Strawberries+Cream Fudge Brownie Trifle - FOOD PHOTO SHOOT

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Happy weekend my peeps, and it couldn’t have come at a better time I think.

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Any fun plans? My schedule will probably involve lots of packing and planning for San Diego. It wasn’t part of the original trip plans but it looks like I’ll be in Cali for Valentine’s Day this year. Ironically I was in London for this past Halloween so maybe I’m starting a bit of a self-trend to be abroad during holidays.

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Hey, that’s totally fine with me for any holiday with the possible exception of Christmas (because you guys know I’m a Christmas freak and I couldn’t imagine not being home for the holidays) I’ll gladly take traveling over being at home. Hmmm, where might I be for Easter! Who can say?

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Ok, but travel talk aside, let’s talk about this dessert.

As you can probably imagine, I typically end up with more than a few leftovers from all my recipe testing successes and fails (yes that happens to me too). Anyway, I’ve always had a pet-peeve with wastefulness, but living in a foreign country strengthened that feeling because things were harder to get there so when it got wasted it was much more noticeable. However, I think no matter where you are, it’s a good thing to always try to reduce waste when it’s possible (and no, I’m not about to go all “save the planet” on you). Just good habits to live by.

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That’s why one of my favorite things to make behind the scenes of blogging are delicious treats made up of different layers of whatever I’ve got at the time. Typically I’ll use things like fruit, crumbs from baked goods, and yogurt and/or whipped cream. This is definitely not an original concept either. There are quite a few different versions of this type of treat like the traditional English desserts, eton mess, strawberry fool, and yes, trifles.

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In my house I’ll normally just call it a parfait because that’s what’s familiar, but I find it pretty hilarious when I serve it in a trifle dish and so many people in my family think this is called a “truffle” despite my continuous corrections. My point is that these desserts all have the same thing in common. Layers of different flavors and textures coming together to create something delicious, and really I could have just been describing a cake. See, not so different. The key is to making it look delicious, because come on, we all eat with our eyes on some level right?

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So I can’t exactly name a date, but I know I’ve wanted a trifle dish from the early days of food blogging. Actually, I’ve wanted one for much longer probably. The first few years after I started sharing recipes I searched everywhere I could when I was prop shopping in Chile to find one, but no luck. It was just a few weeks ago that I stumbled across one and got so excited and just had to buy it. It’s just so much more fun to serve this dessert in a beautiful dish this way.

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And yes, clearly I created this recipe with Valentine’s Day in mind because nothing says romance quite like strawberries and chocolate, right? I chose to do brownies for this particular recipe because I just thought it was a little more fitting for the season, but come Summertime I’ll be layering all the berries with light and fluffy sponge cakes, I’m sure.

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Strawberries+Cream Fudge Brownie Trifle


Whipped Cream:

2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup granular sugar

Cream Layer:

6 ounces cream cheese, softened
2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 box prepared brownie mix or recipe follows
1 pound fresh strawberries, stemmed and slices (save a few with leaves for top)
heart shaped chocolates for top (optional)


1 1/4 cups sugar
10 tablespoons (1 stick + 2 tablespoons) butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon instant espresso powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup chocolate chunks


Whipped Cream:

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with whisk attachment, beat whipping cream until it forms soft peaks. Reduce speed to low and pour in the sugar. Beat on high until it forms stiff peaks. Scrape the whipped cream into a separate bowl and set aside.

Cream Cheese Layer:

Add the cream cheese to mixing bowl and beat until completely smooth. Add the 1/4 cup sugar and Greek yogurt and continue beating until smooth.Mix in vanilla, then fold in about 3 cups of the whipped cream, reserving the rest.

Assembling the Trifle:

Cut the prepared brownies into small cubes and place a layer of them in a trifle dish or individual jars. Next layer the fresh strawberries, cream cheese mixture, and remaining whipped cream in repeating layers until the dish or jars are full. Top with additional whipped cream and if desired add some whole strawberries and chocolates to garnish.
If not serving immediately, cover and place in fridge to chill.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (180 C) and grease and 8x8 inch square pan with oil.
In a small saucepan set over low heat, slowly melt the butter with sugar and cocoa powder while whisking. Once melted, remove from heat and scrape into a medium bowl then stir in espresso powder, salt, and vanilla until combined. Add the eggs and stir just until mixed, then the flour and stir in until smooth.
Pour the batter into prepared pan and sprinkle chocolate chips over the batter evenly. Bake the brownies for 18 - 24 minutes until the center doesn't jiggle when the pan is nudged (you can also check center with a toothpick and see if it comes out clean). Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes before cutting.

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That looks absolutely delicious!

thanks so much for commenting @bobbysteem

Oh. My. Gosh. That looks so mouth watering. Can't you come over and make that one for me.. Like 1000 times? I probably get fat, but #Worthit!

wow, this looks so totally awesome. You know I love strawberries

Beautiful .. Real creativity
Amazing Photos
Thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

It looks so delicious....

Oh, I really like it, eat it with pleasure!

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Wowowowo!! Feed me! This looks insane! I’d eat the whole thing in just a few seconds.

On a completely different note:
I love sweet potatoes. Let me know when you make something out of sweet potatoe!!
My favorite SP dish is a pizza where the crust is just sweet potatoe, egg and oats! Sounds weird, but it’s honestly the best pizza in the word!

well, that is amazing inspiration, I will see what I can do. I'll definitely keep you posted on that.

And, I am thrilled you liked this dish!! We'll be talking soon

This looks very beautiful and yummy. I might try your recipe in the summer time when there is strawberry season ;)
Nice photos by the way. I was interested in food photography some time ago and it was one of the reasons why I purchased camera. It needs lot of time, skills and patience, I think it is once of the hardest photography genres

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look like delicious

ohhh my God,,,, It's looking super, tasty delicious... I like strawberry too much.

I'm not sure you can like strawberry too much, but I will keep trying. thanks @sujanbarua1

very tasty article, I want to try ...

People knowing about your Strawberries by reading this post.creative writing about Strawberries . Go ahead.Good luck.thanks

That's awesome. Thanks @ozyriusz!

Great Strawberries and Cream Fudge Brownie Trifle foodphotography post!!!!!specially reflection is so nice,,and I also loke food thanks for sharing dear

photos that are tempting, I will try the recipes you share

I hope you give it a try @windyphafta

Mouth watering ...
Loving the layers of strawberries and chocolates


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That cake looks so tasty mmm 👌😎👍⚡♨️

thanks so much for commenting

No problem 👍

Wow nice post.....i am hungry dear😄😄😄😄

thanks so much for commenting

Beautiful presentation! Looks delicious 😋

This looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe, I can't wait to try it.

Thanks for the recipes, this is perfect for this coming valentines day

wonderful.. photography thanks for sharing this food best of luck..
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you make me hungry, thanks for sharing

thanks for commenting

Very bright pictures. Makes it look very delicious! I will try this recipe soon... I hope it works out.
As for the fun plans, no bro I will stay at home in my bed preparing for my exams and blogging all day long.
As for you, have fun in San Diego and do post pictures from your trip! :)

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delicious food, good photography, I am also grateful for the recipe.

I am grateful for the comment

Well, that looks delicious! What a fancy Valentine dessert anyone could make for their sweetheart!

I totally agree, anyone could make. thanks for the great commenting @peggyhazelwood

Excellent work done its quite hard to get the layers with that perfection wow too good :)

well, it can be hard, but it is so much fun. It's like playing legos with food

This looks so tasty, you take great food photography that really make them pop and increase temptation! We don’t have much strawberries in Norway at the moment (except frozen) so this is something I will try when they are in store! Thanks for sharing😊.

@helenmunch, that's awesome commenting. Nice to meet you, I hope to see more of you as time goes by. And, I hope those strawberries show up soon for you

Thanks! Nice to meet you too! I bet we'll soon have some imported strawberries in the store, but the best strawberries (and I'm nos just saying this because I'm Norwegian) are the berries from the north. The reason for that is they spend a very long time to get ripe due to lower temperatures, in addition to having a lot of daylight (midnight sun). That creates strawberries with a taste-sensation and sweetness I believe can't be compared with strawberries we import. So, if you ever travel to northern countries in summer; try the local berries ;)

This recipe looks amazing! Chocolate and strawberries are always the best combination. You always make beautiful dishes and terrific photos. It's good to not waste anything, sometimes I watch cooking shows and see them throwing away so much stuff and I'm like D: people die of hunger! Besides yummy things are made to be eaten :)

That's so cool that you agree with me, thanks @alemars16!

Wow! That is crazy! <3

thanks so much @caminito, good to hear from you again

lovely and tasty look Layd

Triffle always takes me back to my childhood Christmas days as it was a tradition to always have Triffle, no matter what other desserts you may have, Triffle had to be one of them.

thanks for posting, yum :-)

I glad I was able to bring back memories, I hope they were all good @michaeljn

Always good :-)

Wow... its looks like delicious.. my sister will like it too, because she is really love to eat strawberries 🍓🍓🍓🍓...

that made me so hungry. i need some of that!

I know how you feel, thanks so for commenting

what a hell, It's not fair that I have only to look at :))

I gave you the recipe so you can do it yourself, I hope you give it a try @foxkoit

I hope soon :))) And make more good food :)

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Yay, the berry life is the sweetest. Thanks @kamimorrow!

You are welcome

Oh god. Stop with the torture please. :) I'm getting really hungry.

So yummy... got hungry just by looking at it...

Oh, then I hope sometime you can taste it. Thanks @dilresh!

Hahahaha... I hope so @gringalicious.

it look delicious and tasty.... hope i get chance to eat this wonderful..

I hope you get a chance to make it

nam nam nam It looks very delicious

i like strawberries and chocolate

good to know, thanks for telling me

its really wonderful thanks for sharing such a delicious post :)

thanks so much for commenting @cutiepie

looks delicious ...sure it tastes the same

you should give it a try @shabab1, thanks for commenting

Holiday sweetness. Beauty. I love strawberries, raspberries, currants the most delicious vitamins. As always a good post.

Amazing food photography, it is just such a pleasure to look at these photos

I really want to taste it!

you have the recipe, now you have the power to make it and test it for yourself

strawberries are my fav. and this looks delicious thanks for sharing just hope that my sister will make it :)

I hope she makes it as well, thanks for commenting @cityslicker

My goodness, how beautiful. And assembling this is no trifling matter

you're right, this is a serious matter. Thanks so much @texagonia, I hope you have a great weekend

Such a beautiful food post, lovely amazing photos. What country do you want to be in for Memorial Day?

Haha, how about somewhere in Asia???

This looks almost too pretty to eat..almost!

thanks so much for the great commenting @penticton

I love desserts with different layers! And this looks amazing! With different flavors and textures. Chocolate and strawberries is the perfect combination for the Valentine's Day :)

I am thrilled you liked it @sweetcarol, have a great weekend

Ohhh Strawberries and chocolate my favorite combination! Love it! Have an awesome weekend!

you have an awesome weekend as well @crissimoes

very attractive photography and good recipe

thanks for commenting @rayaa

Your photos are magical!!! A real Valentines treat :)

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This is just my kind of thing! LOVE Strawberries, although ours won't be in season for a few more months. I don't have a see through trifle dish like that, but I guess that saves me the time in arranging the strawberries as beautifully as you have done here!

Well, I hope you give this a try once you have access to strawberries @skiesandsports

Wow,, this looks very tasty..

Hey @gringalicious, lovely recipe. I think the most tricky part is assembling it. I once tried making apple crumbles not in a pie shape but in a bowl sort of stuff. But it ended up in a mess hehe. Although the taste was good but the presentation was somehow messed up. So i guess practice makes it easier. More power to you girl for such amazing articles :)

yes, you are right, practice makes it easier. I have many fails

Hey @gringalicious !! This looks too good it gets me water in my mouth.
But you look so beautiful then these strawberries 🍓
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gorgeous creation with such a great idea behind it - use what youve got! my aunt makes a killer chip dip trifle with leftover chili. the key is making it look pretty - we definitely eat with our eyes first!

leftover chili, that sounds interesting, you should make a post about it. Thanks @madpotters

Its a little warm in SoCal for chili at the moment, but next time I make a batch...for sure!! :)

Do I get it right, that your triple is for many servings? It is very big ! Always wanted to try cooking it, thanks for the recipe

Yes, it serves at least 10 or 12. Thanks @naditinkoff

This cream fudge brownie truffles made me salivate my dear! You know how much i like the strawberries, they are my favorite fruit, I have to try something similar.
Happy weekend.

I do hope you give it a try @creativewoman, thanks so much for commenting

excelente receta. La voy a preparar

muchas gracias

It seems really delicious! I wanna try to do it

This really looks amazing! I need to try this... great post

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