4th of July Recipe: Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Trifle

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Red, White and Blue trifle -- a perfect 4th of July recipe

The 4th of July is all about celebrating freedom, unity, and the vibrant spirit of America. And what better way to honor this patriotic occasion than with a dessert that embodies the colors of the flag? Enter this Red, White, and Blueberry Cheesecake Trifle! This perfect 4th of July recipe is a delightful concoction that captures the essence of summer and the joy of gathering with loved ones.

Why This Trifle is the Perfect 4th of July Recipe

  1. Visual Spectacle: As you layer angel food cake, creamy frosting, and juicy berries, the trifle transforms into a work of edible art. The vivid red strawberries and blueberries against the white cream cheese frosting evoke feelings of pride and excitement.
  2. No-Bake Bliss: Summer heat calls for desserts that won’t turn your kitchen into a sauna. The beauty of this trifle lies in its simplicity—no oven required! Just assemble the layers, chill, and let the flavors meld together.
  3. Crowd-Pleasing Flavor: The combination of light, airy cake, tangy cream cheese frosting, and bursts of berry sweetness is a crowd-pleaser. Each spoonful delivers a symphony of textures and tastes that’ll have your guests coming back for seconds.
  4. Make-Ahead Convenience: Planning a 4th of July bash? You can prepare the trifle ahead of time and refrigerate it until showtime. Less stress, more celebration!

So, whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue, or simply savoring the summer sun, this trifle is the ultimate dessert to honor the stars and stripes.

You’ll love layer after gorgeous layer of store-bought angel food cake, no-bake cheesecake, and fresh blueberries and strawberries. And just for fun, you could even cut little stars out of the angel food cake slices for the top (use the scraps in the middle of the trifle, so you don’t waste a bit)!

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Feel free to switch up the fruit if you want. I thought the strawberries and blueberries were beautiful for a 4th of July recipe. But I bet raspberries and blackberries would be amazing too!

Quick Tip: If you’re really pressed for time, I have an even quicker alternative to the no-bake cheesecake. You can make a simple instant pudding + Cool Whip mousse (see this post) instead. That being said, you’ll find that the actual no-bake cheesecake filling is completely worth the 5 extra minutes. In case you’re out of cream cheese, here are some cream cheese substitute suggestions.

Red, White and Blue delicious layers of angel food cake, fresh berries, and no bake cheesecake. This easy dessert comes together quickly and is so creamy and delicious!

Berry Cheesecake Trifle

Yield: 8-12

Red, White and Blue delicious layers of angel food cake, fresh berries, and no bake cheesecake. This easy dessert comes together quickly and is so creamy and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 1 store-bought angel food cake
  • 1 large carton strawberries, rinsed and sliced
  • 1 large carton blueberries, rinsed
  • 16 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup marshmallow cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 16 ounces Cool Whip (fat free or lite is okay)

Instructions

Cut the angel food cake into bite-sized cubes. Go ahead and place a layer of the cake in the bottom of a large trifle dish.

Make the cheesecake filling: beat together the cream cheese, sugar, marshmallow cream, vanilla, and lemon juice until smooth. Beat in the Cool Whip a cup at a time, mixing after each addition until smooth. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl as you go, so that there are no big clumps of cream cheese hiding anywhere in the mixture.

Layer about a third of the cheesecake filling over the angel food cake.

Layer most of the strawberry slices (save some to garnish the top).

Add another layer of angel food cake.

Add another third of the cheesecake filling.

Layer most of the blueberries (save some to garnish the top).

Add another layer of angel food cake. Spread the remainder of the cheesecake filling over top.

Garnish with remaining berries and (optional) angel food cake slices.

Keep in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Suggested chill time for an hour before serving.

 

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