1 large pkg. instant vanilla pudding
4 cups fresh berries (raspberries, strawberries, blackberries or blueberries)
1/4 cup plus 2 T. sugar
2 t. fresh lemon juice
1 cup whipping cream
1 t. vanilla extract
Prepare the pudding according to the package directions. Chill.
Slice the strawberries and combine with the other berries, if using. Toss with 1/4 cup sugar and lemon juice and set aside for 30 minutes to allow the fruit to release its juices.
In a separate bowl, whip the cream with the vanilla extract and 2 T. sugar until soft peaks form. Set aside.
In a 4 qt. clear serving or trifle bowl, place one layer of ladyfingers. Top with 1/3 of the fruit and 1/2 of the pudding. Add another layer of ladyfingers, 1/3 of the fruit and the remaining pudding. Add a final layer of ladyfingers, the last 1/3 of the fruit, and top with the whipping cream. Garish with berries if desired.
Refrigerate until ready to serve.