Trifle: Scrumptious Summertime Treat

Trifle: Scrumptious Summertime Treat at The Happy Housewife

In my last post I wrote about having food on hand for those unexpected guests. A trifle is a delicious and beautiful dessert that is sure to make an impression. The ingredients for trifle are ones you can keep on hand in your pantry and freezer.

Easy Trifle Dessert


  • Angel Food Cake Mix (+ ingredients needed on mix)
  • Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • Cool Whip
  • 2 different kinds of frozen or fresh fruit that taste good together.


  1. Bake the angel food cake according to the directions and cool.
  2. While the cake is baking make your pudding.
  3. Once the cake is cool, tear off pieces to line the bottom of your bowl or pan. (A glass bowl is best because you can see the layers.)
  4. Then spread a layer of pudding over the cake.
  5. Then add a layer of fruit. If you are using frozen fruit, thaw your fruit first. For this trifle I chose strawberries and bananas.
  6. Then add your second fruit layer (bananas in this one).
  7. Repeat until you reach the top of your bowl.
  8. Top with a layer of whipped cream.




  1. i make something very similar pretty often when we have people over.

    i use yellow cake mix + 1 can sprite, bake just like you would regular cake (my daughter is allergic to eggs). the rest i do the same thing as you. yummmy.

  2. This recipe is excellent! I’ve tasted the famous Toni Trifle more than once, and it’s a wonderful dessert…tasty and elegant.

  3. I use yellow cake, too, since I don’t have a good gluten-free angle food cake recipe. I usually drizzle a little orange juice over the cake layers to make it real moist.

  4. “You’re killin’ me Smalls!” LOL That looks so yuuuuummmmmmyyyy!!!!

  5. That looks so good!

  6. My mom used to call that a “dump cake.” I loved it! BTW, thanks for the Vonage recommendation. I receive a lot of mailings from them, and I think I should seriously check it out.

  7. That looks absolutely delish!! I love making trifles as they look great and taste great, too!

  8. Looks delish! I have done something similar but in a “chocolate version”! I layer brownie pieces, chocolate pudding, cool whip and strawberries(if I have any!). OR broken Oreos, chocolate pudding, vanilla pudding with cream cheese as part of the milk, and cool whip.

    Saying this makes me realize I need to do this again just for my crew! I got birthdays at the end of the week so it would be a perfect time to indulge! 🙂

  9. Thanks for the great recipe. You really never know when you will need a quick easy dessert. Also, thanks for the Vonage tip. I hadn’t realized that it was that way.
    My boys both loved “Around the World in Eighty Days.” We have been working our way through several of the children’s illustrated classics. We were able to get several through the library. I wanted them to be familiar with the stories now before they get older and it comes time to read the unabridged version. Thanks for all the tips. Blessings.

  10. looks delish!

  11. Yet another way to sneak fruit into my family’s diet! Thanks!

  12. My mom makes this for my birthday every year! I love it!!

  13. Kind of like a trifle, looks great.

  14. That turned out YUMMY-looking! I like Linda’s idea about drizzing with orange juice, too.

  15. This recipe looks really delicious. Plus it’s really simple to make. I am definitely adding this to my summer meal plan. I am trying to keep it simple this summer by making really quick and simple meals and this dessert is a winner. Thank you so much for the recipe.

  16. That looks so pretty and it’s given me an idea for something to take to a potluck that’s coming up this week.

  17. That looks great!! 🙂 I love how pretty the fresh fruit makes it! Visiting from Jen’s party. 🙂

  18. I’ve always made mine with added liqueur. Yum! 🙂

  19. OH. YUM. SERIOUS YUM. I am coming over.

  20. That is one of my favorite desserts!

  21. You’re making me hungry!

  22. I want to hire you to come cook for me!


  23. That’s it. I’m going to have to break down and get me a trifle bowl! This looks so good.

  24. Good tip about being prepared for the unexpected gueest. Thanks for the recipe and thanks for linking up to Tempt My Tummy Tuesday.

  25. Yummm, this sounds so refreshing!

  26. I love trifles. They’re easy to make, and they look so pretty. This one sounds yummy!

  27. YUM, thanks for the idea!

  28. I just had this truffle in cake walk, they had plain sweet cake sandwiched with fruit jam and then loads of custard and whipped cream! A perfect dessert for unexpected guest! Happy Cooking! 😀

Speak Your Mind