These Red, White, and Blue Berry Angel Food Cake Parfaits are a great dessert to whip up before your Fourth of July celebrations.
“All I want to do is eat berries and Cool Whip and angel food cake all summer long.”
–Direct quote from the Mr. as he gobbled down these parfaits with a glint in his eye and a teensy dollop of whipped cream on his upper lip.
You know? I have to agree with him on this one. Summer is made for this. When berries are this juicy and sweet it’s almost a crime to dress them up with anything more than a dollop of whipped cream and bit of fluffy-as-air angel food cake.
Occasionally a recipe is so easy I’m almost embarrassed to share it with you. And if I’m honest, this isn’t even really a recipe per se. It’s more of an idea. You can take it and run with it. Shoot for the moon! Touch the stars! Be all that you can be! Let your creativity shine! Just thought maybe you could use a little pep talk today. Feeling ready to take on the world? I thought so.
So here’s this “idea.” You rip up some angel food cake (I used store bought) into bite-sized pieces then layer them in a glass with fresh berries and whipped cream or Cool Whip. You can mix these up however you like. Use pound cake instead of food cake, swap out Cool Whip for fresh whipped cream, heck, you can even drizzle this with chocolate if you want. Of course, you’ll want to keep the red, white, and blue layers if you’re using this for a Fourth of July party, but you can enjoy this throughout the season with any of your favorite fruits and berries. I can’t wait to try it with peaches and sweet cherries.
Can I be honest with you? I didn’t even include ingredient amounts for this recipe. How’s that for slacking off? Really though, the amount of berries and cream you’ll need all depends on the size of your cup or trifle bowl or whatever other fascinating vessel you decide to serve this in. Don’t stress over getting the perfect ratio of cream to berries. Any ratio will be delicious, I promise.
These parfaits keep well in the fridge for a day or two, so it’s a great dish to whip up before your Fourth of July celebrations so you can spend the day doing what really matters– eating burgers and chillaxin on the back deck. You can make these in individual parfaits like I did, or use a large trifle bowl to feed a crowd.
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Red, White, and Blue Berry Angel Food Cake Parfaits
Fresh summer berries, whipped cream, and angel food cake make for a light and refreshing summer dessert!
- Cool Whip or Fresh Whipped Cream
- Angel Food Cake, torn or chopped into bite sized pieces
- In individual glasses or a large trifle bowl, layer torn angel food cake, berries, and whipped cream, then repeat. My layers looked like this: angel food, strawberries, whipped cream, angel food, blueberries, whipped cream, angel food, whipped cream, raspberries. Feel free to mix it up if you'd like!
- Store in the fridge until ready to serve. You should serve this within 2 days.