I am by no means a "whiz" in the kitchen but I really do love to bake. One of my favorite things to make? Trifles!

For those who do not know what a trifle is defined as "a cold dessert of sponge cake and fruit covered with layers of custard, jelly, and cream."

This is not to be confused with the phrase "not to be trifled with" or the slang phrase "trifling" which Urban Dictionary defines as "is to be sneaky, shady, snoopy, and out of pocket."

No, no, this trifle is a sweet, delicious dessert except I did trifle with the original take on it a bit and I use boxed cake mix like red velvet for most of my trifles.

The first time I ever made one was for my best friend's birthday about two years ago and have been itching for an excuse to make another one!

I decided because I'm spending time with two families this Fourth of July weekend, I figured a trifle for each house would be easy to put together and transport so the plan was set in motion.

I decided I would use Red Velvet and Blue Velvet (yes, that's a thing) cakes and the filling would complete the "red, white and blue" look.

Now, I did have to defer from the original plan a bit as certain ingredients did not play out the way I intended and I actually had to bake FOUR cakes for them so I was not in the mood to mess around with trifle details.

Here is a look into the process so you can follow along and make one for yourself this holiday! Disclaimer: I'm not a professional and also forgot to take pictures of some of the steps but I will elaborate in the descriptions!

Mait's Patriotic Trifle

I hope you all have a safe and happy 4th of July and get to scarf down plenty of sweet treats! Remember, calories don't count on holidays!


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