Red, white and blue trifle is a perfect festive 4th of July dessert and a super simple, no-bake summer dessert.
It simply consists of red and blue berries layered with white cream cheese fluff for a delicious Independence Day treat. It's also perfect for any patriotic celebration such as Labor Day or Memorial Day.
If you need a recipe for a family pot-luck get together and your on dessert duty, then this recipe is for you.
Table of Contents
- 4th of July Treat
- What are the best patriotic desserts?
- What are the layers of a trifle?
- What is red white and blue trifle?
- What is the best type of bowl for making a trifle?
- What can I use if I don't have a trifle bowl?
- Can this trifle dessert be made in advance?
- How to assemble a patriotic trifle
- Printable Recipe for Patriotic Trifle
4th of July Treat
This recipe is for a sugar free, keto friendly dessert since the cream cheese fluff is sweetened with powdered erythritol. You can use regular powdered or confectioners' sugar if you wish, but I love the sweetness of this keto version of a patriotic trifle.
This is one of my favorite 4th of July treats. Red and blue berries are layered with white cream cheese fluff for a delicious Independence Day dessert.
You can add chopped up pound cake to this trifle if you wish, but I prefer to be true to the red, white and blue colors of the American flag, so I omit yellow pound cake pieces.
What are the best patriotic desserts?
4th of July trifle is one of the best patriotic desserts since it can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator.
When it comes to red, white, and blue desserts this recipe is a keeper. It's so simple but sure to impress your guests.
This recipe is on my Independence Day food menu every year.
4th of July trifles are a great choice for entertaining guests or just enjoying at home with family to celebrate America.
4th of July desserts are the perfect way to show your patriotism in a whimsical and fun way! This dessert is so easy it may even become one of your family traditions.
If you're hosting 4th of July dinner, this is an easy dessert that will wow everyone at the table. Red, white and blue trifle is delicious whether it's served by itself or with other 4th of July foods.
What are the layers of a trifle?
A trifle is a dessert made of layers including sponge cake, cream and fruit or any other sweet ingredients you desire.
It's usually made in a tall, clear glass bowl so that the layers of the trifle are easily visible for an impressive and enticing dessert display.
There are typically 4 layers in a traditional trifle:
- The bottom layer usually consists of biscuits or ladyfingers (sometimes soaked in sherry).
- The next layer up is the custard filling which can be either sweetened cream or a fruit compote.
- The top layer is usually jelly, which can be red (strawberry), blue (blueberry) or clear.
- The final component of the trifle is whipped cream and additional fresh fruit.
Today's recipe is not a traditional English or Irish trifle. This recipe is sherry free, so it's kid-friendly.
What is red white and blue trifle?
Red White and Blue Trifle looks like a dessert that you can't pass up. It's like 4th of July in a bowl and a perfect dessert to follow any barbecue.
Plus the good news is, that it's light and not too filling - the perfect way to end a day of feasting
Trifle is traditionally made with sweet delicious layers as discussed above. But you can add anything that fits your taste buds as long as they're layered in order.
A 4th of July trifle should have red, white and blue layers, just like the American flag and this trifle features raspberries and strawberries for red layers, and blueberries and blackerries for the blue layers. The cream cheese fluff adds the essential white layer.
This red white and blue trifle I'm sharing today consists of different fruit layers interspersed with whipped cream and cream cheese fluff.
Plus this recipe uses powdered erythritol to sweeten the cream cheese layer, so it's a good sugar-free alternative for diabetics. Now there are natural sugars in the fruit layers, so for anyone watching their sugar levels, a little goes a long way with this dessert.
What is the best type of bowl for making a trifle?
Trifles are typically made in a large clear glass bowl. The layers should be clearly visible for guests to admire.
The trifle is served from the top of the bowl, and with all of the layers it makes sense to serve as many people as possible at the same time. This way the trifle doesn't fall into the bowl and make a mess.
You can make trifle in individual serving dishes, but I love how a big trifle looks just before serving. Here are some of my favorite trifle bowls.
What can I use if I don't have a trifle bowl?
You can put the trifle in a clear glass bowl - but be sure to cover it with plastic wrap for refrigerating before serving.
Be sure to cover it, especially if your bowl is not very deep. This helps keep the fruit and other toppings in place.
Can this trifle dessert be made in advance?
This 4th of July trifle is best made a few hours before serving.
It can be assembled up to 1 day in advance and stored in an airtight container but it should not be prepared more than 1 day ahead of time as the fruit can bleed into the cream cheese fluff and ruin the layered effect.
If you make it in a glass trifle bowl, use plastic wrap or a resuseable bowl sealer to keep it fresh in the refrigerator. It must be refrigerated if made in advance.
How to assemble a patriotic trifle
Here's how I assemble this delicious dessert after I make the cream cheese fluff. You'll find the directions for the cream cheese fluff in the printable recipe below.
- Start with a bottom white layer and use about ⅕ of the cream cheese fluff mixture.
- Next add a fruit layer. I like to use a red fruit first, either strawberries or raspberries.
- Next add another layer of white fluff - another ⅕ of the mixture.
- Follow with a layer of blue fruit, then more cream cheese fluff.
- Next comes a layer of red fruit, followed by more white fluff and a layer of blue.
- Top with the remaining white cream cheese fluff and decorate with blueberries as desired.
You can create a blueberry star on top if you wish to add an extra patriotic effect.
Printable Recipe for Patriotic Trifle
Here's the printable recipe with step-by-step photographic instructions:
Red White and Blue Patriotic Trifle
- 16 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 2½ cups heavy whipping cream cold and divided
- ⅔ cup powdered erythritol
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 12 ounces strawberries stems removed and quartered
- 12 ounces raspberries
- 12 ounces blackberries
- 12 ounces blueberries
- In a large mixing bowl, add the cream cheese, ½ cup heavy whipping cream, powdered erythritol, and vanilla extract. Beat until smooth and creamy.
- In another bowl, whip the remaining heavy whipping cream until soft peaks form. Fold half of the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture. Mix gently, then, fold in the remaining whipped cream into the cream cheese fluff mixture.
- Add a layer of the cream cheese fluff to the bottom of the glass trifle bowl. Use about ⅕ of the mixture. Top with a layer of strawberries.
- Add another layer of the cream cheese fluff and top with blackberries. Next add another layer of the cream cheese fluff, and add a layer of raspberries.
- Smooth a fourth layer of cream cheese fluff over the raspberries and then top with the blueberries. Top with the remaining cream cheese fluff.
- Decorate the top of the trifle with additional berries if desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Nutrition Information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.
Happy Independence Day to all.
And don't forget, this dessert works great for Memorial Day and Labor Day too.
If you're a fan of no-bake desserts why not check out some of my other favorite sweet treats that are easy to make...
Easy Vegan Raspberry Cheesecakes
Irish Whiskey Chocolate Mousse Pie
Plus, if you'd like to explore some Irish dessert recipes, here's my selection of best Irish desserts you need to try.
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Mairéad -Irish American Mom
Pronunciation - slawn ah-gus ban-ock-th
Mairéad - rhymes with parade
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This dessert looks delicious. I love how simple it is to make but it’s very impressive. Thanks for sharing another great recipe.
Irish American Mom
Hi Phil - Thanks for stopping by to check out this patriotic recipe. I love this dessert. It's so easy, but really delicious. It's nice and light too, so it's perfect for serving after a big barbecue.
All the best,