party ideas

You guys know how I feel about a mason jar, right? I put almost everything I can think of in them and a summertime dessert is no exception! In this recipe I took a classic dessert in strawberry shortcake and turned it into shortcake parfaits. I love this idea because you can use it with just about any fruit and they’ll be so pretty if you choose to do more than one kind. On party day just put your shortcake parfaits on ice and you’re ready to go! 

how to make fruit parfaits

Grab any size mason jars you have (use a combination of different sizes!) and fill them with a bit of the whipped topping and pound cake pieces. I recommend waiting until just before you’re ready to display so your poundcake stays as fresh as possible. 

pound cake and cream

Layer your shortcake parfaits with the fresh fruit. I’m using a combination of different fruits, but you can use all of one type if you’d prefer. 

summer desserts

Repeat with more cream, more cake and then more fruit until you reach the top of each jar. Depending on the size you use, you might have less space or more! 

fresh fruit desserts in jars

Cover them with the lids and keep refrigerated until ready to serve!

mason jar desserts

The cool thing is that you can swap out the flavors for whatever you prefer or what’s in season at the moment!

shortcake parfaits in mason jars

Shortcake parfaits are the perfect party dessert! Want to try out more recipes in a mason jar?

Consider these Seven Layered Salads 

Or how about these No Bake Cheesecakes?

party dessert ideas

Shortcake Parfaits
Serves 8
These Shortcake Parfaits are layered with different fresh fruit, pound cake, and whipped cream. Store them in mason jars so you can have them in the fridge ready to go for parties!
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Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1 pound cake, sliced and cubed
  2. 1 cup fresh raspberries
  3. 1 cup fresh blueberries
  4. 1 cup fresh strawberries, sliced
  5. 1 cup fresh cherries, pitted and sliced
  6. 1 container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  7. mason jars
  1. Fill the mason jars with the ingredients, layering with the whipped topping, pound cake pieces and fresh fruit until you reach the top. Cover tightly with lids and place in fridge until ready to serve.
  2. Arrange them in a bucket of ice, outdoors, for people to grab and go!
Rachel Hollis