Strawberry Shortcake Trifle with Homemade Vanilla Bean Pudding.

I’m calling this the summer of the strawberry shortcake trifle. If you’ve been following my week in the life posts, then you know that this is basically the YEAR of the trifle for me. Not only the summer. They are just so good. They taste like 1995 is the best way possible. So nostalgic and […]

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I’m calling this the summer of the strawberry shortcake trifle.

strawberry shortcake trifle

If you’ve been following my week in the life posts, then you know that this is basically the YEAR of the trifle for me. Not only the summer. They are just so good. They taste like 1995 is the best way possible. So nostalgic and wonderful, which is exactly what we all want and need while quarantined. Right?!

Also. I’ve wanted to make a strawberry shortcake cake for months. I was waiting until strawberries came in season, and then my sister-in-law made the most amazing berry trifle over memorial day weekend. And I couldn’t stop thinking about it. So this is how I meshed the two!

fresh picked strawberries

See, I’ve had an obsession with strawberry shortcake anything since I was a kid. Like a little little kid. Probably five or six? I watched strawberry shortcake cartoons and then I had the dolls too. And all I can remember is that they SMELLED LIKE CAKE. Does anyone else remember this? It had to be in the very late 80s or early 90s. And when I think about my toys from childhood, strawberry shortcake anything is all I remember. 

I was crazy over it. 

So naturally, I want all the strawberry shortcake recipes. Because if I haven’t screamed it from the rooftops enough, strawberries are my favorite fruit and they are divine when in season.

fresh vanilla whipped cream

The best part of a trifle is that you can use all homemade ingredients or store bought in a pinch. 

The past few weeks, I’ve done it both ways. So here are my thoughts!

I highly suggest buying the pound cake. Store bought pound cake is pretty darn good and if it’s not, it will be blanketed with vanilla pudding and whipped cream. I’ve also made it the “city girl trifle” way, which is where you make a syrup with orange liqueur and and sugar and then brush it over the cake. Wowza it’s good. It’s a great way to save store bought cake too.

I’ve made both boxed pudding and homemade pudding. This version has homemade vanilla bean pudding and it’s incredible. Silky but thick, rich but light at the same time. Tastes like heaven!

layered strawberries and pound cake

I also always make my own whipped cream. And I tend to add vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste to it, but no sweetener or sugar. I love it this way because the hint of vanilla is so… pure. Not sugary sweet or fake. It also cuts the sweetness of the pudding and cake.

My favorite thing about this treat is that the strawberries are the sweetest part. YES. Perfectly juicy and sweet when in season – they almost taste like candy. Folded into the whipped cream and pudding with bits of the fluffy cake… OMG.

I don’t even know how to describe it!

It’s so summery. So fresh. So wonderful. 

strawberry shortcake trifle

Of course – you can do this with any type of berry! You can also do a fun mix of berries for a whole red, white and blue theme. You can throw this together in MINUTES if you use store bought ingredients. If you make your own whipped cream, you can still throw it together pretty quickly. And it’s looks so fancy. 

If you don’t have a trifle dish, use a large glass bowl. Or make individual trifle parfaits in glasses. It’s so easy.

layered pound cake and whipped cream

It’s such a crowd pleaser and everyone flips over it. Especially because it’s 2020 and we all forgot how much we love a good trifle. 

strawberry shortcake trifle

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

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Strawberry Shortcake Trifle

This strawberry shortcake trifle is made with buttery pound cake, homemade vanilla pudding and vanilla whipped cream! It is divine.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 people
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 1 (9x5 inch) pound cake, cut into cubes (about 12 ounces)
  • 2 cups vanilla bean pudding recipe below (or 1 (5oz) box of instant vanilla pudding)
  • 2 to 3 cups whipped cream recipe below
  • 3 cups sliced or quartered fresh strawberries
  • fresh strawberries for garnish optional

vanilla bean pudding

  • 2 cups cold whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoons butter

vanilla whipped cream

  • 2 cups cold whipped cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

trifle

  • Layer a few pound cake cubes and strawberries on the bottom of the trifle dish. Top with a layer of vanilla bean pudding and then whipped cream. Repeat with the cake cubes and strawberries. I like to repeat the layers 3 or 4 times. Top with whipped cream and fresh strawberries if you wish!
  • This is ready to serve immediately after making, however, you can also make it ahead of time. If you make the homemade pudding and whipped cream and want to make it ahead, I suggest making the whole trifle the morning of and storing it in the fridge. If you choose to use a refrigerated whipped topping, you might be able to get away with making it the night before. Just be sure to store it in the fridge!
  • If you don’t have a trifle dish, you can easily use a large bowl to make this.

vanilla bean pudding

  • Fill a shaker cup with the milk and add the cornstarch. Seal the cup and shake for at least 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into a saucepan. Add the sugar and salt. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove it from heat and stir in the vanilla bean paste or extract (or both!) and the butter until melted.
  • Let the pudding cool to room temperature. You can use it at room temp or store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use.

vanilla whipped cream

  • Place the heavy cream and vanilla paste (or extract) in a bowl of your electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. You can also use an electric hand mixer if you wish. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks form.

Notes

pudding method from allrecipes

strawberry shortcake trifle

It’s the best feeling to serve a messy dessert.

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Here’s how to make the best strawberry shortcake: the classic way! Tender, biscuit-like shortcakes meet sweet berries and fluffy homemade whipped cream. Strawberry shortcake marks the start of summer around here. And why make it with store-bought mix if it’s 100% more delicious homemade? Here’s our classic strawberry shortcake recipe. It’s got tender, biscuit-like shortcakes, juicy sweet berries, and fluffy, homemade whipped cream. It’s so ridiculously good, it’s perfect for special occasions of all kinds: cookouts, patio parties, birthdays, and anytime you come across a load of ripe, beautiful berries. Here’s how to make it! How to make strawberry shortcake: 3 steps! There are three main skills you’ll learn in making strawberry shortcake, which we’ll cover below: Macerating the strawberries. Macerate means to let them sit with sugar so they break down. Making the shortcakes. You’ll make lemon-scented, biscuit-like cakes (not spongy or fluffy). Making homemade whipped cream. A basic skill for any home cook to master! Baking the shortcakes: some tips The type of shortcake in strawberry shortcake varies based on the recipe. Some you’ll find are more spongy, some light and airy. This version is flaky and biscuity: it’s a sweet version of our Homemade Biscuits. But instead […]

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Here’s how to make the best strawberry shortcake: the classic way! Tender, biscuit-like shortcakes meet sweet berries and fluffy homemade whipped cream.

Strawberry shortcake

Strawberry shortcake marks the start of summer around here. And why make it with store-bought mix if it’s 100% more delicious homemade? Here’s our classic strawberry shortcake recipe. It’s got tender, biscuit-like shortcakes, juicy sweet berries, and fluffy, homemade whipped cream. It’s so ridiculously good, it’s perfect for special occasions of all kinds: cookouts, patio parties, birthdays, and anytime you come across a load of ripe, beautiful berries. Here’s how to make it!

How to make strawberry shortcake: 3 steps!

There are three main skills you’ll learn in making strawberry shortcake, which we’ll cover below:

  • Macerating the strawberries. Macerate means to let them sit with sugar so they break down.
  • Making the shortcakes. You’ll make lemon-scented, biscuit-like cakes (not spongy or fluffy).
  • Making homemade whipped cream. A basic skill for any home cook to master!
How to make strawberry shortcake

Baking the shortcakes: some tips

The type of shortcake in strawberry shortcake varies based on the recipe. Some you’ll find are more spongy, some light and airy. This version is flaky and biscuity: it’s a sweet version of our Homemade Biscuits. But instead of rolling and folding them several times to create layers, we’ve simplified the process. These are like a combination of a layered biscuit and a drop biscuit. Here are a few tips for making these shortcakes:

  • Use buttermilk. Buttermilk brings the right tangy flavor and fluffy texture. It’s worth springing for the real stuff.
  • Don’t overmix. Be careful not to overmix the batter. If it’s too dry, you can add a little more buttermilk: but not too much!
  • Use a biscuit cutter. A 3-inch biscuit cutter gets just the right shape.
  • Place the biscuits directly next to each other. Placing them next to each other on the baking sheet helps them rise in the oven.
  • Sprinkle with sugar. Sprinkle the top with sugar to get a crunchy texture!

Can you make strawberry shortcakes in advance? These are best the day of, so they have a crispy on the outside and tender on the inside texture.

Shortcake biscuits

What if you don’t have a biscuit cutter?

If you don’t have a biscuit cutter for the strawberry shortcakes, here are a few ideas on how to cut the biscuits:

  • Find a circular cookie cutter that’s approximately 3 inches wide.
  • Use a knife to draw a circle 3 inches wide. (You could even cut out a 3-inch wide circle to trace as a guide.)

How to macerate strawberries

What does macerate mean? To macerate is to soften food by sitting in a liquid. With fruit and berries, you can simply mix them with sugar and let them sit. As they sit, the sugar extracts the juices from the berries, making a natural sauce with the sugar. I remember my mother doing this in the summer when I was growing up.

All you have to do is slice the berries and mix them with sugar: you don’t even have to measure quantities (or use the quantities in the recipe below). Here are a few notes about macerating the strawberries for strawberry shortcake:

  • You can use sugar or maple syrup. We’ve used sugar here, but if you prefer naturally sweet sugars with the berries maple syrup works too.
  • Adding acid makes them pop! Lemon juice makes the flavor even brighter: it’s almost like adding a pinch of salt. You can also use balsamic vinegar (strawberries and balsamic are a natural pair).
  • Make them as you bake the cakes, or 24 hours in advance. You can let the berries sit at room temperature while you bake the cakes. Or macerate them in advance in the refrigerator. Just make sure to bring them to room temp before serving.
Strawberry shortcake

Homemade whipped cream: it’s a must!

You could use store-bought whipped cream for strawberry shortcake…but if you’ve come this far, why not make homemade? Homemade whipped cream is fluffier, richer and creamier than anything you can get at the store. The recipe we’ve been making for years is this Homemade Whipped Cream. Go to that post for all our tips and tricks, but here are a fe w notes:

  • Do it with a whisk or a stand mixer. You can use a simple whisk and a bowl: get your muscles ready! It’s fun to watch cream thicken and become fluffy with just a whisk. If you have a stand mixer, you can use that for less of a workout!
  • Infuse it for a twist. Try Infused Alcoholic Whipped Cream to infuse your cream with bourbon or rum.
  • Can you make homemade whipped cream in advance? Yes. While it’s best right when it’s made, you can also make it a few hours in advance and refrigerate.
How to make strawberry shortcake

Ripe berries are a must for strawberry shortcake!

As always, the quality of the ingredients is key. For a summer symphony like strawberry shortcake, you absolutely must have the ripest berries you can find. Grab local strawberries if you can: their flavor is sweet and pure summer. The first time I had a bite of a local strawberry, my mind was blown. The nuance of the flavor is simply magical.

This strawberry shortcake recipe is…

Vegetarian.

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Strawberry shortcake

Classic Strawberry Shortcake


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

Here’s how to make the best strawberry shortcake: the classic way! Tender, biscuit-like shortcakes meet sweet berries and fluffy homemade whipped cream.


Ingredients

For the strawberries

  • 1 pound ripe strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

For the shortcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (or 1 tablespoon orange zest*)
  • 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon cold buttermilk, plus more for brushing

For serving


Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice strawberries. Zest and juice the lemon, reserving the zest for the shortcakes. Mix the berries with the 3 tablespoons sugar and 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Allow to stand at room temperature for 1 hour or more, which lets them macerate and release their juices. (Or, do up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerate: bring to room temperature before serving.)
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Cut the butter into 1/2-inch pieces and use a pastry cutter it into the flour mixture.
  4. Add the 3/4 cup buttermilk to the flour and stir until all the buttermilk has just absorbed. Do not overstir. Use your hands to form the dough into a rough ball. Add the 1 tablespoon more buttermilk to help the dough come together.
  5. Turn onto a lightly floured counter. Gently pat the dough out into a rectangle about 8” x 10” and about 3/4” thick (you may need to wash, dry and flour your hands to help pat it out).
  6. Use a 3” biscuit cutter to cut the biscuits, pushing straight down (without turning the cutter) and transferring to a parchment lined baking sheet (you can also use a cookie cutter or use a knife to cut out a 3-inch circle). Ensure the edges of each biscuit are touching on the baking sheet to improve rise. You should get 6 biscuits out of the first cutting, then re-roll the dough scraps for final 2 biscuits.
  7. Brush tops with buttermilk. Sprinkle with additional sugar. Bake 15 to 17 minutes until lightly golden brown on top. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Store leftovers frozen for up to 3 months or refrigerated for a few days (reheat in a 350 degree oven until warm).
  8. Make the Homemade Whipped Cream (or try Infused Whipped Cream for a treat).
  9. To serve, cut the shortcakes in half. Top with strawberries and whipped cream, then the top of the shortcake and more whipped cream and strawberries.

Notes

*Our favorite twist is to use orange zest for the biscuits (in that case you can use orange juice for the strawberries). 

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Strawberry shortcake

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Mixed Berry Shortcakes

It was definitely mercury in retrograde recently when I got a phone call at 8:20pm, while we were having dinner at home, from a restaurant I’d reserved a table at, asking if we were showing up for our 8pm reservation. I was sure I had reserved for the following night, but – nope – I erred and our reservation was for that evening. (Fortunately, the…

It was definitely mercury in retrograde recently when I got a phone call at 8:20pm, while we were having dinner at home, from a restaurant I’d reserved a table at, asking if we were showing up for our 8pm reservation. I was sure I had reserved for the following night, but – nope – I erred and our reservation was for that evening. (Fortunately, the restaurant has a steady walk-in crowd so the table didn’t sit empty. Still, I felt terrible.) We did go the next night, but that same day, I was typing this recipe up and my blogging platform asked me to log in again, which I dutifully did, and then it proceeded to erase the entire post, including the recipe.

With my head on the verge of imploding, I decided to go for a walk, then head back a little later and get back to rewriting everything up from scratch. A few people told me mercury was in retrograde, so, of course, the moment I returned, they started doing construction upstairs, so was subjected to the sounds of jackhammering while trying to fill in all the ingredients in the recipe plug-in I use, so the recipes are printable, and to make sure I got all the ingredients and so forth in the right place, and the conversions.

By the time evening rolled around, some other neighbors decided to have a party and their voices were so loud, they could be heard all the way down the block. (So much for les américains having the loudest voices in town anymore.) What made up for it were these Mixed Berry Shortcakes, which we had for dessert that night.

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