This patriotic berry trifle recipe features yummy angel food cake layered with a sinfully rich whipped cream and sweet berries. It is the perfect dessert to make for the 4th of July!
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I first saw this red, white, and blue trifle recipe in Taste of Home magazine and thought it would be a great dessert to make for my family’s 4th of July BBQ. This recipe is so delicious, it’s hard to eat just one serving.
I love that this dessert recipe is made with angel food cake. It’s a little bit healthier than normal cake, but still satisfies a sweet tooth. If you are looking for red, white, and blue desserts with angel food cake, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. If I don’t make this Fourth of July trifle every year, my family gets upset.
To decorate the top of this patriotic berry trifle recipe, I used little 4th of July cupcake picks that I found at our local cake supply shop. Any flag picks, or red, white, and blue stars would work great for making this dessert more festive.
The original recipe calls for Cool Whip though which I avoid because of the high fructose corn syrup. So I have modified the recipe a bit to use real cream. I also left out the gelatin because unless it is made with fruit juice, it is pretty much nutritionally bankrupt. So the end result is a wee bit healthier and oh so good. Just the perfect cold treat on a hot Independence Day!
4th of July Patriotic Berry Trifle Recipe Ingredients
- one angel food cake cut into 1 inch cubes
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 cup milk
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 1 quart fresh strawberries, sliced
Patriotic Trifle Recipe Instructions
Using an electric mixer, mix milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for a few minutes until it starts to set. In a large bowl, beat cream on high speed until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners’ sugar and continue beating until soft peaks form. Fold into the pudding.
To assemble the 4th of July Berry Trifle, layer half the cake cubes, half of the blueberries, half the pudding mixture, and half of the berries. Repeat. Decorate with patriotic flag and star picks if desired.
Fourth of July Trifle Recipe Substitutions to Save Time
- Use an angel food cake mix if you don’t want to mess with separating all those eggs. Or even quicker – use a store bought angel food cake to make this patriotic dessert!
- Mix up the pudding mixture, cut the berries, and make the cake ahead of time. So on Independence Day, all you have to do is layer everything together.
- If you are really pressed for time, just use store-bought whipped cream or Cool Whip in this 4th of July berry trifle.
Pretty Presentation for this 4th of July Trifle Recipe
Although I make this dessert primarily for the 4th of July, you could certainly make this yummy dessert anytime. It would be perfect for potlucks or family reunions as it travels well.
I recommend serving it in a trifle bowl that has a lid, like this one from Anchor Hocking. The plastic lid is great for keeping it fresh if you make this dessert ahead of time.
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This 4th of July Patriotic Berry Trifle Recipe is super simple to make, but oh so yummy! Enjoy! So tell me…what wonderful recipes are you making this 4th of July?