lemon berry doughnut trifles

Lemon Berry Doughnut Trifles-9899Let me introduce you to my second Doughnut Week contribution: Lemon Berry Doughnut Trifles! Ok, I admit that I may have gone off the beaten path with this recipes, especially considering the fact that it uses store bought doughnuts. But, if you’re like me (which if you’re here, I assume we have at least a few things in common) you sometimes want a dessert recipe that can be assembled in a short amount of time, but that’s still special, a touch fancy and oh so scrumptious. Well, if any of that sounds good to you, then put these Lemon Berry Doughnut Trifles on your short list.

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After Monday’s round of doughnutty goodness, for which I contributed my Chai Spiced Dougnut Muffins, I’m taking a little help from the store and playing around with trifles. I can’t seem to even think the word ‘trifle’ without saying in my head ‘beef sautéed with peas and onions’ and if your’e a fellow Friends fanatic – you know what I’m talking about.

Anyway, for these individual trifles, I wanted something bright and fruity, which was somewhat surprising because I typically lean toward rich, chocolatey treats. But then again, I’m all over anything with lemon.  I’m a lemon lover, after all.  By the way, did you see yesterday’s Meyer Lemon Scones? Ugh, so good!

I’m definitely on pastry overload this week. Go big or go home, amiright?

Unfortunately, my jeans don’t agree with that sentiment.

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These little trifles were quick and simple to put together, with mini doughnuts, whipped topping, lemon curd and raspberries. In fact, my kiddos actually did all the heavy lifting. It’s fun having recipes that they can very easily help out with, and layering ingredients into a cup or mason jar is right up a preschooler’s alley.

And then they inhaled them. It may have been that the kids made the trifles themselves or the fact that I was letting them eat doughnuts before lunch, but I like to think it was because the trifles simply tasted delightful. Delightful, indeed.

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Happy Wednesday!

Lemon Berry Doughnut Trifle Recipe

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes


1 cup of thawed whipped topping, divided
1/2 cup of lemon curd (homemade or store bought), room temperature
8 mini doughnuts (I used powdered sugar, but chocolate would be delicious, too!)
1/2 pint of fresh raspberries


In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup of whipped topping and lemon curd until completely combined. Gather the rest of your ingredients to form an assembly line.

Place one mini doughnut in the bottom of 4 mason jars. Top each doughnut with a scoop of the lemon curd mixture. Place about 5 raspberries on top of the lemon curd and add a spoonful of whipped topping. Repeat this layering one more time and top with one more raspberry. Eat, repeat and enjoy!


I used my favorite vintage glasses for these, but they also fit perfectly into 1/2 pint mason jars. The nice thing about making them in mason jars is that you can make them ahead of time, pop the lid on and stick them in your fridge until you're ready to serve!
January 15th, 2014

17 Responses to “lemon berry doughnut trifles”

  1. kita — January 15, 2014 @ 8:24 am (#)

    I love how simple and fun this recipe is! Great for entertaining 😀

  2. Haley @ The Girly Girl Cooks — January 15, 2014 @ 10:12 am (#)

    I love your twist on doughnut week! What a lovely trifle!

  3. Megan {Country Cleaver} — January 15, 2014 @ 11:43 am (#)

    What a BRILLIANT way to enjoy doughnuts!! I love this!

  4. Carrie @ Bakeaholic Mama — January 15, 2014 @ 11:59 am (#)

    Love simple desserts like this. And it’s so gorgeous!!

  5. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — January 15, 2014 @ 12:08 pm (#)

    Um, a doughnut is a doughnut no matter how you powder it! Simply stunning!

  6. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor — January 15, 2014 @ 12:25 pm (#)

    I need this trifle!!! I have tons of lemons to still use and this seems like the perfect way to use them.

  7. Betsy @ Desserts Required — January 15, 2014 @ 6:30 pm (#)

    What a lovely, easy, delicious recipe. Truly, the perfect combination!!

  8. Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 15, 2014 @ 8:14 pm (#)

    Love these! And trifles always remind me of that scene too. I miss that show.

  9. Nutmeg Nanny — January 15, 2014 @ 11:25 pm (#)

    Emily this is beautiful! I have to laugh because I made the same Friends reference in my FB sharing post…haha. I cannot hear the work trifle without thinking of Rachel.

    • Emily — January 21, 2014 @ 11:08 pm (#)

      I will forever think in Friends quotes. It’s a serious sickness 😉

  10. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps — January 16, 2014 @ 12:42 am (#)

    My husband is seriously obsessed with those powdered donuts from the grocery store. There’s absolutely no shame in using a little shortcut in dessert making, and actually, for me, it’s almost always a requirement. Gorgeous.

    • Emily — January 21, 2014 @ 11:09 pm (#)

      Thanks so much, Nicole!

  11. dina — January 17, 2014 @ 6:41 pm (#)

    i love doughnuts. this sounds yummy!

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