Angel Food Strawberry Parfait

Looking for a quick and easy dessert idea? Look no further- this Angel Food Strawberry Parfait is for you!

close up of top of mini strawberry trifle


Dinner Party Desserts

Back in the day… you know, when we used to socialize and host dinner parties, I loved to entertain. I’d spend oodles of time focusing on appetizers, drinks and the entree but often forget about dessert.

And if we are being totally honest, by the time dessert rolled around, I was already 2 glasses of wine deep, totally exhausted and just wanted to spend time with my guests.

Make ahead desserts and individual desserts like these Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits were the name of the game. And this one is a favorite!

Why You’ll Love These Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits

Fresh berries layered with fluffy angel food cake and creamy whipped cream- what’s not to love?

  • Easy to make – Parfait recipes are ideal for dinner parties because they are so easy to whip up quickly, and everyone can add their own toppings.
  • Simple ingredients – You only need four ingredients to make the perfect parfait, and they’re all easily found at your local grocery store.
  • Customizable – You can easily swap out any of the ingredients for something you like better. Use plain yogurt instead of whip cream, change to a different fruit or even make a savory parfait.

Dessert Parfaits

Parfaits are often thought of for breakfast and snacks. Yogurt, granola and fruit layered into a cup or jar. But they can also be dessert. Like little individual trifles.

These Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits can be made ahead and are super easy to serve because, hey, all you need to do is pass them out!

Some of my other favorites are Banana Pudding Cups and Tiramisu Cups, but even they require a little more effort than sometimes desired.

close up of diced angel food cake

Angel Food Strawberry Parfait Ingredients

This dessert parfait only requires a few ingredients.

  • Angel food cakebake your own or grab one from the bakery like I do! There are some great box mixes out there too. Remember that Angel food is a little temperamental and bakes best on non-humid days.
  • Fresh strawberry saucehomemade strawberry sauce does need to be made from scratch, but is super easy and can be made ahead of time. Of course, you can grab jarred, but homemade is so much better.
  • Fresh strawberries– for garnish. You can add more layers of fresh juicy strawberries with the sauce too.
  • Whipped cream– because all desserts taste better with whipped cream.
spoon of strawberry sauce

Parfait Cups

If you have actual parfait or ice cream sundae cups, feel free to use them for your Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits.

Otherwise, large wine glasses, martini glasses and even mason jars work well too. You can even buy disposable plastic cups for easy cleanup.

angle view of layered strawberry dessert

How to Make Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits

This dessert could not be more simple! In fact, the whole thing is finished in only three easy steps:

  1. Cut angel food cake. Start by dicing your angel food cake into small cubes. Then put a layer of those cake cubes into the bottom of each cup, making sure to cover it completely.
  2. Add strawberry sauce. Next add a layer of strawberry sauce. Alternate these layers (cake, strawberry sauce, cake, strawberry sauce) until your cup is full.
  3. Top with whipped cream. Then top each cup with a dollop of whipped cream and a fresh strawberry slice and you’re done! If you are prepping these ahead of time, make sure to hold off on the whipped cream until you are ready to serve.
angel food strawberry parfaits with sauce

Variations and Add-Ins

While I find that the cake and strawberry layers are just perfect, you can also add more flavors. Here are some favorites.

  • Chocolate – You can add chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, sandwich cookies like Oreos or chocolate sauce to make this a chocolate parfait.
  • Fresh mint – This pairs so well with creamy yogurt. It adds an element of freshness.
  • Fresh fruit – Fresh blueberries, fresh blackberries or any other of your favorite fruits.
  • Alcohol – A drizzle of creme de menthe or chocolate liqueur
  • Crunchy – Crunchy granola, chopped hazelnuts, walnuts or pecans are all a great option for crunch

You can always swap out the strawberries for another fruit, but keep in mind that you will be changing the whole dessert completely. While they would no longer be Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits, a good alternative would be blueberries or raspberries.

Storage and Freezing

Storage: You can store any leftover angel food strawberry parfaits in an airtight container in the refrigerator. however, I recommend storing each element separately so that they don’t get soggy.

Freezing: I do not recommend freezing this dish. It will get quite soggy upon thawing and will not hold up well.

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angel food strawberry parfaits with sauce

Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits

4.88 from 8 votes
Easy to make ahead for parties, these EASY Angel Food Strawberry Parfaits are great for entertaining! So many layers and super DELICIOUS!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Cover the bottom of each cup with angel food cake, top with a dollop of strawberry sauce and repeat until full.
  • Top each cup with whipped cream and a fresh strawberry slice. If you are making ahead, don’t add the whipped cream until ready to serve.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was!


You’ll need about 1/2 standard size Angel Food Cake.


Calories: 254 kcal, Carbohydrates: 58 g, Protein: 1 g, Fat: 3 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 19 mg, Potassium: 65 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 24 g, Vitamin A: 118 IU, Vitamin C: 12 mg, Calcium: 20 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 254
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mini trifle, parfait recipes, trifle desserts
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About the Author

Chef Jessica Anne Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal, Mashed and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    I love the idea of a make ahead dessert for a gathering. And strawberry sauce is always the best – so many ways to use it!

  2. 5 stars
    Fabulous desser that is just what I have been looking for. Every time I hear strawberries and dessert, I go all in. Fantastic combo!

  3. 5 stars
    This recipe was so simple! I let my kids do it on their own with just a little bit of guidance from me, and it turned out great!

  4. 5 stars
    Yum! This dessert reminds me of strawberry shortcakes but a trifle. I loved this recipe and I’ll be making it again in the future it was so easy to prepare and light tasting. I can’t say enough good things about how yummy this was. Thank you for the recipe. 🥰