4th of July Fresh Berry Trifles

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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.

4th of July Fresh Berry Trifles

Yield: 10 mini trifles

Prep Time:30 min


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- https://www.recipegirl.com/2008/08/14/easy-lemon-pound-cake/- add a little yellow coloring to make it yellow... then you'll have yellow stars!

Source: RecipeGirl.com

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  • Sabrina B wrote:

    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!

  • kelly wrote:

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

  • Sheila wrote:

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

  • bridget {bake at 350} wrote:

    These are absolutely adorable!

  • Kelly Senyei (Just a Taste) wrote:

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

  • Karen @ Sugartown Sweets wrote:

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

  • Reem | Simply Reem wrote:

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

  • Nicoletta wrote:

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

  • @judy943 wrote:

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

    • Lori Lange wrote:

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

  • Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts wrote:

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

  • Shawn @ I Wash…You Dry wrote:

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

  • Kelly wrote:

    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! 🙂

  • Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog wrote:

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

  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious wrote:

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

  • sally @ sallys baking addiction wrote:

    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!

  • Kim B. wrote:

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

  • Jen @ Savory Simple wrote:

    What a beautiful treat!

  • Jennifer | Mother Thyme wrote:

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