Dessert, Recipes

4th of July Patriotic Berry Trifle

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This is really easy to throw together and tastes so fresh and creamy! Everyone in my family loved this when I took it over to my parent’s house for Sunday dinner. And the best part is- you don’t even need to turn on your oven! I used an Angel Food cake that I picked up at the grocery store and it worked perfectly!


  • 1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced


Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread. Top with a layer of strawberries. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.


I found this recipe in the Food Network Magazine.

Here are some more of our favorite desserts:
Texas Sheet Cake Brownies
Take 5 Cake Mix Bars
Whoppers Blondie Bars
4th of July Firework Cookies
Fudgy Brownies

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  1. says

    I love trifles! I have one that I made for a Patriotic Holiday as well, using jello cake (in red and blue). Yum. Thanks for sharing,

  2. says

    What’s the longest you’ve ever let this sit before serving? I want to make it for our 4th of July family bbq tomorrow, but won’t have time to make it (we have a flag raising & ward breakfast at 6:45, kids have to be on their float at 8:30, first parade @ 9, second parade @ 11 and bbq is directly after). Will it be okay if I make it tonight?

    • says

      I usually make it on the day we serve it and whatever is leftover tends to get a little soggy by the next day. I am sorry that I am getting back to you so late! Your 4th of July sounds crazy busy (but so much fun!!! I love this holiday!).
      Have a great day!!

  3. says

    Hi I came across this dessert and im planning on making it for thanksgiving. I was wondering if I can use something else then lemon juice? This is my first time making it I am super excited cause it looks yummy. :) thank you.I

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