Red, White & Blue Berry Trifle

Red, White & Blue Berry Trifle by Brown Eyed Baker ::

Happy 4th of July!

Are you picnic-ing today? Firing up the grill? My Chief Culinary Consultant and I are cooking out and having some people over; our menu includes hamburgers, beer and brown sugar kielbasa with sauerkraut, my favorite potato salad, Chinese coleslaw, fruit salad, corn pudding, and of course, some strawberry pretzel salad for dessert. If you’re headed to a party (or are having one at your house) and need something easy and last minute for dessert, this trifle is perfect. Plus, it feeds a crowd, is festive, and tastes fabulous.

Red, White & Blue Berry Trifle by Brown Eyed Baker ::

This pretty berry trifle is made up of layers of angel food cake, a cream cheese/pudding/Cool Whip mixture, blueberries and strawberries. It’s wonderfully light and refreshing, and reminds me of everything sensational about summer. I love anytime I can create something that includes angel food cake, strawberries and Cool Whip. Suddenly, it’s 1988 and I’m in my grandma’s house again.

Whether you want a little slice of nostalgia, are in need of something quick to whip together for today, or want to add one more red, white and blue item to your menu, you’ll love this dessert. Have a safe and fun holiday!

Red, White & Blue Berry Trifle by Brown Eyed Baker ::

One year ago: Salted Espresso Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies
Two years ago: White Bean and Garlic Scape Dip
Four years ago: Pistachio Gelato
Five years ago: Classic White Bread

Berry Trifle

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

A festive and colorful triple with layers of angel food cake, blueberries and strawberries.


1 angel food cake, cut into cubes
1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla pudding mix
2 cups cold milk
8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
8 ounces Cool Whip
2 pints blueberries, rinsed
2 pints strawberries, rinsed, hulled and sliced


1. In a small bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mix with the milk and whisk for two minutes; set aside.

2. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute, or until thoroughly combined and smooth.

3. Add the prepared pudding to the cream cheese mixture and gently fold and stir with a rubber spatula until completely combined. Add the Cool Whip to the bowl and fold it into the mixture until no white streaks remain.

4. To assemble the trifle, alternate layers of angel food cake, blueberries, the pudding mixture, strawberries and so on, until you get the top. Add a final layer of the pudding mixture, then arrange the remaining strawberries and blueberries in a decorative pattern. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. This is best served within 24 hours of making it, but leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.


30 Responses to “Red, White & Blue Berry Trifle”

  1. Sarah on July 4, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I love classic combinations like this! There are times when a bacon, caramel corn ice cream is what you want, and then there are times when only classic berries, cake and cream will do. The 4th of July is one of those times.


    • Mary Ray on July 4th, 2016 at 12:01 pm

      I can’t find a 3.4 oz instant pudding. I found a 1.34 oz. Is there a mistake in the ingredients cause I would think 3 boxes would be too much.


  2. Tieghan on July 4, 2013 at 12:37 am

    So gorgeous!! Happy 4th!


  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks on July 4, 2013 at 12:44 am

    Between this and your flag cake, you are so in the spirit of it all! Wish I had my act together this much & had planned like you did πŸ™‚


  4. Jenna on July 4, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Hope you have a nice holiday too! you have a creative menu and it’s great to have people over who share the joy! . And the berry trifle looks so good I’m starting to drool over it , OK no maybe’s this time , I WILL make it !! thanks for posting it πŸ™‚


  5. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) on July 4, 2013 at 1:41 am

    There is nothing better than a gorgeous trifle with fresh summer berries. Gorgeous!


  6. Christy@SweetandSavoring on July 4, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I think that’s one of the prettiest desserts I’ve seen in a long while! And this part about the Cool Whip and angel food cake made me laugh, because it’s true: “Suddenly, it’s 1988 and I’m in my grandma’s house again.” πŸ™‚


  7. Diane {Created by Diane} on July 4, 2013 at 2:00 am

    This looks delicious and well really the type of dessert that you hope company cancels and you have to enjoy it all yourself! Just kidding πŸ™‚ sounds so good in theory.


  8. Meg on July 4, 2013 at 3:03 am

    Happy 4th of July! This looks delicious! As an Australian living in London with predominantly American friends, I’m having so much fun getting into the festivities of this holiday. I really enjoy how patriotic everyone is for 4th of July, it’s great watching the creativity with food just bubble over.


  9. Beastie Bistro on July 4, 2013 at 3:43 am

    Bright colors, wonderful creation. Wish you happy holidays You All!


  10. Iprefercakestopeople on July 4, 2013 at 4:35 am

    This looks deliciously yummy. It contains fruit so it must be healthy too πŸ™‚ Happy Independence Day!


  11. Jamie @lifelovelemons on July 4, 2013 at 6:04 am

    How adorable for the 4th!


  12. Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen on July 4, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Beautiful trifle, Michelle! OK, this is really weird. Or, maybe just totally normal being here in the USA on the 4th of July…we have 3 things the same or similar on our menu today! We are grilling, but doing ribs and some wicked Baked Beans with a dark beer reduction. Making a new twist on that beloved (circa 1988) Strawberry Pretzel Salad, Mini Red White and Blue Mini Trifles in Mason jars with Lemon Cream Cheese Filling (from the Tutti Frutti Lemon Cheesecake Bites I recently posted) and Whipped Cream. And, corn pudding! It is simply irresistible with the ribs. Thanks for sharing and Happy 4th of July! xo


  13. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar on July 4, 2013 at 7:53 am

    This is just lovely!! Happy 4th πŸ™‚


  14. Angie on July 4, 2013 at 7:58 am

    What a perfect trifle for today, beautiful!


  15. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers on July 4, 2013 at 8:10 am

    Looks beautiful! Perfect recipe!!


  16. Nessa on July 4, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Yum! This looks delish πŸ™‚


  17. David at From Ballparks to BBQ on July 4, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    That trifle looks like it would be great for any occasion!


  18. Kiran @ on July 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    So beautiful and perfect for 4th!! Have fun πŸ™‚


  19. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious on July 4, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    What a gorgeous trifle! I may just have to make this all year long!


  20. Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl on July 4, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Can this get any more beautiful? Really pretty trifle!


  21. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet on July 5, 2013 at 12:03 am

    This trifle looks incredible!! Happy 4th!!


  22. foodfashionandflow on July 5, 2013 at 3:37 am

    this is the perfect 4th of July dessert. Looks so delicious!


  23. marie @ little kitchie on July 5, 2013 at 8:02 am

    Beautiful and so perfect for the 4th. Hope you had a great one!


  24. Miss City Chic on July 5, 2013 at 11:17 am

    omg this looks soo yummy! Trifles are my guilty pleasure!


  25. Thyjuan on July 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    This was an awesome post! So many favorite ways to use a fruit! Thank you for so many amazing dishes all in one fantastic post!! Hope you are enjoying all of these great dishes! I know I will be!!!


  26. Nusrat Azim on July 11, 2013 at 5:57 pm

    So adorably classic ! So patriotic ! So soulful !
    Your recipes and pictures always make my soul dance πŸ™‚


  27. Nada on June 30, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Why no jelly?


  28. Heidelind on July 6, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    I made this for a 4th of July party this year and it was a huge hit! The presentation was amazing, the flavor fantastic! My husband is pleading with me to make another one for us:)


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