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A glass trifle dish layered with fresh berries, instant pudding, and cake chunks.

Red, White, & Blue Trifle

Learn how to make this festive and patriotic dessert that's perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July celebrations! Red White & Blue Trifle is a simple recipe to make that makes a statement. Only 5 ingredient is all you need to make this layered pudding trifle recipe with fresh berries. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword recipes for 4th of july, recipes for memorial day, red white blue trifle
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Rest Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 355kcal
Author Jessica - Together as Family



  • 2 boxes (5.1 oz each) Vanilla Instant Pudding or White Chocolate Instant Pudding
  • 6 cups half and half
  • 3 cups Pound Cake, Angel Food Cake, or White/Vanilla Cake (3 cups chopped)
  • 2 cups raspberries washed & dried
  • 2 cups blueberries washed & dried


  • Preparation : Make sure you have cooked & completely cooled cake chunks for this recipe. You can purchase a pound cake or angel food cake at the store, or purchase a box of pound cake or angel food cake and make it yourself according to package directions. Or make a white cake mix or vanilla cake mix, according to package instructions, and use that in the trifle.
    Wash the fresh berries and dry them. I pat the berries with a paper towel to ensure that there is no moisture and they're dry. You do not want to put wet berries into the trifle when layering.
  • In a large mixing bowl, add the instant pudding mixes and half & half milk. Stir with a wire whisk, for 2-3 minutes, until mixed together well. Let sit for 5 minutes before assembling the layers.
  • Use a glass trifle dish OR similar serving dish. Assemble the layers inside the trifle dish in this order :
    - Thin layer of pudding
    - Layer of raspberries (reserve some for the top)
    - All of the cake chunks (3 cups)
    - Layer of pudding
    - Layer of blueberries (reserve some for the top)
    - Remaining pudding
    - Remaining berries
  • Cover the dish with plastic wrap or tin foil and refrigerate at least 2-4 hours before serving. You can serve it right away but for best taste and texture, let it refrigerate.
  • * Feel free to use any berries you want. Chopped or sliced strawberries, blackberries are great options. If you want lots of berries you can even use all the raspberries & blueberries in the layers and then top the trifle with additional berries of all kinds. For 4th of July or Memorial Day it's fun to make a star shape out of blueberries on the top of the trifle and then put strawberries or raspberries surrounding the star.


Pudding : Vanilla or White Chocolate Instant Pudding both work well in this recipe. The white chocolate is more of a white color (for the red, white, and blue theme), but I prefer the taste of vanilla pudding, which is what I use when I make it. 
Half and Half : This is found by the milk at the store and it's half cream + half milk. You need the fat to help set the pudding and make it a thick texture. Feel free to use whole milk or 2% milk of that's what you prefer. You can also experiment and use sugar-free pudding as well. 
Cake : Lots of options here! Purchase a pound cake or angel food cake from the bakery area of the store. Or you can buy a box of pound cake, angel food cake, white cake, or vanilla cake and make it according to package instructions. Make sure that whatever you use, that it's cooked and cooled completely before cutting it into chunks for the trifle. I prefer pound cake or a vanilla cake mix in this trifle. 
Serving : This can be served right away OR for best results let it refrigerate for 2-4 hours before serving. 
Fruit : Do not use frozen fruit! Blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and/or strawberries are all great options for this trifle. 


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 55g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 474mg | Potassium: 218mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 39g | Vitamin A: 431IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg