Simple Lemon-Strawberry Parfaits

Do you ever crave a mid-week dessert, but really don’t have the time to channel Martha Stewart? If you happened to whip together the Microwave Lemon Curd Recipe I posted earlier in the week (and if you haven’t – what are you waiting for?), I have the perfect use for it. That is assuming, of course, you haven’t already slurped all of it up with a spoon!

For this recipe, I am combining leftover cream cheese pound cake with lemon curd, whipped cream and fresh strawberries to create a simple yet visually stunning lemon curd parfait.

I was down to my last pack of Gushers, and those are pretty much a requirement to get through my work day. So into my purse they went, and instead, I took to the kitchen to solve my sweet cravings.

I know you’re just as busy as I am, but we all deserve treats as easy as this to help get us through the week. You can make this dessert even easier by using store bought pound cake and whipped cream. In less time than it takes you to get through the self check-out (okay, almost!), you’ll have an absolutely decadent dessert worthy of a dinner party, let alone Tuesday night.

Lemon-Strawberry Parfaits

Yield: 4 parfaits


sliced pound cake (store bought or homemade)
1 batch of microwave lemon curd
1 cup diced fresh strawberries
1 cup heavy cream plus 2 tablespoons sugar; whipped (or use store bought)


1. Using a small circular biscuit or cookie cutter, cut 8 circles from the sliced pound cake. You want the pound cake cut outs to fit snuggly inside your mini parfait glass. Alternately you can cube the pound cake.

2. Place one piece of pound cake into the bottom of each mini parfait glass. Pipe or spoon a layer of lemon curd directly onto the pound cake. Add a layer of fresh strawberries and then a layer of whipped cream . Repeat layers. If desired, finish with strawberries.


- These Lemon Curd Parfaits can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Simply cover each parfait with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

29 Responses to “Simple Lemon-Strawberry Parfaits”

  1. I want this in my life. Like yesterday.


  2. JulieD — March 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm

    This photo just makes me sing. It’s beautiful and sounds so good. Can you mail me one? :)


  3. Brian — March 3, 2011 at 7:37 pm

    I’ll be home in an hour and will be lookin for one of these little treats!


  4. Terry — March 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

    I have been craving Lemon Curd for about a week now, and putting off making it. I can tell you exactly what I’ll be doing tomorrow!! :o) Thanks for the great recipe!


  5. Katrina — March 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I absolutely love parfaits! This looks fabulous!


  6. Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — March 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

    I had these minus the lemon curd last night, now I am dying for one with your delicious lemon curd. Very pretty!


  7. Parfaits and trifles are the best! I love how sophisticated they look, but how easy they are to make.


  8. I love what you did with your lemon curd! These are so “springy” – love them!!


  9. Aimee @ Simple Bites — March 3, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    I love that these can be made in advance. You really know what works for this busy mama.


  10. Sheila — March 3, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    I’m so glad I made your lemon curd the other day so I was able to make this delicious recipe today! A big hit with the whole family, even my hubby who feels that “it is not dessert if it doesn’t have chocolate” liked this. Thank you!


  11. Shaina — March 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    So cute and sweet! This is the perfect treat for the busy family.


  12. Amanda — March 3, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    So pretty and refreshing… great recipe!


  13. bianca — March 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    My word. I didn’t think it was possible to be hungry after all I’ve eaten today but this is just delicious – even just to look at! Thanks for sharing. Now if only you took orders & made deliveries…


  14. Jaime {sophistimom} — March 3, 2011 at 10:51 pm

    Yea for microwaves. I will never complain about them again. You have just made me very happy, Jamie.


  15. Mary @ Delightful Bitefuls — March 4, 2011 at 12:13 am

    Love this! This looks absolutely divine!

    Mary xo
    Delightful Bitefuls


  16. Brooke (Baking with Basil) — March 4, 2011 at 8:45 am

    What a great dessert to celebrate National Pound Cake Day today!! :)


  17. Wenderly — March 4, 2011 at 12:02 pm

    That just looks like happy in a glass. YUM.


  18. Elle — March 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Oh my gosh-how pretty! Great way to use up stuff you’ve got already. A must try, for sure! Can’t wait to try the microwave curd!


  19. Happy When Not Hungry — March 4, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    This parfait looks so delicious and beautiful! Yum!


  20. Tracy — March 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm

    What a great use for lemon curd! I’m always looking for new ideas other than eating it straight out of the jar. Yum!


  21. LimeCake — March 5, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Parfaits are so simple but always look so elegant. Lemon and strawberry sound delicious!


  22. Taylor — March 6, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Love the photo! These look delicious!


  23. Rachel {Mother's Mementos} — March 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm

    How gorgeous and simple! I have to try this out. Getting bookmarked under “Recipes to File”! I made pound cake for the first time ever a month ago and simply served it with fruit and whipped cream, but this would have been better.

    Thank you for sharing, and I love your site!


  24. Sharlene — March 6, 2011 at 8:01 pm

    Perfect weeknight dessert or snack but beautiful enough to be served a a dinner/party too! Love it.


  25. Kristen — March 8, 2011 at 2:12 pm

    What beautiful creations!


  26. whilehewasout — January 8, 2013 at 6:36 am

    You just gave me the perfect idea to do with the leftover ‘Roscón de Reyes’ (traditional Spanish Festive cake)! Thanks a lot, amazing recipe and lovely picture!


  27. Gabi — February 14, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    My boyfriend and I just made these for the family this Valentine’s Day! Amaaaazing.

    Quick Tip: If you’re gonna bake the pound cake yourself, I found it easier to bake the batter into cupcakes and split them down the middle. It wastes a bit less cake too.

    Thanks again for the beautiful recipe!!!


  28. Ann — May 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    I made these yummies with cooked vanilla pudding instead of the lemon curd this time, but will def try the lemon curd next time



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