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Shortcake Recipe with Strawberries & Blueberries

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What says nostalgic summer dessert like strawberry shortcake? It’s the perfect summer dessert. It brings back lazy summer cookout memories. It conjures up exciting 4th of July memories. The only thing that can make a shortcake recipe better is strawberries and blueberries. Two fresh summer fruits combined in individual cupcake-sized desserts. Oh, and they’re decorated to look like the American flag with the stars & stripes, so they’re perfect for 4th of July celebrations and any patriotic occasion. And they’re super quick to whip up. Really. 

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As a Wayfair Homemaker, I know that celebrating the 4th of July is even more celebratory with the wide range of flags, patriotic tableware and decor that they offer. Decorating for the 4th of July is just as enmeshed in nostalgic summer memories as a good strawberry shortcake.  I’ll let Wayfair handle the patriotic decor and cookout supplies and I’ll share this delicious and simple-to-make patriotic shortcake recipe

Sure you could make this shortcake recipe the old-fashioned way, with just strawberries and whipped cream piled on top of the cake. But while I love nostalgic recipes, I like to zing them up a bit and this strawberry and blueberry shortcake with a nod to the American flag definitely zings. 

strawberry shortcake with rows of blueberries and white icing on white plate with strawberry and blueberries scattered around

See the red and white stripes in the layers of cupcake and strawberries? See the blue field of starts in the blueberries an icing? And when you make it individual cupcake-sized, it’s just so adorably charming.

Shortcake Recipe with Strawberries & Blueberries

You can use a store-bought cake mix or your favorite homemade cake recipe. Because I’m a busy mom, I used a store-bought mix for these cupcakes, but it really doesn’t take that much longer to whip up your family’s favorite homemade recipe.

Shortcake Ingredients

  • White or Yellow Cupcakes
  • Fresh Sliced Strawberries
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Whipped Cream or Vanilla Frosting – Again, you can make your own or use store-bought. Your choice.
3 yellow cupcakes on cutting board with one cut in half and bowls of strawberries and blueberries nearby

Assemble the Patriotic Shortcake Cupcakes

overhead view of desserts with stripes of blueberries and white stars of icing
  • Once the cupcakes are completely cooled, slice them horizontally. You can slice them one time or multiple, depending on the height of your cupcakes. The more slices the more you’ll create red and white stripes. 
  • Layer the sliced strawberries between the layers of the cupcakes. 
  • Add stars of whipped cream or frosting between rows of blueberries. I find it works best to start with a row of blueberries in the center of the cupcake and then add the row of stars on both sides of the blueberries. Work your way out from the center of the cupcake making alternating stripes. Use the whipped cream or frosting to anchor the blueberries to the cupcake so they don’t roll away. 

My family were all oohing and aahing over these cute little shortcake cupcakes. 

strawberry shortcake with blue berries and white icing on white plate

How will you be celebrating the 4th of July this year? Include this patriotic shortcake recipe and you’ll be the hit of your celebration. 

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Add this Red, White and Blue Dessert to your dessert table for even more patriotic flair. 

Check out my favorite patriotic crafts, printables and recipes in the table below. You can scroll though the table and look for ideas or search for specific ideas with the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner (on desktop). Click on the topic and then click through the specific article.

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4 Comments

  1. I love all things red, white and blue. I’m super patriotic. Love how easy these are… you could also do it with store-bought poundcake. Perfect. Can’t wait for the 4th:)

    1. Just another reason I like you, Seana! There’s just something so festive, cheerful and inspirational about the red, white and blue color combo. Great idea about using store-bought poundcake. I love easy and quick tricks. Happy 4th of July!

    1. It would be fun to make these with kiddos. My “babies” are too old and too busy these days, but if you have kids around to help, it would be fun (I miss those days šŸ™‚ )

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