Miniature Cheesecake Trifles [Tutorial]

I love cheesecake.  And I tend to think, if you can make a dessert cheesecake, you should.  Hence, these trifles!
Since I make cakes all the time, I always have cake scraps leftover from trimming the cakes.  So, finding ways to use them is always on my agenda.  Sometimes, I put them to use making cake pops, and other times… Well they sit in my freezer until just such an occasion as these trifles comes up.  😀  I love being able to put them to good use.
Now, you may not be the type to have cake scraps laying around… in which case, you can just bake a cake and cut it into thin (or thick) layers, like I have done in these pictures.  
Or, If you *are* the type to have bits of cake laying around, search no more!  For here is the perfect way to use them. 
Miniature Cheesecake Trifles
Makes about 4 trifles
Ingredients:
Cake scraps, any kind
Whipped cream (1 c. heavy whipping cream, whipped with 1/4 c. icing sugar and 1/2 tsp vanilla)
Cheesecake filling
Assorted fresh fruit
4 Clear glass serving dishes

Cut the cake into thin pieces; set aside.  Whip the cream with sugar and vanilla; set aside.  Wash and chop the fruit; again, set aside.  Make the cheesecake filling.
Cheesecake Filling
Ingredients:
1 8-oz brick cream cheese, softened
1/3 c. icing sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 c. whipping cream
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until smooth.  Add the sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth again.  Add cream and whip until thick and white.
 

To assemble the trifles, start with a layer of cake in the base of your trifle dish.

Over that, spoon a generous layer of cheesecake filling (about 1/4 of the amount made for this recipe).

Top the cheesecake with a layer of fruit.  Then top with another layer of cake.

 Generously spread a layer of homemade whipped cream on top, to cover.

 

Top with fresh fruit. 

Garnish with a strawberry flower (optional).  Hehe, I was on this kick for a few days of wanting to keep the strawberry stems as “flowers” to garnish everything… The only problem with that is that they don’t last…  If you add them just before serving, however, they are lovely.  I think, anyway.  🙂

 

Ta da!  Repeat with the other dishes and refrigerate until serving.  And then… Have at ’em.  🙂  These are best eaten the day they are assembled.

 

Now of course, feel free to use your imagination.  Here are some other ideas of stuff to layer into trifles…
 – German Chocolate Cake Filling
 – Chocolate or Vanilla Pudding
 – Cherry or raspberry pie filling
 – Chocolate chips
 – Skor bits
 – Caramel 
 – Peanut butter cups
 – Marshmallow and pretzel bits
 – Chopped nuts
 – Lemon curd
What would the layers be in your perfect trifle?
Bye for now,
–Naomi

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