Spiced strawberry shortcakes

Strawberry season has arrived

My wife made this dessert for our eighth wedding anniversary.


  • 2 pints fresh strawberries, washed, hulled, halved
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp rose water
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp. ground cardamom


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

Whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp sugar

For strawberries mix all ingredients and refrigerate, stir occasionally.Β  For shortcakes, preheat oven to 400 and grease baking sheet. Mix dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add butter, using a fork or pastry blender cut the butter into the dry mix until it resembles a coarse meal. Stir in milk and cream until a soft dough is formed. Don’t overdo it. Drop dough in six equal portions onto the baking sheet. Cook for 15-20 minutes. Cool on rack. For whipped cream, beat sugar and cream with mixer until soft peaks form. To assemble, cut shortcakes in half. Top each shortcake with a scoop of berries and a spoonful of whipped cream. Cover the top with the other half of the shortcake. Spoon berries and juice over the top and finish with another scoop of whipped cream.

On another note a number of great food blogs have been featuring some tasty strawberry recipes. The Baker’s Laboratory recently featured strawberry shortcake parfaits and ramekin strawberry cobbler. And check out the strawberry pizza over at The Boogie Blog.

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43 Responses to Spiced strawberry shortcakes

  1. Caroline says:

    So glad to see the finished product! Your wife did a fabulous job. Hope you had a wonderful anniversary. πŸ™‚

  2. rutheh says:

    Happy Anniversary..Looks delicious.

  3. Bethea says:

    Oh man! That looks much better than the stuff I did with my strawberries! Looks great! And from the sounds of things, seems like you two had a great anniversary! Congrats πŸ™‚

  4. imakeeper says:

    Happy anniversary! What a wonderful, yummy way to celebrate!

    Question: What creates the ‘spiced’ taste? Could you add cinnomon in here somewhere (I add that to… a lot of things) ?

    • The rose water makes it very fragrant and the cardamom gives a real warm floral flavor too. I’ve tried cinnamon in strawberry pies. It was nice. What you might want to do is take a pinch of cinnamon sugar and put it on a few berries to see if you like the taste.

  5. lindalyell says:

    Yummy! What a wonderful anniversary gift! Happy Anniversary!

  6. Lea Ann says:

    This is one of my favorite desserts. Beautiful photo. I’ve never tried a spiced version but will next time I make it. Sounds delicious with the cardamon.

  7. fabricatedesign says:

    YUM! One of my favorites!

  8. saminacooks says:

    That looks amazing…please please tell me these work well with blueberries!!! As I am allergic to strawberries, I always crave them but alas…I cannot indulge. Happy Anniversary and I hope you both had a wonderful day!

  9. ChefMom says:

    Delicious – and far tastier looking than others that I’ve had. Looks like it was a wonderful anniversary!

  10. maureen says:

    wonderful photography…the image looks good enough to eat…
    love your recipe…have copied and will try it out…

  11. Ooh, I like the cardamom in the strawberries. I bet a pinch of that would taste great in the shortcakes as well!

  12. peter farran says:

    This would really bring out the best in fresh picked summer strawberries. Will try and find time to give it a try. How do you prepare or get hold of rose water?

  13. Alison says:

    Happy Anniversary! Your wife is a wonderful dessert maker. This is just so delicious looking. Thank you for sharing the picture and recipe.

    • Katherine says:

      Thanks, Alison. I’m more of the sweet tooth in this house. We picked up chicken legs today and plan to do that Nigella recipe that was on your site. We’ll let you know how they turn out.

  14. cakewhiz says:

    happy anniversary!
    your wife made an awesome cake … it looks srawberri-licious πŸ™‚

  15. marbaird says:

    wow. THe photos make my mouth water.

  16. The Writer says:

    Every one of your photos looks delicious. I need to stop reading your blog right before dinner!

  17. omg that looks divine!! πŸ™‚

  18. Those look beautiful and delicious.

  19. They look so beautiful! Happy Anniversary!
    And Happy Easter to both of you!

  20. Yuri says:

    Happy Anniversary! Love the addition of cardamom and rose water πŸ™‚

  21. Cardamom and rosewater I would never have thought to add together with the strawberries…inspired.
    What a great blog you have. Wonderful photos.

  22. onewomaninaricefield says:

    Wow…that is a whole lotta strawberry goodness there! NICE! Looks gorgeous!

  23. busybcooks says:

    love love love cardamom, and only by mistake did I learn this. Great recipe!

  24. AMInyc says:

    I love strawbery shortcake. This recipe looks great!

  25. Kagi says:

    Yum! That looks delicious, thank you for sharing πŸ™‚
    Happy Anniversary!!!

  26. Oh, I MUST try this! I have a weird obsession with cardamom and will try just about any recipe that includes it!

  27. Erin says:

    This looks heavenly!

  28. wee eats says:

    mmm i *LOVE* strawberry shortcake but always use the bisquick mix (maybe as a throwback to my childhood) – Great recipe & I can’t wait to try it! (Esp since strawberries are so cheap right now!)

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  32. windykitchen says:

    Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites — I love this take on it! Great idea

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