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Limoncello Berry Trifle Recipe

A Berry Trifle With a Boozy Secret

The following post was written by Danielle D., who blogs at Framed Frosting and is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.

 Limoncello Berry Mini Trifle

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

Serves 4


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


  1. Tear the pound cake into small pieces and layer in the bottom of each trifle dish.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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