Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe

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Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe turns the classic favorite into a show-stopping presentation for entertaining.

Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe

I actually made these Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe during Christmas for an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party I helped host. I didn’t intend to post them, but they were such a big hit. Big Daddy especially liked them and he doesn’t ‘do’ sweets. I decided to make them for our Valentine’s dinner.

The boys had steak, baked potatoes, and a green salad. Pretty standard.

I had a baked potato with barbecue sauce (no fat). I wanted to save room for this Red Velvet Parfait. You know how I love my carbs! It was the highlight of the meal after all. Or was that just my opinion? I dunno….

Red Velvet Parfaits

Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe

I used my mother’s Old Fashion Red Velvet Cake recipe for the cake. I was a little stressed and baking relaxing me. But, you can use a Red Velvet Cake Mix if you prefer. No judging from me!

After making this frosting, I realized with a few adjustments I could use it as the cream in this Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe. It turned out perfect. Sweet, but not overly sweet. Creamy without being too thick. I kept the familiar flavors of your favorite Red Velvet Cake while updating it slightly and presenting it in a fun way.

Red Velvet Parfaits

Although I just made these for my family, I think this dessert would make a great presentation for entertaining. You could serve them in festive stemware. I chose various shapes and sizes of glasses just for fun.

Or, if you don’t have stemware, individual bowls or even one large trifle will also work.

Red Velvet Parfaits

Note: If you have a #cakefail and your cake sinks in the middle or sticks to the pan, turn it into a trifle or parfait. No one has to know! I have other tips on How to Fix Cake Disasters.


Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe

Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe

Red Velvet Parfaits Recipe turns the classic favorite into a show-stopping presentation for entertaining. #recipe #redvelvet #dessert
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24 servings
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  • 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 and 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 and 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 cup buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 ounce red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pudding layer

  • 2 and 1/2 cups milk whole, 1% or 2% can be used
  • (2 0 3.4 ounce boxes instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 8 ounces cool whip
  • *Additional cool whip or whipped cream as garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly oil and flour 9x13 inch pan.
  • In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder.
  • In another large bowl, whisk together oil, buttermilk, eggs, food coloring, vinegar, and vanilla.
  • Combine the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in a stand mixer until just combined.
  • Bake until the cake pulls away from the side of the pans slightly, and a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean, about 30 minutes.
  • Allow cake to cool before frosting or cubing for parfait.
  • Pudding layer
  • Whisk milk and pudding about 2 minutes. Fold in cool whip. Refrigerate until ready to make parfaits.
  • Layer cake cubes in the bottom of clear glasses or a large bowl.
  • Spoon pudding over cake. Repeat with another layer of cake and another layer of pudding.
  • Top with whipped cream or cool whip.
  • Store in refrigerater.


Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 178mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 97IU | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. I love carbs too! I gave up carbs for about a year and lost so much weight. I looked great but was miserable. All about balance I guess. This Red Velvet Parfaits looks to die for! It’s like having Olive Garden Dessert (but much better!) at home.

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