Easy Red White and Blue Trifle Dessert

This Easy 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 so 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 service men and women! We don’t say it often enough, but we love, honor and appreciate you. 

Red White and Blue Trifle

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.

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. 

 Red White and Blue Trifle

Red White and Blue Trifle

Yield: 16 Servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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
Yield 16 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 110 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 2g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 6mg Sodium 68mg Carbohydrates 17g Fiber 1g Sugar 8g Protein 1g
If you’re planning a patriotic party or any party soon, make this red white and blue trifle. Be prepared to share the recipe.

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Comments

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. robin Rue says

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

  5. 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!

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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!
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  9. 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

  10. 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!

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

  12. 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
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  13. This looks easy and I get to have my dessert and fruit at the same time I can get with that this weekend.

  14. Catalina says

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

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

  16. 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.

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

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

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