Yes, yes, yes. I know that Hobby Lobby already has their fall and CHRISTMAS décor out in their stores but can we just embrace summer for a bit longer? Please?! Don’t get me wrong, that is my favorite time of year but I also want to soak up what’s left of summer while we can! With that in mind, in the next few weeks I’m going to be sharing some of my favorite summer dessert recipes. The first up on the list to share – easy strawberry shortcake.
My mom made this recipe all the time growing up. It’s one of those recipes that’s perfect for when you’re in a pinch and need something quick and easy to throw together but also looks fancy enough for people to think you slaved away in the kitchen (when in reality you’re actually stressed out to your eyeballs and threw this together in the hour before jumping in the shower and running out of the house). It’s so fresh, light, and full of fruity flavor that screams summer.
I’m going to warn you all… This one is stupid easy. It only requires four ingredients – Angel Food Cake mix, fresh fruit, whipping cream, and powdered sugar. If you’re not a fan of strawberries you can substitute out whatever fruit you prefer or have on hand! You can also substitute the homemade whipped cream for the store bought alternative and it will still be great! It’s really hard to mess up. 😉
This is a bit random but I do want to add something else because I think it’s interesting… I say this recipe is easy which is pretty ironic. Angel Food Cake is one of the most complex foods (which is why I say use the box instead of making it from scratch!) out there. I mean, so complex that a professor at Virginia Tech completed his entire PhD dissertation around the delicious, cloud-like, fat free dessert… HOW COOL is that?! I’ve tried making it myself from scratch and every time I do it’s honestly not as good as the cake mix that comes in the box. So I say use the box and make sure you follow the instructions to a T! Due to the complexity of Angel Food Cake, that part of this recipe can in fact be messed up quite easily. HAHA!
Easy Strawberry Shortcake
- 1 Box Angel food cake
- 1-2 Pounds Fresh strawberries
- 1 Pint Whipping cream
- 2-5 Tablespoons Powdered sugar
Angel Food Cake
Prepare the angel food cake by following the directions on the box. Make sure your cake pan is big enough or it'll overflow!
While the cake is baking, slice up the strawberries and place them in a medium sized bowl.
Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar over the strawberries and stir until combined. Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator so that the berries can marinate a bit and the sugar extracts some of the water from the berries.
Add the pint of whipping cream into the bowl of the stand mixer or a large bowl.
Using the stand mixer or hand mixer, start by mixing the cream on medium speed until it gets slightly thicker (I cover my bowl with a towel to contain the spray), about 1-2 minutes.
Stop the mixer and add the powdered sugar to taste. I typically add 2-4 tablespoons depending on how sweet I want it that day. Put the mixer on slow for about 30 seconds to incorporate the sugar into the cream.
Beat the cream on high until stiff peaks are formed. DO NOT OVERMIX or you'll have yourself some butter 😉
Keep the whipped cream in the fridge until you're ready to build the cake.
Once the cake as completely cooled, slice the cake, add a large dollop (or three) of whipped cream, and top with strawberries. Drizzle the berry "syrup" over all of it to finish it off!
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