Trifle is one of the best dishes that you can make for dessert because it can be whatever you want it to be. You can change the flavors to match whatever you like. Switch up the cake. Change the pudding flavor.
For the 4th of July, I decided to make a summer trifle. I made a super easy version. You could, of course, bake a cake, make whipped cream, and make a homemade pudding. But, that’s another reason why trifles are so great. You can put in as much or as little effort as you want and you will still get a great produce.
Here’s how I made it:
Step 1: Assemble your ingredients. I’ve got store bought angel food cake, vanilla pudding, orange juice, strawberry jam, and Cool Whip
Step 2: Prepare your fruit. I’m using strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
Step 3: Cut the angel food cake in half and cover with strawberry jam. (This picture looks like a bagel with jam….but trust me….it’s really a cake.)
Step 4: Put the top piece back on the angel food cake and cut the cake into little pieces. It’s sort of like a yummy angel food cake sandwich.
Step 5: Make a layer of angel food cake sandwiches in the bottom of your bowl and sprinkle some orange juice on top of each piece. You don’t want to drench the cake but the juice is important as it will soak into the cake and make it even more flavorful.
Step 6: Cover the first layer of cake with pudding. This doesn’t have to look pretty but you do want to cover each piece.
Step 7: Cover with Cool Whip. Use a spoon to smooth the Cool Whip and ensure that it completely covers the layers. Don’t be stingy. I used almost an entire tub of Cool Whip on this layer alone.
Step 8: Fruit!
Step 9: Repeat with another layer of cake sandwiches, orange juice, pudding, Cool Whip, and fruit.
Step 10: Enjoy!
Although it isn’t really a necessity, trifle should really be made in a clear bowl so that you can see all of the beautiful layers. I have a beautiful glass trifle bowl that I usually use but I didn’t want to worry about transporting it. This particular trifle was made in a plastic bowl purchased for just a couple dollars. Remember, you eat with your eyes before you actually taste the food. It will still taste delicious if you don’t use a clear bowl….but it’ll be a showstopper if you can admire how it looks, too. 🙂