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Chocolate Strawberry Mini Trifles

By Angie McGowan |

Mini-sized desserts are a huge hit whenever I serve them to my family.  They’re terribly cute, perfectly portioned, and so easy to make. I made these little chocolate cupcake and strawberry trifles using leftover chocolate cupcakes and strawberries that I had on hand. I made them in little wine glasses, but you can make yours in any small clear glass and achieve the same affect.  I cut the cupcakes in thirds and layered them with saucy strawberries, which is just strawberries and sugar that have been refrigerated until they make their own sauce, and COOL WHIP Whipped Topping.

Chocolate Strawberry Mini Trifles


1 chocolate cupcake per trifle
2 – 3 tablespoons sliced saucy strawberries per trifle (see recipe below)
3 – 4 heaping tablespoons COOL WHIP whipped topping per trifle


Cut each cupcake into thirds. Place the top of the cupcake upside down in a small wine glass as shown or another decorative glass. Spoon in saucy strawberries and then COOL WHIP whipped topping. Add another layer of cupcake, strawberries and COOL WHIP whipped topping. End with the last piece of cupcake and another dollop of COOL WHIP whipped topping.

Saucy Strawberries Recipe


2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced
2 tablespoons sugar


Combine strawberries and sugar in a bowl and mix well. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving. Adding sugar to the fresh or frozen berries will make them create a light, thin and very delicious sauce.

Tip: Sugar can be adjusted to taste depending on the sweetness of your berries.

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Angie McGowan

Angie McGowan was a contributing blogger to Babble’s Family Kitchen, a daily food blog with recipes from her kitchen. She currently creates fun recipes for Betty Crocker, Pillsbury and many other companies. You can find more of her recipes on her personal blog, Eclectic Recipes.

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5 thoughts on “Chocolate Strawberry Mini Trifles

  1. Andrea says:

    I love this one — looks harder than it actually is to make!

  2. Jillian says:

    Oh, this is such a good idea for a fancy summer party. putting this on my to-do list!

  3. Amanda says:

    I think this would be a great alternative to traditional kid’s birthday cake or cupcakes. Kids love playing with “fancy” glasses.

  4. Stella says:

    This is definitely a “Fancy” looking dessert that looks like it doesn’t take much effort — a great way to trick your next dinner guests! Shhhh…don’t tell on me ;]

  5. mommyfriend says:

    Cute and super fancy without super-fancy effort! That’s my kind of dessert! While this looks absolutely delish with cupcakes, I bet I could do this with leftover pie as well. (I only say this because I have half an apple pie in the fridge). Since I’m planning a summer dinner with ribs, corn, new potatoes, and pasta salad for dinner, I think I’ll make these for dessert with my pie. Thank you!

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