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4th of July Fresh Berry Trifles

Today, I’m very excited to share an incredibly simple red, white and blue, festive 4th of July dessert.  Anyone can make this… ANYONE… even if you’re not a fancy schmancy baker or cook.  It’s just a fun and impressive recipe for 4th of July:  4th of July Fresh Berry Trifles

See… they’re cutie pie trifles, right?  Stick a fork in ’em and let your guests be mega impressed at the dessert that you spent all of 30 minutes creating.

You’ll need a specialty item for this one:  a small star-shaped cookie cutter.  You might have luck locating one in your local grocery star this time of year, but otherwise check a cooking or baking supply store (or even Target or WalMart).  Use store bought pound cake or make your own homemade– just cut some stars from the center of each slice.

The assembly process is so basic that it’s kind of silly… but for those who need a visual, just layer cake pieces, cream, berries, more cake pieces, more cream and more berries.  Then place that cute little pound cake star on top.

I told you it was easy, right?  I didn’t bother with a homemade pound cake for my recipe.  The bakery at my local market makes a decent lemon pound cake, so I went with that.  Make homemade if you prefer, but I’m telling you that it won’t make a huge difference if you just use the store bought one.  No one will ever know….!

Add some fancy forks (or plastic ones!) and serve these up at your 4th of July party.  They’re sure to be a big hit.  Don’t skimp on those stars.  They’re totally the key to making this recipe so adorable and extremely f.e.s.t.i.v.e.

Yield: 10 mini trifles

Prep Time: 30 min

4th of July Fresh Berry Trifles


One 12-ounce lemon pound cake (homemade or store bought)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons granulated white sugar
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 1/2 cups blueberries
1 1/2 cups finely diced strawberries
10 8-ounce plastic (see-thru) cups


1. Cut the pound cake into 10 slices. Use a small STAR cookie cutter to cut out 10 stars from the center of each slice. Chop the remnants of each slice into small pieces. Set aside.

2. Place the cream cheese and sugar in a medium bowl. Use an electric mixer to combine them until well combined (1 to 2 minutes). Add the cream and continue to whip until the mixture is soft and creamy.

3. Assemble the trifles: Set all of the plastic cups on a tray. Sprinkle a few cubes of pound cake into each cup. Top with a small spoonful of cream and a spoonful of both blueberries and strawberries. Layer again- more pound cake, more cream and more berries, and then place a star-shaped piece of pound cake on top.


*Here is a homemade lemon pound cake recipe- add a little yellow coloring to make it yellow... then you'll have yellow stars!


39 Responses to “4th of July Fresh Berry Trifles”

  1. postedJun 20, 2012 4:02 AM

    So cute! I would love serving these up 🙂

  2. postedJun 20, 2012 4:02 AM

    These look perfect for the upcoming holiday.

  3. postedJun 20, 2012 4:13 AM

    Fabulous! I am having a little get together and this will be perfect.

  4. postedJun 20, 2012 4:52 AM

    I love this idea! So easy and pretty. Also love the idea of cutting cake with a cookie cutter. I’m totally going to have to think of other uses for that trick!

  5. postedJun 20, 2012 5:17 AM

    These are so fun!

  6. postedJun 20, 2012 5:21 AM

    Adorable! I love the star pound cake pieces 🙂

  7. postedJun 20, 2012 5:59 AM

    These are SO much fun … the stars steal the show!! How cute 🙂

  8. postedJun 20, 2012 6:28 AM
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables

    such a cute and easy idea Lori!

  9. postedJun 20, 2012 6:51 AM

    Love how gorgeous and simple these are…my kind of recipe!!

  10. postedJun 20, 2012 6:53 AM

    These are gorgeous!

  11. postedJun 20, 2012 8:20 AM

    These look delicious and they’re so fun!

  12. postedJun 20, 2012 9:36 AM

    love the star-shaped cake! Now that is creative!

  13. postedJun 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    This is awesome, love the pound cake cutouts, Lori!

  14. postedJun 20, 2012 10:44 AM

    Love these!! I might just have to make them this summer!! Mmm……

  15. postedJun 20, 2012 11:43 AM

    those are gorgeous! i love the little stars! thanks for sharing!

  16. postedJun 20, 2012 10:04 PM

    I love trifles and this one is so pretty and just perfect for the 4th!

  17. postedJun 21, 2012 2:39 AM

    Such a cute idea. I love the stars. They really make the dessert pop! And of course festive 🙂

  18. postedJun 21, 2012 5:10 AM

    omg… cutest trifles EVER! i love.

  19. postedJun 21, 2012 5:10 AM
    Maria in NJ

    cute and easy!

  20. postedJun 21, 2012 6:37 AM

    It’s so adorable!! I love the star cutouts!!

  21. postedJun 21, 2012 8:10 AM

    So pretty! Love the idea of cutting the pound cake into stars.

  22. postedJun 21, 2012 10:32 AM

    What a beautiful treat!

  23. postedJun 21, 2012 5:26 PM

    Love this!! Since we have everyone over for 4th of July will definitely be making 🙂

  24. postedJun 21, 2012 7:08 PM

    Lori, these are adorable and SO EASY and quick to whip up for 4th of July. Or anytime, really! I love the star-shaped cake!

  25. postedJun 21, 2012 8:45 PM

    These are too cute, and so incredibly innovative! I can’t wait to make this for our 4th of July BBQ!

  26. postedJun 21, 2012 9:00 PM
    Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog

    So simple, yet so inventive. Love the colors of this dessert. Perfect for a busy barbecue party.

  27. postedJun 22, 2012 7:38 AM

    Ohh I just adore these, how cute!!! I recently made one HUGE trifle that was similar to this, but smaller portions are so much better! 🙂

  28. postedJun 22, 2012 7:43 AM

    Lori, you are on fire with all these amazing 4th of July recipes! I want this right now! Yum!

  29. postedJun 22, 2012 1:46 PM

    Sounds like a fun treat to have for the 4th! The fresh berries sound perfect!

  30. postedJun 22, 2012 2:16 PM

    Easy and delicious!
    AND I see you are featuring it on a Pampered Chef Patriotic tablecloth!

    • postedJun 24, 2012 1:48 PM

      no pampered chef! Just a runner that I bought at Target or HomeGoods, I think!

  31. postedJun 23, 2012 3:49 AM

    Very nice indeed!!!! and your blog too!!! nice to find you !!!!

  32. postedJun 26, 2012 1:34 PM

    So adorable!!
    These look perfect!!!
    Really beautiful treat for 4th of July!!

  33. postedJun 26, 2012 9:06 PM

    Simple~Pretty & looks yummy too! Happy 4th! 🙂

  34. postedJun 27, 2012 4:17 AM

    Love this, Lori! I did a similar star-themed dessert this week and love how fast and fresh this is!

  35. postedJun 30, 2012 7:23 AM

    These are absolutely adorable!

  36. postedJul 3, 2012 7:30 AM

    Wow these look so good. This recipe is a must try for me.. Thanks!

  37. postedJun 24, 2014 3:09 PM

    hi! could these be made in advance? thanks for the help!

  38. postedJun 27, 2017 2:46 PM

    I was looking for 4th of July recipes and found this! Thank you! Love how simple this is but perfect AND healthy (at least more so than similar recipes!) love blueberries and cream cheese, also great serving sizes for 4th party!

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