didn't sugar my berries at all and added only 1 cup to the cream cheese mixture and, believe me, we didn't miss it. For the top of the trifle, I made a large blueberry star and surrounded it with strawberry stripes. This one is going down as one of my all-time favorite desserts. The only draw-back is the cost: the berries alone were $11. But the taste was superb and worth it :)