Compile an Easy No-Bake Patriotic 4th of July Trifle for Dessert!

Easy Patriotic 4th of July Trifle

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 15 MINUTES

Directions

1

Use a hand mixer to mix the pudding mix with cold milk, set aside.

2

Cut the pound cake into three sections lengthwise. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut as many stars as possible. Put aside scraps of cake.

3

Start with a layer of fruit around the bottom edge, and then place stars around the sides of the trifle dish standing up to show through the glass. Add in a layer of half the pudding to the middle.

4

Add some berries and whipped cream around the edges and sides of stars as well.

5

Place the scraps of pound cake in the middle. Add the remaining pudding. Add any additional star shapes to the top and add more whipped cream and berries.

6

Chill until serving. Scoop up and enjoy!

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Cut star-shaped pieces of pound cake to compile this beautiful yet simple 4th of July trifle!

4th of july trifle

Here’s a sweet and festive dessert idea that has no baking involved!

With just a few simple ingredients, here’s a simple way to serve up a delicious red, white, and blue treat for your next patriotic celebration. What could be better than sweet summer berries, pound cake, pudding, and whipped cream? 😋

woman holding a 4th of july trifle

To be honest, there is no right or wrong way to compile this 4th of July Trifle!

I essentially cut a pound cake loaf lengthwise and use a cookie cutter to cut star shapes for the sides. I then just casually layered the berries, whipped cream, instant pudding, and pound cake scraps in the middle.

Reserving the star-shaped pound cake to decorate the sides creates a fancy-looking dessert, but it’s so easy. You’ll love making and eating this 4th of July trifle!

ingredients for pound cake 4th of July Trifl

Tips for compiling this Patriotic 4th of July Trifle:

  • I used a family-sized pound cake loaf from Sara Lee, but you could also use 2 smaller loaves. Their lemon pound cake flavor would also be excellent for this idea!
  • I used a can of whip cream to compile this dessert right before serving. It does start looking a bit melty after a while, but you can consider using whipped topping instead or even make a whipped cream frosting. There are tons of possibilities here.
  • You’ll need a trifle dish for this dessert idea. Mine is from WorldMarket.com and is so pretty and affordable!

whipping up pudding

cutting pound cake into three sections

cutting star shapes from pound cake

adding berries to trifle dish

4th of july trifle with pound cake

4th of july dessert trifle

4th of july trifle dessert on the counter

patriotic dessert in a trifle


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Easy Patriotic 4th of July Trifle

yield: 10 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

total time: 15 MINUTES

Make this fun patriotic trifle that can be used for any holiday, such as July 4th, Veterans Day, and Memorial Day!

Directions

1

Use a hand mixer to mix the pudding mix with cold milk, set aside.

2

Cut the pound cake into three sections lengthwise. Use a star-shaped cookie cutter to cut as many stars as possible. Put aside scraps of cake.

3

Start with a layer of fruit around the bottom edge, and then place stars around the sides of the trifle dish standing up to show through the glass. Add in a layer of half the pudding to the middle.

4

Add some berries and whipped cream around the edges and sides of stars as well.

5

Place the scraps of pound cake in the middle. Add the remaining pudding. Add any additional star shapes to the top and add more whipped cream and berries.

6

Chill until serving. Scoop up and enjoy!

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4th of July Trifle on a plate

What a fun way to serve store-bought pound cake!

I first made this idea about 10 years ago and didn’t use the pudding, and just added extra whipped cream. Both ways are delicious, but I really enjoyed the added pudding with it this time. The combination of buttery pound cake and berries with creamy pudding is refreshing and delicious.

If you end up making this 4th of July trifle, let us know how it turns out in the comments!


Check out my red white and blue patriotic mocktail recipe too!


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 31

  1. Deb

    Oh, Lina, this will be just perfect for my dad’s July 4th birthday picnic! Thanks!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome, enjoy πŸ™‚

  2. Mary

    Umm… YUM!

  3. April

    So cute!!

    • Lisa

      Sure is cute:)

      • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

        Aw thanks!!

  4. Carmen

    That looks amazing and delicious πŸ™‚

  5. beth

    off topic- but does anyone happen to have a free shutterfly calendar free code? I thought i had one and cant seem to find it and wanted to send a calendar to my grandma. I dont mind having to pay shipping- just would love a free calendar code(8X7). Please email me: bethrose5 at gmail dot com.

    • Dawn

      I just forwarded an email from Huggies that I won’t use. πŸ™‚ It expires June 28th (in 4 days) Oops, it may have been a book instead???? I just realized that. So…..maybe someone else you know can use it?

  6. Megann

    This would be good with vanilla pudding mixed in too!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Totally agree!

  7. Tara in TX

    So Pretty! Thanks for this Perfect *July 4th* recipe!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      You’re welcome πŸ™‚ enjoy!

  8. Barb

    Oh Lina I think I’m going to make this for our 4th of July block party. Everyone will think I’m talented (and I’m far from it), thanks for the recipe and wonderful pictures, I’ll have to let you know what everyone says!! Love it!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh great! Have a fun time!

  9. Tracey

    I’m on this one today!

  10. kristine

    It’s cute but how do you prevent the cream from breaking down?

    • Liz Ob

      Maybe get extra creamy whipping cream?

  11. Lisa

    Thank you, Lina! I made this and it was a big hit (and so yummy!).

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay!! I’m so glad ❀️thanks for sharing Lisa!

  12. Karen

    I make something similar every year. I use angel food cake, Cool Whip, and add vanilla pudding. So yummy!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yum!

  13. Karen

    I have made this using angel food cake instead of pound cake and Cool Whip. It’s so yummy and always a big hit.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      oh great idea!

  14. Allison

    I also make it with angel food cake. It’s even more indulgent if u add blueberry and/or strawberry glaze.πŸ˜‹I’ve even added some extra pie filling I had leftover from another dessert I was making. Lina’s right, the possibilities are endless here! It’s super delicious & always a big hit for me.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      That sounds delicious, Allison! πŸ˜‹ Thanks so much for sharing how you make yours! πŸ’ž

  15. Stella

    Lina, you are always so creative. I love all your ideas and suggestions. Hope you and your family have a safe and fun July 4th.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Thanks Stella!! Wishing the same for you πŸ’•πŸ™ŒπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

  16. chenga57

    Anyone going to add beef sautΓ©ed with peas and onions? πŸ˜‚ #friendsfan

    • Angie

      Haha I was thinking that! It’s a trifle…it has all these layers 🀣

  17. Jeepi Kohlitis

    What?

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