The Fourth of July is a big deal in my husband’s family, a really big deal. By my standards, a big deal event needs big deal food.  This Fourth of July Trifle dessert is a mash up of several of my favorite dessert things.  It’s fruity and refreshing, light and fluffy, and best of all… super easy to make. When I make this I often have to make it again immediately afterward because I just can’t get enough of it.

Fourth of July dessert

This is a go to recipe, perfect for pot lucks or parties. Now, define perfect for a party; easy to prepare, can be made the night before, and most importantly must have plenty of wow factor. The narcissistic in me just loves to bring the prettiest, most impressive, food item to a party.  I just can’t get enough of hearing, “wow, you made that?” or “that looks beautiful and tastes amazing!” Don’t worry, I have my humble moments too. But this Fourth of July Trifle dessert is definitely a show off dish.  Prepare to be showered with praise.

4th of July Trifle dessert

Fourth of July Trifle Dessert

Fourth of July Trifle Dessert
Prep Time
30 mins

Light and refreshing while full of flavor, this trifle is delightful. This recipe makes a huge batch but can easily be halved. 

Course: Dessert
Servings: 10
Author: Elle
  • 1 Angle Food cake cut into 1 inch cubes I like the Betty Crocker mix but you can buy them ready made. It will take 2 loaves if you get it in loaf form.
  • 1 box strawberry Danish Dessert use whatever flavor sounds good to you
  • 2 lbs sliced fresh strawberries keep some of the prettiest slices aside for garnish
  • 1-2 lbs fresh blueberries keep some pretty ones aside here too
  • 2 packages cream cheese at room temperature
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  1. Prepare Danish Dessert according to box directions for pie glaze and set aside to cool.

  2. Place whipping cream sugar and vanilla in upright mixer fitted with whisk attachment. Beat on medium until soft peaks form.  

  3. Increase speed to high until stiff peaks form, add vanilla, and beat to combine. Set aside in another bowl.

  4. Place cream cheese, powdered sugar, greek yogurt, and vanilla in the bowl of an upright mixer. It's OK if traces of whipped cream remain. Beat on medium until combined.  Increase to high and beat until light and fluffy.  

  5. Add whipped cream to cream cheese mixture and beat until light and fluffy.  

  6. Place a layer of angle food cake cubes in a very large clear bowl. I used a punch bowl.  Drizzle half of the danish dessert over cake cubes.

  7. Top danish dessert with strawberry slices, enough to completely cover the cake. Top berries with half of the whipped cream mixture and level the top.

  8. Repeat from angle food cake layer on, but use blueberries this time.  

  9. Level out the top and use reserved strawberries and blueberries to garnish the top.  

Trifle dessert

This recipe works great anytime of year.  I really like this trifle dessert for the Fourth of July because the red of the strawberries, white of the cream, and blue of the blueberries give a great patriotic look. If you want to mix it up for a different holiday just add different berries or fruit to match the season/holiday.

What’s your favorite Fourth of July tradition?