Picnic Berry Shortcakes Recipe
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Picnic Berry Shortcakes Recipe

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You can make the berry sauce ahead of time and chill. Then assemble the entire dessert a couple of hours before the picnic or party. —Frieda Bliesner, McAllen, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling
MAKES:4 servings
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 peel
  • 2 individual round sponge cakes
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries
  • Whipped topping, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (calculated without whipped topping): 124 calories, 1g fat (0g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 3g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fruit.


  1. In a small saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch. Stir in water. Add 1 cup strawberries; mash mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 1-2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat; stir in lime peel. Transfer to a small bowl; refrigerate, covered, until chilled.
  2. Cut sponge cakes crosswise in half; trim each to fit in bottoms of four 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. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Picnic Berry Shortcakes in Healthy Cooking June/July 2012, p45

Sweet White Wine

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

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mlawr 250090
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2016

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

cindiak 200164
Reviewed 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."

JennTats 140027
Reviewed 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 195427
Reviewed 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."

beil 213381
Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

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

acgmellor 119160
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

"I only used 1 cup blueberries and used 1 sponge cake per person. Added fat free cool whip. Came out to 188 calories. My family loved it!"

jennyappleseed 195424
Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

"I doubled the recipe and used angel food cake instead of short cakes. The strawberry mash sauce is DELICIOUS!"

bettycrockerspecial 189121
Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

"Strawberry sauce never thickened even tho I followed the directions exactly!"

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