Dessert Parfaits Recipe {With Cute Baby Shower Presentation}

mini dessert parfaits in baby food jars

I’ve been meaning to update this idea for a long time with new photos and a new recipe. My dessert parfaits served in baby food jars is an idea I came up with a couple of years ago for a sip n “sea” baby shower I hosted, and they were a huge hit! This time I tried a new combination of layers and the results were DELICIOUS.

My inspiration was the amazing cake that was served at the Camp LeJeune Operation Shower {the one with Mrs. Obama & Martha Stewart} and I wanted to re-create the soft cake + cookie + cream layers that it had.  I wasn’t sure how it would turn out but to my pleasant surprise they were so good I wanted more!

Let these sit in the refrigerator overnight and the flavors will meld together and blend perfectly. The addition of the shortbread cookies was a great idea and the whipped frosting is lighter than the traditional frosting so I think it works better here. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

If you’re not hosting a baby shower, just put these in shot glasses, jars, or glass votive holders to get the same look.

mini dessert parfaits in baby food jars

Dessert Parfaits in a Baby Food Jar

  • Prepared Yellow Cake
  • Pecan Sandies Cookies
  • No-Bake Cheesecake filling, prepared
  • Whipped Cream Frosting
  • Sugared Pecans for garnish
  • Small baby food jars, labels removed and cleaned

Break up cake into small pieces and place into jar for the first layer. Crumble up 1 cookie and make it the second layer. Add cheesecake filling for 3rd layer, then more cake on top. Finish it off with the whipped cream frosting {using a pastry bag for a pretty swirl} and a sugared pecan.

Place these in the refrigerator, loosely covered, overnight so the flavors blend.

mini dessert parfaits in baby food jars mini dessert parfaits in baby food jars

BTW, I collected enough jars for the shower by purchasing the fruit varieties over a couple of weeks time; and yes, I even ate most of them : – )


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Chris Nease is a party stylist and home entertaining expert with over 15 years of experience. In addition to her work as founding editor of Celebrations At Home, Chris is an editorial stylist and has contributed to, SheKnows, and countless other websites. Most recently she was featured in Celebrate magazine, and her work has been published in Woman's World, Ocala Style, Yum Food & Fun for Kids, and Cottages & Bungalows.


  1. What a darling idea!!

  2. Seem delicious and I would have eaten most of them before serving!

  3. Delightful idea for a baby shower!

  4. Thank you for the recipe, I’m going to see if i can make this.

  5. These jars are elegant and casual. I love them and so badly want to taste them too!

  6. Cute cute idea. Did you use 4 oz. baby food jars?

    • Bethany I honestly can’t remember the size at this time. They’re not the tall size. I would call them the “classic” size(?). Sorry. The good thing is that these aren’t’ based on exact measurements. :-)

  7. Cute presentation!


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