This is a very light dessert recipe from my friend, Ellen. It is so easy to make and is the perfect ending to a heavy meal.
This is a very light dessert recipe from my friend, Ellen. It is so easy to make and is the perfect ending to a heavy meal.
I love trifle and make it often, but this recipe had way too many bananas for our taste. I made my own whipped cream instead of cool whip. Everyone kept asking me if I had used banana pudding and it wasn't really flavorful other than the banana taste. *Tip-dip banana slices in orange juice to prevent browning.Read More
I used cheesecake flavored pudding (SO good!!) and real whipped cream with a touch of vanilla and sugar, insted of Cool Whip. This is a show stopper!
I made this for 4th of July. YUMMY and Beautful in my trifle bowl. I did make a few changes. I used 1 pint of real whipped cream and whipped it fluffy/stiff in my mixer and added about 3 to 4T of sugar to sweeten it and used in place of the frozen whipped topping. I also used lady fingers in place of the angel food cake. And to keep with the 4th theme, I used fresh strawberries and a row of fresh blueberries(instead of bananas) in the middle. I know I changed a lot of the recipe but I thank T's Mom for inspiring me!
Excellent! Light and delicious. Pudding is supposed to be the largest sized box. I now use 2 1/2 cups of milk in the pudding and fresh berries when they are in season.
Delicious and forgiving recipe. I was short on time so I used the strawberries still frozen (cut in half) and slices of whipped topping, then chilled only 2 hours, but it still tasted great! It makes a huge amount and doesn't store well (brown bananas & soupy at the bottom by the next day), so unless you are feeding 10+, you may want to half the recipe.
There are just not enough words to describe how delicious and absolutely FABULOUS this dessert is !! It's so light & creamy and all the flavors just blend together perfectly. Make sure you don't use skim milk when making the pudding -- it won't be thick enough & watery instead. I used French Vanilla pudding and it was sooooo good ! Also made mine with fresh strawberries & put a few stawberry & banana slices on the very top for garnish.
I served this in a glass trifle bowl and everyone thought it was just beautiful-delicious too! Huge hit with my family-thanks for a great recipe.
I omitted the bananas, and used fresh strawberries instead of frozen. I served this at a party and what a hit! Everyone loved it and asked me for the recipe!
THIS WAS A GREAT RECIPE! I MADE MY OWN ANGEL FOOD CAKE AND USED WHIPPED CREAM INSTEAD OF COOL WHIP. ALSO ADDED SLIVERED ALMONDS THROUGHOUT. MADE A GREAT PRESENTATION. THANKS FOR A DEFINITE KEEPER! A+++++ :-)))))
Very good and simple. A great way to end a meal. Serve in parfait glasses with a sprig of mint.
I love trifle and make it often, but this recipe had way too many bananas for our taste. I made my own whipped cream instead of cool whip. Everyone kept asking me if I had used banana pudding and it wasn't really flavorful other than the banana taste. *Tip-dip banana slices in orange juice to prevent browning.
My local girlfriends had a going away party for me yesterday and this was one of the desserts I helped make. My friend who hosted had sugar free pudding and we used all strawberries instead of strawberries and bananas. Let me tell you......this was absolutely a hit. Not the prettiest dessert in the world but it was so. darn. yummy. At the end of the gathering, there was only a small amount left in the bowl. Huge hit. Both my friend and I thought that this would be even tastier with instant cheesecake pudding and more strawberries, using fresh as well as frozen. Sometimes the most simple ingredients make THE best food. You could totally go all "light" ingredients, by using SF pudding mix like we did but also using fat free milk, sugar free angel food cake (which I've seen at Walmart), and "lite" whipped topping.
I was afraid that it would just taste like fruit on top of pudding, so I made a few slight changes. I mixed vanilla pudding, 1 cup of milk & 1 cup of sour cream and beat until it thickened, then folded in a tub of cool whip (french vanilla flavored). Layered the cake cubes, FRESH strawberries & blueberries, omitted the bananas because they look yuck after a short time, then the "pudding" mixture. Not only was it delicious, but it was beautiful. It was the right amount of sweetness. It only lasted a day!
This is a beautiful light dessert. I served this at a bar-b-que, and it went so fast! I used real strawberries and whip cream. I whipped the cream, and folded it into the pudding, and that worked out really nicely.
I made this dessert for Mother's Day. I split it in half and made 2 medium bowls to take to my family and my in-laws. They both loved it. I even had a few people ask for the recipe. My brother-in-law isn't big on sweets and said that this dessert was perfect. However, I did make a few changes in mine. I omitted the bananas because my husband doesn't like them and because they brown quickly, so I only used strawberries. I used chocolate pudding instead of vanilla and mixed a cup or so of the whipped topping into it to make it a little fluffier. And because of that I had to use an extra container of the whipped topping. I did use light whipped topping so it wasn't as sweet. I also used fresh strawberries instead of frozen. Absolutely delicious and very light! I will use this recipe again and again. Thank you!!
This was a BIG hit! I made this twice...last night I made it for Mother's Day and it was devoured! Also, I substitued low fat ingredients such as skim milk for pudding and low fat whip cream. Thanks for a great recipe - perfect for big groups.
Yummy! I took it to a Memorial Day BBQ and it was gone. I probably could have used another bag of strawberries - I think I used more than half on the first layer. Very good!
I made this recipe to take to a dinner at a friend's house and the three of us polished off about half the dessert. I also used fresh strawberries instead of the frozen and it was great. The recipe makes quite a bit of dessert soo this is great to take to an office party or a church potluck. Very easy and very little effort.
Very good! Another very forgiving recipe. Always well received. I used some mixed berries as well as the bananas & Strawberries. Decorated it with Kiwi and Strawberries. I made a change on half of the whipped topping by mixing it with the remaining vanilla pudding and adding about 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk. Yummy!
I made a couple of changes to this recipe and I can't imagine that the original would be worse- so I am rating it a 5. Used fresh strawberries and omitted the banana. I also used premade vanilla creme cake from the store. Used the called for pudding and cool whip. Was a hit at the labor day picnic that we took it to. Our host said that we would be the official dessert "people" from now on! (I just need a TRIFLE DISH!)
Was a real hit! The first one I ever made and so easy!!! I made another with left over cake but used choclate pudding and a can of cherry pie filling. It was great
AMAZING AND BEAUTIFUL DISH! I made this for a HUGE group of dinner guests, and it made just the perfect amount of trifle! I followed exactly, however, I did use fresh strawberries and sliced them myself which I HIGHLY recommend. It helps the trifle keep better and avoids a watery and gooey mess. Bottom line: it creates a much better taste! I will definitely make this again..and again..and again!
I made this recently to impress my guest. I turned out so delicious. Only thing I changed was that I used fresh whipped cream, and fresh strawberries.
I made this over the Memorial Day weekend and it was fantastic! This is a very light dessert that is sooo tasty! Use low fat vanilla pudding to keep those calories to a minimum
This dessert is really good. I omitted the bananas and used fresh strawberries instead of the frozen ones. I also used homemade whip cream. After reading the other reviews, I thought I'd have a lot left over, but that wasn't the case. With 8 guests, it was almost all gone. Another crowd favorite.
I have made this recipe for years but without the banana's and with real wipped cream the added banana's was great. I also make it with chocolate pudding and banana's. That is also very yummy!
Really easy really good trifle. Try using different berries or even mixed berries.
This was really good. I changed some of the recipe and this is why I am only giving 4 stars...with my changes it is totally worth 5 stars. I used fresh strawberries instead of frozen and added blueberries. I coated the bannana slices with lemon juice so they would not turn brown. I also doubled this recipe (except the cake) and used a really big clear trifle bowl to serve a large amount of people. This was a hit and many people wanted the recipe.
I was looking for a simple summer fruit trifle and this was the perfect pick!! I made a couple changes based on what I had available in the house. I used pound cake rather than angel food cake and added crushed pineapple to fruit layer. I also used fresh strawberries. It received 5 stars from everyone for a delish "banan split trifle"! I might try it with brownies next time instead of the pound cake!
very good highly recommend delicious
Very good! I added sliced almonds throughout, as well as on top, and it tasted wonderful. Everyone enjoyed.
This recipe is good, but I ALWAYS use cubed up pound cake instead of angel food cake, it seems to "hold up" better to the liquid in the berries. A few people have complained that it may as well just be called banana pudding. I find that using pound cake keeps this more trifle-like and less of a messy soupy mess.
RECIPE WAS SO EASY TO FOLLOW..
I do not really enjoy sweets but this was GREAT! I will make this one again. Thanks.
This is a great recipe! I didn't change a thing and it came out wonderful!!!!
I used fresh strawberries instead of frozen..added blueberries..layers of red white ans blue was perfect for the 4th of July party that we throw each year.....There was nothing left,a real hit!
I wanted to use fresh strawberries, but they had none at the grocery store-so I had to use frozen. I thawed them out & strained any leftover juices from them. I used 2 bananas on the bottom layer & 3 on top. When making it, I didn't think taht 1 pkg of pudding would be enough (I screwed up & only used 2 cups of milk, instead of the recommended 3), but when I tasted it, it was delicious!!! Very easy to prepare (Eventhough Mom didn't have a trifle dish, like I was sure that she did LOL). I just used a large glass mixing bowl & it was fine. To garnish, I used a slice of banana in the centre & 5 halves of strawberries to make petals, to make it look like a flower. Very simple, but effective. Thanks for a lovely recipe!
Easy and delicious! Cut the calories even more by using sugar free pudding and Cool Whip Free. Nice light dessert for a summer barbecue.
Wonderful recipe! I served this with brunch on Easter Sunday and everyone loved it. Most trifle recipes are usually so heavy because they call for brandy or ladyfingers, but this one is light and refreshing! My son says he "looooooves" it!
This recipe was great!!! I made it for a lunch party yesterday and everyone loved it. Everyone was raving about how light it was, this from a crowd that doesnt care much for deserts. I made the cake using Duncan Hines Yellow cake mix, no time to make cake from scratch. Since the strawberry was a bit sour, I tossed the slices with some sugar. Absolutely great recipe, will make it again soon for antoher group of friends.
I don't think I will use the instant pudding when making this again. The cook and serve kind would make it so much better. I may try making this with other kinds of fruit as well.
I asked my hubby what he would rate this and he said 4+. It's very good--quite refreshing on a hot summer day! I used fresh strawberries and no bananas, as we don't care for those in desserts. I also used two small packages of white chocolate pudding and whipped my own cream with a little sugar and vanilla. In the future I will probably take previous reviewers' advice and combine the pudding and cream to make one layer, so it doesn't overpower the cake and strawberries. Overall, it's very light and refreshing--I will make again when I need something easy, light, and yummy!
This dessert was a big hit when I took it to a party! Was so easy to make, but really looked impressive. I used mixed berries & left out the bananas.
I made this for a "Good Friday" Potluck. Very good...AND I even used frozen fruit! I put fruit, still frozen, in a calinder and ran it under the cold water tap, then let it sit to drain while I prepared everything else. It was a real crowd pleaser...NOT soggy at all...as mentioned in past reviews using frozen fruit. Maybe because I made it a 1 p.m for a 6 p.m. dinner(?) The recipe states it needs to chill about 4 hours before serving...perhaps others prepared the night before, and that's why it was soggy(???) Anyway, a wonderful, EASY, low cal dessert I will make again and again!
Made it for company after a heavy lasagne dinner, BIG hit!!! I then went out and when I came home my husband had eaten almost all of the rest, can't call it leftovers it was too soon. This is really delicious, and can be made all low fat. Thanks for sharing.
Very easy to do...but not the best trifle I've ever had.
This was sooooo wonderful. I made it for a family function. My cousin was convinced I purchased it at a bakery!! It's pretty to look at also.
Be aware that this recipe makes a lot of trifle (but who doesn't want lots of it to eat?)
I made this exactly as written with one addition -- sprinkle some nutmeg over the pudding layers for a little added flavor. That was a subtle but great addition. It was wonderful, and a hit with the family. Super easy, and beautiful presentation. Make it lighter by using sugar free whipped cream and pudding. Will definitely make again.
Flavors are delicious. I did find it was a little runny for my taste.
Made this for super bowl and was surprised that people dished it up in cups and ate it all up.
This is more of a question than a review, lol... has anyone tried this with lemon pudding?
I used "White Chocolate" pudding - using 1 can sweetened cond. milk and finished off the rest of the 3 cups with skim (cause thats what we use). Made my own whipping cream and added some strawberry sauce from a squeeze pkg. into the whipped cream - added yummy flavor and a pretty pink color. Skipped the bananas - just cause. It was Fabulous!!
This trifle was fast, easy and tasted wonderful. It is so creamy and light. I did not add the bananas as they turn brown fast. They can always be added right before you serve the trifle.
This was a very good, very light dessert. I couldn't find an angel food cake in the store, so I had to make one from scratch, which made it a little more difficult.
I make this every year and it's always a hit! I took this to a family get together last week and it was literally gone in minutes. Everyone wanted to know who made it. So simple to make and doesn't take much. If i have strawberries that aren't very sweet I'll soak them in some sugar in the fridge first. And I don't like cool whip, tastes funny to me, so I make whipped cream. Great recipe!!
My husband called it "strawberry shortcake on steriods". I omitted the bananas and used real which cream (in lieu of frozen whipped topping). Delish!
Very good but the first time I used this with frozen strawberries they were very bitter so I now use fresh. I also like it with pound cake better then angel food cake!
This was great. I did change a few things. I used 1- 5 oz. box of vanilla pudding and 1- 3oz. box of cheese cake pudding. I only used 2 bananas. I used a 16oz. pound cake instead of the of angel food cake.
I tried this last Xmas and it was a big success. Everyone enjoyed it especially my husband. I will be making it again this Xmas.
There have all ready been so many wonderful reviews but here is another hats off to T's Mom!!! I used fresh strawberries sweetened with a little Splenda, fresh blueberries, fat free sugar free vanilla pudding and lite Cool Whip....it was a HUGE hit at our July 4th party! I believe that the size of the pudding is incorrect....believe it should be a 1.5 oz. box.
Very Good! To keep the cake from getting too soogy I baked it in a 9x13 baking dish and then tore it into pieces. I left it sitting out for about 2 hours so that the pieces would harden up a little. Then I put it all together. Now (2 days later) it is all still great and not soggy at all!
I love the different reviews on here because it allows me to add as I see fit from several others. My family said that it looked as if it belonged in a magazine. I'm glad I made 2 because it went very fast. One note: I purchased 3 boxes of cheesecake pudding and it was not enough so I had to settle for a french vanilla variety for a 4th box @ the local HEB on the day of Thanksgiving. I also added Eagle Brand milk to the mix as well as added the heavy whipping cream (another reviewers suggestion) to the mix as a whole. It went faster than I anticipated.
Beautiful finished product! I also made a few changes: I used cheesecake flavored pudding and folded in some Cool Whip to make it a little lighter, and I also sliced fresh strawberries rather than using frozen. Omitted the bananas as well. So I did a layer of angel cake cubes, a layer of sliced fresh strawberries, a layer of the pudding/Cool Whip mixture, and repeated. I like to make trifles the night before so the layers kind of fuse together
i made this yesterday and everyone loved it, the only thing i changed was i left out the bananas as i had no lemon juice to dip them in the keep them from turning dark...i also made real whipped cream instead of cool whip, also made pound cake instead of angel food cake..was very good
Excellent recipe! I used pound cake instead of angel food cake and came out great!
Made for company, they LOVED it! and insisted it was the best they've had!!!!
I put this in individual serving dishes and it worked well.
Took this to our reunion, and was a big hit! Had many ask for the recipe. This was simple. My kids asked me when I am making it again.
Fabulous!!! I have made this several times it always comes out perfect, everyones favorite desert at all the parties. I make it the day before.
Although i did not use bananas it was awsome anyway. I have made this about 5 times allready.
This was so delicious and so beautiful and festive to look at. I made it for my 3yr olds day care party and everyone loved it!
This was so quick and easy AND YUMMY! It was nice to have a fruit dish in the dead of winter for a change. I also added a small can of crushed pinapple after the strawberry layer - reminds me of a banana split. Excellent!!
I made this for Easter and every raved about how good it was! There was not a drop left, I will definately make it again! The only thing I would change is to use fresh strawberries instead of frozen becaue they were somewhat soggy. Thanks for sharing!!
Yummy! I personally don't like bananas, so we don't add bananas. For a Fourth of July treat, we add fresh blueberries in the trifle.
This was absolutely awesome!!! I'm sure it is great following the recipe but I made these changes: Left out the bananas and used 2 lbs (or more) of fresh strawberries (I don't think you can have too many), sliced them & added 1/3 to 1/2 cup sugar to make them syrupy and used extra creamy non-dairy whipped topping. The perfect summer-time dessert. And it's pretty, too : )
Used pound cake instead of angel food (bought a box mix and baked it) and used fresh fruit. Excellent. Took it to a potluck. Everyone loved it.
Everyone loved the trifle. I added blackberries, raspberries and blueberries along with the strawberries. It was amazing and simple. You get the best of both worlds with this recipe
I also used real whipping cream and substituted yogurt for the pudding (1/2 of each). It gave it a lightness and tang that was delicious. Everyone loved it.
I loooove Trifle. I completed this recipe almost exactly (I used fresh strawberries, swirled with a little strawberry preserves for sweetness). I then made a thin cheesecake, let it set, and used cookie cutters to cut out star shapes, which I set around the top of the trifle, along with some silver and gold dragees. Gorgeous and light enough for the holidays or even july!!!
This trifle is delicious and adaptable to all tastes. I make this in the summer for my husband and I because it is a healthier alternative for dessert. I have even made it before by using sugar/fat free chocolate pudding and omitting the bananas. Still, this trifle is perfect as is written. I like to use fresh, locally grown strawberries in the summer when I can get them. Be sure to blot the strawberries really well after washing so that they will not become watery in your trifle. It is yummy to substitute strawberry angel food cake for the regular if you can find it. You can also mix it up with french vanilla cool whip for another variation. This will only keep for about 2-3 days max in the fridge so be sure to eat it up fast.
I live in England, and have a really hard time finding the ingredients that I need, by the same name, so needless to say, I have to improvise. Instead of Angel Food Cake, I use pound cake, and instead of pudding I used cold custard, I also think that you need more custard/pudding than the recipe calls for, my first layer had plenty, the second not so much. As for the fruit I used, I used really whatever I had, mango, blueberries, rasberries, and bananas. They also don't have cool whip here, so I used a extra heavy whipping cream mixed half with yogurt, it was awesome! I never really make dessert, but was asked to bring one to a cookout...it turned out wonderful and everyone loved it! I will definately do this again and again!
This was very good, I had to change it a bit as to what i had on hand and the time restraint. I had pound cake that I cubed up, used real whipped cream and I mixed it with the pudding. I found some individual trifle dishes so I used those and wow it tasted great. My 13 month old neice couldn't get enough of it, thanks for a great recipe
This recipe is fantastic and gets rave reviews every time I make it. I made similar changes as the other reviewers. I make whipped cream from scratch sweetened with some sugar and a little vanilla. I also use fresh strawberries. It's the perfect light summertime dessert. Thanks for sharing it!
I made this & it was delish. I added blueberries.
Really good and great dessert for the Summer months! I used sugar free vanilla pudding and it was still great!
Made this tonight using gluten free yellow cake instead of angel food cake. This is a light refreshing desert that is perfect for summer BBQs! **update** I made this for our 4th of July BBQ. I used white chocolate pudding for one layer and banana pudding for the 2nd layer. I also added some fresh blueberries to the fruit layers. The blueberries really add a nice surprising burst of flavor. Plus, this dessert is just beautiful. When I brought it out everyone ooooh'd and aaaaah'd! I would suggest making it a day ahead of the time you want to serve it so that the pudding layers are exceptionally cold. Perfect summer time dessert!
Wow!! This is so yummy ~ It was gone in 2 days (between 4 people). I'm making it for the second time in two weeks. I used sugar-free pudding mix, and fat free cool whip.
Used this recipe as a base and changed it up. I wanted it red, white, and blue, so I used blueberries instead of bananas and used all fresh fruit. I made fresh whipped cream and a cake from scratch.
Loved this - mixed sweetened real whipping cream with vanilla pudding, as other reviewers did. Very pretty in trifle bowl - used fresh strawberries, bananas, blueberries.
I am in the process of making this recipe right now, I just wanted to comment that for the pudding it says 1 (5 ounce) package, but it should be a 1.5 ounce package. This could be confusing fir some, so I just thought I'd point it out. It does look delicious already and I haven't even started layering yet ? Also, I'm adding blackberries and bananas to mine, just in case anyone feels like copying me.
I use cherry pie filling crushed pineapple bananas and layer that between a yellow cake torn in pieces w/pudding and cool whip - sometimes I make my own whipped cream and add cream cheese or sour cream either one to it, that seems to make it less runny and then I garnish it with strawberries and marchachino cherries and chopped pecans it makes a ton just using 1 cake I usually use a punch bowl to make the layers in. Never any leftovers
I thought it was wonderful. I customized it for 6 and used fresh strawberries, frozen blueberries, and the whole package of the instant pudding.I also used thinly sliced bananas. I followed the directions on the pudding box and used 2 cups of milk. I also used a butter pound cake instead of the angels food. It was very light and we all had seconds.
This is ridiculously easy & it makes a beautiful appearance!! As other suggested, I made my own whipped cream to which I added a bit (1 teaspoon) of Splenda for sweetness. I also added a sprinkle of nut & honey granola to each layer for a little crunch.
Very good and easy. I left out the bananas based on other reviews and used cheesecake pudding.
So good! I made 5 large individual servings using this recipe, without altering the ingredient proportions. 3 were "child-sized" portions (the serving was *more than* sufficient to have been adult-sized) using 8 oz glasses, the other 2 servings were wine-glass sized. The only other thing I did differently was to use the whipped cream recipe submitted by Paula to this site in place of store bought. Another AllRecipe score...thanks a bunch!
This recipe was well liked. I did make a few changes. I cut up a pound cake that I made from a recipe on this site that my family really didn't care for. I hate to waste, so I found this recipe and cut the cake into small chunks. I took the advice from a reviewer to use vanilla pudding and cheesecake pudding and ommitted the bananas. My husband said to add the bananas next time. I will definitely make this again.
Great, simple and delicious!
this is such a light and refreshing dessert! i used light cool whip and fresh strawberries. i should have followed others instructions on the lemon juice for the bananas though. my boyfriend loved it so much and told me many times how much he loved this!
Great, simple and tasty dessert. Beautiful presentation. The only change I made was I used vanila wafers instead of pound or angel food cake. Layered wafers throughout and placed them vertically around the dish, kinda like a banana pudding.