This Creamsicle Trifle is a refreshing dessert featuring layers of angel food cake, homemade orange curd, and light, fluffy whipped cream. Not only is it delicious, but it also looks as good as it tastes when showcased in a clear dish! For a pop of color and extra flair, garnish the trifle with mint and orange slices. If you enjoy this, you might also like my Lemon Cream Trifle made with homemade lemon curd.

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Orange Creamsicle Trifle Ingredients & Smart Substitutions

  • Angel Food Cake: For this dessert, you could use a storebought cake or make my homemade angel food cake, which is light, moist, and airy, just what you want in an angel food cake. A sponge cake or pound cake would also be delicious.
  • Orange Curd: Orange curd is a spread or filling that I enjoy eating on its own, it’s so good! Yes, you could buy a jar at the store, but I encourage you to make homemade orange curd for the most flavor.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: Heavy whipping cream, also known as heavy cream, is a liquid with 36-40% fat. This will be mixed with confectioners’ sugar for the whipped cream layers. Store-bought whipped topping, like Cool Whip, could also work for the layers.
  • Garnish: Mint and orange slices are optional, but they each add a pop of color and a little more flavor to each bite! Orange zest would also add a little color and flavor.
Top of an Creamsicle Trifle on a white counter surrounded by oranges and mint.

Can I Make This Creamsicle Trifle Ahead Of Time?

You can certainly get the parts of the trifle made in advance, but I would wait until ready to serve before assembling it. The orange curd can be made and stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to a week or two. Angel food cake will last at room temperature for a couple of days or in the refrigerator for up to a week. If making homemade whipped cream, wait until assembly to whip it up.

Taking a scoop of Creamsicle Trifle on a white counter surrounded by oranges and mint.

Individual Servings of Creamsicle Trifle: Perfect for Parties and Gatherings

For a fun way to serve this dessert, offer it in individual glasses or jars! Simply repeat the layers in cups or jars, and then top each with some mint and/or orange slices. It’s a cute and convenient way to serve this take on a classic creamsicle treat.

Individual portions of Creamsicle Trifle on a white counter surrounded by oranges and mint.

How To Store This Creamsicle Trifle

If possible, enjoy the creamsicle trifle the day it is made. However, you can keep it in the refrigerator, covered, for up to 2-3 days. The longer it is stored, the soggier the cake pieces can become.

Straight on view of Creamsicle Trifle on a white counter surrounded by oranges and mint.
5 from 1 vote

Creamsicle Trifle

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
This Creamsicle Trifle is a refreshing dessert featuring layers of angel food cake, homemade orange curd, and light, fluffy whipped cream. Not only is it delicious, but it also looks as good as it tastes when showcased in a trifle dish!

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch angel food cake, cut into bite-size cubes (about 7 cups), divided
  • 1 ¼ cups orange curd, storebought or homemade, divided
  • 2 cups (476 g) heavy whipping cream
  • ½ cup (62.5 g) confectioners' sugar
  • mint, for garnish (optional)
  • orange slices, for garnish (optional)

Instructions

  • To the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add heavy cream. Start mixing at the lowest speed, and then gradually increase the speed to medium until the cream starts to get thicker. (The gradual progression prevents you from spraying yourself with cream.)
  • Reduce mixing speed to low. Slowly add the confectioners' sugar and increase to medium speed, eventually moving to high speed.
  • Mix on high until the cream thickens and starts to peak. Aim for soft peaks, or whipped cream that holds its shape briefly before falling back into the cream. Use the whipped cream immediately in the dessert.

Assembly

  • In a large trifle bowl, layer ⅓ of angel food cake cubes, ⅓ of the whipped cream mixture, and ½ of the orange curd. Follow with another ⅓ cake, ⅓ whipped cream, and remaining curd. Top with the rest of the cake and the remaining whipped cream.
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:

Autumn

This dessert is perfectly light and airy, a definite winner for me!

Elizabeth

This wasn't too bad. I love the textures, but I am more of a strawberry or blueberry dessert kind of gal.

Selena

I love this creamsicle trifle! The orange curd is so flavorful, and I like how it pairs with the lightness of the angel food cake. And that whipped cream on top? Absolutely divine. It's definitely a dessert I'd make again.

Bella

I have to admit, this creamsicle trifle is a pleasant surprise. The orange curd adds a nice zing to the sweet angel food cake, and the whipped cream balances it out perfectly.

Annabelle

Yum! This is such a lovely desser to look at, I almost didn't want to eat it! But, I am glad I did and can see why this would be a popular summertime treat.

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