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No Bake Key Lime Trifle Recipe

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Powered by Mom shares a No Bake Key Lime Trifle Recipe

It’s a twist on the usual trifle and on key lime pie. The best of both worlds yum!

I don’t about your family but mine loves dessert. We don’t have desserts every night or every week but when we do everyone loves to have some. I like to be able to try out different recipes. I thought a Key Lime Trifle sounded perfect as my family loves Key Lime Pie but my daughter doesn’t care for the pudding in trifle. So I thought hey she loves key lime pie so why not try this twist on the usual trifle and combine it with our favorite ingredients from a key lime pie!

Key Lime Trifle

So who is ready to try this delicious fusion of trifle and key lime pie?

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Key Lime Trifle Recipe


  • 1 16 oz frozen Sarah Lee pound cake or home made make it as easy or as homemade as you want
  • 3 limes
  • 1 cup milk
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 16 oz Cream whipped & sweetened to taste to medium-to-firm peaks or whipped crème fraiche and last choice (which I never use but others do) Cool Whip. I’d rather go with the whipped cream, simple whole ingredients.
  • Lime JELL-O (3 oz each)


  1. In a large mixing bowl whisk together your milk and sour cream.
  2. Add to that mixture your two boxes of powdered lime JELL-O and whisk to combine.
  3. Fold 8 oz of Whipped Cream into your lime mixture reserving the other 8 oz for trifle assembly.
  4. Put the lime mixture into the fridge to set.
  5. Take your frozen pound cake and with a serrated knife cut off all of the dark edges.
  6. Cut your frozen pound cake into 1 inch cubes. It’s easier to cut the pound cake when it is still frozen.
  7. Slice two of your fresh limes for garnish.
  8. It’s all about presentation so have the layers so make sure the layers are even and visible. When adding each layer, start by placing them around the edges of your trifle bowl first and then work your way into the middle.
  9. Place 1/3 of the pound cake into the bottom of your trifle bowl. Push the pieces out to the sides.
  10. Add 1/2 of your lime mixture.
  11. Add another 1/3 of your pound cake pieces.
  12. Top that with 4 oz of the whipped cream
  13. Add the remaining pound cake pieces.
  14. Add the remaining half of your lime mixture.
  15. Fill a piping bag (or a ziploc bag with one end cut off) with the remaining 4 oz of whipped cream (lucky me I have a whip cream dispenser) and decorate the outside edge of the top of your trifle.
  16. Garnish with sliced fresh limes and the zest of the third lime.


i suggest keeping the whipped cream in the freezer in between layers so it doesn’t get too soft or put it in the piping bag and put that in the freezer while you do the other layers and take it out when you’re ready to do the final outside edge (don’t let it harden though)

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While I love to bake and make desserts I always don’t have time to do it all so I’ll use those short cuts sometimes like buying a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, sometimes I’ll make one myself and if it lasts then we can make the trifle. If you want to keep it keep it easy though then buy the cake, save yourself the time. However I always try to avoid Cool Whip, in my opinion it’s just not good for your, I don’t even want to look at the ingredients so why not just make some whip cream with the medium to firm peaks (see my tips above in the recipe)?

You have to keep this lovely Key Lime Trifle refrigerated before serving anyways and the whip cream will hold up for a few hours. A crème fraiche will last longer though if you’re worried. If you don’t know how to make it you can just do a search, a ton of recipes come up, just try out what sounds good to you and if you must then use the Cool Whip up to you, I won’t judge I promise 😉 LOL

If you try to make the Key Lime Trifle let us know how you like it! What are some of your favorite desserts? We love to receive comments. Enjoy!


By on August 19th, 2015

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I’m Michelle aka Powered by Mom. I’m married with one daughter, my hubby was my high school sweetheart, our two dogs Nyx and Cleo and our cat Oliver. As you can see we’re a family of animal lovers. We love to travel when we can, try different food and activities all over the world and enjoy being together. My passions are writing, travelling, creating new recipes, encouraging people to adopt not shop and just to enjoy life while we can.

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37 thoughts on “No Bake Key Lime Trifle Recipe”

  1. This sounds awesome. I’ll have to try it next time we have a get together.
    Tip to keep whipped cream stabilized: mix in 2 tsp. powdered nonfat milk for each cup of whipping cream

  2. HOly WOW, this is an impressive work of art. I bet tastes delish too! I do love me some Key Lime. Wish I’d seen this sooner to use for a shower dessert. Keep it in my file for next summer or even as a festive Xmas dessert with the green.

  3. Mmm this looks so good, and I love that it’s no bake! I don’t always like to have the oven on in the hot summer, so this would be the perfect dessert.

  4. I have always love key lime pie but this is a great twist on it and it’s so easy to make and would be great for parties, dinners and for holidays I think everyone would be impressed if I had this on the table

  5. This looks so light and refreshing. Since we lovee desserts here I have to try it. :). Thanks for sharing. Looks delicious and easy to make.
    Carol L

  6. This sounds so good. It is also a beautiful dish to display in a glass bowl. Thank you so much for sharing this. I will try it for my family

  7. This looks so delicious that I am going to have to try to make it for a group of friends coming over next week. Thank you for sharing this yummy recipe.

  8. I have never had Key lime pie before. Some of my favorite desserts are apple pie, cheesecake, and German Chocolate cake. This Key Lime Trifle does look delicious, thank you for sharing this recipe.


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