Very Berry Vanilla Trifle

This was going to be my birthday dessert for my 25th this past week. We’d juuuust gotten the keys to our brand new, first ever home (ahhhhh) and were over the moon ecstatic about spending our first night there camping style (because we have to repaint next week before we move in all the furniture).

But then a massive storm blew through and wiped out a great many trees as well as the power (so it really did end up being camping!). No power meant no cooking or baking so instead we got free birthday burritos from Moe’s (Zach’s birthday is just 6 days before mine).

It certainly was a birthday to remember and I cannot wait to spend a little more time in the house, paint the heck out of it (the current colors are—well, very rough), and then move in all our furniture! Oh did I mention it came with 5 chickens?!

Anyways, this is literally the easiest, prettiest dessert ever! It’s the perfect combination of flavors and textures and just the thing for summer. Enjoy!

Recipe notes:

  • You can make this in a large bowl, a fancier trifle bowl or make individual trifle cups (I’m guessing this recipe would make 8-12 depending on the size)
  • This recipe is extremely forgiving and you can tweak it however you want! Vary the cake/pudding flavors, add chocolate chips, candy or cookie pieces, nuts, fruit, etc

Fueling notes:

  • This dessert is a great source of carbs! You can use it to fuel pre-climbing and pair it with some protein post-climbing.

The Stuff

  • 1 box of vanilla cake mix (plus eggs, oil, and water to prepare)
  • 2 boxes of instant vanilla pudding (plus milk to prepare)
  • 2, 8-oz container of cool whip
  • 1 pint of strawberries
  • 1 pint of blueberries

The Steps

  1. Prepare the cake according to the directions on the box in a 13×9 pan
  2. While the cake is baking, prepare the boxes of pudding in 2 separate bowls
  3. Once the cake is finished, allow it to cool and then slice it into 2’’ squares (they don’t need to be exact)
  4. Take a trifle bowl or a large class bowl and layer your ingredients. You’re going to start with cake followed by fruit, pudding, and cool whip. Start by placing half of the cake on the bottom of the bowl
  5. Add one third of the fruit and one bowl of pudding and spread evenly
  6. Add and spread one tub of cool whip
  7. Complete the trifle by adding the rest of the cake followed by fruit, pudding, cool whip, and the rest of the fruit to top it off

Did you make it? I’d love to see how it turned out! Tag @climbingdietitian on instagram.

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Published by Chiara

I’m a rock climber and registered dietitian teaching fellow climbers to become the strongest and happiest versions of themselves with evidence-based fueling strategies and by making peace with food.

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