Strawberry Shortcake is such a classic dessert that is already pretty light, but this miniature version is so cute and perfect for a party! It only takes a few minutes to throw together and your guests will absolutely be impressed.
My mind has been on parties lately! Why? Because no matter when you’re reading this, as I write we are in week three of quarantine during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020. I totally understand the need for social distancing and self-quarantine, but for extroverts like me this is hard! I saw a meme the other day that said “When this is over we’re going to throw the biggest St. Patrick’s Easter de Mayo of July party the world has ever seen” and ain’t that the truth?
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Mini Desserts are Perfect for Parties
The last time you made a cake for a party, what happened? If your party wasn’t crawling with kids, it’s usually the same old story.. the adults wave off the slice that was cut for them and say “I’m too full” or “I don’t need all that!” But something magical happens when you make a scaled down dessert like these mini strawberry shortcakes. Suddenly, everyone has room for dessert!
Strawberry Shortcake is So Easy!
Let’s be honest. even regular strawberry shortcake is easy, especially because of handy dandy dessert shells that you can find right in the bakery of your local grocery store, eliminating the need to fire up the oven. Other than assembly, the only real prep work needed for this dessert is macerating the strawberries.
Macerate is just a fancy word for soaking fruit in liquid, which makes them softer and more flavorful. For our strawberry shortcakes we macerated them with powdered sugar (which draws the liquids out of the berries) and just a hint of Grand Marnier to add a little extra flavor. This is a slight diversion from traditional southern style strawberry shortcake, but one we think you’ll like.
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After your strawberries are macerated, all you’ll need to do is assemble your strawberry shortcake! Use a shot glass (we have these 2 oz glasses that are perfect for mini desserts and appetizers) like a biscuit cutter to make little rounds of shortcake. Pop one in each glass, top with the strawberry mixture and whipped cream and garnish with a small whole strawberry! Serve them with these adorable little spoons and soak up the praise.
Mini Strawberry Shortcake
- 10 2 oz. glasses
- 1 cup diced strawberries
- 2 Tbsp Grand Marnier or other orange liqueur
- 2 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 10 dessert shells
- 1 cup whipped cream
- 10 small strawberries
- Combine diced strawberries, orange liqueur, and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Toss to combine.
- Use a small glass (I used a 2 oz. shot glass) like a biscuit cutter to cut 10 small rounds of shortcake. Put one in the bottom of each glass.
- Use a slotted spoon to split strawberry mixture between each glass.
- Top each glass with whipped cream and a whole strawberry.
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