Last-Minute Shortcake Recipe

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"This sweet treat is so quick because you make it in the microwave," explains Sharon Nichols of Brookings, South Dakota. "Top with fruit - fresh strawberries are my favorite!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES:5 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
MAKES: 5 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • Fresh or frozen sliced strawberries, sweetened
  • Whipped cream

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 225 calories, 11g fat (6g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 312mg sodium, 27g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a bowl, combine dry ingredients; cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Beat the egg and milk; stir into flour mixture.
  2. Spoon into five microwave-safe 4-oz. custard cups. Microwave at 50% power for 3 minutes. Cook on high for 2-3 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Serve warm or at room temperature with strawberries and whipped cream. Yield: 5 servings.
Editor's Note: This recipe was tested using a 700-watt microwave. Cooking time may vary.
Originally published as Last-Minute Shortcake in Taste of Home June/July 1995, p64

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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amiracle2012 User ID: 7960803 225236
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2015

"I thought that I would try this just to see how my family liked it which they found it different, but liked my original way so we will stick with my way."

ksmollysmom User ID: 1356304 3507
Reviewed Sep. 3, 2012

"Fantastic! Getting new flooring in kitchen, so only have my microwave in the basement to cook with. Happily, I found this recipe! I did substitute vegan margarine for the butter and soy milk for the milk due to lactose intolerance in my family. Also, since my microwave is 1100 watts, I shortened the initial cooking time to 2 minutes (50% power) and the second on high for one full minute and it was perfectly done. My entire family enjoyed this and I will definitely be making again!!!"

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