Individual Berry Shortcakes with whipped cream
How are we already talking about Labor day? I mean how is it almost September already? All the fall decorations in the supermarkets, chrysanthemums around all the garden centers and fall produce showing up. Don’t get me wrong, I love fall but I am not ready to let summer go yet. Not the weather, just the produce..ha ha. Soon the berry season would be over and we would have to rely on mostly frozen berries. That makes me sad. But that’s how life rolls. So as a last hoorah to summer and perfect for labor day, today I present Individual berry shortcakes. I made these for Memorial Day and then Independence Day, so I thought why not for Labor Day too?Jump to Recipe
I have talked about the story behind (read it here) the Southern Living Cookbook. Prior to trying this recipe of individual berry shortcakes, I have always made a regular strawberry shortcake from the cookbook. The recipe is excellent but I think slicing and serving the giant shortcake becomes a little messy. Also, everyone loves individual servings of everything. Personal size, bite size, individual size…etc etc.
For July 4th I made these individual berry cakes with strawberries, blueberries and whipped cream to go with the red blue and white theme. In my opinion, this is the best combination of berries on a shortcake. So that is what we are going with here today.
Recipe run down
I hulled a bunch of strawberries and then mashed half of them with a fork and chopped the rest small. Macerate them with sugar and lime juice for an hour or so. You can do the same with blueberries (they won’t need chopping). I used a mix of whole wheat and all purpose flour to make buttermilk shortcakes, using a biscuit cutter. Once the baked shortcakes have cooled, split them, add a dollop of whipped cream and top with berries. Put the other half of biscuit on to and serve immediately.
Individual Berry Shortcakes
- 1 pound strawberries
- 1 pint blueberries
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoon sugar divided
- 1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
For the shortcakes:
- 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 3 tablespoon sugar
- 1 stick or ½ cup unsalted butter cold cut into small cubes
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 egg large
- 1 cup buttermilk see notes
- 1 tablespoon milk for brushing the tops of shortcakes
- 1 tablespoon coarse sugar like turbinado for topping
- 1 cup whipping cream topping see notes
Hull and chop the strawberries into small pieces. In a bowl, mash half of them with a fork. Add the remaining chopped strawberries into the bowl with mashed berries. Add ¼ cup sugar and lime juice.
In another bowl, roughly mash the blueberries with a fork in a way that some are burst and some remain intact. So a rough mash. Add two teaspoons sugar. Mix.
Put both the bowls in the refrigerator until we are ready to assemble our shortcakes.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F or 220 degrees C. Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
In the bowl of your stand mixer (See notes), add all the dry ingredients, i.e. flours, salt, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda.
With the paddle attachment mix them together.
In a glass measuring cup, take 1 cup buttermilk and add vanilla and egg to it. Whisk to combine. These are your wet ingredients.
To the mixed dry ingredients in the stand mixer bowl, add chopped cold butter pieces. Mix until the mixture resembling peas/crumbly texture is formed. See notes
To this now slowly add the wet ingredients and mix on medium speed until the dough just holds together.
Sprinkle some flour on a rolling surface (could be your kitchen counter) and dump the dough out. You might have to knead it lightly and then pat it until it is almost ¾ of an inch thick. Using a medium size biscuit cutter dipped in flour (see notes) cut into circles.
You might have dough scraps left after cutting first few biscuits. Pat the scraps together and cut more biscuits. Repeat until all the dough is used up. I got 14 shortcakes from this dough.
Place the biscuits on the prepared cookie sheet, brush the tops with milk, and sprinkle each shortcake with turbinado sugar, if desired.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the tops are golden brown. Remove them from the oven and let cool completely.
To assemble Individual berry shortcakes:
Split each shortcake from the middle, add about a tablespoon of whipping cream and both the strawberries and blueberries.
If you do not have buttermilk, you can make your own. To make 1 cup buttermilk - take a glass measuring cup, add 1 tablespoon of lime juice or white vinegar in to it. Top it up with cold milk until you get to the 1 cup mark. Stir, let stand for 5 minutes and use as desired.
I used store bought whipping cream (the kind that you find in tubs in the freezer section of the grocery stores – you know it). But it is super easy to make at home too. Take 1 cup heavy whipping cream, add a few teaspoons of confectioners’ sugar, a splash of vanilla and whip until stiff peaks form.
If you do not have a stand mixer, this can be easily done with hands using a whisk and pastry cutter to mix in the cold butter.
Cold butter is important as it helps in creating flaky and light shortcakes instead of dense and doughy ones.
If you do not have a biscuit cutter, you can use a cup or a mason jar lid to cut the biscuits.
I hope you will give these a try. Happy almost long weekend.
Measuring Cups: Measuring Spoons:
Cookie Sheet: Parchment paper:
Stand Mixer: Glass Measuring cup:
Whisk: Cookie cutter: Silicone brush:
Jessica Lynn MartinSeptember 2, 2018 at 3:33 pm
I can’t believe it is almost Labor Day and almost the end of summer either. This recipe looks delicious. We love berries in this house, and I don’t like frozen berries so I am sad that we will have start using frozen berries again. I definitely will give this recipe a try!
TamalynSeptember 2, 2018 at 5:05 pm
This looks so FRESH and delicious! The shortcake part is seriously making my mouth water! I can’t wait to try making it! How perfect for summer!
Dominique BrooksSeptember 2, 2018 at 11:04 pm
I love shortcakes — my grandmother used to make these all the time. Thanks for taking me back! Great recipe!
SreekarSeptember 2, 2018 at 11:06 pm
Following your blog and recipes, I have come to expect such high standards. Loved the simplicity of the recipe with a wonderful result. I will surely try this soon and let you know how it went. Thanks!
JoannaSeptember 3, 2018 at 3:08 am
I am not ready for the summer to go yet either. I don’t like low temperatures, I am a summer type of girl. Your recipe sounds lovely and I like how you thought to incorporate the colors of Labor Day into it.
NidhiSeptember 3, 2018 at 8:14 am
I am lazy bee in cooking. But this looking so tempting and delicious that I have to give this a try.
Ruth ISeptember 3, 2018 at 8:30 am
I’ve never made shortcakes before but this one looks so good! I would love to try this recipe. Looks so delicious!
Nina NicholsSeptember 3, 2018 at 8:47 am
Never baked a strawberry shortcakes before because we always end up just buying at Walmart and Meijer. I guess it’s time for real deal! 🙂
JuliSeptember 3, 2018 at 8:50 am
I love this and would love to try this very soon.
Rachael HopeSeptember 3, 2018 at 9:14 am
This looks absolutely delicious! I have a gluten intolerance so I’m just thinking how I could adapt this recipe 🙂
VaishaliSeptember 3, 2018 at 1:58 pm
Rachael, a friend of mine bakes a lot with almond flour. Have you tried it?
AmberSeptember 3, 2018 at 9:15 am
Wow, this looks delicious! And you’re right, I’m not ready to let go of fresh berries yet, they’re the best in season, especially for recipes like this! 🙂
Vaibhav MehtaSeptember 3, 2018 at 11:39 am
I just said no to my mum for dessert and now this post lol This is poetic injustice or what! Amazing pictures
VaishaliSeptember 3, 2018 at 1:57 pm
What? Never say no to dessert…lol
Vaibhav MehtaSeptember 8, 2018 at 11:50 pm
I know right. I ate the one she made the next day hahaha How are you doing 🙂
AndrewSeptember 3, 2018 at 12:18 pm
I’m big fan of blueberries. The dessert looks delicious. I need to try it. Thanks for sharing!
Monidipa DuttaSeptember 3, 2018 at 12:49 pm
This looks so delicious, and doesn’t take much time. I would definitely try making this . Thanks for sharing this amazing recipe.
mariaSeptember 3, 2018 at 1:10 pm
This looks so yummy and delicious! I like really simple recipes and this seems like a simple one that can be used during a dinner party!
KelseySeptember 3, 2018 at 4:04 pm
Those look amazing! Perfect summer dessert!
Kristina @ Spirit of the soulSeptember 3, 2018 at 5:34 pm
I love following your blog. Everything you make looks so delicious! This one is so pretty to look at too.
VaishaliSeptember 4, 2018 at 9:08 am
Thanks a lot Kristina..:)
NessySeptember 3, 2018 at 6:57 pm
That shortcake looks so yummy! And the fruits on top made it look like a healthy dish, too. I’ll add this to my “to-make” list. Thank you for sharing your recipe. 🙂
Amber MyersSeptember 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm
What an amazing dessert. I know I would just love this. I’m always a fan of things with berries. And whipped cream.
Adriana LopezSeptember 3, 2018 at 11:18 pm
What a great idea to make individual personal size desserts. Shortcake is always a yummy dessert not too sweet and perfect with fresh fruits.
Bismah BonnieSeptember 4, 2018 at 12:02 am
Those berries look so fresh and tasty especially with the whipped cream and cake. I love shortcake however I have never made one. I might just have to give this recipe a try.
Stephanie | Adventures in AussielandSeptember 4, 2018 at 12:18 am
I love shortcake! But I haven’t made it since I lived in the US. This recipe sounds heavenly!
RoseySeptember 4, 2018 at 3:36 am
I do have to say that looks absolutely amazing. What a great way to use the berries.
aisasamiSeptember 4, 2018 at 4:17 am
I love this, I have to try making this!
Olga ZakSeptember 4, 2018 at 4:50 am
This looks super delicious. I’m big fan of blueberries. I will try this today. Thanks for sharing.
siennylovesdrawingSeptember 4, 2018 at 9:39 am
Thanks for sharing this delicious posting here, enjoy it, gonna check this out soon as I love to eat too 🙂 cheers, siennylovesdrawing
Evelyn HernandezSeptember 4, 2018 at 9:40 am
We love shortcake, this recipe looks delicious! Love that you use fresh fruit.
Dalene EkirapaSeptember 4, 2018 at 9:53 am
I am salivating oh my!The cake looks so delicious! Especially with the juicy berry toppings and the whipped cream; such would be great for dessert.
mary jingjing lopezSeptember 4, 2018 at 10:27 am
Oh so Yum! I think this will be perfect for kids party too! It looked very inviting, my mouth is watering for it now yay!!!
charu sharmaSeptember 4, 2018 at 11:58 am
Such a great recipe with all the berries. I think every kid would love it. But, can you share the same recipe without egg in it?.
VaishaliSeptember 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm
Hi Charu, You can skip the egg. I make these without egg all the time. The fluffiness is little less and the shortcakes are a tad more crumbly but still very delicious.
AdaSeptember 4, 2018 at 1:03 pm
This looks so delicious! I’m a big fan of berries with whipped cream! Definitely the perfect summer treat!
Aleese HughesSeptember 4, 2018 at 1:04 pm
Your recipes always look so amazing! Makes me want to cheat on my diet… Haha!
Sarah CarsonSeptember 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm
My mouth is watering at those pictures! Looks sooo yummy!
karamel_kcSeptember 4, 2018 at 1:38 pm
This looks so yummy! This can definitely be my 1 out of my 5 a day!
What Corinne DidSeptember 4, 2018 at 3:20 pm
I had never heard of a shortcake before! they look fantastic! I want to try one! your post made me so hungry ahah!
Berlin | Momi berlinSeptember 4, 2018 at 5:24 pm
This is perhaps the reason that when we did our grocery last weekend , I saw a pack of berries. A part of me pushed myself to grab a pack but I ended up not getting any. Now, I saw this recipe and I would want to try to. My firstborn loves blueberry and cran berry. He must be very delighted if I serve him something close to this.
MayszSeptember 4, 2018 at 8:30 pm
This desert looks yummy and delicious! I love sweet foods 🙂
David ElliottSeptember 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm
Sounds so delicious and patriotic all at the same time. I love the colors and the whipped cream to go along with the berries would be amazing. Wish my daughter would love blueberries.
Jayar ReynadoSeptember 5, 2018 at 1:22 am
Blueberries + Strawberries = Love <3
Stephanie JeannotSeptember 5, 2018 at 6:53 am
Oh my Goodness that looks so good and different. I can imagine the bread component tasting really good with it. Yum!
Sheena MoncatarSeptember 5, 2018 at 7:59 am
I have always been a great fan of your blog that I have bookmarked it. Every recipe that you post is just perfect for me! Thank you so much! #shortcakes_is_love
VaishaliSeptember 5, 2018 at 10:05 am
Thank You so much Sheena
ChristySeptember 5, 2018 at 9:20 am
Delicious and it looks amazing as well. Great presentation
Becca WilsonSeptember 5, 2018 at 10:55 am
I have never made shortcakes with anything other than strawberries. This looks like it would taste so good!
Lavanda MichelleSeptember 5, 2018 at 12:06 pm
These look truly soft and tasty.I have to try these real soon.
prabashoSeptember 5, 2018 at 6:25 pm
Omg i tried this today and it was tooo good. My son didn’t have enough after already eating two.
VaishaliSeptember 5, 2018 at 11:04 pm
That’s great Prabasho. I am happy that you and your family enjoyed these.
Thomas P DillonSeptember 5, 2018 at 11:48 pm
oh man I would eat like 6 of these if I wasn’t on a healthy diet haha but my brother and his wife will love this!
ohmummymiaSeptember 6, 2018 at 3:02 pm
It looks so delicious. It contains everything that I love fresh seasonal fruits and whipped cream! I need to try to prepare it
danieleSeptember 7, 2018 at 7:00 am
Your recipes are always so delicious and beautiful. Great work
VaishaliSeptember 7, 2018 at 8:56 am
KrishSeptember 7, 2018 at 8:33 am
Love your presentations…you always present lovely recipes…this one looks so tempting…..fruits ..cream and all..
VaishaliSeptember 7, 2018 at 8:56 am
Thank You Krish!
Kristie CirakSeptember 7, 2018 at 8:52 am
Oh my gosh I need to try these they loo so yummy!!!! They also look simple which is what I need.
VaishaliSeptember 7, 2018 at 8:59 am
Thanks Christie. They are really easy to make and yummy!
JyotiSeptember 9, 2018 at 12:06 pm
Looks so delicious. Will try it for sure.
Thanks for sharing ♥
AshleySeptember 13, 2018 at 10:45 am
Yum! I’ve made these before and they’re so good! I’m going to have to give your recipe a try!