A Very Berry Trifle

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Today I share with you a little secret.  Prior to this recipe, I have never made a trifle.

Let me get even more real.  Prior to this recipe I had never even eaten a trifle.  (what was wrong with me?!?)


I was able to try out an amazing recipe, and boy am I glad I did.  The combination of rich angel food cake and fresh berries and the most awesome whipped topping known to man has changed me.

I now heart trifles.

But let me stop jabbering and share this delectable recipe with you!

Easy Very Berry Trifle

Makes 12 servings.

Prep Time: 25 minutes

Refrigerate: 2 hours

2 cups halved or sliced strawberries
2 cups blueberries
1 cup raspberries
3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar, divided
3 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract, divided
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup sour cream
4 cups angel food cake cubes


 1. Toss berries, 1/4 cup of the sugar and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla in large bowl. Set aside. Beat cream, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla and orange extract in large bowl with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gently stir in sour cream.

2. Layer 2 cups angel food cake cubes, and 1/2 each of the berry mixture and whipped cream mixture in 2-quart glass serving bowl. Repeat layers. Cover.

3. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with additional berries, if desired


What is the best thing about this trifle?  That orange infused whipped topping.  Seriously, I would never have thought of using  Orange Extract, but it is nothing short of scrumptious.  I am now trying to incorporate that whipped delight into everything I make!!






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  1. says

    I can’t believe there are those that have never tried a trifle! I’m not a berry person, except strawberries, but I make an awesome chocolate trifle! Very easy!! Chocolate cake, chocolate pudding and cool whip..layer then repeat! You can also make it cookies and cream with oreos! It can also be made with brownies instead of cake. Try it and let me know if you like it! :)

  2. says

    Triffles are on of my favorite desserts. My mom used to make a cake for my dad using that same whipped topping recipe – white cake rounds sliced in half with finely diced strawberries and whipped cream between each half. So, so yummy – and time consuming to cut up all those strawberries. So now I make it a triffle. LOVE! 😉

  3. says

    Now that you mention it…I don’t know if I’ve eaten a trifle either. Have you ever seen the Friends episode where Rachel tries to make a dessert trifle for Thanksgiving, but accidentally uses part of a dinner recipe in it, resulting in potatoes and meat in between layers of fruit and cream? Priceless.

      • says

        How funny! I posted a trifle recipe on my blog just the other day and I specifically mentioned the Friends episode. I love that line “meat, good. Custard, good. Jam, goooood. What’s not to like?”

  4. says

    I’ve had trifle once, and it was okay… But! I really want to make one myself, since I feel like they have a ton of potential. I mean, I love angel food cake topped with strawberries and whipped cream soooo… shouldn’t I love layers of it? This looks great!

  5. says

    I have made a few trifles but never the traditional pretty french custard one but its on my list. I love trifles and especially berry ones. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Windy says

    ::Drops voice to a whisper:: So I’ve never had trifle before either, muchless made one. It looks fabulous though.

    I bet it’s perfect on a hot day. This would be awesome for July 4th. And then Jaime Boudreaux had to go and start putting all sorts of other trifle possibilities in my head. All the dieting women in my family keep trying to make me stop reading all the foodie blogs, but I just can’t stop! You guys have sucked me in for sure. 😉

  7. Kim in MT says

    I’ve only made one – out of a flopped Peppermint Bundt cake. It was an excellent cake, but didn’t come out of the pan very well. So, Plan B it was! I spritzed the cake with Rum and topped it with dark chocolate curls and whipped cream, repeat. Yum. I need to do that again! This one looks super though – I have to make a dessert for Sun and this may be the one.

  8. Rachael Martelli says

    That sounds great. Its not Xmas in New Zealand without Trifle although ours is tradionally layered with Sponge (with brandy on top), peachs, Custard and then topped with cream, but yours looks much prettier!

    • says

      Trifles are a staple in Australia too! We make them similarly with the custard and fruit and cream, but I know we also make up some jelly (jello) and put the cubes of sponge IN it then layer that into the trifle too. Yummm! I haven’t had trifle in years since moving to Canada! :(

      • says

        All those variations sound wonderful!! I cant wait to try them. Hope you can make one soon too… sounds like you are the Trifle Queen! :)

  9. Terri says

    Adding mint extract to the homemade whip cream is my favorite around the holidays. Top cocoa, brownies, well….anything chocolate works! Lol