Dessert | July 2, 2020

Berry Trifle

Buttery rich pound cake, fluffy cream, and fresh juicy berries. This combination makes for the BEST berry trifle there ever is! For realzzz. Beautiful, impressive, and EASY!!!

WHAT DO I NEED TO MAKE BERRY TIFLE?

There are a few ingredients that are a must have for a delicious trifle

  1. Cake. traditionally a angle food cake or a sponge cake is used for trifles. They hold up nice to the extra liquid and ingredients piled on top. (Box cakes tend to crumble)
  2. Cream. This adds a delicious creaminess and keeps the cake nice and moist. I love the simplicity of whipping cream and how it compliments the sponge cake and berry flavors. But you can also use a pudding or this cream filling for a richer heavier flavor.
  3. Fresh fruit! Use what is in season. Berries always pair well together.

HOW TO MAKE BERRY TIFLE

Let’s start with the cake.

CAN I BUY STORE BOUGHT CAKE?

OF COURSE.  Sometimes that’s all you can do- however NOTHING, and I mean, NOTHING compares to the flavor, texture and creaminess to homemade sponge cake. Do yourself a favor and put it on the schedule. You can totally make it a day ahead. 

WHAT INGREDIENTS DO I NEED?

This is one of the easiest cakes you will ever make.

  • 6 eggs
  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking soda
  • vanilla
  • butter
  • sour cream

HOW TO MAKE SPONGE CAKE

  1. Cream you butter and sugar together.
  2. While mixing add your sour cream, eggs and vanilla
  3. slowly add in your flour/soda and sugar

WHAT DO I BAKE MY POUND CAKE IN?

You can use a bundt cake pan or a 9×13. It will take about 1 hour for the cake to fully cook.

After it has cooled I like to cut it into about 1 inch squares to prepare it for layering.

STORE BOUGHT OR HOMEMADE WHIPPING CREAM?

For whipping cream you can make your own or use a store bought. Making your own is pretty simple. Just mix the cream (plus a few tbs of sugar) on med- high speed for about 5-10 minutes until it forms stiff peaks.

THE BERRIES

Wash and prep your berries. You want them to be about bite size pieces. So cut any larger fruit, like strawberries.

HOW TO LAYER YOUR TRIFLE

This is the fun part! I like to make 2-3 layers. Decide on how many layer you are going to make and pre-divide the food up into those portions.

  • start with cake
  • cream
  • the berries

Repeat until you have filled the bowl or finished your layers! Top with berries for a beautiful presentation.

CHILL YOUR CAKE

Set your cake in the fridge for a few hours before serving. This allows the cream to infuse with the cake and the berry flavor to start marrying with the other parts of the trifle.

 THE PERFECT HOLIDAY CAKE

This is the perfect dessert for patriotic holidays! Striking red, white and blue colors are not only beautiful but go with the theme for celebrating the 4th of July, memorial day, or labor day. Or any other occasion you are celebrating/remembering someone serving our country or our country in any way. This red white and blue berry trifle makes a fair amount so it is great for a big gathering.

FAQ’s

CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME?

yes! If you are making it 1-2 days ahead of time, bake your cake, make your cream and prepare your fruit  but DO NOT layer until a few hours before serving. Keep all three in separate air tight containers in the fridge.
For the day of, you can make it as soon as you get up and let it sit in the fridge, covered, until serving.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last a few days.

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trifle glass bowl with layered trifle and berries piled on top. Spoon placed in scooping out.
Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 20 mins
Total Time
1 hr 40 mins
 

Buttery sponge cake, creamy fluufy whipped cream and fresh juicy berries for the best trifle ever.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: berry trifle
Servings: 20 servings
Calories: 348 kcal
Author: Aubrey
Ingredients
SPONGE CAKE
  • 1/2 lb 2 sticks butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1+ cup Blueberries use as little or as much berries as desired
  • 1+ cup Strawberries use as little or as much berries as desired
  • 1+ cup raspberries use as little or as much berries as desired
  • 4 cups Whipped Cream
Instructions
Pound Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cream butter and sugar together; add sour cream.
  3. Sift flour and baking soda together.
  4. Add to creamed mixture.
  5. Alternately add eggs, one at a time, beating after each.
  6. Add vanilla.
  7. Pour into a greased and floured bundt pan and bake for 1 hour 20 minutes. (Check at about 1 hour and 10mins) Or a 9x13 pan for about an hour.

  8. Bake a few hours in advance to assembling, so the cake is thoroughly cool before layering.
Trifle
  1. When ready to layer cut cake into about 1inch slices, then cube those slices.
  2. Place a layer of cake cubes down into your trifle bowl. Press them in so they are packed nice and tight.
  3. Add 2 cups whipped cream onto the cake, smoothing out to the edges. Then top with sliced strawberries and a layer of blue berries.

  4. Repeat by adding remaining cake, 2 more cups of whipped cream and remaining berries.

  5. For the top layer, arrange strawberries and blue berries a little more decoratively.
  6. refridgerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Recipe Notes

Have some fun and use your creativity! Anything is going to look good with fresh berries! I even took some slices of strawberries and cut them into little stars for a more patriotic theme. 

HOW TO LAYER YOUR TRIFLE

This is the fun part! I like to make 2-3 layers. Decide on how many layer you are going to make and pre-divide the food up into those portions. 

FAQ's

CAN I MAKE THIS AHEAD OF TIME? 

yes! If you are making it 1-2 days ahead of time, bake your cake, make your cream and prepare your fruit  but DO NOT layer until a few hours before serving. Keep all three in separate air tight containers in the fridge.
For the day of, you can make it as soon as you get up and let it sit in the fridge, covered, until serving. 

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST? 

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. It should last a few days. 
Nutrition Facts
Red, White, and Blue Berry Trifle
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 348 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 89mg30%
Sodium 138mg6%
Potassium 101mg3%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 513IU10%
Vitamin C 7mg8%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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