Patriotic Trifle Dessert

I know Memorial Day is a couple weeks away but I wanted to post this trifle. I was recently asked to submit a red, white, and blue dessert for a 4th of July feature in a couple of months and this is what I came up with. Memorial Day is not about celebration but about remembering those in the military who lost their lives for our country. Everyone has the day off so it lends its way to BBQs even though it’s not really a holiday to be “celebrated”. So if you plan to eat on Memorial Day and need a dessert why not make this Patriotic Trifle Dessert. I came up with this recipe on my own. That doesn’t happen often but hey, it’s trifle…you kind of just throw things in. I love trifles because they serve a lot of people and are better when they are made ahead of time and have had time to sit and let the flavors blend. They are so versatile; you can use angel food cake, pound cake or even your favorite flavor of regular cake. This version has pound cake, cheesecake pudding, whipped cream, strawberries, blueberries and a hint of lemon.

 So if you want to make your own trifle you are going to need a trifle bowl! Don’t worry if you don’t win and don’t have a trifle bowl you can use a large glass bowl instead. My mom gave me this Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl which I love because the stand comes apart for easy storage and it has a lid for convenient coverage. It looks small but actually fits a ton of trifle. You can also serve layered salads in this or even use it as a centerpiece filled with whatever you want (whole lemons, whole apples). And no, I don’t sell Pampered Chef products but loved this bowl.

Patriotic Trifle Dessert and a Giveaway…
Prep Time
22 hrs 3 mins
Cook Time
22 hrs 3 mins
Servings: 16 servings
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 3.4 ounce packages instant cheesecake pudding mix
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 10.75 ounce packages prepared pound cake
  • 2 16 ounce carton strawberries, sliced
  • strawberries for garnish
  • blueberries for garnish
  1. In a medium bowl, combine cream and white sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. Set aside. You want a stiffer whipped cream for trifle so that it holds up over time.
  2. In another bowl beat cheesecake pudding mixes with milk for 2 minutes or until thick. Mix in sour cream and lemon juice. Fold in one cup of the sweetened whipped cream.
  3. Slice pound cake into one inch cubes.
  4. In a trifle bowl, start by layering ¼ of the pound cake on the bottom of the trifle bowl (A large glass bowl can be used if you don't have a trifle bowl). Next, layer ¼ of the pudding mixture followed by a layer of ¼ of the strawberries. To make trifle look presentable make sure each layer is distinct and separate especially on the sides of the bowl. Repeat layers four times or until bowl is almost full.
  5. Garnish the top of the trifle with the remaining whipped cream, strawberries, and blueberries.
  6. Chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
Recipe Notes
Recipe by The Girl Who Ate Everything

1) The pound cake can be replaced by angel food cake for less calories.
?2) Vanilla pudding can replace the cheesecake pudding.
3) Add more blueberries throughout the trifle instead of just on top.


Speak Your Mind



  1. That is gorgeous! I love how you can see it through out. I really need a triffle bowl! =)

  2. I’m not a huge fan of trifles, but I think I would LOVE this one (because I love ANYTHING with fruit in it), and I’d love to have the bowl!

  3. I love trifle – its the perfect way to serve an imperfect cake!

  4. Ooooh! I don’t have a trifle bowl yet! Janece has one and uses it all the time! Count me in!

  5. That looks delicious! Yummy! I love your blog!

  6. These are my favorite kinds of desserts. Cool and refreshing.

  7. Love a good giveaway!!! Plus I love the look of the trifle! Yummy!

  8. red white and yummy!

  9. I would love a trifle bowl!

  10. Another amazing recipe! It is beautiful and I would love to have a trifle bowl too! Thanks for the great recipes!

  11. Beautiful! And certainly delicious. And I’d love a shot of that bowl:)

  12. Your trifle is very beautiful! Magazine worthy I’d say 🙂

  13. I adore trifles! Yay!!

  14. I have always wanted a trifle bowl but have never found one in the small town stores where we live. I have many recipes for when/if I do get a trifle bowl though. They are on my wish list as well as the bowl. And that trifle you’re showcasing looks especially yummy. Thanks for sharing it!

  15. Our family loves trifles and I always have to borrow my mom’s, so count me in…

  16. what a pretty trifle! i love trifle bowls and this one sounds like a winner!

  17. i LOVE trifle and have been meaning to get a trifle bowl for a loooong time. i hope i win 🙂

    kaceykendrickwagner {at}

  18. This would be great for our annual Memorial Day BBQ. I would love a trife dish!

  19. I’ve been eyeing this trifle bowl for some time now. I would love to be entered in the giveaway.

  20. yummm! I will be making this for sure!

  21. What a fun giveaway! I don’t have a trifle bowl and I would love to have one!

  22. I have a bowl so count me out of the giveaway BUT I wanted to comment on how pretty this is! Great job, can’t wait to try it…I SHOULD wait to try it but I won’t! HAHAAHAHA!

  23. I would love to win a trifle bowl! I love your blog!

  24. i love trifle!

  25. I love trifles! And I love that trifle bowl!

    We went strawberry picking over the weekend so I can’t wait to make this soon.


  26. Wow…looks so delish! I would love a fabulous bowl to make trifle….pick me!

  27. I’m lickin’ my chops for that bowl, and everything that’s in it. YUM!

  28. This is gorgeous! I love it and can’t wait to make a big Trifle if I win!

  29. Um. Of course I would LOVE to win!!!! LOVE you LOVE your blog. MISSS YOU TONS!!!!!

  30. I love reading your blog…. I would love the trifle bowl but think I’m too far away. xx

  31. Count me in on the giveaway!!

  32. How pretty!! I made the red white & blue trifle to take to our family’s 4th of July gathering a few years ago & it was a huge hit! Would LOVE to have this trifle bowl, though, as all I had to use was a clear large bowl. If I win, you know what I’ll be taking to the gathering THIS 4th!! 🙂

  33. I just gave my mom a trifle bowl for mothers and Ive been thinking of buying my own. Maybe I wont have to!

  34. I am pretty new to your site but I really enjoy it. I have never made a trifle, but am looking forward to trying one. Thanks

  35. I have always wanted my own trifle bowl, I would love to win it!!

  36. I love your blog! So many yummy things. Count me in!

  37. Count me in – that trifle looks so delicious! And I might add that everything I’ve tried from your blog has been loved by my family (no easy task with 5 kids and picky husband!)

  38. This trifle looks amazing and I am so proud of you! You can totally make up recipes, you don’t give yourself enough credit. And don’t you think since I am moving you should rig the giveaway and I should totally get it? JK!!

  39. that looks delicious!

  40. Yipee, I love a giveaway!

  41. I love your blog! COunt me in on the giveaway, one could always use a trifle dish 🙂

  42. Wow that is beautiful and it looks so patriotic.

  43. That looks sooo pretty! Would LOVE to win a trifle bowl. I’m a sucker for pampered chef…

    ALSO, I have a bunch of pictures of food and recipes I’ve been compiling for you. I’ll email them soon.

  44. Hey! I love Trifle’s, I made a REALLY yummy one at Thanksgiving. thanks for the giveaway. COUNT ME IN! 😉 thanks!


    P.S. Just made your creamsicle cookies….DELICIOUS! I blogged about it!

  45. What a beautiful trifle! It sounds delicious! I’ll definitely have to make it, espcially if I win the triffle bowl. Thanks! 🙂

  46. Count me in on the giveaway as I will definitely be making the trifle this summer!

  47. That looks amazing! Especially in the trifle bowl. 🙂

  48. please count me in on the give away! I do not have a trifle bowl and I must make this beautiful trifle!

  49. The trifle looks awesome! And I am making your fiesta Crockpot chicken tonight, so excited 🙂

  50. A trifle bowl is the ONE thing I don’t have in my kitchen-I would LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!

  51. ahh Jonnie shattered my trifle bowl so this is much needed!! looks so yummy!

  52. I have wanted a trifle bowl for years, but haven’t bought one. I have a few yummy recipes, and oh that looks divine. I would love to win it!

  53. I would LOVE to have that bowl in my kitchen! It is one thing I don’t have and would put to good use and make this triffle ASAP!! 😀

    rjpowell25 (at) johnsfire (dot) com


  54. I love trifle and pampered chef! I love trifle because it tastes so yummy but it so incredibly easy to make!!!

  55. That looks really great! I find it very difficult to lay down the strawberries so clean.

  56. looks yummy! I’ve always wanted a trifle bowl but never actually got one.

  57. I would love a bowl like this

  58. Yummy!! I would love that pretty bowl!!!

  59. Did you not look up the other definitions of trifle before you, ya know, decided to create a dessert to honor people who died in service to our country? Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ, don’t get me bloody well started on honoring people who DIED with a bloody DESSERT— “Oh, sorry your brother or husband or mother or daughter died, here, have a trifle because obvs, it’s not that important.”

  60. I never win anything 🙁 so everyone else here has a chance. What I will be doing is making this trifle. It looks so fresh and mouth watering!! Thanks for the recipe. Mwah!

  61. Yummy! I would love a trifle bowl! 🙂

  62. Jacinda's happier sister says:

    Jacinda – go back to bed and then get up on the OTHER side. This is a food blog for crying out loud. What do you want her to make? Hamburger Hill???

  63. wahoo! I love a good giveaway!!

  64. This looks like art! Also very intimidating. I love it. I have not had trifle in about 100 years but this ismaking me droooooool…. Beautiful picture.

  65. So want to win this one…might make me actually make the trifle, it looks delicious!

  66. Wow, how beautiful! A friend of mine makes trifle with chocolate cake, chocolate pudding, heath bars and whipped cream. It’s all yummy!

  67. Oh, I have been lusting after this bowl for years and have been too darn practical to spend the money. I love the look of the trifle! Happy Memorial Day and thanks to all who serve.

  68. I would love this!! I’ve been seeing some yummy trifle recipes, but I don’t have a trifle dish yet!

    joellenzafacon at gmail dot com

  69. That looks incredible! I am a long-time lurker on your blog, but this is my first time to comment. I came here hoping to find some inspiration for dinner tonight. I’m sure I’ll find it, and maybe I’ll win the trifle bowl as well!

  70. I’ve never had trifle in my life. But I like the bowl.

  71. That trifle looks amazing! I love love love that bowl!

  72. I have always wanted one!!

  73. Your trifle looks awesome!! I would love to have a trifle bowl-I’ve been wanting one for years!

  74. OMG I have been wanting a Trifle bowl forever! Pick Me Pick Me!!!!!!!

  75. EVery recipe of yours is AMAZING! Can’t wait to make trifle!

  76. Can’t wait to make this trifle!!! I made your cream puff cake this past week to take into the YW in our ward. They loved it and I now i have my next treat all lined up. Thanks…

  77. What a beautiful trifle!

  78. hi– how do you serve this nicely??
    looks delicious!

  79. Oooh, that looks so good! I can’t wait to experiment with different fruits!

  80. I would love to have a trifle bowl! I always look at recipes for trifle then realize I have nothing to make it in!

  81. What a beautiful trifle! I love your blog!

  82. that is so pretty! looks great!

  83. I heart your blog… I’ve got my whole family and most of their relief society hooked on your recipes! I’m also the one who taught your sis in law Kristy how to make those oreo truffles that she made for Brett. Which I’m PRETTY positive resulted in them getting married…So basicaly what I’m saying is that I’m responsible for Owen being here and since he is so cute, I ABSOLUTLEY deserve this bowl 🙂 And if Owen could speak, I’m sure he would agree 🙂

    Even if I don’t win… I promise to still convert people to your fabulous blog 🙂

  84. Pick ME!! I NEED a triffle bowl!

  85. I just found you blog and love it! I love to cook and am constantly looking for new recipies and inspiration. I would love the Trifle bowl, my Grandma always made trifles, they are the best!

  86. Very pretty, sign me up too!

  87. Love your blog!!!! Pick me!

  88. I have been “blog-stalking” your blog! You have the best collection of recipes. I found your blog from Tricia I am excited to try this trifle. It is too bad I don’t have a cute trifle bowl!

  89. As my 2 year old would say….Ynum,ynum,ynum!!!! Sounds so good. Also would love that trifle bowl!

  90. I have been looking for the perfect trifle dish. No joke. I think this is the one.

  91. Hi Christy! I’ve been following your blog for a couple of weeks now and have tried a few of the recipes, much to my family’s delight 🙂 Thank you so much! Your blog is so entertaining….and please don’t listen to “Jacinda” ??? I thought you did a nice job prefacing your post while explaining the holiday and honoring those who have sacrificed theirselves for our county. Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to try it. Count me in for the bowl please!

  92. mmmmm. this sounds SO good!

  93. Your trifle looks delicious!

  94. This trifle looks absolutely delicious AND beautiful!

  95. We love trifle, and I make it once or twice a year, but I’ve never thought about a patriotic version! Even the Brits would like this! Beautiful–I can’t wait to try it out for the 4th!

  96. Holy moly there are a ton of comments on this post! I jsut wanted to tell you how pretty this trifle is- probably the prettiest one I’ve ever seen!

    ANd if I won, I’d make my first trifle ever. Thanks for the giveaway!

  97. Ahh, I figured it out. Yes, I would love a trifle bowl so enter me in the drawing! 🙂

  98. Beautiful trifle! Thanks for the chance to win this bowl.

  99. Man, just ubder the wire!

  100. Gorgeous! I don’t have a trifle bowl and would LOVE this!

  101. Love the blog!! Love the pictures, love the suggestions, love the cute stories about your husband and boys! Can’t wait to try the newest recipe and share w/ my family and friends.

  102. I think I’d like to start making trifles in a free bowl.


  103. What a beautiful trifle! Makes a wonderful presentation… Love your blog!

  104. MMMMMMMM! That looks so yummy! I just might have to try making that, but I definitely would need that trifle bowl to do so!!

  105. I could totally use this bowl!

  106. That trifle looks amazing. I would love to win the trifle bowl. Thanks for the giveaway. My email address is

  107. Yay!….and Yummy! Great giveaway Christy! =)

  108. This is making my mouth water! I love the way it is displayed in the Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl. I would love to have one to take to our cabin next week to celebrate the Memorial Day Holiday with Family & Friends. Thanks for all the great recipes. Last week I made your Fruit Salsa for Book Club and the ladies all wanted to know where I got the recipe. New followers. Have a great week.
    Kami Schmitt

  109. Am I too late? It is 9:55 am, although it’s AZ time! But, I would love a trifle bowl!

  110. I love this Trifle bowl! Your trifle looks so yummy!

  111. I love this Trifle bowl! Your trifle looks so yummy!

  112. Would love to win! Love ou’re blog!!

  113. That looks D-LISH!!!!!!!!! I would love to make it in that bowl too! Thanks for the giveaway!

  114. Looks Yummy!

  115. Oh I am so excited to make this on the fourth of july! I am just starting my a blog of my own and I think that your blog is a great inspiration.

  116. woo, sinful little treat. heh

  117. Wow this is a masterpiece!

  118. I just read through your comments and while jacinda is right in saying that a trifle will not take the place of a loved one who has served and died for our country, she/he could have been more tactful.

    There’s always one in the bunch, huh? Keep your head up and keep posting wonderful goodies!

    PS. My word verification was “bacon” ha ha!

  119. also count me in on the giveaway i will be making this for my husbands homecoming, a year in Afghanistan he deserves something yummy

  120. I just read Jacinda’s comment and had to say as a army wife, a air force daughter and navy granddaughter its not the dessert but the day thats suppose to recognize those we have lost. Thats why its a holiday its a day of recognition like Thanksgiving, Christmas, easter, etc they are all recognizing something this is just a treat you can make on that day or anyday,geez be a little nicer

  121. I made this today for a Memorial Day family dinner. It was the hit of the show. Even my fussy 4 year old grandson loved it! Thank you so much for a really great trifle recipe. It was as tasty as it was pretty. YUM

  122. Don’t know if you’re still getting comments to this post, but want to just add, you mention you’re not a Pampered Chef consultant? I am one (in Canada mind you) and wonder WHY NOT??!?!? You so should be – you get great tools and get to go out and socialize with others who love to bake, cook just like you. Anyway, can’t recruit in the US so this isn’t a true recruiting schpiel, but just thought I’d put it out there…your blog is great, recipes all look incredible and I bet you’d be awesome selling Pampered Chef!

  123. You know.. I was looking at that beautiful Trifle bowl, and was saying.. wow.. that looks just like a Pampered Chef Trifle Bowl.. then I read more.. and it is!! LOL
    I agree with ilanov.. I too am a PC consultant, and if you aren’t a PC consultant, you should really consider it, you with your awesome blog, and recipes, would be wonderful! I will tell you, I made PC’s Red, White, and Blueberry Trifle this past Memorial Day for our cookout, and it was ok, but not as pretty as yours is! I can’t wait to try yours!!!
    Thanks for posting it!
    Good luck, and love your blog!!

  124. says:

    Looks delicious! I’d love a trifle bowl 🙂

  125. I made this Patriotic Trifle and blogged about it. Check it out at My Kitchen Addictions.

  126. Definitely consider that that you said. Your favourite reason appeared to be on the internet the simplest thing to bear in mind of. I say to you, I definitely get annoyed while other folks consider worries that they just don’t recognise about. You managed to hit the nail upon the highest and also defined out the entire thing with no need side effect , other people can take a signal. Will likely be back to get more. Thanks

  127. I just saw this on Pintrest, so obviously I’m not in the drawing! As you can see by my website, I AM a Pampered Chef consultant and if you don’t currently have a consultant, I’d be more than happy to help you! I’m so glad you love your Trifle Bowl! I totally love mine, too. Hope your winner is enjoying her bowl!

  128. I made this trifle with just a few variations for my daughter’s engagement party and our guests were raving about it all night! It is absolutely delicious! I used homemade buttermilk pound cake and Instead of just adding the blueberries on top, I added them on top of each strawberry layer and I tossed in a few blackberries to each layer too. I also topped each layer with a very thin layer of the whipped cream. It was scrumptious! The only thing I did wrong was not making enough for seconds!!

  129. jessica savoie says:

    Making this for our Mardi Gras Krewe’s crawfish boil !! It would look awesome in a trifle bowl like yours. Please put my name in the giveaway.

  130. jessica savoie says:

    Making this for our Mardi Gras Krewe’s crawfish boil !!! Need to buy a trifle bowl though. It allows this beautiful and yummy dish to be seen !

  131. Looks great. Can’t wait to try it.

  132. Was looking for a great trifle dessert recipe for our end of season 11 year old girls’ volleyball team…I wanted something semi healthy. Loved the recipe with fruit and with adding the angel food cake…keeping the wonderful, all natural whipping cream though! Would love a bigger trifle since I can’t fit it all in my little trifle dish. First time on your blog…I’m trying to add better nutrition to our family’s diet with a change in menu! Appreciate the help!

  133. oh my goodness this looks so tempting I’m going to try it. Thanks for the giveaway!


  134. Darlene Hutson says:

    All I can say is your recipes look very yummy! Can’t wait to try trifle!

  135. Boy that looks delicious for anytime…I keep meaning to purchase one but always forgetful when I go to the store…I love everything mentioned for the ingredients

  136. this Tr
    ifle looks so pretty, I want to try it. Never made one before so hope it turns out for Easter.
    And this bowl from Pampered Chef sounds great with a cover and all. Thanks

  137. It’s beautiful, patriotic, fairly nutritious and it sounds delicious! I’m always looking for desserts for my diabetic husband who stays away from sugar. I would have to use the sugar free Jello (hope it comes in cheesecake flavor), if not, I’ll just use vanilla. I have found sugar free angel food cakes in the bakery section at our grocery or would probably bake the sugar free yellow cake mix that I’ve found-Might even use the chocolate cake! Will have to substitute “free” Cool Whip for heavy cream so it won’t be quite as yummy and rich. I wouldn’t think you could whip cream with a sugar substitute. What do you think? Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      I think the free Cool Whip is a good substitute and I would stick with that. Good luck! I think it will be tasty.

  138. I love your blog!EVery recipe of yours is AMAZING! Can’t wait to make trifle
    I would love to win

  139. EVery recipe of yours is AMAZING! I would love to win the Trifle Bowl

  140. Each recipe looks delightful, must try at least some of them…

  141. I have always wanted to make a dessert like this but I never found a recipe I loked until now. I’m excited to make this for my family. I have a large clear glass bowl that I plan on using.

  142. I have always wanted to make a dessert like this but I have never found a recipe that I liked until now. I have a large clear bowl that I plan on using. I’m so excited to make this for my family.

  143. Trish Lindsey Jaggers says:

    Oh, no! I would absolutely have to eat too much of anything displayed in this! This recipe’s beautiful and would be perfect for an early summer barbeque. I can also see this filled with an old-fashioned banana pudding! 🙂

  144. I always have to borrow my friends trifle bowl which is every couple of months. Having my own would be so much easier and less of a hassle and wouldn’t have to drive 25 minutes to get it.

  145. That looks amazing! Gorgeous! I’ve made a lot of things (check out my blog,) but a trifle hasn’t been on one of them yet. Hope I win, and I will make one! But I promise it won’t include beef sautéed with peas and onions.

  146. I love to make edible creations that look beautiful! I bake all the time but don’t have a trifle bowl yet and would LOVE one!

  147. I wish I had seen this recipe sooner. I’ve already shopped for all my dessert ingredients (all four of them) for tomorrows bbq. I didn’t know they made trifle bowls with lids. This is definitely something I’ll look into.

  148. Cathie Walker says:

    This is the most impressive and pretty trifle I have seen. I just love the red, white and blue layers. So patriotic! I will certainly try this recipe.
    Thank you soooo much for sharing!

  149. Tricia Gargon says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I am definitely going to try it and a trifle bowl would be awesome!!!!

  150. Theresa Stepkowski says:

    I have been looking for one of these bowls for about a year. There are so many things I could make in it, including your delicious treat. Please, please pick me!!!

  151. Your recipe has been featured here >
    Happy Wednesday and keep on desserting!