When it comes to summer sweets, strawberry shortcake is a staple. The requirements are simple: a spongy cake or sweet biscuit, a dollop of whipped cream, and loads of fresh, red strawberries on top. Not only is it delicious, but it’s an approachable recipe and a reliable crowd pleaser. What’s more, ease of preparation leaves the door open to a number of different interpretations. Over the years, Southern Lady has created strawberry shortcake in a variety of ways.
For a light floral effusion, we added fragrant lavender to the shortcakes. Garnished with the small purple flowers (did you know lavender is part of the mint family?), the dessert has a fresh-from-the-garden flavor perfect for an outdoor luncheon.
One summer we went a little nutty and swapped the basic whipped cream for an amaretto-infused version, which added depth to the sweet and tart combination of strawberries and cake. A sprinkling of toasted almonds on top made the perfect finishing touch.
Then there’s our stacked approach, or “Strawberry Tall Cakes” as we like to call them. We wanted a classic dessert made in outside-of-the-box fashion, so we decided to go big with something known for its diminutive nature. Shortcakes are often split horizontally to add a layer of cream and strawberries to the middle of the dessert, but we added a third layer on top for a built-in extra helping and a splendid presentation. The made-from-scratch Orange-Scented Crème in this recipe makes this dessert extra special.
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