This post was most recently updated on March 23rd, 2023
This angel food berry trifle is as delicious as it is beautiful. The perfect summer dessert with its layers of fresh berries, light cake, and cream! This post contains an affiliate link.
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Angel food cake with fresh berries and cream is my all-time favorite dessert recipe. It’s the only birthday cake that I ever request (besides the All American Chocolate Cake from Costco—let’s be honest). I love the combination of white cake and fruit. So fresh and delicious and full of amazing flavor.
I bought a trifle bowl a few weeks ago and absolutely love it. I like that it doesn’t have a stand on it which makes it much more practical for everyday use. It works great as a salad and punch bowl, too. Did I mention that it comes with a lid? Perfect for storing leftovers. Everything I make looks simply stunning in it!
Just look at those delicious layers of pudding and cream, cake, and fresh fruit. My favorite berry combination is strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries. The red, white and blue colors are perfect for the 4th of July. Raspberries are soft and break down easily, so I only use them as a garnish on top and fill my trifle with strawberries and blueberries. Blackberries would be delicious as well.
Angel Food Cake for Trifle
The decision to make your own cake or buy one is entirely up to you. I make mine using a boxed mix. You will use about 3/4 of the angel food cake to make this trifle recipe.
Note: you can also make this with pound cake.
Can you make berry trifle in advance?
This angel food berry trifle makes 12 delicious servings. You can bake the cake ahead of time and wrap until ready to layer the trifle.
You can also make the trifle the night before and let it sit in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
How To Make a Berry Trifle With Angel Food Cake
The first thing you’ll do is cut the cake into bite-sized pieces.
Beat milk and 1 box of instant vanilla pudding mix in a bowl. Fold in 12 ounces of regular or light whipped cream.
Spoon 1/3 of the pudding mixture into your trifle dish.
Add a layer of fruit.
Add half of the cake cubes.
Repeat with another layer of pudding, fruit, the rest of the cake, and end with the rest of the pudding mixture.
Refrigerate trifle 1-2 hours before serving for best results. The fruit juices, cream, and pudding soak into the cake allowing everything to meld and become soft.
Arrange remaining fruit to the top of the trifle before serving.
Angel Food Berry Trifle Recipe
Angel Food Berry Trifle
- trifle bowl
- mixing bowl
- 1 angel food cake homeamde or store bought
- 1 3.4 oz. instant vanilla pudding mix
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 12 oz. light whipped topping (Cool Whip)
- 1 lb. fresh strawberries sliced
- 1 pint fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- Cut angel food cake into 1" bite-sized pieces.
- Beat pudding mix and milk with a hand mixer until smooth in a large glass bowl. Fold in whipped topping with a rubber spatula.
- Spoon 1/3 pudding mixture into bottom of trifle bowl.
- Add layer of sliced strawberries and blueberries.
- Add 1/2 of the angel food cake cubes.
- Add 1/3 pudding mixture followed by another layer of fruit.
- Add remaining angel food cake cubes.
- Spread with remaining pudding mixture.
- Chill 1-2 hours.
- Add raspberries and remaining strawberries and blueberries to the top of the trifle before serving.
Bobbie Canton says
what is light whipped topping? is it a 36% cream or more an already whipped topping like cool whip?
It’s light cool whip (lower fat). You can use any kind you’d like, but I usually just buy light.
Linda A O'Connell says
Am I reading the recipe right that you’re using a 3.4 ounce box of pudding and just 1 1/2 cups of milk? I couldn’t find a 3.4 ounce so got three 1 ounce so would be using all three of those with 1 1/2 cups of milk, right? Thanks.
Hi Linda! Is it sugar free pudding mix? That’s probably why it weighs less. You can just use one box and the same amount of milk and it will be just fine!
How far in advance can this be made? Is the night before too long to let it sit in the fridge?
Not at all! You can definitely make this the night before!
Can you clarify if the pudding gets mixed with the heavy cream(instead of cool whip) ? Or are these separate creams
Pudding and milk are mixed together then the cool whip is folded into them. So just one pudding/cream mixture.
Shelley Tinoco says
I want to make this in 6-8oz individual servings. Can everything be prepared the night before and assembled the morning/day of the event? I don’t want the pudding/cool whip mixture to be too stiff or runny.
Hi Shelley, I think that would work.