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Lemon Pound Cake Parfaits in Jars


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Before I get into the dessert I'm posting about today, I wanted to share with you a cake I made this weekend that was so pretty. I thought you might like links to the recipe and method I used. For the cake, I used Bakerella's Red Velvet Cake recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting. Tremendous cake.  It's really moist and the cream cheese frosting is incredible. I've made it before and just frosted it straight up, but this time I made one and a half times the frosting recipe and made these roses all over the cake:

When I went to BlogHer Food San Francisco last year, I had the good fortune to sit next to one of the nicest bloggers ever on the way over to the evening Food Fete cocktail party.   It was Amanda who writes I am Baker. If you don't know of her web site, jump on over there and immediately subscribe to it.  She bakes the most beautiful things and has the cutest ideas.  I followed her Rose Cake Tutorial for how to decorate this cake.  I would never think of making roses on a cake frankly, because I don't want to have to use the flower tip and pipe those intricate roses. That's just too much work.  But with her method, these roses are amazingly easy. I decorated the whole cake in less than 10 minutes, I swear.  Check her post out. She even does this on cookies.

The goodie I'm posting for you today is a cute way to serve individual desserts to people - in little jelly jars.  It's great for a party, since everyone can just grab a jar.   The half-pint taller jelly jars work well for this, since you will be layering parfaits. They are very cheap and you can find them in your grocery store.

This is a dessert that requires three components - a lemon pound cake, a fruit filling and lemon curd.  The cake and lemon curd can be made the day before if you are pressed for time.  The lemon curd especially keeps well. You can even buy a store bought pound cake, but this lemon pound cake is so delicious I hope you give it a try. 


Lemon Pound Cake Parfaits in Jars 


For a printable recipe, click here

this recipe makes enough for about 7 half-pint jars. 

If you don't have the time or inclination to make a homemade lemon pound cake, just substitute a good store-bought pound cake.  Poke holes in the top of the cake with a wooden skewer and drizzle lemon juice over the top of it, to add the lemon flavor.


Lemon Pound Cake

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Grease and flour a 9"x5" loaf pan.  (I like to cut out a rectangle of baking parchment and put it in the bottom of my loaf pan and butter and flour that.  It ensures that the cake comes out perfectly.)

In a large bowl, with mixer at low speed, beat the butter with the sugar until blended.  Increase speed to medium and beat until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.

Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl and set aside.

Reduce speed to low and add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Be sure to scrape your bowl down with a spatula. Alternately add flour mixture and milk and blend.  Add lemon zest and juice and blend. Spoon batter into loaf.  

Bake loaf 50 minutes to 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool loaf in pan 10 minutes and remove from pan to wire rack.

Lemon Curd

from La Cucina Siciliana di Gangivecchio

This lemon curd is so delicious and not at all hard to make.  I've made it for years. You can make it the day before and refrigerate it. It's from one of my all-time favorite cookbooks from a restaurant in Sicily.

I have lightened the lemon curd up for this recipe by making some whipped cream and folding it into the lemon curd.



  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • peel of 1 large lemon, cut in one long strip 
  • 4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • 1-1/8 cups sugar 
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup of whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar 



Over low heat, slowly bring the milk, vanilla, and lemon peel to a boil in a large heavy saucepan, stirring occasionally.  Let the peel sit in the milk for at least 5 minutes.

Beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a large bowl until light and fluffy. Add the cornstarch and blend well.

Remove it from the heat and discard the lemon peel.  Little by little, beat 3/4 cup of the hot milk into the eggs.

Slowly stir the egg mixture into the remaining milk in the saucepan, constantly stirring.  When itis thoroughly incorporated, return the pan to high heat and let the crema boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until thick and creamy.  

In a tall narrow bowl, beat the whipping cream and sugar until you have a nice whipped cream.  Stir this into the lemon curd, reserving a little of the whipped cream, if you like, for topping each parfait at the end.

Blueberry Filling



  • 3 cups blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon Chambord or Creme de Cassis
  • 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon 



Mix all ingredients in a bowl and allow to sit for 30 minutes.



Assemble the parfaits:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Slice the pound cake into 1/2 inch slices and then take a cookie cutter or biscuit cutter the size of your jars and cut out rounds to fit the jars and set aside. Take some of the trimmings and place on a baking sheet and toast for about 6 minutes.  Grind these up in your food processor or crumble them with your hands or a grater to make a crunchy topping. 

Place a layer of the blueberry filling in each of the jars. Add a slice of pound cake.  Add a couple of tablespoons of the lemon curd on top of the pound cake. Add some of the crunchy toasted crumb topping.  Add a little blueberry filling on top of that. Repeat once more. For last layer, put lemon curd on top of pound cake and a little of the crunchy topping.  Top each parfait with a little whipped cream.  

You can assemble these earlier in the day and refrigerate.

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Reader Comments (29)

What a pretty and fun dessert for summer!

June 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

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June 12, 2011 | Unregistered Commentercheap nfl jerseys

Che meraviglia... dev'essere buonissima!
Sai, anche io ho fatto la rose cake di I am a baker.. a te è venuta benissimo complimenti! :-)

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEtta

Great post. Would love to have a go at those flowers...

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermsmarmitelover

I love when I see desserts in jars! Such a wonderful presentation!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterblog is the new black

Just lovely. Anything with lemon curd, and I'm all in! Refreshing and satisfying dessert.

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJudy@Savoring Today

I LOVE those jars!! Oh my gosh, I think lemon and pound cake and blueberries is the most perfect combination every! And thank you for the kind words... your cake is just absolutely lovely! Great job!

Be blessed!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

uh... forgot to proofread... make that *ever* not every. my bad! :)

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Those look great and I went over to "I am baker" as you instructed - lol! Love her blog too!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjanie la pierre

Im excited to be following this blog, especially with posts like this. Looks awesome!

June 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFoodness Gracious

YUMM! These sound wonderful and not too hard, but they look like you fussed! I want to go to a party that serves these!! I used to make a pound cake recipe of my grandma's. I never remember her making it, but it was in my mom's card box as Grandma Green's pound cake. Makes me smile to think of it...

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Sue

Hi! I'm from Brazil and your website is my benchmarking (I also have a culinary blog). Your recipes are totally fantastic and your photos are gourgeous! Congratulations!! Beatriz

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBia Freitag

Awwwww these are sooo cute! Love 'em!

June 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRach

I saw that cake with the large rosettes on Tastespotting or one of those other sites a while back, and bookmarked it for the future. Your version looks perfect - just like a professional. The pound cakes in the little jam jars are wonderful in a whole different way. I'll take a bit of both.

June 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterciaochowlinda

these look SO beautiful!!!!!

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbetty

I think the roses on your cake look amazing , i have just learnt how to do them myself but only on cupcakes, the little bit of extra effort really pays off

June 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramy

WOW - AWESOME! What a gorgeous dessert! And then the cake with the roses...I need my daughter here full time to do these desserts. She keeps me patient and grounded and not falling apart when things don't turn out perfectly.

June 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane M

Ohhh so good. What a creative and lovely idea. I had to go and scope out the rose-cake tutorial, and then got side tracked onto adding a number of baking yummies to my future to-bake-and-consume list.

June 18, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterneeli

This is so much fun - I love layering and putting into unexpected containers and this has it all plus summer!

June 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia

what a fantastic idea. the final product is absolutely gorgeous. i'm going to make these today!

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterwallskm

I made these for Father's Day! Such an excellent presentation. I messed up the lemon filling, but worked out. I have a few questions for the next time I make it...
When you are whipping the heavy cream, should you always beat it until it has stiff peaks? Also, if you are using bottled lemon curd, how much should you stir in to the whipping cream? I didn't have vanilla sugar this time, but I think I might make some for my pantry for future use!
Thanks for the great site. I think I'll try the Nutella Bread next. :)

June 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

From The Italian Dish:

Emily: Yes, I would whip the cream for this until it had stiff peaks. Also, the lemon curd recipe makes about 3 cups of lemon curd.

June 19, 2011 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

Great pictures, esp the one of the lemon peel! I love everything about your blog :)

June 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAriana

Firstly, thank you for sharing I am baker. I have now subscribed to her wonderful posts. That rose cake is just gorgeous. I'm not much one for decorating, so love any tips and hints.

Also, these little cakes in a jar are so adorable. I'd love to nurse one of these with a big long spoon! :)

June 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJulia @ Mélanger

What a wonderful idea, so great for summer, and they look amazing.

July 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGill

Elaine, I'm making a tiered cake for a 50th anniversary party in June and have been thinking about decorating with an all over "rose swirl" pattern on an Italian Cream Cake. The icing is a cream cheese icing. I just wanted to ask you how your swirls held up on this cake since you also used cream cheese. Thanks.

From The Italian Dish:

Joann: My swirls help up just fine. There was no problem at all. Of course, I made the cake in the morning and it got consumed that night. have fun - it makes a gorgeous cake!

April 15, 2014 | Registered Commenter[Elaine]

This is such a great recipe and I'm excited to try this soon. I'm just curious though if I make the blueberry filling, what's the shelf life and what's the yield per recipe? Can I use strawberry too as an alternative to make another filling?

October 6, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnna

How delicious! This mango poundcake literally has my mouth watering! YUMMY! thanks for sharing great cake.

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