The Best Strawberry Shortcake layers lightly sweetened whipped cream between homemade sweet and buttery biscuits, and top it with sweet, ripe strawberries for a classic summer time dessert.
Happy first day of June, Friends!! Or as I like to call it, happy holy-crap-how-can-it-possibly-be-June-already?! I mean, logically, I know that June is right around the corner from Memorial Day and yet somehow, June is one of those months that always seems to sneak up on me. I blame the spring soccer season and the end of the school year. Oh, and homeschool graduation, and graduation parties, and…
Do ya feel me? June is always a busy month.
But we made it through our spring soccer seasons, largely unscathed. Son #1 was injured and needed to be helped off the field during his first game on Mother’s Day. That kid is a tank on the soccer field, and always bounces back up to “walk it off,” so when he couldn’t stand? I was a tad nervous. The upside is that no one was at the urgent care on Mother’s Day, so we were in and out of there in a jiffy. Fast forward through two orthopedic appointments, and Son #1 is on the mend with only a strained MCL and bruised meniscus. Phew!
My team finished the spring season undefeated, which is a first for me as a coach! The kids did all the work, but still! We had a blast. Sadly for them, I didn’t bake chocolate chip cookies before every game like I usually do. Luckily for me, they still showed up to play. I’ve had the honor of coaching the majority of these kids for the past three years. They amaze me with how much they’ve grown as people, and as athletes in such a small time frame. I am super proud of them for trying so hard and listening to Coach Katie & I when we asked them not to score anymore goals in our games. That’s a tough thing for 9-13 year olds to grasp in the name of sportsmanship, and we couldn’t be prouder of their character in doing so without complaint.
Believe it or not, I was able to cook and photograph a few recipes amidst the chaotic schedule. (Just not for my soccer team…HA!) My favorite of which is The Best Strawberry Shortcake on the planet. I’m not one to gush, but I’m not kidding when I say this recipe makes the BEST Strawberry Shortcakes.
Shortcakes in my house were always of the biscuit variety–usually Bisquick–and never, ever the little sponge cakes sold in the produce aisle. I remember pining for those little sponge-y pillows in the worst way as a kid because I just knew that they’d taste like a Twinkie! I promised myself that when I grew up, I would only serve strawberry shortcake on those store bought sponge cakes for the rest of my life.
Until I actually bought a package and ate one.
I still remember the disappointment in the little sponge cake not tasting like a Twinkie–nor tasting like much of anything, really. File that under childhood nostalgia not living up to the hype. I feel the same way about Hostess cherry pies and Pop Tarts, which led to my favorite cherry hand pies, and toaster pies recipes.
What makes this strawberry shortcake The Best? The secret is in the simplicity. The biscuit is lightly sweet with soft, buttery layers and an extra crunch of raw sugar on the top to make these particular shortcakes something special. It’s what those little sponge cakes aspire to be when they grow up!
The Best Strawberry Shortcake layers lightly sweetened whipped cream between sweet biscuits and tops it with sweet, ripe strawberries to make this version of the classic summer time dessert the best.