Patriotic Berry Trifle: 4th of July Dessert

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June 21, 2021

Are you looking for the perfect dessert to bring to this year’s 4th of July festivities? Whether you are heading to a bbq, picnic, or any gathering, this recipe for a berry trifle is sure to please everyone. And it’s a perfect 4th of July dessert with its red, white and blue!

A trifle is an easy, make-ahead, dessert typically made with fruit, a thin layer of sponge fingers or sponge cake soaked in sherry or another fortified wine, and custard. It can be topped with whipped cream.

Our recipe foregoes the sherry for a lighter spin on the dessert.

Patriotic Berry Trifle Ingredients

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


  1. 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.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the almond extract.
  3. Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup, cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.
  4. Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light.
  5. Add the heavy cream, a little at a time, and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.
  6. Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish, sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries.
  7. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spread.
  8. Top with layer of strawberries.
  9. Layer the remaining cake cubes on top of the strawberries, then sprinkle with more blueberries and top with the remaining cream mixture.
  10. Finish with the remaining strawberries and blueberries, arranging them in a decorative pattern.
  11. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Need to make individual desserts? Take this recipe and fill paper baking cups with a small amount of each ingredient. Refrigerate and serve!

Have you made this patriotic trifle recipe or other 4th of July desserts? Share in the comments below!

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