Easy Patriotic Trifle Dessert


It is so hard for me to believe that July 4th is coming so soon.  Can you believe that 2011 is almost halfway gone? Wow.  Time flies when you’re having fun! 🙂

My favorite dessert to take to family gatherings and church potlucks is a trifle.  Trifles are super easy, inexpensive, versatile and pretty! I created this red, white and blue trifle for Memorial Day a few weeks ago where it was a hit. So, I thought I’d share it so y’all can make it for the 4th!

patriotic dessert

Easy Patriotic Trifle

Five Ingredients

  • Cake, torn into pieces {You can make one, but I love looking at the “overbaked” section for a cake. I got a sour cream angel food cake for $2.00}
  • 1 large box vanilla pudding, prepared
  • 1-2 cartons strawberries, washed, drained and sliced
  • 1 carton blueberries, washed and drained
  • 1 carton whipped topping

Begin the layering process by spooning a little bit of pudding in the bottom of the trifle bowl.

Then add a layer of cake chunks, starting around the edge and then filling in the center.

Layer about half of the pudding over the cake.

Next, add a layer of strawberries.  Around the edge, place the strawberry slices vertically so they show well on the outside of the bowl.  Then add a layer of whipped topping.

Then a layer of blueberries…

After the blueberries, I layered the rest of the cake, strawberries, pudding and whipped topping.  I wanted to keep the red, white and blue colors toward the center of the bowl together. 🙂

patriotic dessert

Now, go forth and make a patriotic trifle for your 4th of July weekend celebration! 🙂

Do you have other ideas for 4th of July desserts? I’d love to hear!

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  1. I made nearly an identical recipe for MD! I did a slightly different variation, though…

    I use store bakery pound cake and I prefer to mix a cup of heavy whipping cream into the instant vanilla pudding recipe (instead of the milk). I layered similarly to yours, only I put all the pudding mix in the center and then reverse ordered the ingredients (berries, cake, pudding mixture, cake, berries) and then topped with a bit of the other half of container of whipped cream whipped. Ta-da! Delish!!!

  2. I’ve had my trifle dish for a while, it’s been calling to me and I’ve been nervous to use it. Why? I don’t know…but I think it’s time to pull it out and make this beauty! Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks so yummy! I’m hosting a dinner this Sat. and wondering what to make for dessert. If I need to make this in advance, like a couple of hours, will it keep well?

    1. Yes! Made ahead a couple hours is great! When it sits overnight the cake gets more soggy. It’s still really yummy, but it doesn’t look as pretty. 🙂 Let me know how it goes!! 🙂

  4. I’m Canadian – every year our Church Women hold a dessert party for the rest of the Church women’s Clubs in our area. We are usually 75 – 80 womwn for dessert. I think I will make this trifle recipe. I too have a trifle bowl & it’s only been used a very few times in 20 years. Thanks-so-much … ♥

  5. I made this and very delish! I made a few adjustments. I used banana creme pudding and had homemade whipped cream which is way better than store bought. I also made a yellow cake with blueberries in the cake as well! Perfect!

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