Spring is here and that means all sorts of strawberry concoctions at our house. My mom and Aunt Christy have made this Strawberry Angel Food Trifle since I was a little kid. However, I was the sort of kid that liked those cafeteria style plates with separate little sections. NOTHING could touch! So, there “beautiful” looked really awful to me.
Finally, last year…yes, it took me 30 years to come around to trying this thing out. For shame. So I tried. it. AND LOVED IT! Boy, was I missing out.
Not only that, this trifle is a snap to put together for any occasion. Perfect for holidays and parties…and funerals apparently. According to my mom, this was/is Aunt Christy’s “funeral dish”. Hate me for laughing but I about died (no pun) when that was my mom’s response to “What should I call this on the blog?”. Then she quickly added, “Oh no. Don’t put that on the blog!”. Of course, I’m putting it on here because that makes the story of this dish even sweeter.
So…funeral dish. Everybody has one. Nuf said.
On to the recipe. This is yet another one of those wing it kind of recipes. Use what you like, what you have, etc. Here’s what my mom and I did for Easter a few weeks ago and this is her basic preparation for the dessert.
Strawberry Angel Food Trifle (printable)
- (1) store-bought angel food cake
- 24 oz. container frozen strawberries, sliced with sugar added, thawed
- 24 oz. or 3 cups vanilla pudding (We used 6+ small individual cups this time)
- 16 oz. container of whipped cream, slightly less than the whole container
- Fresh strawberries for garnish
Tear angel food cake into medium pieces.
Begin layering cake, strawberries, pudding and whip cream in a large clear glass bowl.
Continue irregular layers, filling the bowl.
Top entire dessert with a solid layer of whip cream. Slice a few fresh strawberries for garnish.
Refrigerate overnight or at least 4 hours before serving.
To me it tastes like all the flavors of strawberry shortcake in one big yummy bite! I think it would be GREAT to add blueberries to this mix too. Or nanners. Maybe kiwi? However, I’ll first need to find a purty bowl like mom’s. Hint hint.
Happy Mother’s Day! Love you Mom!