Carrot Cake Parfait with Custard and Strawberries is a perfect and beautiful dessert with layers of creamy vanilla custard, chunks of moist, delicious carrot cake and ruby red berrylicous strawberry compote. It is great as a simple dessert for a special occasion or as a show-stopper sweet ending to any party.
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I wanted to present something special for this ; hence the long gap in my posting of this scrumptious looking colorful dessert!
I had made moist carrot cake (followed Betty Crocker recipe with a few changes) a few days ago. I reduced the sugar, substituted some of the white with brown, half of the all purpose flour with wheat and cut down on the oil too. It still made for a moist delicious cake. My son detests nuts in his cake; so added raisins instead. For the rest of us, I sprinkled some chopped walnuts and slivered almonds on half the cake! For an eggless version, you can make my Super Moist Carrot and Apple Cake.
Since I had baked it in a large pan, there was more cake than needed. Over the years, I have made a lot of desserts but although parfaits or trifles were some of the treats at my parties, I have never shared the recipes with my viewers. Not anymore! So, the surplus carrot cake was going to be one of the components in my parfait. Just cut them into rough chunks or cut into the shape of the glass you are serving.
Trifles or parfait normally have custard in them. Nowadays, you can see some of them layered with whipped cream, cream cheese etc. I love my plain old vanilla custard. Digging into a bowl of creamy, chilled vanilla custard is reminiscent of my most favorite childhood dessert, creamy vanilla custard with lots of chopped fruits like mangoes, apples, grapes etc., sometimes topped with roasted chopped nuts like cashew or almonds.
There was a half-used box of custard powder lying in my pantry so this carrot cake trifle was going to have creamy custard as one of the layers. You can make your own custard (with our without eggs) or take the easy route and use a boxed variety like I have.
I had recently bought a couple of gorgeous dessert glasses and what better time than now to show it to you? These thick parfait glasses needed to be filled with something colorful in it; like some gorgeous seasonal bright colered fruit. I love berries, especially strawberries. Whenever in season, I always have some in my refrigerator. So I decided to make compote (fruit cooked in sugar and spices) with fresh red strawberries.
You can choose not to cook them; just mix chopped strawberries with some sugar and let sit for a few minutes. The fruit releases its juices to make for a beautiful fresh fruity concoction. Cooked or uncooked, this makes for a great topping for French toast, pancakes, over ice cream, crepes or any dessert! Feel free to use any fruit of your choice.
With all the elements ready, all I had to do was dress up the serving bowl or glass with the different flavors and textures of the parfait. Just layer chunks of carrot cake, strawberry compote (the juices in the compote is enough to moisten the cake) and creamy vanilla custard until you have filled the glass, top with toasted walnuts along with powdered cinnamon and serve chilled! That is it!
The final drop gorgeous dessert glass was so beautiful, it was fun clicking photographs at all angles, trying to get the best ones!
One spoon of this scrumptious and decadent parfait and I was floored by how a simple carrot cake with some fresh fruits can lend such delicious texture and flavor to this easy to assemble dessert! You will love it too! So, do try this and let me know how much you loved it!
Other cakes you can use in this amazing dessert:
Now, let us get on to the recipe, shall we?
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup all-purpose flour/maida
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups shredded carrots
- ¼ cup raisins
- ½ cup chopped walnuts and slivered almonds
- 2 cups or 500 ml milk
- 4 teaspoons vanilla flavored custard powder
- ¼ cup sugar
- 15 strawberries
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon lemon/lime juice
- Fresh strawberries
- Chopped walnuts and cinnamon powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit or 180 degrees Centigrade.
- Grease and flour a 13x9 inch pan and keep aside.
- In a bowl, beat sugars, oil and eggs with a beater until well blended.
- Stir in flours, cinnamon, baking powder and salt and blend again on low speed for a minute.
- Fold in carrots and raisins (you can add nuts at this stage as well).
- Pour into prepared pan, level the batter (at this stage you can sprinkle additional nuts on top of the batter) and bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
- Remove from oven and remove from pan after 10 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.
- In a small bowl, place ¼ cup of milk and stir in custard powder. Mix well until smooth; ensure there are no lumps. Keep aside.
- Heat the remaining milk in a saucepan on medium heat and bring to a boil.
- Add sugar and stir until dissolved.
- Tip in the custard-milk mixture into the hot mixture and keep stirring until it comes to a boil and the mixture thickens. Simmer for a minute, remove from heat and let cool.
- Keep stirring while it is cooling or it will form a thick film on top. Let cool completely.
- Wash and chop strawberries into 2 to 3 pieces.
- Sprinkle sugar and heat in a saucepan on medium heat, stirring often for about a minute until slightly cooked and mushy.
- Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and let cool. Keep aside.
- Break up carrot cake into chunks that fit into the dessert bowl or glass you will be serving the parfait in.
- Assemble all the elements of the parfait; carrot cake chunks, cooled custard, strawberry compote, nuts and cinnamon powder.
- In each dessert glass, layer a few carrot cake chunks at the bottom.
- Pour a few teaspoons of strawberry compote over it to cover the cake.
- Gently spoon custard over the compote and spread evenly.
- Repeat the layers to fill the dessert glass finishing with custard on top.
- Sprinkle chopped walnuts and cinnamon powder on top.
- Cover each parfait glass with cling wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or until serving time.
- Just before serving, garnish with strawberry and serve.
- This parfait can be made several hours in advance.
- Feel free to substitute any fruit for the strawberries; cherries, blueberries, pineapple, mangoes etc.
- For additional crunch, sprinkle chopped or crumbled biscuits (any of your favorite) or even more nuts in between the parfait layers.
- If you do not have or like custard, you can use whipped cream (even store-bought).
- Make it in a larger bowl and it is the ideal dessert for a crowd
How to make carrot cake parfait:
- Bake carrot cake (or any cake of your choice or you can even use store bought cake) and cool. I have covered only half the cake with nuts as my son does not like them in any cake. Cut into chunks or pieces to fit into your dessert glass or bowl.
- Prepare custard according to package instructions or make your own from scratch.
- Prepare strawberry compote.
- Assemble the components of the parfait.
To assemble the parfait:
- Layer chunks of carrot cake into the dessert glass.
- Spoon strawberry compote over the cake chunks; add some syrup too to moisten the cake.
- Gently pour the prepared and cooled custard over the fruit to cover it completely.
- Sprinkle with nuts and cinnamon powder.
- Continue with the rest of the dessert glasses, lightly cover with plastic wrap and chill thoroughly until serving time. Just before serving, garnish with fresh strawberries and serve immediately.
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