My mother-in-law gave me this recipe, which I lightened up by using less milk, reduced-fat whipped topping and angel food cake instead of pound cake. It's good made with fresh peaches or blueberries, too. --Pamela Gainer of Sand Ridge, West Virginia

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Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • In a bowl, whisk the milk and water. Whisk in the pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set; fold in the whipped topping. Cut cake into 1/2-in. cubes.

  • Spoon a third of the pudding mixture into a 4-qt. trifle or glass bowl. Top with half of the cake cubes and sliced strawberries. Repeat layers once. Top with remaining pudding mixture. Garnish with whole strawberries.


Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals 156 calories, 3 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 4 mg cholesterol, 223 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

Nutrition Facts

182 calories; protein 3.1g; carbohydrates 35.8g; fat 3.6g; cholesterol 4.3mg; sodium 326.8mg. Full Nutrition

Reviews (61)

Rating: 5 stars
This recipe is very good and can be made in many different variations. The first time we made it we used a strawberry cake mix. We also chopped up some fresh strawberries and added some sugar which we let them soak in. To the fresh strawberry mixture we added a jar of Smucker's strawberry ice cream topping. We wanted it to be nice and sweet. Another time we made this recipe we used a french vanilla cake mix and added an extra tsp of pure vanilla to the mix before baking. Then we used cheesecake pudding instead of vanilla. Again we prepared the strawberries by adding sugar and a jar of strawberry topping. This dessert is always a big hit and we always have requests for the recipe. 01/08/12 UPDATE: I am still making this dessert and people are still loving it! I always double the pudding and double the strawberries and it is the perfect amount for a 9x13 cake and it makes a beautiful trifle! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this for a New Years Eve party and it was a big hit. I used two 3oz packages of Vanilla pudding, 1 1/2 cups of skim milk, 1/2 cup of fat free sweetened condensed milk, and fat free cool whip. I took other suggestions and let my fresh strawberries soak in sugar for about 30 minutes prior to making this. It will be even better when I make this during strawberry season. Next time I may try adding different berries with it. My husband normally dislikes anything with angel food cake but said that the combination is so good that it does not taste like regular angel food cake. A let mine settle in the fridge for atleast 4 hours. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I loved this trifle! I doubled the pudding portion because we like lots of pudding in our trifles, and used 1 box of banana flavored and 1 box of french vanilla flavored. I doubled the sweetened cond. milk also, but only used one 8 oz. cool whip. It was a perfect ratio of pudding to fruit to cake in my opinion. Strawberries are in season right now in Florida and this was the perfect recipe to use them on. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I made this last night for get together we attended. Everyone raved about it. It was light but had a richness to it. I used milk instead of water, regular vanilla pudding, and regular condensed milk. So it wasn't a low calorie dessert...but it sure was yummy! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I have made this several times and highly recommend it. It was a hit at parties. I used regular pudding mix instead of sugar-free. You can add different berries for variety and great color. My 12 year old daughter requests this recipe. It is light, easy to put together, and is a good summer recipe (but is great any time of year). I will be making this many more times. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I tweaked the recipe a bit and my whole family wolfed this down! I used white chocolate pudding prepared according to the box and layered with sliced strawberries, whipped cream, angel food cake and white chocolate chips. I garnished the top with white chocolate dipped strawberries. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is OUT OF THIS WORLD DELICIOUS! Made it for a back yard BBQ.. and... wow. Super easy to make, and a big crowd pleaser. I imagine you could really get creative with it too, using all sorts of different berries/fruit... or maybe even find a way to toss in a little rum to make it a little more 'fun' (haha). Or, you can just not change a darn thing and follow this recipe to a T-- because it's just perfect as it is! Love this! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
EXCELLENT! The only change I made was to use a 5.1 oz pkg. of Jello instant vanilla pudding and 3 cups of 2% milk. Everything else remained the same. It was all I had on hand and the amount was perfect. Thank you Pamela Gainer for such a great recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This was amazing mostly because of the "Heavenly Angel Food Cake" I made to put in it!! So good!!! Read More