Easy No Bake 4th of July Trifle Recipe – Patriotic Dessert

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This 4th of July Trifle recipe is the perfect centerpiece for patriotic celebrations. Store-bought angel food cake, fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries layered with a cool whip mixture create a stunning and delicious no-bake dessert. Happy 4th of July!

4th of July Trifle Recipe

The Perfect Summer Dessert

A Patriotic Berry Trifle captures the essence of the Fourth of July. The layers of lush fresh strawberries, plump blueberries, and sweet, cloud-like cream nestled between soft, airy pieces of angel food cake paint a picture of the American flag itself. Each spoonful tastes like summer and feels like a tribute to the patriotic holidays we hold dear. 

This easy no-bake dessert comes together quickly and can be made ahead, making it the perfect festive dessert for any patriotic holiday. Serve it on the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, or Labor Day weekend. It’s a light, refreshing, and easy dessert to whip up during the summer months or any time of year.  

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Why you’ll love this 4th of July Trifle Recipe:

  • Patriotic Berry Trifle serves as a centerpiece, prominently displaying the red, white, and blue colors to celebrate the Fourth of July. 
  • Fresh strawberries, blueberries, and whipped cream offer a light and healthy dessert option. 
  • Nothing to bake means your kitchen doesn’t get overheated during the hot summer months. 
4th of July Trifle Recipe

What is a trifle?

Basically, a trifle is a dessert made with some kind of fruit, some kind of cake, and something creamy. Although trifles are simple, they are elevated to elegance by their fancy glass containers. Every kitchen should have a pedestal trifle bowl or set of mini trifle bowls.

Trifles are quite possibly the perfect summer desserts. They can be assembled quickly, you can make them a day before you serve them, and the single pedestal clear glass bowl makes a beautiful presentation.

4th of July Trifle Recipe Ingredients

Berry Trifle Recipe Ingredients

  • Fresh berries: A vibrant medley of freshly diced strawberries, plump blueberries, and juicy raspberries to layer between the sweetness of your trifle. 
  • Cool Whip: One 8 oz package to blend smoothly with the pudding for a light and airy cream layer. 
  • Angel Food Cake: A store-bought angel food cake or any homemade white cake, cubed, to form the base and alternating layers of this delightful dessert
  • Instant Pudding: Select from cheesecake, vanilla, or white chocolate pudding flavors – two (3.3 oz) packages to create the creamy filling that ties together the layers with its luscious taste. 

The Right Containers for Your 4th of July Trifle

When making a 4th of July Trifle, choosing the right container is important to show off those beautiful red, white, and blue layers. There are a few options you can use, depending on how you want to serve your trifle and how many people you’re serving.

  • First, you can use a large glass trifle bowl. This is a great choice if you’re serving a crowd because it allows everyone to see the colorful layers of cake, berries, and cream. A clear bowl works best because it shows off the layers beautifully, making your dessert look as good as it tastes. If you don’t have a trifle bowl, any large, clear glass bowl will do.
  • Another fun option is to make individual trifles in clear cups. This is perfect for parties or picnics because everyone gets their own mini trifle. Clear plastic cups work well for this because they’re easy to find and you don’t have to worry about them breaking. Plus, they make it easy for people to grab and go.
  • If you want to get a bit fancy, you can use mason jars. Mason jars are trendy and add a rustic charm to your dessert. They’re also very sturdy and come with lids, which is a great way to transport them if you’re heading to a picnic or a friend’s house. Plus, like clear cups, they show off the layers nicely.

No matter which container you choose, the key is to use something clear so you can see the colorful layers of your 4th of July Trifle. This way, your dessert not only tastes delicious but also looks festive and fun for the holiday.

Preparing the Fruit and Cream Filling

We want the cream layers of our trifle to be light and fluffy. Here’s how to make the cloud-like filling:

  • Combine the pudding mix and milk according to the package directions. 
  • Immediately add the Cool Whip and fold to combine. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator while you prepare the berries.

For the prettiest presentation, each piece of cake and fruit should be cut into similar shapes and sizes. Here’s how to prep the fruit and cake:

  • Rinse the blueberries and strawberries. 
  • Remove the tops of the strawberries and cut the cake into bite-sized pieces.
  • For this Patriotic Berry Trifle, I cut the cake in half horizontally (like a hamburger bun) and then cut the cake into cubes.

A Step-by-Step Guide to Assembling a Patriotic Trifle

Here’s how to put together your red, white, and blue trifle to create those pretty separate layers. 

  1. Begin with the base: Add a layer of cake pieces to the bottom of the trifle dish. Make sure the cake cubes are spread evenly up to the edges of your trifle dish. 
  2. Cover with the creamy filling: Next, add half of the pudding mixture on top of the cake layer. Again, make sure the creamy layers extend all the way to the edges of your trifle bowl. 
  3. Add a burst of color: Set aside a few of the prettiest pieces of cut fruit for garnishing the top of the trifle. Scatter a generous layer of blueberries, fresh strawberries, and raspberries atop the cream. Next, arrange some of the fruit around the perimeter of the bowl right against the glass sides so it will be visible when the whipped cream layer is added.
  4. Repeat the layers: add another layer of cake pieces, pudding mixture, and fresh berries. Continue until your dish is filled to the top. Finish with a final layer of the pudding mixture and arrange a few pieces of fresh fruit on top. 
4th of July Trifle Recipe

Letting the Flavors Mingle

Once you’ve layered your patriotic trifle with alternating tiers of fluffy angel food cake, creamy pudding mixture, and bursts of fresh berries, the next critical step is to let all those flavors meld together. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. This not only ensures that the layers are set just right but also that every spoonful is a delightful blend of all the components. 

Your festive dessert can be made the day before and stored in the refrigerator overnight. It will be ready to dazzle at your 4th of July celebration. 

4th of July Trifle Recipe

Keeping the Leftovers

After the fireworks have dimmed and the last of the patriotic tunes have faded, you might find yourself with more of our patriotic berry trifle than your party could finish. If there are any leftovers, just tuck them away in a covered container and slide it into the fridge. You’ll want to enjoy these leftovers sooner rather than later, so aim to finish them within 2 days for the best experience. 

4th of July Trifle Recipe

Variations of the Patriotic Trifle Recipe

Customize this berry trifle recipe to make it your own:

  • Use any combination of red or blue berries. If you don’t love raspberries, leave them out. If the blueberries at your local grocery store don’t look great, choose blackberries instead. 
  • Make your own cream filling using heavy cream and sugar, or opt for a cream cheese mixture. Choose a different pudding flavor such as white chocolate pudding. You can even use Cool Whip without adding anything else to it. 
  • If you’re not a fan of pre-made angel food cakes or can’t find them in your grocery store, opt for any kind of sponge cake. You can find a delicious pound cake in the freezer section of most grocery stores. 
4th of July Trifle Recipe

The Best No-Bake Summer Dessert

Making a Fourth of July Trifle is a fun and delicious way to celebrate the holiday. This dessert is not only tasty but also looks amazing with its red, white, and blue layers. Whether you use a big bowl, clear cups, or mason jars, your trifle will be a hit. It’s so much fun to make and share with family and friends. 

This red, white, and blue dessert is perfect for any patriotic holiday celebration like the 4th of July or Memorial Day. Of course, you don’t need a holiday to serve this light, delicious dessert. 

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4th of July Trifle Recipe

Easy No Bake 4th of July Trifle Recipe – Patriotic Dessert

Melisha Kreppein
This 4th of July Trifle recipe is the perfect centerpiece for patriotic celebrations. Store-bought angel food cake, fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries layered with a cool whip mixture create a stunning and delicious no-bake dessert.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings
Calories 182 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 packages pudding mix, 3.3 oz vanilla, cheesecake, or white chocolate flavored
  • 3 cups milk cold
  • 8 oz Cool Whip
  • 1 Angel Food Cake, prepared cubed
  • 1 cup strawberries sliced or diced
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup raspberries

Instructions
 

Make the Cream Filling

  • Combine the pudding mix and milk according to the package directions. 
  • Immediately add the Cool Whip and fold to combine. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator while you prepare the berries.

Prepare the Fruit and Cake

  • Rinse the blueberries and strawberries. Remove the tops of the strawberries and cut them into bite-sized pieces.
  • Cut the cake in half horizontally (like a hamburger bun) and then cut the cake into cubes.

Assemble the Trifle (or Mini Trifles)

  • Add a layer of cake pieces to the bottom of the trifle dish. Make sure the cake cubes are spread evenly up to the edges of your trifle dish. 
  • Next, add half of the pudding mixture on top of the cake layer. Again, make sure the creamy layers extend all the way to the edges of your trifle bowl. 
  • Set aside a few of the prettiest pieces of cut fruit for garnishing the top of the trifle. Scatter a generous layer of blueberries, fresh strawberries, and raspberries atop the cream. Next, arrange some of the fruit around the perimeter of the bowl right against the glass sides so it will be visible when the whipped cream layer is added.
  • add another layer of cake pieces, pudding mixture, and fresh berries. Continue until your dish is filled to the top. Finish with a final layer of the pudding mixture and arrange a few pieces of fresh fruit on top. 
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for about 2 hours. 

Notes

Variations of the Patriotic Trifle Recipe

Customize this berry trifle recipe to make it your own:
  • Use any combination of red or blue berries. If you don’t love raspberries, leave them out. If the blueberries at your local grocery store don’t look great, choose blackberries instead. 
  • Make your own cream filling using heavy cream and sugar, or opt for a cream cheese mixture. Choose a different pudding flavor such as white chocolate pudding. You can even use Cool Whip without adding anything else to it. 
  • If you’re not a fan of pre-made angel food cakes or can’t find them in your grocery store, opt for any kind of sponge cake. You can find a delicious pound cake in the freezer section of most grocery stores. 

Nutrition

Serving: 9ozCalories: 182kcalCarbohydrates: 34gProtein: 4.8gFat: 3.2gSaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 340mgPotassium: 127mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11.2gCalcium: 140mgIron: 1mg
Keyword dessert, trifle
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