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Easy Berry Trifle Cups Recipe – A Macro-Friendly, Healthy Dessert!

published: May 21, 2023

updated: October 25, 2023

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With Memorial Day just around the corner, it's the perfect time to gather your loved ones and celebrate with a delightful dessert that pays homage to the flavors of the season. Get ready to indulge in the scrumptiousness of Berry Trifle Cups—an irresistible treat that effortlessly combines the vibrant colors of fresh berries with the lightness of store-bought angel food cake and the creamy goodness of homemade whipped cream.

These Berry Trifle Cups are not only a feast for the eyes but also a breeze to whip up, making them the ideal dessert for your Memorial Day gathering. Picture this: layers of fluffy angel food cake, infused with a delicate sweetness, nestled between a medley of succulent berries that bring a burst of tangy freshness to each spoonful. To elevate the experience, we'll be layering it all with fluffy homemade whipped cream that adds a touch of indulgence to this delightful creation.

The best part? This recipe takes advantage of convenient shortcuts like store-bought angel food cake, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of your loved ones. So whether you're hosting a backyard barbecue or heading out for a picnic in the park, these Berry Trifle Cups are guaranteed to be a hit.


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3 Reasons Why You Will Love This Macro Friendly Berry Trifle Cups Recipe

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  1. Effortless Simplicity: With the convenience of store-bought angel food cake as the base, this recipe takes the stress out of baking. No need to spend hours in the kitchen! The simple assembly process allows you to create a stunning dessert in no time, leaving you with more moments to enjoy with your loved ones. 
  1. Bursting with Freshness: The combination of juicy, vibrant berries brings an explosion of freshness to each bite. The natural sweetness of the berries beautifully balances the lightness of the angel food cake, creating a refreshing treat that is perfect for warm summer days or any occasion where you crave a burst of fruity goodness.
  1. Customizable: While this recipe provides a delicious base, the possibilities for personalization are endless. Feel free to experiment and customize your Berry Trifle Cups to suit your preferences. You can add a drizzle of chocolate sauce, sprinkle some toasted nuts, or even layer in some tangy lemon curd.

Ingredients

  • Angel Food Cake: Look for a premade angel food cake at your local grocery store or bakery. This light and fluffy cake is perfect for trifles as it pairs beautifully with the other ingredients. It saves you time in the kitchen without compromising on taste.
  • Berries: Choose a variety of fresh, ripe strawberries and blueberries to add vibrant colors and flavors to your trifle cups. Wash them thoroughly and pat them dry before using.
  • Heavy Whipping Cream: This rich and creamy ingredient is used to make homemade whipped cream. It adds a luxurious texture and taste to the trifle cups. Make sure the whipping cream is cold before whipping it to achieve the best results.
  • Sugar Substitute: If you prefer a healthier or low-sugar option, you can use a sugar substitute of your choice in place of regular sugar. Popular options include stevia, erythritol, or any other sweetener you prefer. Adjust the amount to your desired level of sweetness.
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Kitchen Tools Required

  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Mixing bowl
  • Electric mixer
  • Spoon
  • Individual serving cups

How to Make Berry Trifle Cups 

  1. Prepare the Whipped Cream: In a large mixing bowl, pour in the cold heavy whipping cream. Using an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the cream on medium-high speed until it starts to thicken. Add your preferred sugar substitute, a little at a time, while continuing to beat the cream. Beat until stiff peaks form, ensuring not to overmix. Set aside.
  2. Prep the Angel Food Cake and Berries: Slice the store-bought angel food cake into bite-sized cubes. Rinse the berries under cold water, then pat them dry with a kitchen towel. If using strawberries, remove the stems and slice them into smaller pieces. Leave smaller berries, like blueberries, whole.
  3. Assemble the Berry Trifle Cups: Take individual serving cups or glasses and begin by placing a layer of blueberries at the bottom of each cup. Add a layer of angel food cake on top of the blueberries layer. Spoon a generous dollop of whipped cream over the cake, spreading it evenly to cover the layer. Next, add a layer of strawberries on top of the whipped cream. Repeat the layering process with another round of blueberries, angel food cake, whipped cream, and strawberries until the cups are filled to your desired height.
  4. Once assembled, refrigerate the Berry Trifle Cups for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together and the trifle to set.
  5.  When ready to serve, take the trifle cups out of the refrigerator and enjoy!
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Swaps or Alternatives

Here are some swaps and alternatives you can consider for this Berry Trifle Cups recipe:

  • Cake Alternatives: Instead of using store-bought angel food cake, you can opt for pound cake slices. Its buttery texture adds a delightful richness to the trifle cups.
  • Berry Alternatives: Instead of using only berries, you can create a mixed fruit trifle by incorporating other fruits like diced peaches, sliced kiwi, or chunks of pineapple. Experiment with tropical fruits like mangoes, papayas, or passion fruit to add an exotic twist to your trifle cups.
  • Whipped Cream Alternatives: Use a dairy-free whipped topping made from coconut cream or soy-based alternatives for a vegan or lactose-free version.

Quick Tip(s)

Here are some quick tips to keep in mind when making Berry Trifle Cups:

  • Chill the Whisking Bowl and Whisk: Before making the whipped cream, place the mixing bowl and whisk attachment (if using an electric mixer) in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes. Chilling them helps the cream whip up faster and achieve a better consistency.
  • Keep Ingredients Cold: Ensure that the heavy whipping cream is cold straight from the refrigerator. Cold cream whips up better and faster, resulting in a smoother and fluffier whipped cream.
  • Use clear serving cups: I love using clear cups so that guests are able to see the layers! I typically opt for wide mouth mason jars or clear plastic cups that can easily be thrown away.  
  • Layer Neatly: To create visually appealing trifle cups, layer the angel food cake, berries, and whipped cream with care. Use a spoon or piping bag to neatly distribute the whipped cream, ensuring each layer is evenly spread. This will result in a beautiful presentation.
  • Allow Time to Chill: After assembling the trifle cups, refrigerate them for at least 1 hour, or even overnight if possible. This chilling time allows the flavors to meld together, the cake to soften slightly, and the trifle to set, resulting in a more cohesive and delicious dessert.

FAQ’s

Here's a FAQs section to address common questions about the Berry Trifle Cups recipe:

Can I make the whipped cream ahead of time?

Yes, you can prepare the whipped cream ahead of time. Whip the cream and sweetener as instructed in the recipe, then store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator. However, keep in mind that the whipped cream may slightly deflate and lose some of its volume over time. Give it a quick whisk before assembling the trifle cups to restore its fluffy texture.

Can I use frozen berries for this recipe?

Yes, you can use frozen berries as a substitute for fresh ones. Thaw the frozen berries before using, and make sure to pat them dry to remove any excess moisture. However, keep in mind that frozen berries may have a slightly softer texture compared to fresh berries.

Can I use a different type of cake instead of angel food cake?

Absolutely! While angel food cake pairs wonderfully with the berries and whipped cream, you can use other cake options such as pound cake or sponge cake. Just ensure the cake is cut into bite-sized pieces for easy layering in the trifle cups.

Can I assemble the trifle cups in advance?

Yes, you can assemble the trifle cups in advance. Be aware that the longer the trifle cups sit, the softer the cake may become as it absorbs moisture from the berries and whipped cream. For optimal freshness and presentation, it's recommended to assemble the cups within a few hours of serving.

Can I make this recipe dairy-free or vegan?

Yes, you can adapt this recipe to be dairy-free or vegan. Replace the heavy whipping cream with a dairy-free whipped topping made from coconut cream or a plant-based alternative. Ensure the angel food cake you choose is also suitable for your dietary needs.

Macros & Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 1 trifle cup

MacrosNutrition
Calories251
Protein3.2g
Carbs34.9g
Fat10.1g

Macro Friendly Berry Trifle Cups

Jessie Hulsey
Indulge in the delightful flavors of summer with these irresistible Berry Trifle Cups. Layers of fluffy angel food cake, fresh berries, and homemade whipped cream come together in a dessert that's as beautiful as it is delicious.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 251 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Cutting Board
  • 1 Knife
  • 1 Mixing bowl
  • 1 Electric mixer
  • 1 Spoon
  • Individual serving cups

Ingredients
  

  • 1 store-bought angel food cake
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp sugar substitute (adjust to taste)

Instructions
 

Prepare the Whipped Cream:

  • In a large mixing bowl, pour in the cold heavy whipping cream. Using an electric mixer or a whisk, beat the cream on medium-high speed until it starts to thicken. Add your preferred sugar substitute, a little at a time, while continuing to beat the cream. Beat until stiff peaks form, ensuring not to overmix. Set aside.

Prep the Angel Food Cake and Berries:

  • Slice the store-bought angel food cake into bite-sized cubes. Rinse the berries under cold water, then pat them dry with a kitchen towel. If using strawberries, remove the stems and slice them into smaller pieces. Leave smaller berries, like blueberries, whole.

Assemble the Berry Trifle Cups:

  • Take individual serving cups or glasses and begin by placing a layer of blueberries at the bottom of each cup. Add a layer of angel food cake on top of the blueberries layer. Spoon a generous dollop of whipped cream over the cake, spreading it evenly to cover the layer. Next, add a layer of strawberries on top of the whipped cream. Repeat the layering process with another round of blueberries, angel food cake, whipped cream, and strawberries until the cups are filled to your desired height.
  • Once assembled, refrigerate the Berry Trifle Cups for at least 1 hour to allow the flavors to meld together and the trifle to set.
  • When ready to serve, take the trifle cups out of the refrigerator and enjoy!

Notes

  • Make sure the layer your trifle as described to ensure it follows the red, white, and blue pattern.
  • Nutrition information may vary depending on the brands and ingredients used.

Nutrition

Serving: 1trifle cupCalories: 251kcalCarbohydrates: 34.9gProtein: 3.2gFat: 10.1g
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About the author, Jessie Hulsey

Jessie is a recipe creator and registered dietitian consultant, specializing in weight management, healthy aging, and behavioral nutrition in Atlanta, GA. To lean into her creative side, she loves all aspects of recipe development and food photography. When not working, you can find Jessie at the dog park with her husband and pup, playing in her garden, and scoping out new restaurants!

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