Red White and Blue Trifle Dessert

by Alli

This Red White and Blue Trifle Dessert is perfect for your next party. It’s so easy to make because it features a ready-made angel food cake. It’s light, creamy, and delicious. 

I love patriotic celebrations, especially those that remind us of the brave men and women who keep our country safe and secure.  Thanks to all the men and women who serve! We don’t say it often enough, but we love, honor, and appreciate you. 

I recently made this trifle to serve at a graduation party hosted by our youth group at church. One of the graduates has joined the Marines so I thought a festive dessert was in order. It was a huge hit and many of the teens have asked for the recipe. Score! 

Trifle topped with strawberries and blueberries

Trifles are always fun to make because they are easy and oh, so tasty. These yummy desserts are simply layers of cake or cookies, fruit, and a creamy filling. If you ever have a bundt cake stick to the pan and fall apart after cooling, just make a trifle. Easy, peasy. 

For this recipe, I use an angel food cake. You can also use a pound cake or bake a yellow cake in a 9×13 pan and cube it. 

Start with an Angel Food Cake

This cake also has fresh strawberries made into a thick, delicious filling. The blueberry layer is blueberry pie filling. Of course, you can also make your own blueberry layer with fresh blueberries. I just happen to have blueberry pie filling on hand.

Red White and Blue Trifle Ingredients

  • prepared angel food cake
  • coarsely chopped and hulled strawberries
  • granulated sugar
  • fresh lemon juice
  • cornstarch
  • softened cream cheese
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • blueberry pie filling
  • additional strawberries and fresh blueberries, to garnish

Simple Homemade Strawberry Filling

Before assembling the trifle, I make the strawberry filling. It’s so simple and you only need 4 ingredients – hulled and sliced strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch. 

Combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. The strawberries will release juices as they cook. 

Boil for 2 minutes to thicken, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. The sauce will continue to thicken up a bit as it cools.

Cream Cheese Filling

While the strawberry sauce is cooling, make the filling by mixing softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk with an electric mixer on low. Fold in whipped topping. 

Easy Red White and Blue Trifle Dessert

Using a serrated knife, slice the angel food cake horizontally into two equal layers. If you’re using a pound cake or yellow cake, cut into cubes, if preferred.

Place a layer of cake into a trifle dish or large glass bowl.

This photo shows how to layer the trifle - angel food cake

Add a layer of strawberry filling.

Layer of Strawberry Filling

Top with half of the cream cheese/whipped topping filling. Add another cake layer and a layer of blueberry pie filling.

Blueberry Pie Filling Layer

Top with remaining whipped topping mixture. 

You may notice in the photos that I layered the trifle completely different than the instructions. Oops.

I added a cake layer, whipped topping mixture, strawberry filling, whipped topping mixture, the other cake layer, blueberry pie filling and another layer of whipped topping. Basically, I accidentally added an additional layer of the whipped topping mixture and almost didn’t have enough to top the cake. 

Side view of trifle

Garnish with sliced strawberries and blueberries if desired. Store in the refrigerator. 

Photo of Finished Red White and Blue Trifle

Note: I used a small punch bowl because I couldn’t find my trifle dish. I wonder which one of my daughters borrowed it. Hmmm. The punch bowl is smaller at the bottom than the top so it took 2 cans of blueberry pie filling. 

If you’re using a smaller bowl, it may only take one can of blueberry pie filling. But buy two cans just in case. 

Yield: 16 Servings

Red White and Blue Trifle

Photo of Finished Red White and Blue Trifle

This Red White and Blue Trifle has layers of angel food cake, homemade strawberry sauce, and a cream cheese/whipped topping filling. This pretty trifle is perfect for your next patriotic celebration.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 prepared angel food cake
  • 3 cups coarsely chopped hulled strawberries
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (16 oz.) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 cans blueberry pie filling
  • Additional strawberries and fresh blueberries, to garnish


  1. Make the strawberry sauce by combining strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil for two minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and cool completely.
  2. Make the filling by combining softened cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk in a mixing bowl. Beat until combined. Fold in whipped topping.
  3. Slice the angel food cake horizontally into two layers, using a serrated knife. Place one layer in a large trifle dish or glass bowl. Add the strawberry filling and top with 1/2 of the whipped topping mixture. Add the second cake layer and top with blueberry pie filling and the remaining whipped topping mixture. Garnish with fresh strawberries and blueberries, if desired.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 110Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 6mgSodium 68mgCarbohydrates 17gFiber 1gSugar 8gProtein 1g

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Caitlin May 24, 2019 - 7:38 am

I’m normally not a fruity dessert kind of girl, but this converted me! It’s delicious!

Amber Myers May 24, 2019 - 8:06 am

This does look easy–I might have to make it up this weekend. It looks like something my entire family would like! We love our berries.

cait May 24, 2019 - 10:42 am

omg not only is this dessert so gorgeous but i love how easy it is to put together and make too- im all about easy recipes esp when it comes to laid back bbqs with friends. def going to make this soon

robin Rue May 24, 2019 - 10:54 am

What a yummy dessert. I love how easy this is to make and it’s perfect for Memorial Day and July 4th cookouts.

Nancy at Whispered Inspirations May 24, 2019 - 11:20 am

Ohhh, this looks amazing. I love how festive it is and I bet it’s even more delicious than it looks. Bookmarking, totally making this!

Jill Robbins May 24, 2019 - 12:53 pm

This is so pretty. Also, you had me at cream cheese. I love an easy dessert, too.

Beth May 24, 2019 - 3:30 pm

This looks so pretty! A friend gave me a trifle dish that she didn’t want, but I’ve never used it. I have to make this recipe soon!

Theresa May 24, 2019 - 6:29 pm

I am so stoked that summer berries are hitting the shelves, and I think this is going to be one of the first desserts I make this summer. Looks so delish!

amy h May 24, 2019 - 7:16 pm

This looks so good! Not only does it look tasty, but it is so pretty looking! Perfect dessert for decorating up the table for the holidays

Denay DeGuzman May 25, 2019 - 12:36 am

This red, white and blue trifle dessert is spectacular! I’d love to make it this weekend, then again for our big 4th of July celebration. Thank you so much for this festive recipe!

Jhentea May 25, 2019 - 8:15 am

Oh my goodness! I love this so much! I will try this recipe this weekend. My son would be favorite this for sure. YUM!

Lisa Favre May 25, 2019 - 8:27 am

I love me a good trifle and this one is perfect for Memorial Day weekend! You did an amazing job and it looks so delicious

kita May 25, 2019 - 9:44 pm

This looks easy and I get to have my dessert and fruit at the same time I can get with that this weekend.

Catalina May 26, 2019 - 1:08 am

Oh my goodness! I am drooling over this dessert! A must try one!

Heather May 26, 2019 - 9:25 am

Wow, this looks amazing! I’ll have to give it a try over 4th of July weekend! Thank you for sharing!!

Terri Steffes May 26, 2019 - 8:51 pm

I love angel food cake. I love the idea of making it in a trifle. I think it would be so good for taking to a picnic.

Ricci May 26, 2019 - 10:13 pm

I love a good trifle! This one looks super festive and yummy!!

Michelle D. Garrett May 27, 2019 - 12:39 pm

All the yums! Trifles are my favorite summer / warm-weather dessert. Delicious and not too heavy!

Katy May 31, 2019 - 8:04 pm

Looks delicious! We just started a new link party called Handmade & Otherwise- stop by and join us!


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