This Patriotic Berry Trifle with Angel Food Cake is the best of both worlds. Sweet in-season berries with creamy and delicious filling? YUM! My mouth is watering just thinking about this simple red, white, and blue dessert.
It’s getting hot outside and this Berry Trifle is just what you need to cool off. No need to spend hours making a special dessert for your summer party, this Patriotic Berry Trifle takes only about 30 minutes, and is so refreshing on a hot summer day.
Patriotic Red, White, and Blue Dessert
Can we all just shout out with joy that fresh berry season is here? It’s that time of the year when the berries are bursting with delicious flavor. There’s nothing quite like fresh strawberries once they hit your tastebuds. Seriously – the best.
Add that flavor in with blueberries and other sweet treats and you’re going to love this simple and tasty dessert. If you’re ready to have the perfect mixture of berries and sweet, this is the best trifle dessert, ever.
Did I forget to mention that this simple trifle dessert takes just 15 minutes to make? It’s fast, easy, and feeds a crowd – three of my favorite things!
If you’re looking for a 4th of July Trifle or a cool and sweet treat for family and friends, you can’t go wrong with this! It’s so good!
How do I pick ripe berries for Berry Trifle with Angel Food Cake
When you are choosing fresh strawberries you want to look for large bright red strawberries. Strawberries will not continue to ripen once it has been picked, so check carefully for bright red berries.
Also, look for a plump firm berry. Berries that are soft are past their ripeness and will soon rot. When I am choosing strawberries in the grocery store I always make sure to check the top and bottom of the package for mold.
Berries of all varies are very susceptible to mold so be sure to check your packages well before you purchase them.
If you are looking for perfectly ripe blueberries, start by looking for blueberries that have a dark blue color. You want a deep blue almost purple shade.
Next, you want to look for berries for that are plump.
Size does not matter when you are choosing blueberries as their size can largely vary. Just like with strawberries you will want to check the tops and bottoms of your packages for mold carefully.
What is Berry Trifle with Angel Food Cake
Trifle is a dessert that is made of layers of fruit, sponge cake or spongy ladyfinger that are typically soaked in sherry or fortified wine, and topped with another layer of custard or whipped cream.
Trifle vary in so many different varieties and the options are endless. One of my favorite things about trifles is that they typically a lighter dessert that is not loaded with calories.
Not only are they less calories but during warm weather they are cool and refreshing. You can’t get a better dessert during the hot summer months.
History of Trifle
The first recorded use of trifle was in The Good Huswifes Jewell which is a English cookbook by Thomas Dawson that was published in 1585.
Did you know before the term trifle was used, this creamy dessert was actually referred to as “fool”, the names trifle and fool were used interchangeably.
In the early 19th century trifle took on the characters that we now know it as. It took on layers of custard, macaroons or ratafia biscuits that were soaked in a raisin wine. Then topped with raspberry jam, and an egg white meringue type of whipped cream.
Modern day trifles are now made typically with the cake being soaked in any time of liquid first, and we use pure whipped cream or whipping topping instead of a meringue. It doesn’t matter how you make it, I will still love it.
The Funny Remembrance of the Trifle
Not that this brings ANY relevance to the recipe at all but does anyone remember that episode from Friends where Rachel made a trifle but didn’t realize that the pages were stuck together in the cookbook?
Hence the potato and peas and meat trifle were born. That episode still gives me a chuckle and makes me appreciate this 4th of July Trifle or simply put, trifle dessert, even more!
Ingredients needed to make this Mixed Berry Trifle
As you can see, you don’t need a ton of ingredients to make this cake!
● Angel food cake, cooked and cut into 2”x2” slices (one box baked and prepared as directed)
● cool whip
● cream cheese, softened to room temperature
● strawberries, sliced & whole
How to Make this Berry Trifle with Angel Food Cake
Talk about a simple 4th of July Trifle recipe to make! One of the best and fastest recipes you’ll ever have the pleasure of doing. It’s fast and will be ready in minutes but bring you so many more minutes of happiness!!!
No matter which occasion you make this easy trifle dessert for!
Cut up the angel food cake
Since the bottom of the bowl is filled with cake, put it into cubes or tear it into pieces and layer it in the bottom of the bowl.
Load up the whipped cream
Have fun with this! It’s the creamiest part of the trifle and tastes amazing. Make it smooth and don’t worry if it drips between the layers of the angel food cake. It’s going to happen.
Add in the berries
Make certain that you clean the berries and chop up the strawberries first. Then add them and sprinkle over the top of the whipped cream.
Guess what? You get to do that whole process all over again! Pretty fun, right?
Add the whole strawberries
The top of the trifle is where the whole strawberries are going to go and you can make such a pretty design.
Tips for Making Blueberry Trifle
- Your trifle layers should be visible through the bowl following the sequence of cake, cool whip mixture, and fruit.
- Upon serving, the trifle dessert should become more interrupted and “salad-like”, having all layers mix together inside the serving dish.
- Be sure to place the dish inside the refrigerator while not eating.
- Do not make your Berry Trifle with angel food cake more than 24 hours in advance, making your trifle to far in advance could cause your trifle to become watered down.
Can you use another cake besides Angel Food Cake?
You can. I love angel food cake because it’s soft and spongy but use whatever you want. Most trifles are made with Ladyfingers but I prefer a softer texture like cake.
If you want to save a little time and not bake your own angel food cake, pick up a plain unfrosted angel food cake from the bakery in your local grocery store.
If you want to buy cupcakes and add them in chunks, that could be super fun, too. And if you have enough time to bake up a cake, that’s a great option as well.
Make sure you get unfrosted cupcakes or you scrape all the frosting off before you break them into pieces. Frosting does not mix well with this
You decide what flavor and texture you’re going for and then make it happen.
I have used yellow, butter and white cake for this for delicious trifle recipe and it still turns out amazing each and every time.
Variations to this Berry Trifle with Angel Food Cake
I know that this recipe is pretty straightforward but there are a few things that you can do to mix it up.
First, change up the berries. I use these because of the coloring for the 4th of July holiday but you can use other berries, too. Blackberries and raspberries would taste awesome as well.
I’ve recently noticed that there is flavored cool whip at the stores now so that could be a fun way to add an extra pop of flavor, too.
Can you freeze the trifle for later?
No, I don’t recommend freezing this 4th of July Trifle dessert. This will cause it to not set up well and there are too many ingredients in it that aren’t going to unthaw.
If you’re not going to be able to eat it all, save it for later in the fridge or share it with family and friends. They’ll be more than happy to have some of this tasty treat.
Can you use frozen fruit instead of fresh fruit for this summer trifle recipe?
I’m torn on this. I do think that fresh fruit tastes the best and have always used that for my recipe. But if you have frozen fruit that you want to try, you can.
The biggest thing to keep in mind with frozen fruit is that it’s going to unthaw and release liquid. This means that there’s a very high chance that the trifle is going to have a lot of extra liquid in it which is why I avoid frozen fruit.
My tip for you is to thaw the fruit and drain it. I would thaw it a couple of days ahead of time so that you can get out as much juice as possible. Even then it’s probably not going to be able to set up as well as fresh fruit.
Can I make Berry Trifle with Angel Food Cake ahead
Do you have a party coming up and want to make this tasty dessert ahead? While you technically can make this dessert up to 24 hours in advance. I encourage you to try and make this trifle only an hour or two before you actually need it.
The juice in the sliced strawberries can cause your trifle to become a little runny, and your angel food cake may get slightly soggy.
Have no fear though, I do have a time saving suggestion to help not have to stress in the kitchen on the day of your event. Instead of making your entire trifle ahead.
Go ahead the day before your event and bake your angel food cake, and wash all your berries. Do not slice your strawberries early though, as that will make them more watery.
Make sure the night before that you thaw your Cool Whip so that it is soft and ready for you to use. Now, all you need to do on the day of your event is slice your strawberries and assemble.
Following this steps will help you save some precious time in the kitchen while you are prepping for your event.
I hope you love this simple and easy dessert. It’s one of those fresh flavors that I really do crave all year long. Once the fresh fruit from this 4th of July Trifle hits your tastebuds, it’s all over from there!
Be sure to take advantage of fresh berry season while it is here in the summer and making this Berry Trifle with Angel Food Cake.
Use your favorite fresh fruits and you won’t be sorry.
More Delicious Trifle Recipes
- Banana Pudding Trifle
- Triple Berry Cheesecake Trifle
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Trifle
- Caramel Brownie Trifle
Red, White Blue Trifle Dessert
- Trifle Bowl
- 1 Angel food cake, cooked and cut into 2”x2” slices (one box)
- 1 carton (8 oz) cool whip, thawed, but still cold
- 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 2 cups strawberries, sliced and whole
- 1 cup blueberries, washed and dried
- Get out and measure all of your ingredients.
- Blend cream cheese until whipped.
- Add cool whip and blend until smooth.
- Slice and prepare your strawberries.
- Using a 128 oz trifle bowl, pack the bottom of the bowl with half of the angel food cake squares. Pack tightly. Sprinkle half of fruit and no whole strawberries on all of the cake.
- Top the angel food cake squares with half of the cool whip mixture.
- Coat evenly to cover the entire surface. Some mixture may drip in between the cake squares and fruit.
- Begin the next sequence and repeat all layers again. Begin with covering cool whip mixture with strawberry slices and blueberries. Do not use any of the whole strawberries yet and save some strawberry slices and blueberries for the top of your trifle. Pack the remaining angel food cake squares on top of the berries. Top with the remaining cool whip mixture.
- Now you get to use your whole strawberries. Place them around the edge of the trifle top.
- You can use any pattern to decorate with your berries on top of the trifle. This is my favorite.
- Fill in the strawberry ring with the remaining sliced strawberries and blueberries.
- Isn't it gorgeous!?! Just wait until you taste it.
- Use a large serving spoon.
- Scoop servings
- and place into bowls.
- Enjoy every bite.