Mixed berry trifle is the perfect low key summer dessert, and it is made with angel food cake, sweet creamy filling and strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
I wanted to get this quick and easy, no-bake dessert recipe out to y’all ahead of summer, and in plenty of time for the patriotic holidays, if you are tuning in from the good ol’ USA.😉🇺🇸
This berry trifle would be perfect for Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day…OR any day you feel like a delicious treat. Just look at all those pretty colors!🤩
Also worth noting that this recipe can totally be assembly only, which is winning in the hot summers. Fist bumps for not having to heat up the kitchen to get a yummy treat.😎👊🏻
The ingredients to make berry trifle are pretty standard.
You can use any pudding mix you like in this berry trifle, or use a homemade pudding if you already have one you love.
You can also use store-bought angel food cake. Yellow cake also works really well in this.
And on the whipped cream, feel free to whip up your own as shown here, or use any pre-made whipped topping from the grocery store.
In other words: make this your own, friends.😉👌🏻
Assembling Berry Trifle
Make the pudding first. Pay attention to which type of pudding you are using. Some (non instant) versions take more time to set up. So plan your time accordingly. I recommend instant for quickest results.
Next make your whipped cream. Again feel free to use store-bought as an equally tasty short cut. If you are making your own, an electric mixer is very helpful for this. Add the cream, vanilla and powdered sugar to the bowl and mix.
It is helpful to chill the bowl, as shown in the recipe card below. But no worries, if you forget this step. I’ve done it without, and it still worked out great.
Just be sure not to over beat the cream, or you might end up with butter instead. Timing suggestions are given in the recipe card below. In short, you want to stop once you start to see stiff peaks form.
Now that you have all your elements ready, you can begin layering in the trifle dish. Place a little bit of the whipped cream into the bottom of a trifle bowl. Top with half of the cubed angel food cake in an even layer.
Note: You want to place the cake along the edges of the bowl and then fill the center so it looks beautiful.
Next, spoon half of the prepared vanilla pudding over the cake.
Then top with half of the berries in an even layer.
So pretty already! 😍 Spread half of the whipped cream over the berries in an even layer.
Repeat the other layers one last time: cake, pudding, berries, whipped cream.
Finish the trifle off with extra berries on top of the whipped cream and a few sprigs of mint for even more color.
Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
Alternative individual berry trifles
You can also make these in individual servings, if you prefer. Isn’t this one so cute!?
Clear glasses show off the layers best. These would work well in mason jars as well.
Other no bake desserts
Here are other no bake dessert recipes you may enjoy.
- Easy no bake key lime pie
- Easy no bake lemon cheesecake
- Cookies and cream ice cream
- Homemade strawberry ice cream
- No churn vanilla ice cream
- Key lime pie ice cream
All of those ice cream recipes are “no churn,” meaning that you do not need an ice cream machine to make them. Yes, really!
Berry Trifle Recipe
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Mixed berry trifle is the perfect summer dessert, and it is made with angel food cake, cream filling and mixed berries, served chilled.
- 2 boxes vanilla flavored pudding mix (3.4 ounces each)
- 4 cups cold milk (any type, 1% cow's milk was used here)
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- ½ cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 ounce angel food cake - cut into 1 inch pieces
- 1 cup chopped fresh strawberries - plus more for topping
- 1 cup fresh blueberries - plus more for topping
- 1 cup fresh raspberries - plus more for topping
- Fresh mint for topping optional
- Make the pudding. Add the pudding mix along with the milk to a medium size mixing bowl and mix until it is smooth and creamy. Set aside.
- Make the homemade whipped cream (or you can use store-bought) - To make it homemade, put the bowl of a stand mixer into the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes (or a glass mixing bowl). Add the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla to the chilled bowl and attach it to the stand mixer (if using). Use the whisk attachment or hand beater and mix on low speed until it starts to get fluffy and thicker, increase the speed to medium speed and whisk for 60-90 seconds. You may need to scrape the side of the bowl halfway through and then continue mixing until stiff peaks form.
Assemble the berry trifle. Place a little bit of the whipped cream into the bottom of a trifle bowl. Top with half of the cubed angel food cake in an even layer. You want to place the cake along the edges of the bowl and then fill the center so it looks beautiful. Then spoon half of the prepared vanilla pudding over the cake and top with half of the berries in an even layer. Spread half of the whipped cream over the berries in an even layer as well and repeat. Finish the trifle off with extra berries on top of the whipped cream and a few sprigs of mint for even more color. Cover and chill for 30 minutes.
- Serve cold.
Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.