How cute is this dessert?
I don’t know what it is, but when I say the words strawberry shortcake it just makes me smile. And what’s not to smile about? A light and flakey biscuit cake thingy, smothered with homemade whipped cream and marinated strawberries. Literally drooling.
Can I tell you something? (I can’t believe I’m about to say this out loud) And by out loud I mean silently write it on my computer.
I used to hate strawberries. Eeeeeeek!
Strawberries should come by the barrel. Don’t ya think?
This was my first ever strawberry shortcake, and I’m pretty damn proud of it.
It doesn’t get much better than this.
For the berries
- 1 1/2 pounds strawberries quartered
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
For the shortcake
- 2 cups cake flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups heavy cream
For the whipped cream
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream very cold
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest
- 1) Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl add the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice and gently stir to combine. Set aside. The sugar and lemon juice will help bring out the natural juices in the berries and create a light sauce.
- 2) In a separate bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Add the heavy cream and stir to combine. Mixture will be sticky. Pour mixture into an 8 inch round pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack to cool completely.
- 3) Meanwhile make the whipped cream. In a bowl or stand alone mixer, beat the cold whipped cream until soft peaks form. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and lemon zest and beat another 1-2 minutes.
- 4) Once cake has cooled use a serrated knife and cut the cake in half, creating two circles, one on top of the other. Scoop a large spoonful, (or two or three) onto the bottom layer of the cake. Top with the strawberry mixture. Place the other cake on top, creating a sandwich, and add more whipped cream and berries to the top of the cake. Slice and serve with any leftover whipped cream or berries.