Use 2-cup mason jars for these pretty make-ahead summertime desserts. Choose a dry or cream sherry, or replace with limoncello instead. This recipe can easily be doubled.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
5 mins
additional:
15 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Bring lemon juice, water, and sugar to boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in sherry. Divide the pound cake evenly between four 2-cup mason jars, then pour the lemon and sugar mixture on top.

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  • Combine the mascarpone cheese, 3/4 cup lemon curd, and lemon zest in a bowl. Divide the cheese mixture among the jars, pressing down with the back of a spoon to create an even layer. Spoon the remaining 1 cup lemon curd over the cheese mixture to create another layer. Top with the raspberries, then sprinkle with chocolate. Cover and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes, or up to 24 hours. Top with whipped cream before serving.

Nutrition Facts

1027 calories; protein 8.9g 18% DV; carbohydrates 146.4g 47% DV; fat 50.3g 77% DV; cholesterol 299.9mg 100% DV; sodium 439.1mg 18% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2011
I had some lemon curd I wanted to mix with mascarpone so I used this recipe as a guideline but kind of did my own thing... I used half a prepared Entemann's pound cake cut in small cubes then put raspberries and blackberries on top of that sprinkle with a teaspoon of Grand Marnier then the lemon curd/mascarpone mixture and then repeated the layers ending with a third layer of cake and berries. Topped with fresh whipped cream:) The Grand Marnier got pretty strong as we got down to the bottom! Next time I would make this the night before. And I put mine in wine glasses instead of jars. Thank you for this great idea:) Read More
(12)
10 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
11/14/2011
I had some lemon curd I wanted to mix with mascarpone so I used this recipe as a guideline but kind of did my own thing... I used half a prepared Entemann's pound cake cut in small cubes then put raspberries and blackberries on top of that sprinkle with a teaspoon of Grand Marnier then the lemon curd/mascarpone mixture and then repeated the layers ending with a third layer of cake and berries. Topped with fresh whipped cream:) The Grand Marnier got pretty strong as we got down to the bottom! Next time I would make this the night before. And I put mine in wine glasses instead of jars. Thank you for this great idea:) Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
07/17/2011
I just made these for this weekend's camping family reunion. I assembled them on-site having prepared the ingredients at home. They turned out great! I used the basic recipe and filled 8 cup jars rather than 4 pint jars. Everyone loved them. I wouldn't change a thing other than shave a little more chocolate than I did! Read More
(9)
Rating: 4 stars
12/31/2011
This was a lot of work but I modified this to work in a large trifle bowl. I double the ingedients plus added in 2 batches of homemade whipped cream from this site. I layered half of the pound cake and few raspberries in the bottom of the bowl and sprinkled with a good amount of the water/lemon juice/sugar mixture. Then after mixing the cheese lemon curd and lemon zest I added half of the mixture to one batch of whipped cream and layered on top of the cake/raspberries. I basically did two layers of this topping with the cream/cheese/curd mixture. On top I added some plain whipped cream the raspberries and chocolate shavings. The cheese/curd mixture was way too strong if left alone. It was great when mixed with the whipped cream. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/25/2013
Wow! Now this was an excellent dessert that made a great presentation! It really didn't take a lot of time or effort to create something special that provided a wonderful ending to dinner. To lighten this up a bit I used angel food cake vs. pound cake along with reduced fat mascarpone cheese (not easy to find I might add). I used a mix of blueberries raspberries and blackberries (any combination of berries on hand will do) layering everything into over-sized wine glasses and topped it off with light whipped cream. These definitely tasted as good as they looked! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/17/2013
I have not made this recipe I just found it here and it sounded wonderful so happily looked forward to reading the reviews of those who have. The problem is most of the reviewers tell how they modified it not if it was a good or bad recipe. Shouldn't there be another section for modification's that made a recipe good or better and leave reviews for actual reviews on the recipe as given? The reason I gave it 5 stars is because I couldn't submit this without a rating. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2015
This is delicious. We modified it slightly by using lemon pound cake. We also layered it into an 8.5 x 11 casserole dish. We split the mascarpone mixture and pound cake into two portions and layered the dessert lasagna style placing the raspberries and lemon curd as the middle layer. As a final touch we opted for raspberry dark chocolate shavings. Yummy light and refreshing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/01/2015
Very good with a sweet sherry but much better than pound cake is a sponge cake (many recipes on this site). Pound cake tends to be too dense for a trifle of any kind. Read More
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