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Quick & Easy Gourmet: Pam's Trifle

Published: June 1, 2009
“I’ve tried this lots of ways, with different flavors of pudding, some bananas – but in this version the juice from the strawberries seemed to seep into the cake with the pudding, which I love. It serves 9-12, but in our family, that’s more like 6.”

– Pam Bennett

What you Need:

  • 1 box yellow cake mix (or use frozen cake, like Sara Lee’s)
  • 1 large box of vanilla instant pudding (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 pound frozen strawberries, with juice
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • Whipped cream or a container of Cool Whip


  • Bake yellow cake according to package directions. Let cool. If using frozen cake, let thaw and ... well, skip the baking.
  • Cut the cake into quarters, then slice each quarter lengthwise until you have something resembling lady fingers.
  • Arrange the cake slices vertically in the glass, making sure they touch at the bottom, forming a sort of inverted pyramid.
  • Make the pudding according to package directions. Spread a layer of pudding on the cake slices on the bottom of the glass.
  • Spread a layer of strawberries and blueberries on top of the pudding, allowing some of the strawberry juice to seep into the cake.
  • Repeat these layers until the parfait glass is filled, then place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  • Top with whipped cream and serve.


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