Mixed Berry Trifle

by Shawnda on July 5, 2008

in Cakes, Cupcakes & Brownies,Diabetic-friendly,Fruit,Strawberries

Mixed Berry Trifle

Three day weekends around the casa are never really very relaxing. There’s always a project to be done, another item on a to-do list, or a box to check: whether it’s remodeling a bathroom, repainting a room, installing hardwoods or replacing baseboards and crown molding. We live in a perpetual construction zone. I don’t know why we don’t have our own DIY show…

Okay, so I do know why we aren’t on TV. I’m lazy. I’ll look for any excuse not to work. Post-project clean up? I’d rather do laundry. And that’s really saying something. But a family barbecue takes precedent over most DIY projects… depending on who is there :)

A typical family barbecue, the dinner buffet features 5 different cuts of meat – 14 if you count the hot dogs – potato salad and baked beans among other things. It’s like Thanksgiving, only everything is either hickory or mesquite smoked. And it’s July. And there’s no football to root for whoever is playing the Cowboys after dinner.

We could have stayed with the theme and sprinkled sugar on an Acme brick. Instead, we went bright & light with a cool and refreshing berry trifle.

Mixed Berry Trifle

A quick trip to the store for on-sale berries and an angel food cake makes this dessert come together in no time. A dessert that tastes a lot of work but isn’t is my kind of dessert!

Mixed Berry Trifle

Fresh angel food cake is layered with whipped cream and fresh mixed berries for an easy-to-serve dessert.


  • For the whipped cream
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp orange liqueur
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Sugar, to taste
  • For assembly and garnish
  • 1 angel food cake (purchased or homemade)
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1 pint raspberries
  • 2 pints strawberries (alternately, 1 recipe of Scotts Strawberry Sauce)
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp orange liqueur


  1. Rinse fruit well and pat dry.
  2. Hull strawberries and slice. Place in a bowl with sugar and orange liqueur.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature while prepping the dessert. Stir occasionally.
  4. To prepare the whipped cream: Whisk cream on high until thickened.
  5. Add orange liqueur and a pinch of cinnamon, whisk until combined. Sweeten to taste.
  6. To assemble the trifle: Use a serrated knife to cut the cake into 1-inch slices.
  7. Layer the cake onto the bottom of a trifle bowl. Cover with 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture (about 1 cup), spreading evenly. Top with 1/2 of the strawberry mixture.
  8. Top with second layer of cake slices. Cover with 1/3 of the whipped cream mixture (about 1 cup), spreading evenly. Top with remaining strawberries and 1/3 of the blueberries.
  9. Top with remaining cake slices.
  10. Cover with the last of the whipped cream mixture and spread evenly. Arrange raspberries around the edge of the trifle bowl and add the rest of the blueberries.
  11. Chill until you're ready for dessert. Use a large spoon to scoop out servings.


Yields: ~12-16 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride, inspired by The Gourmet Cookbook

Estimated time: 30 minutes


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Silvia July 6, 2008 at 6:55 am

not only this trifle look soooo delicious but also the photo are great indeed!! i would love to taste a little bit of that even right now..:-D but I’m nearly sure it’s already finished!
have a good sunday!


2 Amanda July 6, 2008 at 9:14 am

The best thing about this dessert is how colorful it is. It really just pops out. When I made trifles before, I used a more custard-like filling, not so heavy cream based. Do you think a whipping cream filling instead? Does it melt under the heat?


3 grace July 6, 2008 at 3:01 pm

that is a GORGEOUS dessert, and i know for a fact that it’s delicious. it’s also very impressive and about 483 times better than an acme brick. :)


4 maybelles mom (feeding maybelle) July 7, 2008 at 7:24 pm

This is a gorgeous dessert; though it seems to have a very apt name. I have made something similar with only strawberries. often I use lemon curd and whipping cream. Or else, I use a custard.


5 Amanda July 8, 2008 at 1:41 pm

A dessert that tastes like a lot of work, but isn’t really a lot of work is my kind of dessert as well. And this one looks perfect!


6 Sharona May July 9, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Looks wonderful and like a perfect July dessert. Way to go!

Sharona May


7 hong July 10, 2008 at 5:00 pm

Beautiful shape I have seen for the first time. Good job.


8 Kristen July 11, 2008 at 8:03 pm

Beautiful! This looks like a wonderful dessert! Worth the effort.


9 Jessica July 13, 2008 at 11:05 pm

Looks absolutely delicious and such a great way to do the patriotic dessert!


10 Lori July 14, 2008 at 3:26 pm

i want some!! man, that’s gorgeous.


11 farida July 15, 2008 at 12:40 pm

What a gorgeous looking dessert! I can’t take my eyes off the screen! Beautiful! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us.


12 Katie July 24, 2008 at 3:05 pm

This looks great and I love me some trifle. The pattern on the top is great!


13 cohnsey August 4, 2008 at 12:14 am

this looks yummy..and healthy! :O)


14 jiyang December 12, 2008 at 1:20 am

This looks wonderful i like:)


15 Used Forklifts March 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm

That’s a massive cake – looks great though. Thanks for the tips, I believe I’ll be making Berry Trifle for my next dinner party.


16 Angie@Angie's Recipes June 15, 2012 at 12:21 pm

What a stunning looking trifle!


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