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Strawberry Banana Trifle

No matter where I take this dessert, the bowl is emptied in minutes. It's fun to make because everyone oohs and ahhs over how pretty it is. —Kim Waterhouse, Randolph, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 315 calories, 14g fat (9g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 217mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (38g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • Michele
    May 16, 2020

    I made this a few weeks ago to bring to my daughter's for her and her family. We wanted something summery and light. Boy, we all loved it!! Even my son-in-law and husband who are not really into desserts! I am making it again today for my father-in-laws birthday dinner!

  • Gramma Amy
    Apr 16, 2020

    This has been a long time favorite of my family. And the requested birthday dessert for my one son.

  • Yvonne
    May 13, 2019

    If you love banana pudding and strawberry shortcake then you will really love this!!! It is a wonderfully fresh tasting dessert!

  • Penny
    Feb 16, 2018

    Delicious, I layered it in a 9/13 pan and it was a hit

  • Marie
    May 12, 2017

    BIG hit !

  • Rahnee64
    May 5, 2016

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

  • lori harkness
    Jan 16, 2016

    My favorite dessert! You can't go wrong

  • dschultz01
    Jul 28, 2015

    Excellent dessert!

  • Judyb636
    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?Judy

  • Khasaundra
    Sep 11, 2011

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