Strawberry shortcakes have four components:
- The cake
- The berries
- The sweetener
- The topping
While you can make shortcake with raspberries, peaches and mangoes, you can keep the strawberries and vary only the cake, the sweetener, and the topping to make an impressive array of strawberry desserts.
Shortcakes are biscuit-like. In a strawberry shortcake, we appreciate the crispness of the shortcake against the smoothness of the whipped cream. Use a traditional shortcake recipe and add cinnamon chips or white chocolate chips. Make a chocolate shortcake . . . or add cinnamon can dark chocolate chips to make a Mayan chocolate shortcake.
Often strawberries are severed over angel food cake. But have you considered a chocolate or cinnamon angel food cake? Here are some other choices:
- Classic Angel Food Cake
- Cinnamon Ripple Angel Food Cake
- Chocolate Angel Food Cake
- Tupelo Honey Angel Food Cake
- Orange Angel Food Cake
- Lemon Sponge Cake
A simple white cake is often used for a strawberry shortcake. If that is your desire, here is a recipe:
We love fruit on gingerbread, either light or dark gingerbread. The gingerbread carries its share of flavor; you are not relying on the strawberries alone for flavor.
Actually, we like any flavorful cake with strawberries but without the frosting. Try these:
A flourless chocolate cake with strawberries and whipped cream is terrific.
And that takes us to brownies. Strawberries and whipped cream on brownies is superb.
- Seriously Fudgy Brownies
- Easy Brownies
- Mayan Chocolate Chip Brownies
- Rocky Road Brownies
- Cheesecake Brownies
- Brown Sugar Brownies
- Fudgy Walnut Brownies
- Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies
- Hollywood Brownies
- Almond Brownies
- Chocolate Lover’s Brownies
That takes us to 27 different choices for the cake. Obviously, there are many more.
The strawberries are usually macerated in sugar and a maybe a little lemon juice both to sweeten them and to create a syrup. Why not drizzle your shortcake with a syrup instead? Any cream or sugar syrup will do but our Lawford’s Private Reserve syrups are fantastic with strawberries. We recommend these three:
Certainly, you can put sweetened whipped cream over your strawberries. But consider ice cream instead of whipped cream. You can also use crème Chantilly, chocolate whipped cream, and more.
If you do the math, that’s well over a thousand possibilities with the choices that we have introduced. We’re sure you can create more.