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Patriotic Parfait Dessert Idea ~ Pound Cake, Compote, & Fresh Berries

Golden pound cake, blueberry compote, fresh strawberries and blueberries, and fresh whipped cream make this a pretty, and, oh so delicious dessert perfect for an all-American holiday cookout. What makes this dessert a special treat?


It is served parfait style! And, it just looks so fun, that both the kids and the adults will love it. The fresh berries make it refreshing, and the pound cake adds its own traditional richness. The pound cake is cut into ‘fingers’, which reminds us a bit of tiramisu cake fingers.





If you use a store bought pound cake, keep in mind they are typically smaller than one you would bake at home. We did bake a pound cake for this dessert, so it was about 4 1/2 inches wide, which was perfect for the 4 inch (not including the stem) parfaits we used.


patriotic parfait dessert-berries



The ingredients for this patriotic parfait dessert idea are simple and it is easy to put together. If you have prepped everything beforehand, you can put the parfaits together right before serving them. If you don’t have parfait glasses, you can certainly use bowls!



 The Patriotic Parfait

(Serves 4)


4 slices of pound cake, approx. 3/4″ thick slices

1 1/2  cup fresh strawberries, sliced

1 cup fresh blueberries

3/4 cup blueberry compote

1 pint whipping cream, whipped





Place 1 to 2 teaspoons of compote into the bottom of each parfait.





Cut each slice of pound cake horizontally into 3 equal ‘fingers’.


patriotic parfait dessert pound-cake-slice



Place 3 fingers into each parfait. Make sure they are all the way down into the compote. They soak up some of the compote – yummy when you get to the bottom of the dessert!


patriotic parfait dessert-pound-cake-fingers



Next, place the fresh berries in between the pound cake fingers and in the center, in a random mix.


patriotic parfait dessert-fill



Place another teaspoon of compote in the center on top of the berries.


patriotic parfait dessert-compo



Place a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream on top,


patriotic parfait dessert dollop



And then put another teaspoon of compote over the whipped cream.


patriotic parfait dessert-compote topping



Place these delicious red, white, & blue desserts on a tray





and head outside to serve the guests at your holiday cookout – perfect for the 4th of July! Or Memorial Day!




If you make the parfaits ahead of time, be sure to keep them refrigerated!


Happy 4th!



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  1. Looks delicious! Do you have a recipe for homemade poundcake?

    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday!

  2. Paula says:

    Oh my! My husband will love this. This is such an awesome post. I would love it if you would share this post at our WIW linky party. Hope you can join us!


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