Strawberry Muffin Cheesecake Trifles

These easy Strawberry Cheese Cake Trifles start with a strawberry muffin mix, that are layered with a cheesecake-whipped cream filling, and topped with macerated strawberries.

Today I have an easy last minute dessert to share with y'all. Last weekend was gorgeous outside, so we grilled out like we always do when the weather's nice. I'm trying to enjoy the nice temps while I can, because it won't be long and the hot Texas heat will be here. 

In usual fashion when dinner's over my family asks the same question........... what's for dessert? I always make a dessert on the weekends, but this particular day I really didn't have anything planned. I thought we could just whip up some simple strawberry shortcakes, but we just had those the week before.

So keeping with the strawberry theme I poked around in my pantry and decided to change things up a bit and make these Strawberry Muffin Cheesecake Trifles! I had a variety of pudding mixes and fresh cream on hand, so all I needed was the cake base.

I didn't have any pound cake, so I quickly baked up two strawberry cheesecake muffin mixes and just like that I had everything I needed to pull this dessert together in no time. 
I have to admit this recipe was super simple to make and the perfect sweet ending to our meal.

Everyone loved having their very own individual dessert. If strawberries aren't your thing, you can substitute a blueberry muffin mix and fresh blueberries for blueberry trifles, or use a Wild Berry muffin mix and use a variety of fresh berries for wild berry trifles. I don't think you can go wrong either way. 

Today's post is my last post for the Martha White "What's in your Pantry Series. I had so much fun coming up with recipes using Martha White Muffin Mixes and pantry staples I had on hand. I'm always surprised at what I can come up with especially when I'm pressed for time.

There are so many recipe possibilities using these yummy little mixes. A few examples are, cookies, coffee cakes, waffles, pancakes, cobblers, cheesecakes, and more. I always keep a variety of muffin mixes on hand because you never know when you'll need a quick last minute dessert. Lets get started with the step-by-step. 

These are the ingredients you'll need: Two packages Martha White Strawberry Cheesecake Muffin Mix, one cup milk, one package cheesecake pudding mix (sugar free or regular) + additional milk to made pudding, fresh strawberries, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, heavy whipping cream, and 2 tablespoons powdered sugar.  

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large bowl using a whisk or rubber spatula lightly mix the muffin mixes together with the milk ( batter will be lumpy), so don't over mix. Add the prepared batter into a 12 cup muffin pan that has been lightly sprayed with non stick spray. Fill muffin cups 2/3 full with batter.

Bake  13-17 minutes or until the muffins are lightly browned and cooked through. Cool muffins in pan 2-3 minutes before removing to a baking rack to cool completely. While the muffins are cooling sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar over the sliced and quartered strawberries, toss, and set aside to macerate

In a large bowl prepare the cheesecake pudding according to package directions for pudding and set aside. In a separate bowl pour in 2 cups heavy cream and whip until soft peaks form. Set one cup of fresh cream aside and add 2 tablespoon of powdered sugar. Mix to combine and store in the refrigerator to use for garnish on each trifle. Add the remaining heavy cream to the prepared pudding and lightly fold until mixed. Tear or cut the cooled muffins into 1/2 inch pieces.  

To assemble the trifles, layer the strawberry muffins with the cheesecake pudding mixture, and macerated strawberries in each half pint mason jar. Top with a dollop of fresh whipping cream and refrigerate trifles until ready to serve. 


For more pantry challenge recipes using muffin mixes check out my previous recipes for this Apple Cider Coffee Cake - made with a apple cider muffin mix,  and this yummy Cranberry - Orange Pecan Biscotti - made with a cranberry-orange muffin mix. 

For more Strawberry goodness stop by The Country Cook and check out my friend Brandie's recipe for Strawberry Muffin Mix Waffles W/Cream. Yum!


These look so simple and delicious! Thanks for the recipe!
Jenn said…
I bet these taste amazing!!! So pretty too:)
Tina Butler said…
They were so easy and so delicious. I was amazed at how beautiful they turned out and this recipe literally took no time to make.
You are a creative genius (but I already knew that=). What a great last minute it! Pinning!
In Good Flavor said…
These are adorable and a great portable summer treat!
Hi Tina! I just found out about your blog and already falling all over your cheesecake! Yummy!! This is a great recipe to get some help from kids. Letting them to crumple the cake and try not to taste it. :P
Anonymous said…
I agree; they sure DO look amazing & delicious !
Dagmar Bernitt said…
Hi Tina, thanks for this gorgeous looking spring receipe. Unfortunately, living in France, I cannot buy the ingredients you are using and have to find out how to do myself. Muffin is not the problem but the cheesecake jell'o is. Do you think I can use a homemade cheesecake filling and just make it set with some gelatine? Any advice will be highly appreciated. Have a nice day. Greeting from Paris, Dagmar
Masshole Mommy said…
This is a great summer dessert idea. These would be a huge hit around my house.
Alli Smith said…
You have taken strawberry muffins to a whole new level! I love the beauty of this dessert - perfect for spring!
Alli Smith said…
You've taken strawberry muffins to a whole new level. This dessert looks so pretty and tasty. I'm looking forward to trying this one. Yum!
I love cheesecake and strawberry is one of my favorite types. I haven't seen this cheesecake muffin mix in my area yet.
Maureen said…
That looks delicious and perfect to enjoy on such a nice weather. I love cheesecake so this is something I think I could make too.
I always visit your page because I love the recipes you post. This strawbeery muffin cheesecake truffles is going to be perfect for our Easter dessert!
I just can't stop staring at your trifles. Oh my goodness, they look so yummy! I am going to try and make some myself, so wish me luck that mine would look that good! Or at least taste as yummy as yours!
Franc said…
I love strawberries. The Strawberry Muffin Cheesecake Trifles looks really tasty. I always have the sweet with a tinge of sourness in strawberries.
tiarastantrums said…
These look so cute and fun this would be such a cute little dessert to pack on a picnic this spring. I love something that is easy to assemble and delicious to eat
Unknown said…
I love Martha White baking mixes. We made minimuffins with the blueberry mix Saturday. I have got to try your recipe. Strawberries and cheesecake is the best flavor combination.
Anonymous said…
These trifles look and sound so amazing. I would love to try this recipe for sure. I love strawberries!
The Strawberry Cheese Cake Trifles look soooo good! I love that you use muffin mix and will have to give it a try. I've always used a sponge cake, but the muffin mix sounds better! :)
Dad of Divas said…
This looks amazing and also looks super easy to make too. If this tastes as good as you say and as good as it looks I need to make this ASAP!
Kiwi said…
Looks absolutely amazing. I bet its even better in these mini mason jars!!!
Danik said…
For me, there is too much strawberries in this (not a keen fan of them) but would love to squash them down and add it to the rest. :)
Unknown said…
Awesome use of strawberries during Spring! It would be nice to make this for the family especially for Easter. I'd love to try different fruits as well! I'm sure it's going to taste amazing with blueberries and other kinds of berries!
Oh wow! These is my family's kindof dessert/snack! This wouldn't last a dayy in our home.
Jaime Nicole said…
Desserts that incorporate strawberries are my fave in spring and summer! I will definitely be trying this one!