A Very Berry Trifle

filed under: White Cakes on March 21, 2012

Today I share with you a little secret.  Prior to this recipe, I had never added the 7th ingredient in a trifle before. I was shocked at what it did to this recipe! Next time you make a trifle, be sure to try this!

Berry Trifle

A trifle is simple. Layer cake with whipped topping and fruit. But it’s how you make it that really makes the difference!

I chose strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries for this trifle as they just happen to be the most popular fruits in our house. Feel free to stick to one specific fruit or add whatever you fancy!

As I mentioned above, the 7th ingredient in this recipe is what really put it over the top for me.

I decided to make my own homemade whipped cream and added Orange Extract to it. WOW, did it ever make a huge impact!

Angel Food Cake

My recipe for Angel Food Cake is perfection, but in the off chance you want to save time, feel free to buy store-bought or even make from a box mix. No matter what you do, this tall and flavorful trifle is sure to impress anyone who tries it!

What is the best thing about this Very Berry 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!!

5 from 1 vote
Seriously delicious Berry Trifle!
Easy Very Berry Trifle
Prep Time
25 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
25 mins

These best trifle you will ever make... this one is a flavor punch in every bite!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Very Berry Trifle
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke -iambaker.net
  • 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 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
  • 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 a large bowl. Set aside. 

  2. Beat cream, remaining 1/2 cup sugar, remaining 1 teaspoon vanilla, and orange extract in a large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gently stir in sour cream.

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

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  • Annie @ Annie's Cooking Lab says:

    Yum, that looks fantastic! I’ve actually never made or had a trifle before either, but they always sound so delicious!

    • Amanda says:

      Ha! I thought I was the only one Annie! 😉

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar says:

    My Nanna makes such a yummy trifle. This reminds me of hers!

  • Jaime Boudreaux 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! 🙂

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says:

    So light and perfect for the spring and summer gatherings!

  • havie says:

    I got a trifle bowl recently, and I have been dying to use it! this gives me the perfect excuse!

  • Paula says:

    I’ve only eaten trifle once and it did not look as good as this! I must try adding orange extract to whipping cream.

    • Amanda says:

      Seriously… it was AMAZING!!! You gotta try it, then tell me if you do!

  • Bethany 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! 😉

    • Amanda says:

      Ooohhhhh…. you have to make it!!! Then blog it. So I can see it! 🙂

  • Jennifer 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.

    • Amanda says:

      Oh. My. Word. “It tastes like… feet!” I LOVE that episode!!! Thanks for reminding me.. now I am going to chuckle all afternoon! 🙂

      • Melissa 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?”

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

    So glad you tried trifle!! It’s such a beautiful dessert! We have it almost all of our parties, it’s just that fancy and colorful 😉

    • Amanda says:

      You are so hip!! I want to come to one of your parties. 🙂

      • Kiran @ KiranTarun.com says:

        Haha!! Come on over to Orlando!!

  • Faith 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!

    • Amanda says:

      lol Makes perfect sense to me! Be sure to share if you try one! 🙂

  • Rachael S 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!

    • Amanda says:

      Oohhhh… I would love to try that! See, I didnt even know there was a ‘tradition pretty french custard’ one! 🙂

  • Mom says:

    It looks amazing … will you make it for me sometime in the future! 🙂

  • Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says:

    I love making Trifles! I make a blueberry& strawberry one for 4th of July! Pretty much like this one! yum!

  • 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. 😉

  • 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.

  • 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!

    • Sandy 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! 🙁

      • Amanda 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! 🙂

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen says:

    I heart trifles as well, especially when they are filled with beautiful berries like yours.

  • grace says:

    good today, great tomorrow, even better the next day–i’m a trifle fan til the end!

  • Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) says:

    I must ask – if you never made a trifle before, what did you put in that trifle bowl? 🙂

    • Amanda says:

      I ran to Walmart and bought it!

  • Alicia says:

    Oh my word!!!! I am so going to try this!!!!!!!! YUM!

  • naomi says:

    Can I come over PLEASE? I would love to lunch and have this for dessert! 🙂

  • The Lumberjack's Wife says:

    That looks beautiful and tasty! 🙂

  • Terri says:

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