Strawberry Shortcake

When it comes to layered, fancy, delectable, mouth-watering, colorful, and whipped cream-topped cakes, nothing "takes the cake" - and the icing - more than strawberry shortcakes! Taking their rightful place as one of America's most favorite deserts, and earning their stripes as one of the most popular layered cakes, strawberry shortcakes have a long and rich history, a light, fluffy taste, and are fairly simple to prepare.

Strawberry Shortcakes Through the Years

"Strawberry cakes" emerged in America back in the 1800s, when they were made of a heavy crust (thicker than a pie crust) that was baked and then filled with mashed/sweetened strawberries. A second crust was then added on top, and the entire cake decorated with a sugar frosting.

Traveling further back in history, the name "shortcake" derived from 15th-century Scottish shortbread, which was a rich, buttery, cookie-like dough (with "short" referring to the use of shortening or fat in the cake ingredients).

Today, strawberry shortcake refers to a layered angel food cake, sponge cake, or pound cake, the filling of which is made of sliced strawberries, and the top and sides of which is covered whipped cream and whole or halved strawberries.

Strawberry Shortcake Recipes

You can find strawberry shortcake recipes in your favorite cookbooks or cake decorating books under the category "fruit cakes," "layered cakes," or "deserts," as well as in magazines or on the Internet, where you will discover many easy-to-find and print options available.

Here is a basic strawberry shortcake recipe:

•- Slice 3 pints of fresh strawberries, toss them with ½ cup white sugar, and set aside

•- Bake your favorite angel food cake from scratch or from a mix

•- Slice cooled cake in half horizontally to produce two layers

•- Spread half of the strawberries onto one cake layer

•- Cover the strawberries with the second cake layer

•- Top cake with the remaining strawberries and cover the entire cake with whipped cream

•- Chill until serving time

•- Enjoy!

Types of Strawberry Shortcakes

You can also experiment with one of today's many "specialty cakes" and deserts, including:

•- Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

•- Deluxe Strawberry Shortcake

•- Old-Time or Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

•- Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

•- Strawberry Pie

•- Red, White, and Blue Strawberry Shortcake (topped with blueberries and strawberries sitting on top of white whipped cream to resemble the American flag)

•- Strawberry Shortcake Toss Desert (cubes of sweetbread mixed/tossed with fresh strawberries)

•- Strawberry Trifle

So if you're looking for an all-occasion decorative cake that stands out in taste and style, consider outstanding strawberry shortcakes.