Fluffy chocolatey red velvet cake, fresh juicy raspberries, creamy cream cheese yogurt filling with a hint of lemon. This red velvet raspberry trifle (or make individual parfaits!) is our family favorite for years. It's perfect for kids, adults, parties, holidays BBQ's. Easy to throw together and looks amazing.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PARFAIT AND A TRIFLE
Both trifles and parfaits are a layered dessert, usually made with cake, fruit, and a creamy filling. The difference is that parfaits are a served individual containers while a trifle is served in a large bowl.
WHAT DO YOU NEED TO MAKE RED VELVET RASPBERRY TRIFLE
- red velvet cake mix
- fresh raspberries
INGREDIENTS FOR THE CREAM CHEESE FILLING
- powder sugar
- vanilla greek yogurt
- lemon zest
- cream cheese
WHAT RED VELVET CAKE DO I USE?
You can make a homemade red velvet cake or use a store bought cake mix. Bake your cake and cut into 1 inch by 1 inch squares.
STEPS TO MAKING CREAM CHEESE FILLING FOR PARFAITS
- Take your room temperature cream cheese and beat fluffy with electric beaters.
- Beat in your vanilla greek yogurt
- Lemon zest
- Beat in your powder sugar
- Set aside
HOW DO I DECIDE HOW MANY LAYERS TO MAKE?
Before you start stuffing your bowl or cups you will want to decide how many layers you will want to make. Then divide the cake up into that many sections. And even divide your cream cheese filling into sections. This will help ensure you have even layers and enough. (I prefer about 3 layers, sometimes 4)
HOW TO LAYER YOUR PARFAITS OR YOUR TIFLE
Start with your cake. Then add:
- cream cheese
- fresh raspberries
- more cake
HOW TO FINISH AND TOP YOUR RASPBERRY TRIFLE
To end the trifle top with your final later of cake and cream cheese filling. I love to add a few fresh raspberries (you can add blueberries and black berries too!) and some lemon zest or lemon wedges.
Make this and keep it in the fridge about 30 min before serving. This will help the creamy filling to soak into the cake.
HOW TO I STORE A RASPBERRY TRIFLE OR PARFAIT?
If you make your trifle in a container with an air tight lid then keep it in that with the lid on, in the refrigerator. If dont have it made in an airtight container use plastic wrap to keep it air tight. This will keep the cake from drying out. Store in the fridge.
CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD?
YES! you can make it up to 24 hours ahead of time!
HOW LONG DO PARFAITS LAST?
They last a week if kept airtight container and in the fridge.
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- 1 red velvet cake mix
- 2 pint fresh raspberries
Cream Cheese Filling
- 2 cups vanilla yogurt
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 16 ounces packages cream cheese- room temp
- 1 cup powder sugar
- Cook cake according to directions
- in a separate bowl beat cream cheese until creamy and then add zest, yogurt, and powder sugar.
- When cake is completely cooled, cut into 1 inch squares and layer into trifle bowl with the cream mix.
- Cover and let chill for at least an hour.
- top with raspberries and more lemon zest for presentation.
Emily Kemp says
I love trifle, definitely need to try this summery one!
I'm a big fan of the lemon-raspberry combination, and this IS delicious! :)