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Picnic Berry Shortcakes Recipe

Picnic Berry Shortcakes Recipe

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 YIELD: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


  • 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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Picnic Berry Shortcakes

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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."

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."

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."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2012

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

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!"

Reviewed Jun. 23, 2012

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

Reviewed Jun. 22, 2012

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

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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