4th of July Trifle (gluten and dairy free) + Bonus Virtual BBQ



1 Gluten Free Cake Mix (follow the instructions)

2 cans Coconut Milk

1 pint Blueberries (I picked mine at a local blueberry farm)

1 pint Strawberries

1 Lemon, for zesting

My office is having a 4th of July themed food week. I wanted to make something fun but didn’t have a lot of time to prepare. To speed up the process I used a gluten free cake mix. If you add a dash of vanilla and some lemon zest it brightens up the entire cake and pairs really well with the fresh fruit. Once the cake has cooled cut it into small pieces so it is easy to layer.

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I made the cake gluten free for a coworker and dairy free since I am lactose intolerant. I used my coconut whipped cream recipe and added some lemon zest to match the flavor in the cake. Once the cake and whipped cream are ready you can start layering. Starting at the bottom alternating layers of blueberries, cake, whipped cream and then strawberries. I started off with a layer of cake and whipped cream to help hold everything up.

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DIY – Tuxedo Strawberries

Dear Diary,

Valentine’s day is right around the corner so today I created something extra special. Getting your friends or loved ones presents can get expensive so I wanted to be able to share the love without breaking the bank.


Grocery list: strawberries, white chocolate, dark chocolate, wax paper and Crisco.

Make sure to rinse and dry your strawberries before starting. In a microwave safe bowl melt the white chocolate and a small amount of Crisco. I heat the chocolate in 30 second increments so it doesn’t burn. Once the chocolate is melted dip your strawberries in to create your first coat of chocolate, the tuxedo shirt. Place them on the wax paper to set.

While the white chocolate is drying on the strawberries melt the dark (or milk) chocolate with a small amount of Crisco. To create the tuxedo jacket dip the strawberry on its sides, one at a time, leaving a “v” of visible white chocolate in the middle of the flat side. Return the strawberry to the wax paper, white chocolate side up.

For the buttons and bowtie I like to use a piping bag, or plastic bag with a piping tip. You can also use a toothpick.

Until next time,