Looking for an uncomplicated, impressive and mouthwatering dessert? How about one that can easily be modified to be gluten-free? Allow me to introduce you to Triple Berry Angel Food Trifle!!!
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First of all, I need to tell you that my grandson celebrated his 7th. birthday and requested a Lego themed party. My talented daughter created a darling birthday cake that resembled Lego’s and my grandson absolutely LOVED it!!! As a result, this is a cake and party he’ll probably always remember.
Since Anna and I knew that there were several guests attending the party that are on a gluten-free diet, (myself included), I volunteered to make a gluten-free dessert. Because I’ve made Triple Berry Angel Food Trifle before, it was high on my list of dessert options. In addition, since my son-in-law told me this trifle is probably his favorite, it was an easy decision.
- 2 pints fresh blueberries
- 2 pints fresh raspberries
- 1 qt fresh strawberries
- 2 (6 ounces each) instant tapioca pudding
- 12 oz whipped topping
- 1 angel food cake mix
This trifle can be made using a regular angel food cake. Nonetheless, to make this a gluten free trifle I used a Kinnikinnick Gluten Free Angel Food Cake Mix. I have made this particular angel food cake mix numerous times and it really does make a terrific angel food cake.
I also used a tub of KozyShack gluten-free tapioca pudding to make this yummy trifle. However, feel free to use a regular tapioca pudding mix if you are not on a restrictive diet (KozyShack is also corn free). I combined the tapioca pudding with the whipped topping, then layered chunks of cake, fruit, and pudding.
Pictured is the trifle at my grandson’s birthday party. The party was held at a local park. Since it was pretty hot and humid, the trifle bowl looks a little frosty because of the humidity. However, rest assured… it was quickly devoured!!!
I received many compliments on the taste and the overall presentation of this delicious dessert. Surprisingly, guests that are not on a gluten-free diet also dove into Triple Berry Angel Food Trifle. It seems that no one could tell it was even gluten-free!
Pressed for time? Not on a restrictive diet? Simply use a store bought pre-baked angel food cake.
Another option is to make a gluten-free angel food cake and freeze it for use later. Since I have frozen both types of angel food cakes I can tell you that they both freeze well. Simply allow the cake to thaw before assembling your trifle.
I always use my Anchor Hocking Presence Trifle Bowl whenever I make a trifle, although I did find an Anchor Hocking Presence Footless Trifle with White Plastic Lid that would be perfect to take to a picnic or potluck!
Another fun party occurred last year when my daughter hosted a pirate themed party. It seems like that party was a huge hit too. Practically everyone remembers the treasure chest!
Rather than spend a lot of time in the kitchen preparing and decorating a birthday cake, consider making a Triple Berry Angel Food Trifle instead. It’s also a good gluten-free option.
Most of all, it’s important to enjoy the party you are hosting.
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