Lightened-Up Coconut Red Velvet, Cheesecake and Blueberry Trifles

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I can’t believe it’s Friday, let alone, the Friday before the Fourth of July. I mean, wasn’t it just snowing like yesterday?? I’m just in awe how lightening fast the time flies by these days.

Summer is hands down my favorite of all of the seasons, I love that I’m never cold, I’m always outside and I’m just generally more happy. I don’t know if it’s the sunshine that lifts my mood from day to day or if it’s due to the fact that summer brings so many of my favorite events. There’s trips to the lake, weddings, our anniversary (this Sunday!), Kevin’s birthday, my birthday, my Dad’s birthday, my Mom’s birthday, our annual trip to the beach, and of course the Fourth of July – one of my very favorite holidays.

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Because Fourth of July if one of my favorite holidays, and I’m absolutely gaga over summertime foods, I’m always planning my menu months in advance. First up on that list? These Lightened-Up Coconut Red Velvet, Cheesecake and Blueberry Trifles.

I just adore how festive these are, don’t you? Coconut red velvet cake (YES COCONUT RED VELVET!) is layered between cheesecake filling and blueberries, making for the perfect dessert to bring to all those Fourth of July barbecues I know you’ll be attending. And the best part?? They’re a cinch to make AND lightened-up.

Now I’m not usually proponent of store-bought anything, however, when it’s just one of many components I think it’s just fine. Here, boxed (gasp!) cake mix is combined with instant vanilla pudding mix, coconut oil (instead of vegetable), water and eggs for an instant upgrade on plain ol’ boxed cake. What results is light, moist and seriously delicious – no one will ever know it came from a box!

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A little bit about coconut oil. Have you guys cooked with it yet?? Ashley from Baker by Nature first turned me on to it when I made this cake of hers. I was pleasantly surprised when the cake came out not only moist as can be, but with just an underlying hint of coconut flavor, which I loved. Same goes here, the coconut oil yields in a super moist cake and subtle coconut essence throughout. (You can find coconut oil pretty affordably at Trader Joes.)

So next component: cheesecake filling. Really all this layer consists of, is light cream cheese beaten together with a little bit of milk, powdered sugar and vanilla for a “cheesecake” flavor, while still reigning in the calorie and fat content normal cheesecake has.

The last layer: blueberries! ‘Nuff said.

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Putting them together is super easy. I chose to use mason jars because I have a billion lying around my house, but any glass will work, you could even assemble one giant trifle if you don’t feel like doing individual portions. First, cake is layered on the bottom of the jar, then drizzle with the “cheesecake” cream and topped with blueberries. The process is repeated one more time, and then it’s topped off with another layer of cake and light cool whip to finish.

Just a suggestion, I made these up the night before, screwed on the lids popped them in the fridge, and then right before serving, I piped the cool whip on top. That way they’re ready to go and you can focus on things like family, friends and all the other foods bound to be calling your name…

Lightened Up Red Velvet Coconut Trifles with Blueberries and Cheesecake Filling

Lightened-Up Coconut Red Velvet, Cheesecake and Blueberry Trifles

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 31 minutes

Yield: 6-8

Serving Size: 1 Jar

These lightened-up red, white and blue trifles will be the hit of your Fourth of July party!


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1 package instant vanilla pudding mix
  • ¾ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • Cheesecake Filling:
  • 16 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 6 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • ½ cup skim milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • Remaining Ingredients
  • 3 pints of blueberries
  • 1 container frozen light whipped topping
  • 6-8 pint sized mason jars or


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13x9 baking pan.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together cake mix, pinch of salt, and pudding mix. Add eggs, coconut oil and water. Vigorously mix until combine, it’s alright if there are a few lumps. Pour into prepared baking dish. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick crumbs out with just a few scattered crumbs attached. Cool.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together, cream cheese, milk, powdered sugar, vanilla and pinch of salt until smooth.
  4. To build the trifles, slightly break up the cooled cake, place some cake (about 1/3 cup) in the bottom of the jar, top with a tablespoon or two of the cheesecake filling and then sprinkle blueberries on top. Repeat once more. Top with more cake and then pipe or spoon whipped topping on top.


  1. These trifles are seriously beautiful. Summer is my favorite season by far and I am all over celebrating the 4th of July. I can’t even tell you how much I’m loving that you use Red Velvet cake in this recipe – so YUM!

  2. LOVE these trifles! The red velvet cake and berries are so perfect for the 4th of July and coconut is the best! Pinned!

  3. Absolutely yummy Nicole. Stunning looks too. I’d gobble one of these up in a heart beat!
    Have a great weekend!

  4. patriotic, tasty, and adorbs?! really killing with this one girrrl, looks all kinds of delish!

  5. I can’t even handle the combo of pretty and yumm-a-licious in this post girlfriend! These are so amazing and I want one for dinner.
    That is all. Oh, and pinning!

  6. These are really, really beautiful Nicole! Love this idea! It’s perfect for entertaining too since it can be made a bit ahead of time! What a creative 4th of July treat :) Pinned!

  7. These are so festive!! I love it! And I agree with you – I LOVE baking with coconut oil these days! Hope you had an awesome weekend (and anniversary!)

  8. These trifles look amazing!

  9. These are SO cute!! Love the red velvet and fourth of July theme! Congrats on your anniversary :)

  10. they look delicious!

  11. Well now I wish I was throwing a fancy schmancy 4th of July shindig just so I could serve these! They are gorgeous and I am intrigued by all the flavors you have going on in one trifle! I’d never think of coconut and red velvet but now that you mention it, it sounds freakin’ amazing. :D

  12. Coconut red velvet! Love the sound of it! These are so festive.

  13. What fun trifles! The coconut red velvet combo sounds amazing!

  14. Yummy yummy yummy made this for the4th it was a big hit

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