You’ve probably tried a trifle before but have you ever made a domed trifle cake?! This cake is such a fun, unique and delicious dessert to make! My strawberry kiwi cake is made with my basic sponge cake recipe, fluffy whipped cream, a delicious vanilla pastry cream and loads of fresh fruit. It’s a show-stopping fruit cake that’s perfect for any special occasion!
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The Sponge Cake
For the cake component of this domed trifle cake, I used my ‘Basic Sponge Cake’ recipe and baked the batter in a large jelly roll pan. You can also use my ‘Basic Vanilla Cake’ recipe, or ‘Chocolate Cake’ recipe. And, if you’re in a pinch for time, some store-bought angel food cake will also work!
For this recipe, I created two different fillings to add loads of flavor. First, a classic vanilla pastry cream that gets applied to the sponge cake to make it moist. The second is a light and fluffy white chocolate, cream cheese frosting. This whipped cream frosting is AMAZING! I’ve been using it for a variety of recipes and it works soo well with anything! The sponge cake is soaked with a fruity dessert wine for added flavor and moisture. I used a peach-flavored wine, but you can also use non-alcoholic juices!
I have a separate video recipe for the ‘Vanilla Pastry Cream’ if you want an in-depth tutorial!
Assembling the Cake!
To assemble this domed trifle cake, the fruit, fillings and cake are arranged in a large bowl and left to set. You can arrange the fruit on the outside of the cake in any way you like. I made this for the holiday season and went with strawberries and kiwi fruit, but this cake can be enjoyed year-round with any type of fruit or berry your heart desires!
- I recommend letting the finished cake set in the refrigerator for a minimum of 4 hours, or make it the day before and let it set overnight.
Looking for more delicious fruit cake recipes? Check out some of my other recipes you’re sure to enjoy!
- Pancho Torte – another unique, dome-shaped cake with pineapple and cherries!
- ‘Berry Almond Cake’ with almond cake layers and German Buttercream.
- And I love this ‘Summer Sangria Cake’ loaded with fresh fruit!
- Berry Tres Leches Cake – the ultimate tres leches cake with loads of berries and mascarpone whipped cream frosting!
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This set of nesting glass mixing bowls are great for food prep and for this cake.
I love my handheld KitchenAid mixer for easy jobs where I don’t need my large mixer.
Use these aluminum baking sheets for making the sponge cake.
And here is a similar copper sauce pot to the one I use in my kitchen.