Red, White, and Blue Trifle

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Sorry that I’m a little late in posting this. I made it a couple weeks ago, but because this week we celebrate Independence Day, the timing couldn’t be more perfect. Right?

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

Before I get started; I must warn you that this recipe creates a fairly large dessert. If you are going to a party with a lot of people, the size will be great. However, if it’s a smaller gathering, feel free to cut the recipe in half.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

For my trifle container, I’m using a giant glass jar I picked up at Walmart for about $10. I don’t know the exact measurements, but I assume it holds 2 or 3 gallons.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm
Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

I needed a quick dessert, so I took the easy way out with this recipe. Yep, I’m using box cake mix and Cool Whip! I will admit though, it’s still super delicious! If you’d like, I’m sure you can easily substitute homemade whipped cream and made-from-scratch cake.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

So the process is pretty simple. Bake your cakes (I made 9-inch rounds.), cube them, and start layering all of your ingredients. I even made a little Instagram video to show you the process.

Easy, right?

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm


Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

While I love fancy looking sweet concoctions, I also love desserts that look rustic and homemade. This is it! And let me tell you, this is delicious! The fresh berries in the trifle make the cake.

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

Thanks to my uncle for the photo of me proudly carrying my creation to the party. (Even if I look slightly crazy. )

Red, White, and Blue Trifle | Inspired by Charm

Hope you have a wonderful week and enjoy celebrating America’s birthday!

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Red, White, and Blue Trifle

Layers of red velvet cake, fresh berries, and whipped cream frosting make up this Red, White, and Blue Trifle.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4th of July, apple cake, cake, dessert, streusel, berries, red velvet cake, trifle
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 30
Calories: 187kcal


  • 2 boxes red velvet cake mix*
  • 2 pints blueberries
  • 2 pints strawberries tops removed and sliced
  • Frosting:
  • 4 tubs (8 oz. each) Cool Whip (I like the extra creamy.)
  • 4 packs White chocolate instant pudding (Cheesecake or vanilla work too.)
  • 4 cups cold milk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


  • Make the red velvet cake according to the package directions and allow the cake to cool. Using a serrated knife, cut the cake into one-inch square pieces and line the bottom of the trifle bowl with a third of the cake squares.
  • Next prepare the frosting. In a large bowl, beat the pudding mix, milk, and sugar with a whisk for about two minutes. Then, fold in Cool Whip.
  • Layer a third of the blueberries and strawberries on top of the whipped topping.
  • Layer another third of cake pieces on top of the berries to form a second layer of cake. Add more frosting and more berries.
  • Repeat this step one final time. Top everything off with the rest of your berries to complete the trifle.


*You will also need the ingredients required to make the boxed cake mix. Baked your red velvet cakes according to the package directions.


Calories: 187kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 256mg | Potassium: 216mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 74IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 90mg | Iron: 2mg

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  1. Just found this on Pinterest and as my family is growing by leaps and bounds with BABIES added x 3 in three years….PERFECT for our holiday! Sounds marvelous, everyone loves the ingredients, and simple!

    Thank you Michael – you do awesome work & are wonderful at sharing with us.

  2. Michael, You look so proud of your creation. Of course, you have every reason to be. It looks gorgeous! I’m sure it was delicious, too:)

  3. I’m so glad you posted this recipe. I had watched your video and it looked so yummy! I got my beautiful glass trifle bowl with stand out right after I read this post and on the 4th the family is going to be treated with Red, White and Blue Trifle. I knew I’d been “saving” that bowl for something special! Thanks, Michael! Happy 4th of July!!!

    1. Regina – I wouldn’t. But you can have everything ready to assemble the day of! It only take a few minutes to put it together once the cake is baked.

      xo Michael