Close Up No-Bake Strawberry Mousse Parfaits

No-Bake Strawberry Mousse Parfaits

No-Bake Strawberry Mousse Parfaits are a light, fluffy, and delicious treat elegant enough for company and easy enough to make for yourself. Use fresh or frozen strawberries and a pre-baked angel food cake to save time in the kitchen.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Egg-Free, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Jessica Levinson


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatin
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ready-made angel food cake
  • Mint for garnish (optional)


  1. Sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup water in a small bowl. Stir once or twice and then let stand about 5 minutes.
  2. Process the strawberries and sugar in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides as needed. (Note: When I used frozen strawberries I could have stopped my no-bake dessert at this step - I had a perfect sorbet - see below!)
  3. Transfer strawberry mixture to a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add gelatin to strawberry mixture, stirring constantly until the gelatin is dissolved. Cover and chill, stirring occasionally, until consistency of unbeaten egg whites, about 30 minutes.
  4. Beat heavy cream at low speed until foamy; increase speed to medium-high and beat until soft peaks form. Fold whipped cream into strawberry mixture until well blended. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
  5. Using a round cookie cutter, cut out 1-inch thick rounds of angel food cake. Place one round of cake at the bottom of a highball or parfait glass. Top with 2 to 4 tablespoons of strawberry mousse. Repeat to make a second layer with cake and mousse. Depending on the size of your glass you can make a third layer. Garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.

Recipe Notes

Note: Strawberry Mousse recipe adapted from Cooking Light