Summer Berry Trifle

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This summer berry trifle is the best picnic dessert ever. It is wonderful for summer because it is is light, refreshing and so tempting on a hot summer day. Beautiful to look at and healthy too.
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
A bowl of Summer Berry Trifle.

This summer berry trifle is the best picnic dessert ever. It is wonderful for summer because it is is light, refreshing and so tempting on a hot summer day. Beautiful to look at and healthy too.

A bowl of Summer Berry Trifle.

If you love fresh, than this Summer Berry Trifle is for you. It is light, refreshing, packed with fruity goodness and it a great way to display your patriotism. Pretty neat for a dessert huh. This will sure to be the centerpiece to your summer entertaining. Great for patriotic holidays such as Memorial Day or whenever you want an easy summer dessert.

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What We Love About This Fruit Trifle Recipe

A trifle is a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream. Find out more about this British delicacy here.

  • A Few Minutes: Truly it only takes minutes to make this berries trifle recipe.
  • Easy Ingredients: All found in pantry or fridge,
  • Adaptable: Can make it low-carb,dairy free, etc…
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Can make individual desserts or make great leftovers.
A close up on the Summer Berry Trifle.

Ingredient Notes for Basic Trifle Recipe

  • Pound cake, your favorite pound cake recipe, baked, cooled and cut into cubes
  • Fresh Strawberries, sliced
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • 1 (3.9 oz) package of instant vanilla pudding, prepared according to package directions
  • lemon, for lemon zest
  • (16 oz) container Whipped Topping, thawed and divided: Make your own whipped cream or cool whip if you prefer with heavy whipped cream, vanilla extract etc.
Pound cake, fresh berries and whipped topping.

Equipment Needed for Traditional English Trifle

How to Make Cake Trifle Recipe

These are the basic steps for making berry trifle recipes. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions and nutrition information.

making and beating the filling for the Summer Berry Trifle.

STEP 1: PUDDING

First, prepare the instant pudding according to the package directions. Then add the zest of a lemon to the pudding mixture.

STEP 2: FOLD

Next, fold half of the whipped cream mixture into the pudding for the summer berries delicious dessert trifle.

STEP 3: BUILD

In a large trifle bowl, arrange a single even layer of cubed pound cake and then spread half of the pudding mixture on top the pound cake layer. Next, spread a layer of strawberries on top the pudding.

Mixing the whipped topping and finishing the Summer Berry Trifle .

STEP 4: LAYER

Top with another layer of pound cake and then another layer of pudding.Place a layer of blueberries on top of the pudding.

STEP 5: BRIEF INSTRUCTION

Finally, top with reserved whipped topping and garnish with berries.Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Prep and Storage Tips for Best Trifle Recipe

HOW TO MAKE THIS CAKE TRIFLE RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

This recipe can be assembled a few hours ahead of time, however for best results, prep all your ingredients ahead of time and then the next day assemble before ready to serve so that the fruit does not bleed to much.

HOW TO STORE THIS SUMMER TRIFLE RECIPE

Always store in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve to keep fresh and to prevent spoilage. Cover well with plastic wrap.

CAN YOU FREEZE A TRIFLE?

Indeed, it is ok to freeze a trifle for up to three months. However, it is not recommended as it is better fresh. The consistency of the dessert will definitely suffer for freezing.

Frequently Asked Questions about Summer Trifle

HOW TO MAKE THIS CLASSIC ENGLISH TRIFLE RECIPE HEALTHIER?

You can make a slim downed version of this dish by using low fat or fat free pudding and whipped topping.

CAN I SUBSTITUTE DIFFERENT BERRIES OR FRUIT FOR THIS BERRY TRIFLE RECIPE?

Of course, this patriotic trifle is red white and blue inspired however you can use whatever fruit that you enjoy, blackberries, mixed berries, stone fruits etc.

CAN THIS LOVELY DESSERT RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Yes, adjust the recipe for the amount of people that you need to feed. No trifle bowl or trifle dish? Use a clear glass bowl, mason jars or glass cups.

WHAT OTHER FILINGS CAN I USE FOR THIS BERRY TRIFLE?

Custards, cheesecake, raspberry jam, lemon curd, pastry cream, mascarpone cheese or cream cheese filings can be used for the trifle. Use what you enjoy,

A board with the trifle sitting on it.

Expert Tips for Making This Summer Trifle Recipes

  • Add Crunch: Top with a layer of nuts or crushed cookies for a wonderful crunch to this simple trifle recipe.
  • Short cut tip: Cheat and buy premade delicious pound cake from your grocery store.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to use a chocolate cake. it is really wonderful too.
  • Alternate ingredient: Fresh mint on top to decorate this mixed berry trifle.

What to Serve with Summer Berry Trifle

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A bowl of Summer Berry Trifle.

Summer Berry Trifle

Yield: 6 servings
Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 10 minutes
This summer berry trifle is the best picnic dessert ever. It is wonderful for summer because it is is light, refreshing and so tempting on a hot summer day. Beautiful to look at and healthy too.
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound cake, baked, cooled and cut into cubes
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 pint fresh blueberries
  • 3.9 ounces instant vanilla pudding, , prepared according to package directions
  • 1 lemon, zested
  • 16 ounces whipped topping, thawed and divided

Instructions

  • Prepare instant vanilla pudding according to package directions.
  • Add the zest of a lemon to the pudding and stir to combine.
  • Fold half of the whipped topping into the pudding.
  • In a large trifle bowl, arrange a single layer of cubed pound cake.
  • Spread half of the pudding mixture on top the pound cake.
  • Spread a layer of strawberries on top the pudding.
  • Top with another layer of pound cake and then another layer of pudding.
  • Place a layer of blueberries on top of the pudding.
  • Top with reserved whipped topping and garnish with berries.
  • Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Expert Tips

 
  • Add Crunch: Top with a layer of nuts or crushed cookies for a wonderful crunch to this simple trifle recipe.
  • Short cut tip: Cheat and buy premade delicious pound cake from your grocery store.
  • Variation tip: Feel free to use a chocolate cake. it is really wonderful too.
  • Alternate ingredient: Fresh mint on top to decorate this mixed berry trifle.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 586kcal | Carbohydrates: 113g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 697mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 75g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 237mg | Iron: 2mg
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of July, summer, Triffle

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  2. I bet your son really enjoyed hearing everything his uncle had to say! And that Trifle sounds yummy & would be great for July 4th. #client

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