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Strawberry Banana Trifle Recipe

Strawberry Banana Trifle Recipe

No matter where I take this dessert, the bowl is emptied in minutes. It's fun to make because everyone oohs and aahs over how pretty it is. —Kim Waterhouse, Randolph, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:14 servings


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons strawberry gelatin powder
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1-3/4 cups cold milk
  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 medium firm bananas, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 6 cups cubed angel food cake
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream, whipped
  • Additional strawberries or banana slices, optional


  • 1. In a saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and gelatin; stir in water until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat. Stir in strawberries; set aside.
  • 2. In a large bowl, combine milk and pudding mix. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes; set aside. Toss bananas with lemon juice; drain and set aside.
  • 3. Place half of the cake cubes in a trifle bowl or 3-qt. serving bowl. Layer with half of the pudding, bananas, strawberry sauce and whipped cream. Repeat layers. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Garnish with additional fruit if desired. Yield: 14 servings.

Reviews for Strawberry Banana Trifle

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Rahnee64 User ID: 6762067 247879
Reviewed May. 5, 2016

"I don't care for the taste of pudding, is there a substitute?"

Gramma Amy User ID: 6989823 244119
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2016

"this is my son's most requested dessert for his birthday! Great for a crowd as it is better eaten same day as made."

lori harkness User ID: 1899603 241891
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2016

"My favorite dessert! You can't go wrong"

dschultz01 User ID: 1076910 230310
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"Excellent dessert!"

Judyb636 User ID: 4448067 223488
Reviewed Mar. 24, 2015

"I can't eat angle food cake. Allergies to eggs. So can you use regular cake for this? I was wondering if it would be soggy?


Khasaundra User ID: 6197518 59016
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2011

"This was wonderful, I made it for a Christmas morning and by Christmas evening it was gone."

Aveena User ID: 4562269 203148
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2011

"I second everyone's thoughts about this recipe! It was quick, easy, and delicious! I did substitute the whipped cream for no-sugar Cool Whip and it was absolutely perfect. There was plenty of sugar in the fruit, cake, and pudding. I made sure to strain most of the juice from the strawberries and I also created a layer of pudding so that the juice couldn't drop down and soak the cake."

lildebcupcake User ID: 4947216 49892
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"Sorry...forgot to rate it with stars!"

lildebcupcake User ID: 4947216 68965
Reviewed May. 30, 2011

"Amazing recipe! Very easy to make and assemble. Can't wait to make it again!!! Thank you!"

pdmgeg User ID: 5617006 20540
Reviewed Apr. 30, 2011

"I made this for the first time for Easter dinner and everyone loved it! I did add a few more strawberries and used low fat cool whip in place of the whipping cream. The angel food cake did not soggy and I found that one premade loaf from the grocery to be enough for the recipe and made it extra easy! It looked beautiful, tasted great, and I will definitely make it again!"

tammymiller65 User ID: 4248462 70783
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2011

"Took this trifle to a party and everyone loved it. They licked the bowl clean and raved about it. It tastes just like fresh strawberry shortcake. I made a couple changes-i added a little sugar (1-2 TB) of sugar to my whipped cream while i whipped it to make it a tad sweeter. I also substituted pound cake for the angel food. I thought the pound cake would not get as soggy as the angel food. It was easy to make and will definitely make it again."

MY REVIEW User ID: 3897905 33422
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2010

"AMAZING!!!!!! and everyone else thought the same thing i will for sure be making again.Quick, Easy and Yummy"

Guidopuppy User ID: 193187 33421
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2010

"Absolutely amazing! Everyone in the family loved it. It was the first time I had ever made trifle. I was worried that the strawberry mixture wasn't thick enough and everything would be soggy. However, it tasted wonderful."

rhonda9370 User ID: 2175607 72852
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2010

"My friends and family LOVED this! I will DEFINATELY maked this again."

PEGGYTHOMPSON User ID: 4302109 33729
Reviewed Feb. 7, 2010

"I've made this recipe time and time again. Everybody raves about it! I admit I increase the strawberries from one pint to one pound. I also find that the loaf size of angel food cake is easier to cut than the round size you see most often. I've even given a trifle bowl to my great-niece who does a spectacular job of making it. You must give this recipe a try."

pjsmile User ID: 4271875 26459
Reviewed Jul. 11, 2009

"My first time to make this dessert for my sister-in-law's picnic. Had a good comments as fabulous lightly dessert. I keep this recipe for next time to make again."

killingsworth User ID: 2826903 33419
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2008

"I tried this desert for the first time to take to my mother in law's house for a potluck- and Oh Boy! Was it a success! I almost didn't even get my trifle dish back!! Great recipe- will make again and again!Big Smile"

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