Today I share with you a little secret.  Prior to this recipe, I had never added the 6th 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!!

Seriously delicious Berry Trifle!
5 from 1 vote

Easy Very Berry Trifle

Prep Time 25 mins
refrigerate 2 hrs
Total Time 25 mins
These best trifle you will ever make... this one is a flavor punch in every bite!


  • 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 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Orange Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups angel food cake cubes


  • Toss berries, 1/4 cup of the confectioners' sugar, and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla in a large bowl. Set aside. 
  • Add orange extract, remaining vanilla, cream, remaining 1/2 cup sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Gently stir in sour cream.
  • 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.
  • Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve. Garnish with additional berries, if desired

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Reader Comments

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

  2. 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! 🙂

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

  4. 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! 😉

  5. 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.

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

      1. 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?”

  6. 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 😉

  7. 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!

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