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Mastering the Trifle May 28, 2014

Yay for warmer temperatures! Boy, did we just get spoiled with the lovely weather over Memorial Day Weekend. Matt and I had a great time grilling out and making s’mores with friends and family practically every day this past weekend!

Now that Chicago is embracing warmer temperatures I’ve been looking for easy/cool desserts to make. One dish that I’ve been wanting to try making is a trifle. I hunted around pinterest and found a few options that could work. However, I made a game-time decision while grocery shopping to modify a recipe I found on the back of a Betty Crocker Angel Food Cake mix.


The dessert is very easy to make, you can even buy the angel food cake premade to save even more time and plus you won’t heat up your house or apartment!


Here is the original recipe:

1 pkg Betty Crocker white angel food cake mix

1 ¼ cup cold water

2 cups boiling water

1 pkg (8-serving size raspberry gelatin)

2 pkg (10 oz each frozen sweetened raspberries, thawed)

2-3 containers (6 oz each) Yoplait Original raspberry yogurt


Here is what I ended up using:

1 pkg Betty Crocker white angel food cake mix

1 ¼ cup cold water

2 cups boiling water

1 pkg 8-serving size raspberry gelatin sugar free

2 packages fresh strawberries

2 packages fresh raspberries

1 quart vanilla Greek yogurt (I just bought the generic house brand)


The steps are super easy to follow. First you start by baking the angel food cake. Grab an angle food baking dish like the one below, or if you have 9″ round pans, those will work too!



Next get your mix a mixing. Be sure not to over mix the batter. It should be light and fluffy just after 1-2 minutes of beating. IMG_1405[1]



When the cake is out of the oven and cooling, go ahead and make the Jello. I added ½ package of cut strawberries and one full package of raspberries to the jello as well. Put the Jello in the fridge for about 30 minutes until it is thick but not solidified.

Once your Jello is ready and your cake is cooled it’s time to layer! First start by tearing the cake into  ¾” pieces and drop them into the trifle bowl. Then add dollops of yogurt followed by spoonfuls of the Jello evenly around the bottom. Repeat this layering process until you get near the top of the bowl. I tried to leave about an inch of room between the last layer and very top.

The first layer

The first layer


Lastly I added the remaining strawberries (cut into small pieces) and raspberries as a garnish.

The final product!

The final product!

All in all the trifle turned out great! We took it over to my parents house for a BBQ on Monday and almost everyone went back for seconds! If you’re looking for a light, healthy alternative for a summer dessert I would definitely recommend making a trifle similar to the one I made.


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