Strawberry Shortcake Anniversary

Did you know that (at least in our house) the 11th wedding anniversary is the Strawberry Shortcake Anniversary?

Well, that’s what we officially decided this year – it’s much tastier than the traditional gift of steel.  (Seriously, steel?  What would you give each other?  car parts?  appliances?  skyscrapers?)

Hubs was in charge of our dinner (just cause I didn’t want to mess up this special night), and I was in charge of dessert.  We both love strawberry shortcake, so I decided to give it a try.

The Recipe:

Strawberry Shortcake, adapted from Sweet Caroline’s Kitchen

1  lb strawberries, stemmed and quartered

4 T sugar, separated (2 T each)

2 c flour

2 t baking powder

1/4 t baking soda

3/4 t salt

1 1/2 c half n half

Mix strawberries with 3 tbsp. sugar and refrigerate while juices develop, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, remaining 2 T sugar, and salt in a medium bowl. Add half n half and mix until just combined. Place mixture in a greased 8-inch square pan and bake until golden, 15 to 18 minutes.

Remove shortcake from pan and place on a rack to cool slightly.

Cut into pieces, slice horizontally, add lots of berries and whipped cream to taste.

{Printable Recipe}

The Results:

Note to self: Read a recipe completely before shopping for ingredients.  Just because you want to take a short cut, does not mean you can skim the ingredients and directions list!

Let me explain… Caroline’s recipe called for making your own whipped cream, which normally I would’ve done.  But I was a little busy that day redecorating our play room, cleaning house for visitors, and all-around corralling children.  So, I knew I was going to cheat by getting the spray whipped cream.  When I looked at the ingredients list, I assumed the heavy whipped cream originally listed was for that, not for the cake itself.  When I actually went to make the recipe that night at about 7, I realized my mistake, and had to substitute half n half for the cream.

This did not ruin the recipe (yay), but I think it didn’t turn out exactly as fluffy and rich as Caroline’s.

definitely not as pretty as Caroline's

It also poofed up a lot in the oven.  Thank goodness it calmed down a bit before serving.  The flavor was pretty good and it did soak up the strawberries.  Let’s be honest, though, it’s really just all about the strawberries, anyways.

(Side note: I may have regretted the fake whipped cream for a short while – until I got to spray it in my four-year old’s mouth.  I sprayed a little too much and he couldn’t even close it.  It was hilarious watching him figure out what to do. )

Since the strawberries were so fresh and delicious, all was well.

And we enjoyed our special dessert.

I think all anniversaries should be associated with some sort of dessert.

I’m voting Molten Chocolate Cake for our 12th. 

What do you think?

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13 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake Anniversary

  1. I’m so glad you gave the recipe a try, and I think it looks delicious!!! I think omitting the homemade whipped cream and substituting with the canned was a great decision, just so you could spray it in your four-year-old’s mouth–that’s hilarious!

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  2. mmmm, your strawberry shortcake looks delicious!! Great job on that. Mine always turns out too… thick (I think that’s the right word) and doesn’t soak up any strawberries 😛 So kudos to you! I’d love for you to share this at my Sweet Treats Party this weekend!

    I liked you on facebook and am stumbling this post! I’d love a GFC follow when you get the chance 🙂

    Ashton
    http://www.somethingswanky.com
    {Sweet Treats Thursday} Thu-Sun

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