You can’t get much more nostalgic than strawberry shortcake.  These creative takes on strawberry shortcake dessert are modern and mouthwatering spins on a classic, beloved flavor.

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    What is strawberry shortcake made of?

    If you’re wondering what is strawberry shortcake, it’s basically cake or biscuit, topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. That doesn’t mean it has to be presented as a cake, though. Nowadays, there are an endless variety of ways to serve those ingredients, from parfaits to shooters in a mason jar to cupcakes and more!

    Can you make strawberry shortcake ahead of time?

    It is not recommended to assemble your dessert ahead of time since the cake will absorb the whipped cream and any moisture from the strawberries, leaving for a soggy cake. However, you can prepare at least some of the components ahead of time so that you don’t need to do so much on the day you plan to serve it.

    The vanilla sponge cake portion of a strawberry shortcake dessert can definitely be made ahead of time and refrigerated or frozen, even overnight. However, whipped cream will start to lose its structure within a few hours, so we wouldn’t recommend making that too far in advance. As for the strawberries, always use fresh ones (not frozen), but feel free to cut them the night before.

    easy mini strawberry shortcake recipe

    How to make strawberry shortcake in a cup

    These strawberry shortcake shots are so easy to make! Soft pound cake drizzled with homemade strawberry compote, then topped with any variety of toppings that you’d like. You can even make the components overnight and then assemble right before serving.

    Ingredients

    • 1 loaf pound cake
    • 8 ounces fresh strawberries, sliced and with tops removed
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Optional toppings:

    • Whipped cream or topping
    • Crushed graham crackers or other cookie
    • Fresh strawberries
    • Mint leaf
    • Crushed or sliced almonds

    How to Make Mini Strawberry Shortcake Shooter Recipe – Step by Step

    Step 1. Put all ingredients except the pound cake into a small saucepan.

    Step 2. Bring to simmer over medium heat

    Step 3. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until strawberries are very soft (about 10 minutes), stirring frequently.

    Step 4. Remove from heat and let cool while you finish preparing the shooters.

    Step 5. Cut the pound cake into small pieces that will fit nicely into your shooter containers.

    Step 6. Put the pieces into your shooters, drizzle some of the strawberry sauce, and top with any desired toppings.

    Step 7. Serve and enjoy!

    Tips

    • You can also serve this dessert chilled. Chill the pound cake and strawberry sauce separately, then assemble after both are at a cool temperature.
    • If you don’t have shooter cups, you can simply serve this as slices of pound cake topped with the strawberry sauce and toppings.

    Strawberry Shortcake Recipes

    Old Fashioned

    Want to make a classic version of this dessert that’ll take grandma straight back to the good ol’ days? Then go for this recipe from this Southern baker. (via Julia’s Simply Southern)

    Easy

    If you’re looking for a shortcut recipe, this one only takes 18 minutes total (the secret is Bisquick). But don’t worry, you’ll also learn the tricks to making it taste delicious and homemade. (via The Cookful)

    Japanese

    For a lighter version, look to this Japanese recipe that uses a fluffy sponge cake instead of biscuits. Simple yet elegant, and very popular for birthdays and Christmastime in Japan. (via Chopstick Chronicles)

    Trifle

    Speaking of light, you can also make this strawberry shortcake trifle, which uses angel food cake. (via Amanda’s Cookin’)

    Cake

    Make this moist, fluffy, buttery chiffon cake for strawberry shortcake cake that’s stacked with layers of whipped cream and strawberries. We totally wouldn’t mind this as a birthday cake. (via Carlsbad Cravings)

    Poke Cake

    If you’re big on flavor, then this bundt cake recipe should stick out for you (ha, get it?). Poking holes into your baked cake lets you add the surprise strawberry filling. (via Betty Crocker)

    Cupcakes

    This vanilla cupcake with American buttercream has a fresh fruit surprise inside. (via Swanky Recipes)

    Donuts

    Here’s another clever and easy strawberry shortcake dessert idea: use store-bought donuts in place of the biscuits or cake. Brilliant! (via Tastes of Lizzy T)

    Healthy Bars [Vegan, Gluten-free]

    The filling in this dreamy, no-bake strawberry shortcake recipe is actually made from cashews! (via Bakerita)

    Cheesecake

    This recipe uses Strawberry Shortcake Oreos in the crust and topping to make a winning dessert. (via We are not Martha)

    Red Velvet

    Mmm, you can never go wrong with the combination of chocolate and strawberries. (via Chocolate Chocolate and More)

    Ice Cream Bars

    A recipe that’s just like the Good Humor ice cream bars with that delicious crunchy strawberry shortcake crumble that we loved to eat as kids? Yes, please! (via Bigger Bolder Baking)

    Popsicles

    Or if you want a lighter cold dessert, try these popsicles made with yogurt. (via Kroll’s Korner)

    Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs

    Here’s a fun recipe that’s great for parties like a Fourth of July barbecue or baby shower. So fancy looking, thanks to the white chocolate icing drizzle. (via Lil Luna)

    Brownie Parfait

    This strawberry shortcake in a cup uses brownies in place of the cake/biscuit filling. (via Recipe Girl)

    Cookies

    It’s hard not to like these strawberry shortcake cookies. The white chocolate chips and cream cheese make this dessert taste amazing! (via Divas Can Cook)

    Smores

    Or how about this last recipe in a jar? An interesting flavor profile! (via Oh My Creative)

    We hope you’ve found new ways to enjoy strawberry shortcake through our round up of berry fun (get it?) strawberry shortcake recipes.
    Strawberry Shortcake
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    10 mins
    Total Time
    20 mins
     

    These strawberry shortcake shots are so easy to make! Soft pound cake drizzled with homemade strawberry compote, then topped with any variety of toppings that you’d like. You can even make it the night before and serve it chilled.

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: easy dessert recipe, strawberry dessert
    Servings: 10
    Calories: 26 kcal
    Author: Sylvia Wu
    Ingredients
    • 1 loaf pound cake
    • 8 ounces fresh strawberries sliced and with tops removed
    • 1 tablespoon honey
    • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    Optional toppings
    • Whipped cream or topping
    • Crushed graham crackers or other cookie
    • Fresh strawberries
    • Mint leaf
    • Crushed or sliced almonds
    Instructions
    1. Put all ingredients except the pound cake into a small saucepan.
    2. Bring to simmer over medium heat
    3. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until strawberries are very soft (about 10 minutes), stirring frequently.
    4. Remove from heat and let cool while you finish preparing the shooters.
    5. Cut the pound cake into small pieces that will fit nicely into your shooter containers.
    6. Put the pieces into your shooters, drizzle some of the strawberry sauce, and top with any desired toppings.
    7. Serve and enjoy!
    Recipe Notes

    You can also serve this dessert chilled. Chill the pound cake and strawberry sauce separately, then assemble after both are at a cool temperature.

    If you don’t have shooter cups, you can simply serve this as slices of pound cake topped with the strawberry sauce and toppings.

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