Berry Parfaits

Fresh, juicy, sweet strawberries and blackberries layered with pound cake and whipped cream. A scrumptious, easy-to-put-together, perfect-for-summer dessert.

Recently, Martha Stewart did a segment on The Today Show about keeping your freezer well stocked with staples to create easy desserts when guests stop by. It sounded like fabulous advice to me. I definitely don’t want to be caught short handed without dessert.

Of course when she mentioned keeping frozen pound cake around for just such an emergency, I paid particular attention. I’ve had a  love affair with frozen Sara Lee pound cake for years now.

When Mother’s Day rolled around, I wanted something scrumptious, but also super easy to make when our kids stopped by.  These Berry Parfaits were a perfect choice. Serving them in pretty glasses makes them more fun to eat, and everyone made their own just the way they wanted it.

Berry Parfaits

Berry Parfaits


  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • 1/4 cup agave syrup (can substitute 1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 frozen pound cake, thawed and cubed
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoon sugar, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a large bowl, gently mix strawberries and black berries with agave syrup and set aside at room temperature while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, combine the whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract. Whip with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.

Use wine or parfait glasses and layer the berries with the cream and the pound cake.

More great berry desserts:

Blackberry Cheesecake Pots, Barbara Bakes
Red, White and Blue Chocolate Dipped Strawberries, Barbara Bakes
Lemon Ice Cream Sandwiches with Blueberry Swirl, Vintage Mixer
Strawberry and Rhubarb Tart, Megan’s Cookin’
Blueberry Cobbler, Dragon’s Kitchen
How to Store Fresh Strawberries, Judy’s Kitchen

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  1. says

    Berries are just showing up on my market and I am so in the mood! No freezer anything for me but I have been thinking of making a poundcake or genoise just for such a perfect summer dessert! Yours looks scrumptious!

  2. says

    O yum! Your parfaits are gorgeous! There’s no way a sarah lee pound cake would last long enough in my freezer to wait around for a special occasion… :) I grew up eating that cake, its so good!

  3. says

    These parfaits are beautiful and look delicious! Such a great idea for a summery dessert. I also love the idea of keeping a frozen pound cake and other dessert items on hand for unexpected guests. I’ll have to pick one up!

  4. says

    What a beautiful parfait, Barb, and you’d never know it was so simple by looking at it. I’m excited because I have everything on hand to make it right now! BUT, will have to wait until tomorrow :)

  5. says

    I can’t wait to try this. I haven’t had the frozen cake in many years..I will get one and try it…Love the idea of having one in the freezer!

  6. says

    I have fond memories of the Sara Lee pound cake making many appearances at our family table over the years. I haven’t had it in years. I used to love eating it right from the freezer. This looks so simple and fresh!

  7. says

    What a simple and delicious dessert! So beautiful with the mix of berries too. I have yet to try agave nectar but I’m putting it on my grocery list today.