Photo: Andrew McCaul; Food Styling: Jamie Kimm; Prop Styling: Gerri Williams
Prep Time
25 Mins
Cook Time
10 Mins
Chill Time
1 Hour
Serves 6

This classic layered dessert  features slices of pound cake brushed with strawberry jam, creamy custard and fresh strawberries. Once you have layered all the ingredients, just cover and chill until you're ready to serve.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a pan, combine milk and salt. Warm over medium heat until milk is just below a simmer. In a bowl, whisk together sugar, cornstarch and eggs until smooth.

Step 2

Whisking constantly, slowly pour 1/3 of milk into sugar mixture. Whisk mixture back into pan with remaining milk; return pan to medium heat. Cook, whisking constantly, until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes. Pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl; whisk in butter and vanilla. Cover with plastic, pressing it directly on surface of custard to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until completely cool, about 1 hour.

Step 3

When custard is cool, arrange cake slices on a work surface. Spread one side thinly with jam. Line bottom of a glass trifle dish with 1/3 of pound cake slices, jam side up. Top with 1/3 of strawberries, and drizzle with 1/3 of triple sec. Spread with 1/3 of custard. Repeat layering until you have used all cake, berries, custard and triple sec, ending with custard. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Ratings & Reviews

Big success at large family gathering

June 25, 2016
Took this to a big family luncheon, seconds were had by some folks, and there was no leftovers at all.  Easy to make.  I did change out the custard recipe here for the shortcut pudding recipe from Nutter Butter Banana Pudding custard ( to make that part even easier.  To balance it all out, the actual portions were the full recipe of the custard/pudding, a family size Sara Lee pound cake, 3 cups of strawberries, and 3 Tbsp of OJ.  I also added in a fat handful of blueberries for visual impact more than for flavor.

Alisa7's Review

August 01, 2011
Made it last Saturday for my family and will make it again for a bridal luncheon luncheon this week. Everyone loved it. I may make just a touch more custard. Wonderful for a special occasion.

OesiOesi's Review

July 16, 2011

NanaDiana's Review

September 10, 2011
Too much sugar, not a healthy recipe.