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Chocolate-Balsamic Stawberry Trifles with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

End your dinner on a sweet note with an easy-to-whip-together trifle. The deceptively simple dessert blends the classic Italian pairing of strawberries and sweet balsamic vinegar with lighter-than-air ladyfingers. What really sets it apart from other desserts is the chocolate-balsamic glaze and mascarpone whipped cream. The rich glaze is as simple as reducing balsamic vinegar to a syrupy consistency, then adding dark chocolate.

Chocolate-Balsamic Stawberry Trifles with Mascarpone Whipped Cream

A delicious medley of fluffy vanilla cake, coconut whipped cream, and roasted balsamic strawberries.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Balsamic Glaze, Chocolate-Balsamic Stawberry Trifles with Mascarpone Whipped Cream, Mascarpone Mousse, Mascarpone Whipped Cream, Trifles, Valentine’s Day, valentine’s day dessert
Servings: 2
Calories: 657kcal


  • Measuring Cups/Spoons 
  • Glass Liquid Measuring Cups
  • 7-Speed Digital Hand Mixer
  • 9" Wire Whisk
  • 2-Quart Saucier
  • Glass Nesting Bowls
  • 8" Chef's Knife
  • 18 x 24-Inch Plastic Cutting Board



  • 1 ½ cups Hulled, quartered or halved fresh strawberries 
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp. Balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar 


  • cup Balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tbsp. Sugar
  • 1 ½ oz. Bittersweet bar chocolate, chopped


  • ¼ cup Mascarpone 
  • ½ cup Heavy cream 
  • 1 tbsp. Sugar 
  • ½ tsp. Vanilla bean paste or extract


  • 1 ½ cups Diced purchased ladyfingers (1.5 oz.)


The Strawberries

  • Toss together strawberries, 1 Tbsp. vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. sugar in a bowl; season with pepper.

The Glaze

  • Combine ⅔ cup vinegar and 3 Tbsp. sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce mixture to ⅓ cup, about 10 minutes. Remove pan from heat; whisk in chocolate until melted, then let cool slightly.

The Whipped Cream

  • Beat mascarpone on medium speed with a mixer until fluffy, 1 minute. Add cream, 1 Tbsp. sugar, and vanilla bean paste; whip until thick and light, 2–3 minutes.

The Trifles

  • Layer a quarter each of the ladyfingers, strawberries, mascarpone cream, and chocolate-balsamic glaze into two individual serving dishes; repeat layering.


Per serving, Calories: 657

Nutrition Facts

1 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories657
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 46g 71%
    • Saturated Fat 26g 130%
  • Cholesterol 169mg 57%
  • Sodium 81mg 4%
  • Total Carbohydrate 63g 21%
    • Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
  • Protein 8g 16%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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    Written by Lisa Yarde

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