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Red, White, and Blue Berry Angel Food Cake Parfaits

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.

These Berry Angel Food Cake Parfaits are a ridiculously easy and fun treat for Fourth of July!

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.

Red, White, and Blue Angel Food Cake Parfaits- A super easy summer dessert!

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.

Berry Angel Food Cake Parfaits-- A super easy, light dessert you can make all summer long.

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.

Patriotic Berry Angel Food Cake Parfaits

My #SundaySupper friends have come up with a whole basket of recipes perfect for your summer weekend picnic plans. Think sangrias and fried chicken, portable desserts, and just about every kind of pasta/potato/bean/fruit salad you can imagine. Be sure to check out their recipes below!

Red, White, and Blue Berry Angel Food Cake Parfaits

Prep Time 10 minsPrep Time
Cook Time
Total Time 10 mins Total Time

Fresh summer berries, whipped cream, and angel food cake make for a light and refreshing summer dessert!


  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Cool Whip or Fresh Whipped Cream
  • Angel Food Cake, torn or chopped into bite sized pieces


  1. 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!
  2. Store in the fridge until ready to serve. You should serve this within 2 days.


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  • Librarian Lavender June 29, 2014, 7:50 AM

    I love this recipe! Sometimes it’s wonderful to eat a bowl with many delicious things!

  • Marlene A Baird June 29, 2014, 1:50 PM

    excellent, refreshing and very patriotic too.

  • Liz June 29, 2014, 4:52 PM

    Such a cute idea for the 4th!!! My hubby would approve, too!

  • Shannon @ Killer Bunnies, Inc June 29, 2014, 6:02 PM

    So light and fluffy, this is a great dessert for when you eat heavy stuff at the picnic and need to lighten up for dessert.

  • Bobbi Renee Hass-Burleson June 29, 2014, 6:42 PM

    What a beautiful dessert!!!

  • The Ninja Baker June 30, 2014, 4:43 AM

    A girl after my own heart…The mention of Cool Whip + Angel Food + Berries = heavenly music to my ears, Courtney! Beautiful way to celebrate the 4th =)

  • Lemons for Lulu June 30, 2014, 7:59 AM

    There’s something about Cool Whip that is timeless! I remember eatings spoonfulls with fruit as a kid! This is such a wonderful and simple dessert for the 4th!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood June 30, 2014, 9:44 AM

      Me too! Glad I’m not the only one who still hasn’t outgrown my childhood love. 🙂

  • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious June 30, 2014, 9:38 AM

    Wonderful! I’m going to do your peaches and cherries idea, and flavor the whipping cream with almond. Mmmm….

  • Shaina Wizov June 30, 2014, 12:41 PM

    What a fun, festive dessert! Parfaits are always a great go-to

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 1, 2014, 5:55 PM

      Agreed! They’re usually pretty easy to throw together but they just look so impressive. 🙂

  • Jessica_AKitchenAddiction June 30, 2014, 1:54 PM

    I love simple desserts like this! So perfect for summer!

  • DB-The Foodie Stuntman June 30, 2014, 3:45 PM

    I think you deserve easy after your incident with the local PD a couple of months ago 🙂

  • Marion Myers June 30, 2014, 4:20 PM

    I love how easy these are that they can be made up ahead of time! Perfect!!

  • Martin Redmond June 30, 2014, 4:38 PM

    Such a beautiful dessert! And I bet it tastes great too. Perfect for a picnic!

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 1, 2014, 5:54 PM

      Thanks Martin! It’s surprisingly delicious based on such simple ingredients. Really hits the spot on a hot summer day!

  • Alida June 30, 2014, 10:02 PM

    Your parfaits are so pretty! The Mr. sounds like a wise man. I would happily eat this all summer long!

  • cheri June 30, 2014, 11:51 PM

    What a gorgeous dessert, perfect for the 4th!

  • Cindys Recipes July 1, 2014, 6:48 AM

    Very festive! Beautiful!

  • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons July 2, 2014, 2:58 PM

    Haha, I totally feel your pain. Sometimes when I share parfaits, I think to myself “this is just layering stuff into a glass, it’s almost embarrassing to share.” But you know what? They’re beautiful, and people love them BECAUSE they are simple but impressive! No 4th get-together would be complete without something like this.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 2, 2014, 8:48 PM

      Exactly. And ya know? Most people aren’t doing this for a living, so I feel like the occasional “throw it in a glass with some Cool Whip” is appreciated.

  • A_Kiasi July 3, 2014, 8:21 PM

    Such light, healthy, and delicious looking parfaits! I love parfaits! These are beautiful.

  • Katie July 10, 2014, 12:07 PM

    This was the perfect dessert after a company meal. Nice and light. Subbed in Lite Cool Whip because we are all dieting. Couldn’t find sugar-free angel food cake this time but it would be great in here.

    • Courtney @ Neighborfood July 10, 2014, 1:44 PM

      I’m so glad everyone liked it! It’s nice not to end a meal with another heavy dessert, especially in the summer!

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