Strawberry Summer Trifle

IMG_5960[1]Hi everybody!  Over the last few weeks, we’ve had a lot of outdoor activities and some fun summer gatherings with our neighbors. These get-togethers always call for a tasty dessert and lately, I’ve been throwing together a trifle.  This is by far one of the fastest, no-fuss desserts you’ll ever make.  I can literally throw it together in ten minutes and it is always a hit. Trifles are defined as a dessert dish made from custard or pudding, fruit, cake, and whipped cream layered together in a dish.  I grew up referring to this trifle as “punch bowl cake”.  It’s the same concept whether you use a trifle dish or a punch bowl, the only difference being how much you are planning to make. Punch bowls are generally much larger.  Also, the recipe below is just one of many variations.  You can change it up to include your favorite fruits, change the vanilla pudding to some other flavor, and I’ve also seen people add a layer of pie filling on top of the whipped cream layer.  I prefer it without the pie filling, because it is lighter and more summer-y to me, but it’s all about preference.  I think that my next variation will include banana creme pudding instead of vanilla.  I’m also thinking about mixing in some crushed pineapple at some point.  🙂

One final note.  This recipe is great if you have diabetics or dieters in the group.  Sugar free angel food cake, pudding, and cool whip can all be substituted, making this already light dessert even better for people who have to watch their sugar intake.

  • 1 prepared Angel Food Cake
  • 8 oz Cool Whip, thawed
  • 1 pint Strawberries
  • 1 cup Blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups milk

The first thing I do is prep.  This consists only of washing and slicing the strawberries and tearing up the angel food cake.  Told you it was easy.IMG_5963[1] IMG_5962[1]Next, you’re going to make the pudding/cool whip layer.  To do this, whisk together the pudding and the milk.  You want to make sure that it is entirely combined and then allow it to set.  This will only take three or four minutes.

IMG_5964[1]When the pudding has set, fold in the Cool Whip.  I would not use a mixer for this as it tends to thin the Cool Whip too much.  Just work it into the pudding using a spatula until it is well combined.


Finished Mixture

Finished mixture

Now it’s just time for the layers.  Basic premise is as follows: cake, pudding mixture, fruit, cake, pudding mixture, fruit, cake, pudding mixture, a few pieces of fruit to garnish the top.

Cake Layer

Cake layer

Pudding Layer

Pudding layer

Fruit Layer

Fruit layer

Keep in mind that it doesn’t matter how you add everything, but it will be visible from the outside of the bowl.  This means, if you are trying to make it pretty, you might want to think ahead of time about a pattern for the fruit and be sure to add the pudding layer neatly.  No matter how you do it, once you’ve finished layering, it’s ready to enjoy!

Finished product for the 4th of July party.

Finished product for the 4th of July party.


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