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Red White and Blue Berry Trifle

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This show-stopping Red White and Blue Berry Trifle Recipe combines pound cake, fresh berries, pudding, and whipped cream to make the most luscious no-bake dessert!

It’s absolutely perfect for all your spring, summer, and patriotic parties and get-togethers. 

easy berry trifle recipe

Red White and Blue Berry Trifle

There’s something so amazing about a Summer Berry Trifle. The combination of ripe juicy berries, creamy pudding, and fluffy whipped cream is irresistible! And what could be more perfect for a summer party or potluck than this delicious dessert?

If you’re looking for an easy but impressively festive dessert to bring to your next summer gathering, look no further than this show-stopping Red White and Blue Berry Trifle!

Why this Berry Trifle Recipe Works

  • The combination of the red and blue berries against the white cream in a gorgeous trifle bowl makes for a visually striking dessert.
  • So easy to put together. 
  • Tastes amazing!
  • This Berry Trifle makes 12 large servings, so it is perfect for feeding a crowd.
red white and blue trifle

What is a Trifle?

A trifle is a layered dessert that typically consists of cake, fruit, custard, and whipped cream. Trifles can be made with a variety of different types of cake and fruit, and they are often decorated with nuts, chocolate, or candy. They can be made ahead of time, which makes them a great option for entertaining.

No matter what ingredients you choose, trifles are light and refreshing, making them a perfect ending to any meal. So next time you’re looking for a delicious dessert that will impress your guests, be sure to give a trifle a try.

Ingredients in Berry Trifle

Want to try your hand at this trifle recipe?  Make sure you have the following ingredients on hand. (Ingredients at a glance, find the full recipe in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.)

Ingredients in berry trifle
  • Mixed Berries | Any combination of fresh strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, or raspberries will work. You will need a total of 4 cups of berries
  • Pound Cake |You can, of course, use homemade pound cake, but I really like how the storebought poundcake holds up in this recipe. (Sara Lee is my go-to for store-bought pound cake.)
  • Raspberry Jam | Strawberry Jam or Blueberry Jam will also work if you don’t have or can’t find raspberry.
  • Instant Vanilla Pudding | You can use any brand of pudding for this berry trifle. Sugar-free vanilla pudding works fine if you want to lighten it up or you could even make homemade pudding. The recipe calls for 4 cups of pudding in total, so that is usually 2 of the smaller boxes. (Just check the number of servings on the box.
  • Cool Whip | Yes, you can use homemade whipped cream if you prefer. You will need 4 cups. If using Cool Whip, that is about 1.5 small tubs or 1 large tub.

How to Make  a Berry Trifle

1. In a trifle bowl, create a layer of butter cake using half of your cake. Then, using a sauce brush or spoon, spread a thin layer of raspberry jam over your cake.

stacking the layers of a berry trifle

2. Using half of each ingredient, spread a layer of pudding, a layer of cool whip, and a layer of sliced strawberries over your raspberry jam.

berry trifle recipe instructions

3. Repeat these layers using the remaining ingredients but using blueberries in place of strawberries for the next layer.

how to make a berry trifle

4. End your layers with cool whip topping and your remaining mixed berries. Create a design with your berries or scatter them evenly over the top of the trifle.

how to make a red white and blue berry trifle

5. Chill the assembled trifle in the refrigerator for a minimum of 1 hour (4 hours would be ideal) and serve chilled.

berry trifle recipe

Variations

This is a berry trifle recipe, but there are so many ways to change up a trifle recipe for a unique flavor combination:

  • Substitute mixed berries with all one type of berry or any other preferred fruits. Like this Strawberry Trifle.
  • Use a different flavor of pudding: Chocolate, lemon, white chocolate, or cheesecake would be great.
  • Use a different type of cake: You can use pound cake, sponge cake, last fingers, brownies, or even chocolate cake for a chocolate trifle.
  • Use different fruits: Peaches, nectarines, or maybe mangoes, pineapples, and bananas for a tropical trifle.
Berry trifle on a plate

FAQ’s

Can I Use Frozen Berries Instead Of Fresh?

For this berry trifle recipe, you will want to use fresh berries instead of frozen. Fresh is always better in no-bake recipes such as this one.

Can I Use Homemade Whipped Cream?

Of course! We all know homemade whipped cream is delicious. So feel free to use homemade or store-bought.

Do I Have To Use Store-Bought Pound Cake Or Can I Make My Own?

You can make your own butter pound cake for this berry trifle. You can also use yellow cake, angel cake, or ladyfingers for your cake layer.

Can I Make This Ahead Of Time And Freeze It?

You can make this berry pound cake ahead of time and freeze it for up to 5 months. You can then assemble the ingredients up to a day before serving.

Can I Make This In A Square Dish Instead Of A Trifle Bowl?

If you don’t have a trifle bowl, you can make this berry trifle in any dish (like a deep glass mixing bowl) that will allow enough room for layers. Depending on the serving dish, you could do one set of all the layers (like a banana pudding would be.)   Whatever works for you. The taste will be the same, but the presentation will look slightly different.

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Berry Trifle Recipe

Red White and Blue Berry Trifle

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 1 hr 15 min (includes time to chill)
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: desserts
  • Method: no bake

Description

This show-stopping Red White and Blue Berry Trifle Recipe combines pound cake, fresh berries, pudding, and whipped cream to make the most luscious no-bake dessert!


Ingredients

Units
  • 4 cups mixed berries, strawberries sliced
  • 1 (24)oz butter pound cake, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup raspberry jam
  • 4 cups vanilla pudding, prepared
  • 4 cups cool whip, thawed

Instructions

  1. In a trifle bowl, create a layer of butter pound cake using half of your cake.
  2. Using a sauce brush or spoon, spread a thin layer of raspberry jam over your cake.
  3. Using half of each ingredient, spread a layer of pudding, a layer of cool whip, and a layer of sliced strawberries over your raspberry jam.
  4. Repeat these layers using the remaining ingredients but using blueberries in place of strawberries for the next layer.
  5. End your layers with cool whip topping and your remaining mixed berries. Create a design with your berries or scatter them evenly over the top of the trifle.
  6. Chill in a refrigerator for 1 hour and serve chilled.


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 cup
  • Calories: 282
  • Fat: 11
  • Carbohydrates: 39
  • Protein: 3

Keywords: berry trifle, patriotic desserts, red white and blue trifle

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