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Picnic Berry Shortcakes

You can make the berry sauce ahead of time and chill it. Then assemble the entire dessert right before the picnic or party. —Frieda Bliesner, McAllen, Texas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 2 individual round sponge cakes
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • Whipped topping, optional


  • In a small saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water. Add 1 cup strawberries; mash mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until thickened, 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in lime zest. Transfer to a small bowl; refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
  • Cut sponge cakes crosswise in half; trim the cakes to fit in the bottoms of 4 wide-mouth half-pint canning jars. In a small bowl, mix blueberries and remaining strawberries; spoon over cakes. Top with sauce. If desired, serve with whipped topping.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • Shortcakes (homemade or store-bought) can be swapped for sponge cake here if that floats your boat. Crumble large pieces into the bottom of the canning jars before topping with fruit and sauce.
  • A little vanilla extract folded into the whipped topping—or fresh whipped cream, if you prefer—is delicious.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 serving: 124 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit.


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    • Shelly
      Jul 28, 2018

      Cute presentation and delicious dessert! I was afraid to assemble ahead of time for fear the angel food cake would be too soggy. My guests were impressed with this dessert.

    • mlawr
      Jul 4, 2016

      The Sauce is very good. I used on vanilla ice cream with sliced strawberries. Everyone enjoyed it.

    • cindiak
      Jun 15, 2014

      Had company over for grilling with a picnic theme. I made this with a combo of strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. I did use my own shortcake recipe. They looked so cute in the jars. Will definitely be making this again.

    • Piedmont
      May 30, 2013

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    • JennTats
      May 23, 2013

      I made the sauce its very simple and tastes good. I used the recipe with mangos & strawberries & black berries.. I think its versatile and we can use any type of fruit we want. I also made my own sponge cake. I think it looks so cute in the picture using jelly jars and I can't wait to try serving them on the 4th of July like this. Thank you.

    • aprilopleo
      Apr 28, 2013

      Amazing, super good for picnics. Didn't follow the recipe exactly; made my own sponge cakes, and added raspberries to the sauce. Didn't put them in jars, but found another way. I'll definitely make this again.

    • erinzmommy
      Apr 6, 2013

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    • arrader
      Jul 30, 2012

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    • sleepysleep113
      Jul 21, 2012

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    • beil
      Jul 3, 2012

      Excellent sauce. I made my own shortcake recipe. Didn't put in jars. This is a keeper.