Easy Summer Blueberry Strawberry Trifle with Angel Food Cake

Summer desserts are all about fresh flavors, light textures, and vibrant colors. This easy summer blueberry strawberry trifle with angel food cake is the perfect treat for any gathering, especially for 4th of July celebrations.

With layers of fluffy angel food cake, sweet strawberries, and juicy blueberries, this red, white, and blue trifle is as delicious as it is beautiful.

Let’s dive into this refreshing and delightful dessert!

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Equipment Needed

Ingredients You’ll Need for Red White and Blue Trifle

  • 1 angel food cake (you can use an angel food cake mix or buy a pre-made one)
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Fresh mint for garnish (optional)
angel food cake

How to Make a Blueberry Strawberry Trifle

With its light and airy texture, fresh berries, and creamy layers, this trifle is sure to be a hit with your family and friends.

Enjoy making and sharing this delightful treat!

Preparing the Angel Food Cake

Using an Angel Food Cake Pan: If you’re making your angel food cake from scratch or using an angel food cake mix, you’ll need an angel food cake pan.

angel food cake pan

These pans are specifically designed to help the cake rise properly and achieve its signature airy texture. Follow the super easy instructions (just add water) on the mix box or your recipe, and let the cake cool completely upside down before assembling the trifle.

Buying Pre-made: If you’re short on time, you can buy a pre-made angel food cake from your local bakery or grocery store. Not the same, but they work in a pinch! You may need 2 or 3 if it is a small angel food cake loaf.

Making the Whipped Cream

You can purchase your whipped cream, like I did, or for an extra rich flavor and homemade taste, make your own below.

  1. Whip the Cream: In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until it starts to thicken.
  2. Add Sugar and Vanilla: Add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract, continuing to whip until stiff peaks form. Be careful not to overwhip, or you’ll end up with butter.

Slicing the Strawberries

Slice up the fresh strawberries and set them aside.

sliced strawberries

I used this awesome fruit slicer I shared along with 15 Genius Kitchen Tools to Help You Enjoy More Fresh Fruit This Summer!

fruit slicer

Assembling the 4th of July Trifle

  • Prepare the Cake: If you’re using a homemade or pre-made cake, cut it into bite-sized cubes gently using a bread knife.
cutting angel food cake into cubes
  • Layer the Ingredients: In a large trifle dish or a clear glass bowl, start with a layer of angel food cake cubes.
  • Next, add a layer of sliced strawberries and blueberries.
  • Top with a layer of whipped cream.
  • Repeat the layers until you’ve used all your ingredients, finishing with a layer of whipped cream. (I chose to only use the whipped cream on the top)
side view of trifle
  • Garnish: For a festive touch, garnish the top with whole strawberries, blueberries, and fresh mint leaves. I used a small sprig from my Trader Joe’s spearmint herb plant.
overhead view of blueberry strawberry trifle

Tips and Tricks for Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake with Strawberries: To enhance the flavor, you can macerate the strawberries by tossing them with a bit of sugar and letting them sit for 15 minutes. This will draw out their juices and make them even sweeter. (I highly recommend this)

blueberry strawberry trifle

Angel Food Cake Calories: Angel food cake is known for being lighter and lower in calories compared to other cakes, making it a great option for a ‘healthier’ dessert. On average, one slice of angel food cake has about 72 calories….winning!

close up of blueberry strawberry trifle

Can You Freeze Angel Food Cake? Yes, you can freeze angel food cake. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and aluminum foil, then place it in a freezer-safe bag. It can be frozen for up to 4 months. Thaw it at room temperature before using it in your trifle. However, I prefer fresh baked and it doesn’t take very long to make it.


Strawberry Angel Food Cake Dessert: If you prefer a more strawberry-centric dessert, you can use only strawberries instead of a mix of berries. The result is a classic strawberry angel food cake dessert that’s always a crowd-pleaser.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle: This trifle is perfect for 4th of July celebrations with its patriotic colors. You can add layers of raspberries or cherries to enhance the red hues.

final blueberry strawberry trifle

This easy blueberry strawberry trifle with angel food cake is a show-stopping dessert that’s perfect for summer parties and 4th of July gatherings.

With its beautiful presentation and delicious flavors, this red, white, and blue trifle is the ideal dessert to bring to any summer event.

blueberry strawberry trifle PIN

The combination of angel food cake, fresh berries, and homemade whipped cream is simply irresistible. Happy baking, and enjoy your summer festivities!

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