This Summer, I tried my hand at making homemade limoncello and it was delicious. Now today I'm making a fabulous dessert using limoncello as an ingredient. This trifle is colorful and is packed with an incredible lemon flavor. These limoncello mini trifles are perfect for any Summer occasion — whether it be a backyard barbecue or a simple dining and entertaining night with friends.
This would also be a great dessert to serve after dinner with the kids — just use lemonade instead of limoncello to make it kid-friendly. You can also make this sweeter for the kids by using cream cheese instead of mascarpone cheese. I should also mention that although mascarpone cheese is an Italian speciality, you should be able to find it in the deli/specialty cheese area of your local grocery store.
Limoncello Berry Mini Trifle
Store-bought pound cake
2 cups strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 cup homemade limoncello
1 cup mascarpone cheese
1/3 cup lemon curd
1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Tear the pound cake into small pieces and layer in the bottom of each trifle dish.
- Wash and slice strawberries and place them in a bowl with washed blueberries and raspberries. Sprinkle with granulated sugar and pour limoncello over top; set aside to macerate for 10-15 minutes.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, add mascarpone cheese and lemon curd. Mix until smooth and combined, then add heavy whipping cream. Beat until shiny and soft peaks form.
- Strain excess liquid from berries and then begin layering each trifle dish with filling and berries. Continue layering cake, filling, and berries until each trifle dish is full. Garnish with a lemon slice.
Notes: To make this dessert non-alcoholic, use lemonade instead of limoncello. You can also make this sweeter by using cream cheese instead of mascarpone cheese.