Strawberry Shortcake Trifle
A showstopper dessert like this takes work, so every component needs to be perfect.
Why This Recipe Works
We wanted the strawberries to be the star of our trifle, so to get the most out of them, we tossed them with a bit of sugar and let them sit for a spell, intensifying their sweetness and creating a lightly sugared syrup. For a festive, grown-up vibe, we added orange liqueur to the syrup. Inspired by strawberry shortcake, we opted to use fluffy, tender shortcake biscuits in place of the typical cake component. To construct the trifle, we layered pieces of the biscuits followed by some of the strawberries and their syrup. Next came a healthy dose of vanilla pastry cream (which we'd prepared and refrigerated before making the other components) followed by some whipped cream. After repeating those layers twice, we decorated the top with sliced strawberries.