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Trifle Dessert for Memorial Day

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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. This Trifle Dessert for Memorial Day is easy and will travel perfectly! 

This Easy Strawberry Blueberry Trifle Recipe is great for Memorial Day or 4th of July! Leave off the chocolate stars and you have a fun dessert to pack in a picnic or take to a potluck!

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!!

Layers of cake, pudding, whipped topping, strawberries, blueberries and more

To add the red chocolate stars all you need are 2 items –


  1. Melt about 10-15 candy disks in the microwave for about 1 minute. Stir and continue heating for 30 seconds at a time, stirring well in between heating.
  2. Remove from microwave just before candy is melted, stir until completely smooth.
  3. Pour melted chocolate into a plastic squeeze bottle or use a spoon to add melted chocolate to star mold.
  4. Place in refrigerator about 10 minutes or until firm.
  5. Remove from fridge, pop stars out of mold. Use a small sharp knife to clean up the edges of the stars if necessary.
Easy Strawberry Blueberry Trifle Recipe

Red, White and Blue Trifle Dessert

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Red, white, and blue trifle desert - perfect for Memorial Day or 4th of July


  • 1 white cake mix plus ingredients on box (oil, water, egg whites)
  • 1 small box instant vanilla pudding
  • 2 cups cold milk
  • 1 (8 oz) tub whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 container strawberries
  • 1 container blueberries
  • Red, White and Blue Sprinkles (optional)
  • Red Chocolate Stars (optional)


  1. Bake cake according to directions on box, cool completely
  2. Mix pudding and milk until smooth
  3. Place in refrigerator to set
  4. See notes to make chocolate stars
  5. Assemble
  6. Note - you can make this recipe in a large trifle bowl or in mason jars
  7. Cut cake into pieces. If you are using jars, use the edge of the jar as a cutter
  8. Combine pudding and whipped topping until smooth
  9. Add layers - cake, pudding mixture, strawberries, blueberries, sprinkles
  10. Repeat layers
  11. Top with chocolate star, blueberries and sprinkles


Red Chocolate Stars: melt 10-15 Wilton candy disks in microwave about 1 minute or until smooth. Stir until completely melted.
Pour melted chocolate into a plastic squeeze bottle or spoon chocolate into plastic star molds.
Place in fridge about 10 minutes or until firm.
Remove from fridge. Use a small sharp knife to trim edges if necessary.

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


  1. Amy Rexroat says:

    These are absolutely adorable! What a fantastic idea. And it is something my daughter can help me make. I am going to adapt the colors for different holidays. Thank you for posting this!

    1. Thrilled you like them Amy! Have fun making them with your daughter!

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

  3. 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!!

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

  5. This is so pretty and colorful. Reminds me of summer. Great recipe!

  6. 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!!

  7. 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!

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

  9. Oh that looks yummy. They are so easy but make such a great presentation!

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