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Layered with cake, fruit, pudding, and whipped cream, this 4th of July Trifle is a fun and easy recipe for the upcoming holiday season. Tasty, fun, and a serious showstopper.

4th of July Trifle on white plate topped with a strawberry.

If you have never made a trifle before, now is the time to do so! This 4th of July Trifle is one that we always make for the 4th of July and Memorial Day.

This patriotic trifle is super fun and tasty and it is super adult and kid-friendly. It is also kid-friendly to make, so if you have some little hands in the kitchen then I highly encourage you to let them help out.

We love the layers that trifles give you, you get so much flavor in each and every bite. From the fresh fruit to the cake to the pudding. There really is no end and everything works together so well.

It is just an all-around great dessert for any time of the year, even if you do not decide to decorate it for the 4th of July, it will work for summer fun or just a fruity dessert that people will love.

With easy-to-find ingredients, this is a great dessert that you can whip up and bring to any gathering. It doesn’t take too much time either. 

Summer is the time I want all the fresh blueberries and strawberries I can find, so this dessert is really satisfying.

I love an easy and flavorful patriotic dessert and this 4th of July Trifle is absolutely one of them. If you want something fun for the 4th, then this is it!

Some of our other favorite LAYERED DESSERT RECIPES we have on our site include: Easy Tiramisu, Peanut Butter Lasagna, and Raspberry Icebox Cake.

Finished 4th of July Trifle showing layers, topped with a flag design.

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Readily available ingredients help this come together easily.
  2. You can decorate this for any occasion.
  3. Use any of your favorite fruits for this as they are a basic flavor.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • White cake mix
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Egg whites
  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Whole milk
  • Strawberries, plus more for garnish
  • Whipped topping
  • Blueberries, plus more for garnish
Ingredients needed to make a 4th of July Trifle

HOW TO MAKE 4th of july trifle:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with baking spray, set aside.
  2. Place the cake mix, water, oil, and egg whites into a large bowl. Stir it together with an electric hand mixer for 30 seconds. Place the speed on medium and mix for 2 minutes.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the baking dish. Bake for 29-34 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  4. While the cake is cooling, make the pudding. Place the pudding mix into a large bowl and add the cold milk. Whisk by hand for 2 minutes until it thickens. Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or until ready to assemble the cake.
  5. Once the cake is cool, cut it into 1-2 inch pieces. You may not use the whole cake.
  6. Place 5 cups of the cake cubes into the bottom of a standard-sized trifle bowl.
  7. Top with half of the pudding.
  8. Add the sliced strawberries.
  9. Smooth out 1 container of the whipped topping on top of the strawberries.
  10. Add another 5 cups of cake cubes.
  11. Add the remaining pudding on top.
  12. Top with the blueberries.
  13. Smooth the remaining whipped topping on top.
  14. Add more berries as a garnish on top in the pattern you desire. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.
Step by step photos on how to make a 4th of July Trifle

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

Yes, if you do not want to use a boxed cake mix you can use your own favorite homemade white cake.

You can also use a yellow cake as well.

Otherwise, you can use any of your favorite white cake mixes that you’d like.

The longer this sits the more moist it becomes from the berries releasing juice and the pudding.

I suggest making this just before serving or as close as you can to serving time.

You can have everything ready to go ahead of time and just layer it to serve!

Overhead of scooped 4th of July Trifle on white plate with gold spoon.

You’ve gotta have a red white and blue dessert for the 4th.

Why not do it with fresh berries in a trifle dish?

  • Lemon Glaze: Drizzle a lemon glaze over the cake pieces for a zesty flavor that enhances the bottom layer.
  • Cream Cheese Filling: Add a layer of cream cheese filling to create a rich and tangy taste, adding depth to your trifle recipe.
  • Almond Extract: Mix a little almond extract into the pudding mixture for a nutty hint that complements the layers of fruit.
  • Star-Shaped Strawberries: Cut some strawberries into star shapes for a festive touch, perfect for an Independence Day celebration.
  • Extra Sugar: Sprinkle a bit of extra sugar on the fresh strawberries and blueberries to enhance their sweetness and create delicious red, white, and blue layers.
  • Fresh Mint Leaves: Garnish with fresh mint leaves on top of the trifle for a refreshing finish.
  • White Chocolate Chips: Sprinkle white chocolate chips between the cream layers for added sweetness and a delightful surprise.
  • Toasted Coconut: Add toasted coconut on the top of the berries for a tropical twist and added texture.
  • Chopped Nuts: Include chopped nuts like almonds or pecans for a crunchy texture that contrasts nicely with the soft cake pieces.
  • Chocolate Shavings: Top the trifle with chocolate shavings for a decadent touch that pairs well with the creamy layers.

Patriotic holidays are my favorite. July 4th is all about summer, family and good food!

This is the perfect dessert for just such an occasion.

  • Box Mix: Use a homemade cake, store-bought pound cake, or even an angel food cake from your local grocery store as the base.
  • Whipped Topping: Substitute with homemade whipped cream using heavy whipping cream for a fresher taste and better texture.
  • Vanilla Pudding: Replace with white chocolate pudding or cheesecake flavor pudding for a different and delicious twist on the traditional trifle recipe.
  • Vegetable Oil: Use melted butter instead of vegetable oil for a richer cake that enhances the overall flavor.
  • Egg Whites: Use three whole eggs instead of egg whites for a denser and more flavorful cake, adding richness to the dessert.

This can be stored covered in the refrigerator where it will keep for up to 3 days.

Remember this will get a bit soggy over time, so the faster you eat it the better.

I do not suggest freezing.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • You can use a homemade cake for this if you’d like.
  • Angel food cake and yellow cake also work for this recipe.
  • Use any of your favorite berries for this.
  • We do not recommend freezing.
  • You can make your own homemade whipped topping if you do not want to use cool whip.
  • Other puddings can be used, see above for suggestions.
Spoon holding up some of the 4th of July Trifle from the plate.

Looking for that perfect 4th of July dessert that everyone will not be able to resist?

This 4th of July trifle is easy, flavorful, and the perfect choice. Happy 4th of July!

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5 from 3 votes

Berry 4th of July Trifle Recipe

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 34 minutes
Total: 1 hour 4 minutes
Layered with cake, fruit, pudding, and whipped cream, this 4th of July Trifle is a fun and easy recipe for the upcoming holiday season. Tasty, fun, and a serious showstopper.
Servings 12

Ingredients
  

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with baking spray, set aside.
  • Place the cake mix, water, oil, and egg whites into a large bowl. Stir it together with an electric hand mixer for 30 seconds. Place the speed on medium and mix for 2 minutes.
    1 box white cake mix, 1 cup water, ½ cup vegetable oil, 3 large egg whites
  • Pour the cake batter into the baking dish. Bake for 29-34 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • While the cake is cooling, make the pudding. Place the pudding mix into a large bowl and add the cold milk. Whisk by hand for 2 minutes until it thickens. Place in the fridge for at least 15 minutes or until ready to assemble the cake.
    6.8 ounces 2 3.4 ounce boxes instant vanilla pudding mix, 4 cups cold whole milk
  • Once the cake is cool, cut it into 1-2 inch pieces. You may not use the whole cake.
  • Place 5 cups of the cake cubes into the bottom of a standard-sized trifle bowl.
  • Top with half of the pudding.
  • Add the sliced strawberries.
    2 cups sliced strawberries
  • Smooth out 1 container of the whipped topping on top of the strawberries.
    16 ounces 2 8 ounce containers whipped topping
  • Add another 5 cups of cake cubes.
  • Add the remaining pudding on top.
  • Top with the blueberries.
    2 cups blueberries
  • Smooth the remaining whipped topping on top.
  • Add more berries as a garnish on top in the pattern you desire. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve.

Notes

  1. You can use a homemade cake for this if you’d like.
  2. Angel food cake and yellow cake also work for this recipe.
  3. Use any of your favorite berries for this.
  4. We do not recommend freezing.
  5. You can make your own homemade whipped topping if you do not want to use cool whip.
  6. Other puddings can be used, see above for suggestions.

Nutrition

Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 68g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 473mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 176IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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