Repost: 4th of July Dessert – Strawberry Trifle

4th of July Dessert - Strawberry Trifle
This is a flashback post, originally posted here.

My sister wanted to be cutesy. So she made an angel food cake.
The angel food cake was a bit overdone.
Then she confessed she didn’t even like angel food cake. She wanted strawberry cake.
While this logic may seem lacking to you, it follows perfectly well in my family.

Edit: My sister did want to be cutesy but not by making an angel food cake. She wanted to make a Flag Cake. However, when she asked my mom to pick up a strawberry flavored cake, there was a misunderstanding and an angel food cake mix and strawberries were purchased. She does not now, nor ever like angel food cake nor does she intend to make angel food cake. Crazy enough as that is, the logic was sound. 
I asked if there was whipped cream. There was.
I asked if there was vanilla pudding.
After a moment of rummaging, we found a lone box of sugar free vanilla pudding. Good enough.
I had bought a four pound package of strawberries at Costco that day.
I announced we could fix all dilemmas by making a trifle. 

Wikipedia defines a trifle as “dessert dish made from thick (or often solidified) custardfruitsponge cake, fruit juice or gelatin, and whipped cream. These ingredients are usually arranged in layers with fruit and sponge on the bottom, and custard and cream on top.”
{Or in other words, one of those fancy layered dishes in a clear glass bowl.}

The beauty of this dessert is that it looks pretty but it is so simple.
I’ve made it before and it was very well received. In just a few moments, we had our layered dessert–the most complicated step being “slice the strawberries.”

This is a really fun dessert for the 4th of July–especially if you throw a few blueberries into the mix! Very “cutesy!”

Strawberry Punch Bowl Cake

Strawberry Trifle

Strawberry Trifle


  • 1 angel food cake (homemade, from a box, or store-bought)
  • 1 small package vanilla pudding
  • 2 c. milk
  • 8 oz. carton whipped topping (Cool Whip)
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, washed and hulled.
  • 1 c. blueberries, washed (optional)


  1. Slice strawberries and set aside. Save a few for garnishing the top.
  2. Tear angel food cake into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together vanilla pudding and milk, then mix in whipped topping until creamy.
  4. Layer 1/3 of angel food cake on bottom of trifle bowl.
  5. Top with 1/3 of pudding mixture.
  6. Add about 1/2 your strawberries. I try to make some of the strawberries visible from the outside of the bowl. If using, add about 1/2 c. blueberries.
  7. Layer angel food cake, pudding, strawberries and blueberries (reserve some blueberries for the top).
  8. Add another angel food cake layer, pudding layer.
  9. Garnish with the reserved strawberries and blueberries.

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