4th of July Patriotic Berry Trifle Recipe ~ Quick & Easy & Oh So Yummy!

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!

This Patriotic Berry Trifle Recipe features angel food cake layered with rich whipped cream & sweet berries. See the easy 4th of July recipe here!

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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.

4th of July Cupcake Toppers4th of July Cupcake Toppers

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!

This Patriotic Berry Trifle Recipe features angel food cake layered with rich whipped cream & sweet berries. See the easy 4th of July recipe here!

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

Anchor Hocking Party Bowl with LidAnchor Hocking Party Bowl with Lid

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 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!

While you are here, you might also enjoy my 4th of July Yogurt Berry Popsicles. They are a great way to stay cool and they are so yummy!

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?

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45 thoughts on “4th of July Patriotic Berry Trifle Recipe ~ Quick & Easy & Oh So Yummy!

  1. Alida

    It looks so beautiful and very tasty! I have never tried making a trifle. This looks like a recipe I can handle!

  2. Sue

    Trifle is soooo good! Yours looks beautiful, and yep, perfect for the 4th of July! 🙂

  3. Kim

    You ask what I’m making this 4th??? THIS! Thanks so much for posting it. Now I know what I’m going to do. My parents will be in town and this will work great.

  4. sara

    I love the substitutions you made to make it healthier! I try to stay away from cool whip and things like that also, but I am too scared to mess with recipes so I just don’t make them. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Brooke

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  6. Kristin

    This is do pretty to look at! Wonder job in presenting it. Bet it tastes great too. Stopping by from “Sweet Peas & Bumble Bees”.

  7. Mimi

    That looks really really good! I love how you made substitutions to make a healthier version. So glad I saw this at A Little Tipsy!
    Thanks for sharing

  8. simple home life

    Yummmm! I love trifles! My mother used to make a strawberry one all the time when I was younger. The only one I ever made was a chocolate one. Thank you for linking this up!

  9. Bethany

    This looks so yummy! I’ll have to keep it in mind for our 4th of July barbecue. Thanks for sharing your healthier version

  10. Anitra

    Looks absolutely delicious and incredibly festive. Thanks for visiting my hop a few weeks ago. I’m following you now. Love your polka-dots!

  11. Heather R

    I am always a fan of easy great tasting recipes and I will definitely add this one to my collection. This will be great for our upcoming Thanksgiving feast! Thanks for sharing.

  12. Deborah Wallin

    What a perfect dessert to make not just for the 4th (although perfect for then) but great for any occasion!

  13. debbie jackson

    can’t wait to try this,,,,,,,,,,,,,looks fabulous

  14. christa wagner

    All I can say is YUM! This looks so good! The colors are perfect for July 4th. It also seems to be a lighter dessert choice than cookies and cakes or cream pies.

  15. books4me

    this looks super easy and I can convert it easily to lowfat! Thanks for sharing!


  16. Jen Whitten

    OOOOHHHH this looks so good! I think I’ve seen in in Taste of Home also! I know it’s exactly what I crave this time of year! Not too heave for this HOT HOT weather! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Marthalynn

    I love this! I’m going to make it this weekend. It looks so fun and festive! And delicious, looks very delicious…

  18. Ellen Levickis

    This looks easy to make and yummy! I need to remember to make something like this soon!

  19. Naina John

    Looks simple and good one. Would love to try this for 4th july.

  20. Natascha

    This was such a hit! Our family makes cakes for each others birthdays, and one of the kids asked if this could be her bday cake when its her bday! Gram eats like a bird and ate a huge portion, and dad held homemade pasta salad hostage until I brought him some of the leftovers. Then him and mom proceeded to fight over what I brought!! Thank you for your version! Simply FANTASTIC!!! A new family favorite!

    1. Jen

      Thank you for your comment! I am so glad it was a hit with your family. It is a favorite with our family too 🙂

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