Barbecue Trifle Recipe | Dairy Farmers of Manitoba

Backyard Barbecue Trifle


10 min.


2 min.

Serving Size

8 servings

Here’s a fun way to serve dessert come summer. Take advantage of mason jars you may have lying around-they’re the perfect size for this easy summer dessert. Dessert bowls work very nicely as well; you may need to grill a slice or two more pound cake.



  • 5 cups (1.25 L) summer fruit, such as peach or nectarine wedges,
  • blueberries, raspberries or quartered strawberries
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) freshly squeezed lemon juice



  • 9 oz (275 g) Canadian mascarpone, at room temperature
  • 2/3 cup (150 mL) 35% whipping cream, divided
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) granulated sugar


  • 2 tsp (10 mL) butter
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) ground nutmeg
  • 4 slices (3/4-inch/2 cm thick) store-bought pound cake


1. Oil grill and preheat the barbecue to medium.
2. Fruit: In a bowl, stir together fruit, sugar and lemon juice.
3. Filling: Place mascarpone in a large bowl; stir in 3 tbsp. (45 mL) whipping cream. In a medium bowl, beat remaining cream while gradually adding sugar until stiff peaks form. Fold in mascarpone.
4. Cake: Melt butter with nutmeg. Brush over both sides of cake slices. Grill for 1 min per side or until grill marks appear. Cut into 3/4-inch (2 cm) cubes.
5. Divide half the fruit between 8 (1 cup/250 mL) mason jars, followed by the pound cake; gently press down. Spoon in Mascarpone mixture, spreading evenly. Top with the remaining fruit and any fruit juices.



  • In place of Mascarpone, Canadian Ricotta cheese (drained) can be used.