Root Beer Parfait Dessert is Packed with Memories.
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At least for me.
In celebration of A&W® Root Beer ‘s 100th anniversary we’re sharing this recipe!
Anything that has been around this long, must be good!
And A&W Root Beer always sparks sentimental memories in my heart.
My very first memories of root beer began with my grandfather.
My “Papa Claude” was retired after serving 23 years in the military as an SSG-E7 Army Sergeant Master Chef.
When he retired from the military, he took the love of cooking with him to create whole new adventure.
This incredibly simple and yummy recipe is dedicated to him.
Root Beer Dessert Parfaits are Inspired By Papa Claude!
After retiring, my grandpa continued using his cooking and baking talents.
He cooked at one of our favorite restaurants and we’d visit him there often.
Almost every time I visited, I would get a root beer…and it was always served in a frosted mug.
Who knew that a frosted mug would make root beer taste even better…or so it seemed to this kid!
Serve Root Beer Parfaits Desserts in Frosted Mugs Too!
My grandfather was also a baking genius.
He’d create creative recipes that were super simple…just like this root beer cake parfait!
One year he helped me make a Boston Cream Pie Cake for our school’s bake sale…and every bite was perfect!
He taught me how to make the cream filling just right (which I remembered for this recipe!)
And had to know how much the cake sold for…ha!
He didn’t let a holiday slip by without adding his famous punchbowl cake to our family get togethers.
It became a family tradition and HAD to be on the family menu!
In this fun recipe, I’d like to share my love of root beer and pair that with my papa’s punchbowl cake recipe.
And guess how it has to be served?
In a frosted mug!
Doesn’t that sound fun?
This dessert gives me a simple opportunity to share memories of my grandfather with my kids.
Families Love Root Beer Parfaits!
Though he’s not on this earth anymore, his memory will live on as I share these special memories with my kids!
And I’ll be sure to share those memories when the kids and I are just having fun, being silly, or baking!
Because those are our happiest times!
They’ll know about his secret spaghetti sauce recipe, the restaurant that served our favorite root beer in a frosted glass, and all the baked goodies my grandfather baked so often.
He even sold his freshly baked cakes to a local restaurant during his retirement years too!
Such a creative guy!
He’d love that I’m still drinking A&W Root Beer with friends and family.
And he’ll love that my four daughters and I are still baking cakes!
But I do think he’d be a little jealous that I can order from Walmart online and pick up my groceries at the store!
I can easily grab all the ingredients for this root beer parfait cake in one big grocery swoop!
In fact, my grandmother would probably be jealous too!
There are definitely some perks to raising a family of root beer fans and baking in this generation!
Did I tell you my creative grandpa also taught me a few fun card tricks too?
And how he called me every other day just to see how I was doing…
And came to my violin concerts…
And cried on my wedding day.
Yes, that’s a papa worth talking about!
Thank you A&W Root Beer for helping our family create years worth of memories! To read about more memories that were made with A&W, click the link here!
And grab our root beer dessert parfait recipe below..you’ll love it!
Easy Root Beer Parfait Dessert
- 1 package white cake mix
- 1 1/4 cup A&W Root Beer
- 1/3 cup melted butter
- 3 egg whites
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Crushed root beer flavored candy
- 1 box instant french vanilla pudding
- 4 cups whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Butter the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch pan.
- With an electric mixer, mix together cake mix, root beer, melted butter, and egg whites for two minutes and beat on high for an additional 30 seconds.
- Reserve 1 cup of the batter.
- Pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking pan.
- In the reserved batter, mix in the allspice and the cinnamon.
- Drop mounds of spiced batter into pan, and swirl using a toothpick.
- Bake until cake begins to separate from the sides of the pan, and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 28 to 30 minutes
- While cake is baking, make French vanilla instant pudding according to package directions and set aside.
- Beat whipping cream until soft peaks form and add powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until consistency of whipped cream.
- Gently, fold in half of the prepared whipped cream into the pudding.
- Once cake is baked and cooled, crumble cake into tiny, almost diced, pieces.
- Sprinkle cake into the bottom of 12 glass mugs that you’ll be serving the parfaits in.
- Spoon pudding on top of crumbled cake, then add a layer of pudding, then a layer of homemade whipped cream, and then a layer of crushed root beer candy.
- Repeat until glass is full.
- Place in freezer 10 minutes before serving so dessert is served in a frosted glass.