The 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays, because like Thanksgiving, it’s centered around food, family, and friends. There is nothing like spending the day relaxing, grilling, laughing, and enjoying the company of loved ones. My favorite way of showing gratitude is by cooking big spreads for everyone, which if you know me, is why I have cooking parties about once a month :). This 4th of July is particularly special though, because we will have a new addition to the family! So, in preparation of the arrival of my nephew, I decided to make a beautiful and easy no bake trifle, topped with a super decadent lemon glaze. This recipe is so simple, even my new momma sister in law will have time to make an impressive dessert for the 4th! Well, maybe not, so it’s a good thing she has me :).
Okay, I have to admit, I am having a very hard time concentrating on writing this post today. As we speak, my brother and sister in law are in the hospital getting ready for the birth of my nephew!!! It’s going to be the first baby in my family, so as you can imagine, I am freaking out!! But, let me interrupt that feeling for a moment while I gush about how amazing this trifle was!
Most of the time on holidays like the 4th I focus on grilling and the mains – I’ve never been much of a baker. Measuring, and the precision of baking, it’s just never been my thing. That’s why I love the idea of a no bake trifle dessert so much. Despite its simplicity, the flavors are out of this world, and it makes for a beautiful and impressive dessert. The other nice thing about a trifle, is how creative you can be with it. You can add more or less layers of whipped cream, fruit, lemon drizzle, or whatever you want.
I’m also really excited today because this is my first stop-motion video. I have been working on the idea of them for a while now, and finally was able to execute with this beautiful dessert!
Happy 4th of July to all the men and women who serve our country, and all of my readers out there! I hope y’all get some much needed rest from work, and enjoy your time together eating some really great food. If you do make my trifle, be sure to tag #atastymess so that I can see your creations.
- 2 loaves of angel food cake, cut into 1 inch squares
- 2 16 oz. containers of strawberries (each strawberry cut in half or quarters)
- 2 16 oz. containers of blueberries
- 1 can of whipped cream, or fresh whipped cream
- 1¾ cup confectioners sugar
- ¼ cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 Tbsp. salted butter, melted
- Begin by making the lemon glaze. Combine the confectioners sugar, butter, and lemon juice. Mix together with a fork until combined with no lumps. Cover and set aside.
- You can assemble the trifle in any order you like, but this is my suggestion. In a large trifle bowl, first place a layer of the angel food at the bottom. Drizzle slightly with the lemon glaze, then top with a layer of strawberries and blueberries. Then, spread a layer of whipped cream on top of the fruit. Place another layer of the angel food cake, drizzle with glaze, add layer again with strawberries and blueberries. Drizzle more lemon glaze on top and serve!
- You can make this a day or two ahead of time and it keeps very well! Just be sure to cover with saran wrap and refrigerate.