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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake

This post is sponsored by Driscoll’s. All opinions are mine alone.

Irresistibly decadent twist on classic strawberry shortcakes! Try these tender and rich chocolate shortcakes filled with juicy strawberries and whipped cream. Additional drizzle of chocolate sauce is completely optional, but I know you wouldn’t skip it.

Irresistibly decadent twist on classic strawberry shortcakes! Try these tender and rich chocolate shortcakes filled with juicy strawberries and whipped cream. Additional drizzle of chocolate sauce is completely optional, but I know you wouldn't skip it.

Are you enjoying this strawberry season? I definitely am! First, I made whole bunch of strawberry jam, now these amazing strawberry shortcakes! Wanna join me in the fun?

Since National Strawberry Shortcake Day is just around the corner (it’s on June 14th, and no, I’m not making that up, it’s a real thing), I’ve partnered with my all time favorite berry company, Driscoll’s, to inspire you to bake this classic summer dessert for your family and friends.

To change things up, I decided to give a little decadent twist to otherwise classic light and buttery shortcakes. One of the best decisions I’ve made in the kitchen! I mean, chocolate and strawberries are just darn good together, yes?

Irresistibly decadent twist on classic strawberry shortcakes! Try these tender and rich chocolate shortcakes filled with juicy strawberries and whipped cream.

If you follow me on snapchat (my handle: shineshka), you’ve seen first hand the mountain of brown blobs I baked up one day. Batch after batch, I rigorously tested multiple variations to finally land on perfect one.

  • First batch turned out flat, bland, and had an off taste from baking soda. (Buttermilk and baking soda weren’t great choices for this recipe.)
  • Second try was nothing to brag about. Simply blah, but it was off to a good start.
  • Third time was a charm though! Tall, buttery, rich shortcakes studded with chocolate chips all over. It was everything I had imagined and then some.

Yeah, I struggled to perfect this recipe, but at the end, it was all worth it. What I learned is that you need all that butter and fat for the most tender and rich shortcakes. Don’t skimp on those fats, because unlike many shortcake recipes, mine makes 12 mini ones. Calories don’t count on mini desserts, right? 😉

The best part is it’s ridiculously easy to make these shortcakes. If I can make it 4 times in one day while taking care of an infant, you’ll have no problem. No mixers, no special tools, you only need simple ingredients and good ol’ bowl with a pastry cutter to make these babies.

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake with step by step photo instructions

Now, let’s talk about strawberries for a second. Long time ago, I picked up this trick to macerate strawberries in balsamic vinegar for a quick dessert, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Balsamic vinegar combined with a little bit of sugar compliments the strawberries beautifully, producing the most fabulous syrup in the process. I like to mash half of the strawberries and leave the other half in slices for a beautiful presentation.

For some reason, I associate this method with Ina Garten, so I might have picked this trick from her show. Don’t quote me on that though, I’ve been doing this for many years and can’t remember exactly where I got this idea.

Irresistibly decadent twist on classic strawberry shortcakes! Try these tender and rich chocolate shortcakes filled with juicy strawberries and whipped cream.

Oh and that chocolate syrup is totally optional. But I couldn’t resist the temptation of extra dose of chocolate. You know me, I’m a helpless chocoholic.

Irresistibly decadent twist on classic strawberry shortcakes! Try these tender and rich chocolate shortcakes filled with juicy strawberries and whipped cream. Additional drizzle of chocolate sauce is completely optional, but I know you wouldn't skip it.

Hope you make these beauties soon.

As always, thank you so much for reading!

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Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

Irresistibly decadent twist on classic strawberry shortcakes! Try these tender and rich chocolate shortcakes filled with juicy strawberries and whipped cream.

Yield: 12 mini cakes

Ingredients:

For biscuits:

  • 1 ¾ cups (190gr) all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup (20gr) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons (115gr) unsalted butter, cut into 1 tablespoons pieces
  • 1 cup (240ml) heavy (whipping) cream
  • ½ cup (90gr) semisweet chocolate chips

For macerated strawberries:

  • 2 packages (2lbs) Driscoll’s strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

For whipped cream:

  • 1 cup (240gr) heavy (whipping) cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. To make the biscuits, preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutter, work the butter into the flour mixture until butter is about pea-size.
  4. Add the heavy cream and mix until the dough comes together. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 rounds and arrange on two baking sheets lined with silicone mat, or parchment paper.
  6. Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until the biscuits are nice and crisp. Transfer them onto a wire rack to cool completely. (Biscuits can be made a day in advance. Store the cooled biscuits at room temperature, covered. However, once assembled the cakes should be served right away.)
  7. Macerate the strawberries, while the biscuits are cooking. In a medium bowl, combine sliced strawberries, sugar and balsamic vinegar. Let it rest for at least 15 minutes, preferably 30-60minutes.
  8. To make the whipped cream, whisk the heavy cream in a mixing bowl with whisk attachment until soft peaks form. Add sugar and continue to mix until hard peaks form. Stir in Greek yogurt and vanilla extract and mix for another minute or so until the cream is smooth and delicious.
  9. To assemble the cakes, cut the biscuits in half horizontally. Spoon macerated strawberries on the bottom half and top with whipped cream. Replace the top of the biscuit and place another spoonful of whipped cream. If desired, decorate with fresh strawberries. Serve immediately.

For step-by-step photos and additional notes, read the post above.

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30 comments

  1. Amazing treat for people with sweet tooth, Shinee! Keep us posted on more similar recipes.

  2. You’re absolutely right, I would never skip the chocolate sauce on these beauties! They look and sound delicious. 🙂

  3. Beautiful, beautiful pics! And I love strawberries soaked in a flavored balsamic vinaigrette! I’d love to try to make a gluten free version of this! If I do…I’ll let you know how it turns out!

    • What kind of flavored balsamic vinaigrette do you use? That sounds amazing! I should try that for a change. And please do let me know about gf version, Amanda.

  4. Chocolate and strawberries are one of those genius combinations. I think I may have to try your chocolate strawberry shortcakes for our next summer get-together – how bright and fresh these are!

  5. Looks like the ultimate decadent dessert! Strawberries and chocolate were made to be together and calories def don’t count on mini desserts!

  6. I love strawberry shortcakes – and I love strawberries with chocolate – and I never thought to put the two together! What a great idea!

  7. Such a classic combination of ingredients. This looks really inviting. But I am laughing at how many “National days” there are of various dishes.

  8. Well these look and sound absolutely perfect! I would love one with my afternoon coffee. Or, you know, for lunch :).

  9. These look amazing. Love your beautiful photos. Can’t wait to try this recipe this summer.

  10. Oh my god Shinee…these photos are just everything! All that choc! Yum!

  11. Those look so decadent! I love strawberries and chocolate together! Can I just come over and take one off your hands? 🙂

  12. Yum!  I am a huge fan of berries in desserts, and chocolate with strawberries is one of the best combos!  These look amazing

  13. What a wonderful twist on shortcake!   I love the idea of chocolate and strawberry.  Could eat a few of these this summer!

  14. This looks absolutely sinful.  I’m going to have to make it for my hubby for Father’s Day.  Thank you for the inspiration and great recipe! 😀 

  15. Strawberry shortcakes are my dad’s favorite and I love ANYTHING with chocolate, so this looks perfect! What a delicious (and gorgeous) recipe!