This beautiful 4th of July Angel Food Cake with Berries is the ultimate 4th of July dessert! With festive red and blue berries and mounds of snowy whipped cream, it’s a simple, classy cake that only takes 15 minutes(!) to put together.
With a serrated knife cut the angel food cake into three layers.
Place the bottom layer on a serving tray. Top the bottom layer with ⅓ of the cool whip from each container. Evenly place ½ cup strawberries and ½ cup blueberries on top of the cool whip. Make sure you are alternating the berries so they will show on the outside of the cake.
Repeat this process for the second and third layers. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Homemade Cool Whip: If you want to make your own whipped topping, all you need are 2 cups of heavy whipping cream, ¼ cup powdered sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Place a glass or metal bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes, and then take it out and pour in the whipping cream. Beat on medium-high speed for 5 minutes, until you have soft peaks, and then add the powdered sugar. Beat on low to combine. Finally, add the vanilla and beat on medium for 2 minutes, or until you have stiff peaks. (If you mix too long you will be making butter instead of whipped cream!)
Berry Options: Blackberries and raspberries are another way to decorate this cake and still keep the red-white-and-blue theme. Or you can use allll the berries for a berry extravaganza!
Pound Cake: This layered Fourth of July cake is also great when made with pound cake. Pound cake is heavier and richer than angel food cake, but it tastes great with whipped cream and berries, and you can easily find it in most grocery stores. You may not be able to cut it thinly enough for three layers, but two layers would still be great.
Parfaits: For individual desserts, try making angel food parfaits! Break the angel food cake apart into large crumbles, and place them in individual glasses. You will want to alternate layers of cake with the whipped cream and berries. Make sure the berries are visible from the outside of the glass!
Trifle: If you have a trifle dish, you can make a trifle the same way you would make parfaits. This is also nice if you want to add a thick, creamy layer like vanilla or lemon pudding, for extra richness.
Storing: To keep this cake fresh and tempting, make sure to store it in the refrigerator. It will keep fresh for about three days if stored in the fridge in an airtight container like a plastic cake stand. A glass cake stand with a quality lid would also be fine.