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 says

      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. :-)