Strawberries and Whipped Cream

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Strawberries and whipped cream: Macerated strawberries and a vanilla whipped cream make up this light and tasty no bake dessert!

strawberries and whipped cream in a glass cup

Can I be honest with you? Sometimes I don’t feel like baking. Oh I love to bake, but when summer heat hits, I just don’t feel like turning on my oven. 

Because I love dessert (can I get a holler here?!) I love coming up with no bake desserts like Oreo fluff, strawberry lime cheesecakes and no bake buckeye cookies. They are simple to whip up and still impressive.

Strawberries and whipped cream are one of those no bake easy dessert recipes that are pretty enough to be served at the most important occasions!

Ingredients Needed

  • Fresh strawberries. When strawberries are in season, this dessert is irresistible.
  • Granulated sugar. This is needed to macerate the strawberries. Macerating strawberries with a bit of sugar not only brings out the fruit’s lovely sweet/tart flavor, but allows it to release its delicious juices.
  • Heavy cream. You know our love of heavy cream is strong (hi there cinnamon rolls and creamy corn pasta). But heavy cream shines through when you make a simple homemade whipped cream.
  • Powdered sugar. This sweetens the whipped cream.
  • Vanilla extract. To flavor the whipped cream.

How to Make Strawberries and Whipped Cream

  • To begin, prepare the strawberries. In a bowl, add the berries and sugar. Mix until the mixture is mostly combined. Place covered in the fridge for at least 1 hour. Can I macerate strawberries overnight? Yes! The strawberries will create more juice the longer they sit.
sugared strawberries
  1. Then make the homemade whipped cream. Use an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. (A hand mixer works well too.) Heavy whipping cream is whipped and stabilized with confectioners’ sugar and flavored with vanilla extract. Beat the cream until soft peaks form, then add in the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until stiff peaks form. This is a basic homemade whipped cream that is so delicious on many desserts! Store it in the fridge until you are ready to use it.
whipped cream with vanilla in a bowl

Make a Strawberry Parfait

  • Spoon the whipped cream into a large piping bag fitted with Wilton tip 1M or 2D.
  • Add a couple of spoonfuls of macerated strawberries to a 5 ounce glass parfait cup.
  • Pipe vanilla whipped cream on top, followed by more strawberries. Then top with vanilla whipped cream.
piping whipped cream into a glass
  1. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
A close up of a person placing strawberries in a parfait

This recipe makes about 6 parfaits, but it depends on how large your glasses or bowls are.

Can you make strawberry parfaits in advance?

I recommend making these strawberry parfaits right before serving for the prettiest presentation. Although they’ll keep ok in the fridge for a few hours, the juice from the strawberries will run and the layers may not look as pretty.

strawberry parfait in a glass cup

How to Serve Strawberries and Whipped Cream

Don’t feel like making a strawberry parfait? Try one of these ideas:

  • Serve over homemade waffles. Or pancakes!
  • Use Greek yogurt in the parfait along with strawberries and whipped cream for a punch of protein.
  • Serve over ice cream or vanilla frozen custard.
  • Add other fruit such as a diced peach, pineapple or bananas.
  • A drizzle of chocolate syrup will make a yummy chocolate covered strawberry treat.

Other Homemade Strawberry Desserts

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a strawberry parfait sitting on a table
a strawberry parfait sitting on a table

Strawberries and Whipped Cream

4.72 from 14 votes
Strawberries and whipped cream make up this light and tasty no bake dessert. Strawberry parfaits make a pretty presentation!
Servings 6 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

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For the macerated strawberries

  • 2 1/2 cups sliced strawberries (heaping cups)
  • 3-4 tablespoons granulated sugar 35-50 grams

For the vanilla whipped cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream 16 ounces
  • 3/4 cups powdered sugar (or less if you'd like it less sweet), 98 grams
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 5 grams
  • Sliced strawberries for garnish


Macerate the strawberries:

  • To a medium bowl, add the strawberries and sugar. Mix until the mixture is mostly combined. Set aside, covered in room temperature for at least 45 minutes.2 ½ cups sliced strawberries, 3-4 tablespoons granulated sugar

Make the vanilla whipped cream:

  • To a bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (hand mixer works well too), over medium/high speed, whip the heavy cream until slightly thickened. Increase the speed to high and whip until thickened and medium peaks form. 2 cups heavy cream
  • Turn off the mixer and add the powdered sugar and the vanilla extract. Turn the mixer back to low speed and whip until the confectioner's sugar is mostly combined. Increase the speed to high and whip until completely thickened and the mixture forms stiff peaks. ¾ cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Spoon into a large piping bag fitted with a large star or round tip and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To assemble:

  • Prepare six 5 ounce dessert glasses or bowls. To glass dessert glasses (or bowls) add a couple of spoonfuls of macerated strawberries.
  • Pipe vanilla whipped cream on top, followed by more strawberries. Top with vanilla whipped cream. Garnish with a strawberry.



The calories shown are based on the recipe making 6 parfaits, with 1 serving being 1 parfait. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**


Serving: 137g | Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 31mg | Potassium: 151mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1166IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 377
Keyword easy dessert recipe, no bake dessert
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Sheryl@Lady Behind The Curtain
9 years ago

Beautiful dessert Angela!

9 years ago

Lighter desserts like this one are exactly why I love Spring!! Yum!

9 years ago

Oh my goodness – these are beautiful!