Trifle Dessert for Memorial Day

Having an easy and delicious dessert to take to a potluck or picnic can sometimes be tricky. Traveling with a dessert, especially if your husband drives like mine, and arriving with it still looking nice can be difficult.

I LOVE Trifle Desserts for many reasons…they can be made ahead {and actually taste better when they are}, they are easy to put together, the flavor options are endless, they look impressive with very little effort and they are also pretty frugal!

For the rest of the week, I’ll be sharing some recipes that are perfect for taking to your Memorial Day Potluck, Picnic or Cookout. Be watching for a Burger Mix-and-Match Bar, a yummy and impressive looking fruit salad, and of course desserts including Memorial Day Cupcakes with printables!!

Trifle Dessert
Red, white, and blue trifle desert - perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July {recipe from}
  • Trifle Bowl or large vase with straight sides
  • Cake, brownies, cookies or even cupcakes work just fine
  • 2 tubs of Whipped Topping
  • 1 box Vanilla Instant Pudding plus milk
  • 1 container of Strawberries
  • 1 container of Blueberries
  • Decorations (sprinkles and stars made from Candy melts, if desired)
  1. Bake cake, brownies, cookies or cupcakes, cool and cut into pieces.
  2. Place on bottom layer.
  3. Mix pudding as directed on box, place in fridge to set.
  4. Then fold in 1 tub of Whipped Topping.
  5. Spoon over cake layer.
  6. Then slice strawberries and add on top of pudding.
  7. Add a layer of Whipped Topping, about ½ the container. Then repeat layers.
I added a few Blueberries on top, for color. Blueberries are a little more expensive than strawberries, it would take probably 2 maybe 3 boxes if you wanted to add them to the layers.

To make the Trifle Dessert more festive, I added a few sprinkles and some stars made from Wilton Candy Melts. I first made these stars when I created my Fourth of July Cupcakes.

This Trifle Dessert is perfect for your Memorial Day Picnic or Potluck, feeding at least 25 servings.

What is your favorite dessert to take to a potluck, picnic or cookout?


  1. Beverly says:

    Oh that looks yummy. They are so easy but make such a great presentation!
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  2. Dawn says:

    My family loves this dessert. I use Angel Food Cake.

  3. Julie H says:

    We love trifle too! I made one last week for my son’s choir performance using angel food cake and fresh-picked strawberries…I had several asking for the recipe. I’m making Paula Deen’s banana pudding for Memorial Day….another favorite that gets rave reviews!

  4. This looks absolutely wonderful. If we end up having guests this weekend, I think I am going to make this ;)
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  5. Janie La Pierre says:

    I love trifles too, simple and always pretty!

    Liz, I have an un-related question……..what is the best thing/way to stick little “flags” or cupcake toppers on with? I’m making cupcakes for my son’s graduation and I’m putting little toppers that say “congrats” and “class of”. They are double layered and round. I know you must have a suggestion. Thanks so much!!

  6. Rhondi says:

    This is so pretty and colorful. Reminds me of summer. Great recipe!
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  7. Sharyl says:

    Oh, I can’t wait to try this for get togethers. So fresh and light. Thanks for sharing!!

  8. Monette says:

    My sister and I were wondering about where can we find this lost recipe and BAM! I came across your site and so glad I found it! Thank you and can’t wait to tell my sister later when she gets off from work.:) Yay!!

  9. Would u believe I would rather have this any day of the week than having cookies! On my list for the fourth!


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