Raspberry Parfait

It's a thrill to serve this one up, but making it is almost more fun! You layer three elements — whipped cream, pound cake and raspberry sauce — in a wineglass to make one delicate and slick looking dessert. Driving your spoon through all those tempting layers and pulling out a mouthful of sweetness is just about as much as a date can take. My favorite part of making the dessert is using the wineglass to cut out the cake circles. It takes me back to the days of pressing out Play-Doh cookies at preschool. Admit it, those were some good times! Anyway, the size of your wineglass is important: one that's much narrower at the top than at the middle won't work well because you'll wind up with cake circles that don't fill out the body of the glass. So choose a glass with pretty straight sides.

Recipe courtesy Dave Lieberman
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