This heavenly blueberry angel food cake dessert is so light and delicious! It makes the perfect ending to any meal – everyone always asks for the recipe!
This amazing little dessert is just how it sounds. Heavenly. And fluffy. And creamy.
Sweet and tart, it’s a mess of heaven on a plate. And because it is so light and luscious, this blueberry angel food cake dessert is the perfect finale to any meal (fantastic for a potluck or for when you have company over for dinner).
And if you are thinking what I’m thinking, YES, this dessert is easily, easily adaptable to other flavors. Check out the amazing ideas I’ve detailed below!
Shockingly simple to make, this dessert starts first with…yep, you guessed it…angel food cake.
Store-bought vs homemade angel food cake
For this blueberry angel food cake dessert, you can use a:
- cake mix
- store-bought prepared angel food cake
- homemade angel food cake
Whatever you prefer – use it with confidence and don’t look back!
I was raised on angel food cake from the box (literally my mom’s favorite cake ever), and I have absolutely no shame in admitting I actually prefer it over homemade angel food cake. As in, do not leave me alone with a baked cake mix angel food cake intended for something important. It won’t end well.
However, I can also give a strong vote in favor of this super easy homemade angel food cake recipe. It is pretty amazing. It doesn’t call for cake flour + it includes a ridiculously delicious chocolate variation.
Cut the angel food cake into cubes, about 1-inch, and toss them in a bowl.
Those irresistible cake bits get smothered in a creamy mixture of half-and-half (or evaporated milk), sugar and cream cheese.
It may feel a little weird and slightly scary to mix the cake cubes into the creamy coating. Don’t stress about the crumby bits forming little glumps here and there. It will all work out. And the cake will hold up just fine as long as you are mixing it gently and as unaggressively as possible.
Trifle dish or not?
Years ago when I first told you about this recipe, I was all about prettily layering the creamy angel food cake cubes with the blueberries and cream in a fancy trifle dish. And I still do that. Sometimes.
But usually, I opt for a simple 9X13-inch pan. Not only is it a little more practical, but it also makes the layers thinner so that serving the dessert is a lot easier. You can use a trifle dish for a super pretty presentation, a 9X13-inch (or slightly smaller pan) or just a glass bowl.
This dessert is a mashed up mess of delicious wonder once it is served, so don’t stress too much about the presentation.
Assembly is simple! Half the coated angel food cake cubes, half of the blueberry filling, half of the whipped cream…and…REPEAT!
I like to refrigerate the dessert a few hours before serving. Bonus: it can easily be made the day before and keeps well in the refrigerator overnight.
Variations on the blueberry theme
The flavor options are endless…just read through the comment thread to get a little inspiration!
Many readers have:
- subbed in canned pie filling for the homemade fruit filling
- used raspberries, blackberries, peaches, cherries or strawberries (or frozen mixed berries) in place of the blueberries
- made a red, white and blue variation for patriotic holidays (using blueberries and strawberries)
- doubled the fruit filling for a higher fruit-to-cake ratio
This past summer, I made a variation using this lemon yogurt bread for the angel food cake and raspberries in place of the blueberries (everything else was the same – the creamy filling, the whipped cream, and the other ingredients for the fruit filling). Oh.my.goodness. It was incredible.
If you haven’t experienced this heavenly blueberries and cream angel food cake dessert, I think it’s high time you did! It’s delicious and one of my favorite desserts ever!
Angel Food Cake: it really depends on what type of angel food cake you are using to determine how much you need to use for this recipe. Storebought cakes and this homemade angel food cake may be slightly smaller than a cake mix angel food cake - I usually end up using about 3/4 of a cake mix angel food cake. Add cake cubes until they are all evenly coated with a thick layer of cream. Too many cake cubes and it might dry out (especially if it is made in advance). Fruit Filling: many readers have doubled the fruit filling recipe for a higher fruit-to-cake ratio. Make Ahead: this dessert can be assembled and refrigerated up to 24 hours in advance.
Blueberry Filling (see note):
Cake and Cream:
Recipe originally posted November 2013; updated August 2019 with new photos and recipe notes.
Angel Food Cake: it really depends on what type of angel food cake you are using to determine how much you need to use for this recipe. Storebought cakes and this homemade angel food cake may be slightly smaller than a cake mix angel food cake - I usually end up using about 3/4 of a cake mix angel food cake. Add cake cubes until they are all evenly coated with a thick layer of cream. Too many cake cubes and it might dry out (especially if it is made in advance).
Fruit Filling: many readers have doubled the fruit filling recipe for a higher fruit-to-cake ratio.
Make Ahead: this dessert can be assembled and refrigerated up to 24 hours in advance.