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I’ve mentioned it before, but I really think my best ideas come to me while I’m in the shower.  Strange, yes I know.  Maybe that’s my few minutes of the day that I have to myself so that I’m able to actually think about things for more than 30 seconds at a time.  Well, a couple of months ago, I had this idea come into my head.  How about a week full of red velvet recipes to prepare us for Valentine’s Day?  Some people do tons of sweets the weeks before Christmas, but me – I’ve reserved mine for Valentine’s Day!!

So, this week I will have all sorts of red velvet goodness.  5 recipes, to be exact.  I’ll be taking a break from the red velvet on Friday, since February’s Cookbook of the Month didn’t have a red velvet recipe in it, but I’ll finish off the week on Saturday with my last red velvet recipe.  (And I’ll also be bringing you this month’s Cookbook of the Month review later today!)  What better way to prepare for Valentine’s Day than with lots of red?

Red Velvet and Strawberry Trifle | www.tasteandtellblog.com

First up – this Red Velvet Trifle.  I wanted to make sure I did some easy and some harder recipes this week, and this one was super easy – especially since it starts off with a box cake mix.  You could definitely do a cake from scratch, but this shortcut works for this recipe.  Both my husband and I gave this dessert 2 thumbs up.  Way up.  In fact, my husband ate 2 servings, he loved it so much!!  The addition of the yogurt to the cream cheese is so delicious and brings something different than a normal cream cheese flavor.  And a big plus is that these could be assembled ahead of time, so if you are having a romantic dinner at home for Valentine’s Day, dessert is not only easy, but it will be ready ahead of time!!

Red Velvet and Strawberry Trifle | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Red Velvet & Strawberry Trifle
Adapted from myrecipes.com

Serves 8-10

1 box Red Velvet cake mix, plus ingredients to make cake
2 (8-oz) packages cream cheese, softened
2 cups low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 pounds fresh strawberries

Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare cake batter as directed. Pour batter into a greased 13×9-inch pan.

Meanwhile, beat cream cheese at medium speed with a heavy-duty electric stand mixer 1 minute or until creamy. Add yogurt, powdered sugar, and lemon zest. Beat 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of bowl as needed. Cover and chill.

Remove cake from oven. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan to wire rack, and cool completely (about 1 hour).

Invert cake onto a cutting board. Cut rounded top off of cake. Trim and discard edges of cake. Cut cake into 32 pieces. (If making individual trifles, you’ll want to cut the cake into smaller squares.)

Arrange about one-third of cake pieces in a 3-qt. trifle dish. Carefully spread one-third of chilled cream cheese mixture over cake. Add a layer of strawberries. Repeat layers 2 times, smoothing top layer of cream cheese mixture over cake pieces. Top with strawberries. Cover and chill 1 hour before serving. Garnish, if desired.

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19 Responses to Red Velvet Week – Red Velvet and Strawberry Trifle

  1. Michelle says:

    that looks sooo good! yum!

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    A delicious Valentine's Day dessert!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  3. Tasha says:

    What a fun theme for the week. This trifles look beautiful!

  4. Maria says:

    Gorgeous dessert!

  5. kat says:

    I'm cooking Valentines Day dinner at home so I'm looking forward to these dessert ideas

  6. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions says:

    Great minds think alike! I have a feature on my blog where I do ‘weekly themes’. About 1 to 2 weeks every month I pick a topic or ingredient and feature 5 recipes that revolve around the theme. Since January is National Oatmeal Month I just finished up a week of oatmeal inspired recipes. I have also done Halloween week, Thanksgiving leftover week and many more in the past! It’s so funny that you chose to do red velvet week because I was going to do a week of ‘red’ foods for my ‘week of’ feature next week and feature some yummy strawberry desserts and a lasagna to name a few. All in the name of love! Ha!

    Can’t wait to see what red velvet recipes you have in store for us!

  7. Joanne says:

    I totally have my best ideas in the shower as well. It's my happy place.

    I love the sound of red velvet week! I have a serious penchant for anything red velvet-infused and these trifles look superb!

  8. Holly says:

    Deborah, your a genius to be doing red velvet week! I just love love love red velvet : ) Your trifle looks sooo gorgeous!

  9. Holly says:

    This sounds super easy and sooo yummy!! Printing-thanks! Looking forward to the rest of red velvet week:)

  10. nycshare says:

    What a pretty dessert for Valentine's Day. I have always made trifle in a big container and dished it up. It looks so nice in an individual glass. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Sylvie says:

    That looks beautiful. I have my best ideas whilst cycling or running usually.

  12. Jess says:

    Adorable, I love it!

  13. Bakergirl says:

    I've been wanting to make something red velvety, but have only found the usual cupcake & whoopie pie recipes. This is unique & creative & it looks delicious!

  14. Jana says:

    Looks really yummy!

  15. grace says:

    the shower is a great place to think–perhaps all that steam clears out the cobwebs? :)
    awesome trifle–pretty, practical, delicious, and oh-so-timely!

  16. Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] says:

    Oh wow that is truly gorgeous :) Lovee it!

  17. Tristine says:

    A woman after my own heart…

  18. Annie says:

    Oh man I have my best ideas in the shower too!!!! I’ve always wanted to invent a waterproof whiteboard for this reason!

    This looks so good; i can’t wait to make it for valentine’s day!

  19. ramona says:

    I could not find this recipe on your pinterest boards under misc desserts but would love to have the recipe. Thanks it looks great!

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