How to Make Berry Shortcakes

Blueberry Shortcakes

Shortcakes were made for berry season! Top them with fresh whipped cream and a generous helping of your favorite seasonal berry for an irresistible summer-time dessert.

This is my Baking Partners challenge for the month and since it was my turn to pick a recipe I get to do the step-by-step tutorial.

Shortcakes are very lightly sweetened biscuits, but instead of butter these are made with heavy cream, making the dough easier to work with and practically fail-proof.

Start by mixing the berries with a little sugar to help them release some of their juices. You can use blueberries, strawberries or raspberries. These are wild blueberries…. 

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Lazy Daisy Cake

Lazy Daisy Cake

A single-layer, square yellow cake with a broiled brown sugar, coconut and pecan topping that tastes like candy. . . kind of like a praline. It has an old-fashioned, Southern-inspired feel to it that I find charming.

The cake is unlike any I’ve made before because after beating the eggs, sugar and dry ingredients together it’s time to beat in the boiling hot milk and butter(?). The method is weird but the result is not.

Moist, sturdy and tender, it’s one of the best yellow cakes I ever tasted.

Once the cake is baked the topping ingredients are melted together in a sauce pan with butter and slathered over the top of the cake. A few minutes under the broiler and you have a golden brown, gooey topping that tastes like some of the best candy ever.

Best yellow cake + best candy topping.

I’m sensing a theme here. … 

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Pink Lady Milkshakes

Pink Lady Milkshakes

Pink lady milkshakes made with strawberries, raspberries, malted milk, Greek yogurt and ice cream.

Kind of like a smoothie fell into a milkshake and couldn’t climb it’s way out.

Can you imagine the Pink Ladies from Grease (Rizzo would spike hers) sitting at the malt shop drinking these and wondering out loud what the secret ingredient is giving them that tangy flavor? Back then Greek yogurt wasn’t a big thing the way it is today.

But I wasn’t thinking about all the Pink Ladies when I made this.

Just Sandy.… 

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Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

What is it about coffee cakes that are so irresistible? Or is it just me?

One minute they can be all there, in their entirety, and a little while later reduced down to a few crumbs? Like someone hid it from you. Or stole it and ran away.

If only that were true. No one wants to admit to eating an entire cake in such an unbelievably short period of time.

Thank goodness there were two other people helping me out because it’s so easy to cut a small piece here and another one there. Basically every time you walk by because you just can’t help yourself.

Until there’s just that one piece left. Which may or may not be a good thing, depending on how you look at it.

Raspberry Cream Cheese Coffee Cake

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No Bake Cannoli Eclair Cake

No Bake Cannoli Eclair Cake
This no-bake refrigerator cake is the quintessential summer dessert. Cold, sweet and refreshing, it’s easy to assemble and no cooking of any type is required.

It doesn’t taste like an eclair but like a cannoli. Sorry if I fooled you with the name. I’m calling it eclair cake because I fashioned it after one. Eclair cakes are typically made with packaged pudding mix, cool whip, and tubs of frosting.

Like that’s ever going to happen in my kitchen. Not.

Instead of pudding… 

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Cannoli Cream {Filled} Strawberry Bites

Cannoli Strawberries
With each passing year I’m finding reasons to love strawberries more and more. They were never my favorite berry, blueberries hold that spot but thanks to these beauties they’re getting a little competition.

The centers of fresh strawberries are cut out and filled with cannoli cream then garnished with chopped pistachios, chocolate chips and/or sprinkles.

They’re easy to make and a luscious treat to bring to potlucks, picnics, parties and showers too!… 

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Pina Colada Banana Bread

Pina Colada Banana Bread

A delectable banana bread teeming with bits of pineapple, toasted coconut, macadamia nuts and a touch of rum extract that you can trade out for the real thing. The bread is rich, dense and moist with a sweet glaze to top it off. It’s the next best thing to a pina colada.

Banana bread is one of those old-fashioned, timeless classics that never goes out of style. Just ask Google for a banana bread recipe and you’ll get 28 million of them. It’s constantly being reinvented and everyone seems to love it, even banana haters, like my Dad. … 

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Strawberry Yogurt Cake

Strawberry Yogurt Cake

A single layer cake topped with fresh strawberries and sprinkled with sugar. The sugar forms a crunchy coating over the top of the cake that is delectable with the tartness of the berries.

The cake itself is buttery and moist with a dense crumb that is perfect paired with a cup of tea or coffee. It’s the yogurt that keeps it from drying out and adds great flavor.

Don’t hold back on the berries!… 

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