Layers of angel food cake, pudding, strawberries and more make this delicious Strawberry Trifle Recipe. The dessert looks gorgeous and tastes amazing!

Layers of angel food cake, pudding, strawberries and more make this delicious Strawberry trifle recipe. The dessert looks gorgeous!
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Layered desserts are so pretty and this Strawberry trifle is sure to be a hit. Not only will it look gorgeous on your dessert table but each bite is so creamy and delicious. It’s one of our favorite Easy Strawberry Desserts along with No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream.

Everyone enjoyed the Chocolate Trifle recipe that we made so I thought let’s make a Strawberry trifle! It is perfect for Summer and when strawberries come into season. The dessert is stunning to take to potlucks, cookouts and more along with Red White and Blue Mini Trifles.

We love strawberries and also make Strawberry Shortcake Recipe , Strawberry Shortcake Bars and Strawberry Poke Cake for more Easy Summer Desserts.

What is Strawberry Trifle made of?

Angel food cake with strawberries trifle is layered with angel food cake, strawberries and vanilla pudding mixture. Place in a clear glass trifle dish for the best dessert idea.

Strawberry shortcake trifle recipe is perfect for any occasion and always a crowd favorite. To beat the heat, make Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles.

Ingredients for trifle recipe - angel food cake, pudding, milk, strawberries, cream cheese.


  • Angel Food Sponge Cake. You use a store bought one or make Homemade Angel Food Cake.
  • Box Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix. Homemade Vanilla Pudding is another option.
  • Milk. Make sure it is really cold.
  • Cream Cheese. It will blend more smoothly if it’s room temperature.
  • Powdered Sugar. Sift before using if it is lumpy.
  • Whipped Cream. You can use a tub of cool whip or Homemade Whipped Cream Recipe.
  • Fresh Strawberries. Fresh is best. I do not recommend frozen in this recipe.

The complete ingredients and recipe can be found at the bottom of the page.

Substitutions and Additions

  • Cake- pound cake, yellow cake and white cake make great substitutions for the angel food cake. If you are in a big hurry, use a store bought pound cake and cut into cubes to use.
  • Fruit- Add blueberries and you have a festive red, white and blue dessert for July 4th or Memorial Day. You can also just make it with blueberries, raspberries or blackberries instead of strawberries for another fabulous dessert idea with berries. It’s also great with peaches.
  • Nuts- Add pecans or walnuts to the dessert if your family like it. Sometimes I will toss a handful in between the layers. Yum!
  • Mini Size– This would be cute in small glass individual serving dishes or even mason jars. I think individual portions would be great for parties, picnics and more.

How to Make a Strawberry Trifle

Bowl with vanilla pudding mixture.

Step 1 – First, you need a small mixing bowl to combine the vanilla pudding mix with the milk. Use a whisk, hand mixer or stand mixer to combine this for two minutes. Set the pudding aside for later.

Separate mixing bowl with cream cheese.

Step 2. Second, get a large mixing bowl out and beat the cream cheese for a couple of minutes. You just want it to be smooth and creamy with soft peaks.

Powdered sugar added into cream cheese mixture.

Step 3. Once the cream cheese looks creamy, add the powdered sugar. Keep the mixer speed on low while you add the sugar. Now, it is time to add the pudding mixture. Gently fold this in.

Cool Whip folded into mixture.

Step 4. Once blended, add the cool whip to the mixture.

Cool Whip folded into mixture.

Step 5. Fold this until you don’t see any more white streaks.

Cubes of cake layered in dish.

Step 6. Now, it’s time to assemble the trifle. Start by alternating layers of the angel food cake cubes.

Strawberries layered on top.

Step 7. Alternate the pudding mixture and strawberries until you get the top. Make sure when preparing the strawberries, you don’t slice too thick.

Pudding mixture on top.

Step 8. Once you have finished alternating layers, add one last layer of pudding mixture on top in the Trifle Bowl.

Strawberries arranged on top layer.

Step 9. Arrange the strawberries that you have left on top in whatever pattern you prefer to garnish.

Side view of trifle dish showing layers.

Step 10. It’s now ready to serve!

Close up of trifle dish with layers of cake, filling and fruit.


Store the Strawberry Trifle in the fridge until ready to serve.

Can a Strawberry Trifle be made the night before?

Yes, you can make this trifle the night before. However, I would not make it more than 24 hours in advance. The cake pieces layers will start to get mushy and the strawberries will add liquid.

I prefer to make it the same day I plan to serve it.

Pro Tips

  • Cake Mix – Stock up on cake mixes when you spot a sale. I try to always keep a couple of different types in my pantry. It is so handy already having them and knowing I got a good deal.
  • Trifle Dish – The traditional glass trifle dish is so pretty. However, sometimes I use a clear plastic bowl if I am taking this dessert to a potluck or cookout. It just makes it easier for transporting. If you use clear plastic, you can still see the pretty layers just like in a glass bowl.
  • Don’t over mix. Carefully fold in the whipped cream. Do not overmix.

More Strawberry Desserts to make

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Layers of angel food cake, pudding, strawberries and more make this delicious Strawberry trifle recipe. The dessert looks gorgeous!

Strawberry Trifle Recipe

4.69 from 131 votes
Layers of angel food cake, pudding, strawberries and more make this delicious Strawberry trifle recipe. The dessert looks gorgeous!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 9
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 414


  • 1 angel food cake cut into cubes
  • 3.4 ounce box instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip
  • 4 pints strawberries rinsed hulled and sliced
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  • In a small bowl, combine the vanilla pudding mix with the milk. Whisk for two minutes and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese on medium speed for about 2-3 minutes or until smooth and creamy.
  • Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the powdered sugar. Once all of the sugar is incorporated, increase the speed to medium and beat for 1 minute, or until smooth.
  • Add the prepared pudding to the cream cheese mixture and gently fold and stir with a rubber spatula until completely combined.
  • Add the Cool Whip to the bowl and fold it into the mixture until no white streaks remain.
  • To assemble the trifle, alternate layers of angel food cake, the pudding mixture, strawberries and so on, until you get the top.
  • Add a final layer of the pudding mixture, then arrange the remaining strawberries in a decorative pattern.
  • Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 414kcal, Carbohydrates 72g, Protein 8g, Fat 12g, Saturated Fat 7g, Cholesterol 37mg, Sodium 386mg, Potassium 509mg, Fiber 4g, Sugar 51g, Vitamin A 496IU, Vitamin C 124mg, Calcium 179mg, Iron 1mg

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  1. Patty says:

    5 stars
    This recipe is delicious! It took more strawberries than I expected but it is soooo good!