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Cooking With Kids: Easy Strawberry Shortcake and Whipped Cream Recipe

Updated on September 7, 2012
Our strawberry shortcake cooking fun!
Our strawberry shortcake cooking fun! | Source

Strawberry Season and Cook a Doodle Doo

As summer begins to approach, the time for fresh, ripe strawberries near. I love that strawberries are the first ripe berry of the summer season. We always make it a point to go strawberry picking. So with that in mind, I began to think about what would be an easy and fun recipe to cook with the kids? I remembered a fun story that I had once read called, "Cook a Doodle Doo" and decided that I would share it with my children and then we would make the recipe in the book. As a teacher, I know the importance of reading to your child at home, no matter what their age is. So what better way to combine some great family fun? Well read and then cook of course! I hope that you enjoy the video of us reading "Cook a Doodle Doo."

Rating for Strawberry Shortcake

4.5 stars from 2 ratings of Strawberry Shortcake

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: 8 slices of cake

Photo Guide for Making the Shortcake

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Adding all of the dry ingredients.Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter.Batter should be dry and lumpy.Grace beats the egg.It's fun to use your hands to mix the ingredients!Carefully pat the dough in the round 9 inch cake pan.Make sure that it reaches all of the edges.
Adding all of the dry ingredients.
Adding all of the dry ingredients. | Source
Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter.
Use a pastry blender to cut in the butter. | Source
Batter should be dry and lumpy.
Batter should be dry and lumpy. | Source
Grace beats the egg.
Grace beats the egg. | Source
It's fun to use your hands to mix the ingredients!
It's fun to use your hands to mix the ingredients! | Source
Carefully pat the dough in the round 9 inch cake pan.
Carefully pat the dough in the round 9 inch cake pan. | Source
Make sure that it reaches all of the edges.
Make sure that it reaches all of the edges. | Source

Ingredients for Strawberry Shortcake

  • 2 cups sifted flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter

How to Make Whipped Cream

Whipped cream is very easy to make and can be great fun for both kids and adults. To make it, you need three ingredients.

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Add all three ingredients in a bowl and mix on medium speed with mixers. Blend until there are stiff peaks like what you would see from store purchased whipped cream. Homemade whipped cream is very tasty and you will probably end up making your own from now on!

Photos of Making Whipped Cream

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Adding the cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar.Getting ready to mix it all up!
Adding the cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar.
Adding the cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar. | Source
Getting ready to mix it all up!
Getting ready to mix it all up! | Source

Instructions For Strawberry Shortcake

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Sift flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Cut butter into pieces and cut in using a pastry blender. Mix will look lumpy.
  3. Mix in the egg and milk and mix with hands until dough is moist.
  4. Place the dough in a round, 9 inch, greased cake pan.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes in a 425 degree oven.
  6. Remove from the pan and allow to cool completely on a wire cooling rack. Then slice the cake through the middle so that there are two layers.
  7. Spread the whipped cream on the bottom layer and top with strawberries. Then put the top of the cake and repeat with whipped cream and strawberries.
  8. Slice and serve!

Finishing the Cake

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Golden top and crispy edges, yummy!Ooops!  Even we had a little cooking mishap.Grace spreads the whipped cream.Then she adds the strawberries.Shortcake perfection!It's disappearing quickly!
Golden top and crispy edges, yummy!
Golden top and crispy edges, yummy! | Source
Ooops!  Even we had a little cooking mishap.
Ooops! Even we had a little cooking mishap. | Source
Grace spreads the whipped cream.
Grace spreads the whipped cream. | Source
Then she adds the strawberries.
Then she adds the strawberries. | Source
Shortcake perfection!
Shortcake perfection! | Source
It's disappearing quickly!
It's disappearing quickly! | Source

Making the Strawberry Shortcake

We had a lot of fun making the strawberry shortcake. Although most people don't think of strawberry shortcake as being very healthy, you can see from the recipe that there is very little sugar in the cake. We found it very funny that we had our own "catastrophe" while cooking just like the characters in the story. Although our cake did not fall on the floor, it did break apart as I flipped it out of the cake pan and onto the cooling rack. This gave us a great opportunity to talk about how the animals in the story got upset but that they worked together to find a solution. I explained that the same kind of thing happened to us. We could get upset about the broken cake but instead we are choosing to fix the problem by piecing the cake together when we add the strawberries and cream.

Both cooking and reading books with your children allow communication to develop between you and your children. Although today it may seem like something that is simple and silly, (a broken piece of cake), you are really teaching your child life skills that will help him or her to problem solve, control anger, and keep open to alternative solutions to problems. We hope that you enjoyed our latest cooking adventure. When we cook, we are not only learning healthy eating habits, we are building a foundation for lifelong success!

Kids Cook Monday!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Haha, my mom insisted on getting them for the kids for Easter since they are becoming quite the litte chefs! Hope you and your guests enjoy it and thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 5 years ago from Western NC

      OH my goodness, the chef hats are so cute! The video is a nice touch and the recipe for strawberry shortcake is one that I'm going to make when I have a cookout in a couple of weeks - the perfect dessert recipe! Great hub! Many votes.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      No, you can never go wrong with whipped cream and strawberries! Thanks for the visit clevercat. :)

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      Rachel Vega 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Oh, what a pretty cake! And whipped cream is never bad. A very fun hub, as usual. (You know I love my strawberries!!!) :^D

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      We do too Movie Master! I can't keep strawberries in the house with my son around, he eats them all! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you liked the story. They really LOVE the chef hats that you got them, thanks!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      I always look forward to and enjoy strawberry picking!

      Another great recipe and storytime and the photos of your kids fabulous!

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      Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

      OMG-I think this is my favorite yet! It combines three of my very favorite things: my family, reading and food! LOL I love the kids chef hats and the final result looks so delicious.

      I don't think I have ever read that story...it was totally new and enjoyable to me. Rated up and across. :)

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      They are randomcreative. They are always asking what we are going to cook next! So glad that you are enjoying our cooking hubs. :)

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      Rose Clearfield 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great recipe and I love the story to go with it. This looks easy and delicious. I hope that your kids are having fun helping in the kitchen and posing for your photos. They are so cute with their aprons and hats.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Glad you enjoyed the story K9! I wanted to change it up a bit this week. So glad to have you stop by.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Haha, I'll let you borrow them this summer when you visit! ;) If they ever go to culinary school, I get first dibs on those meals, but I'll gladly invite you over!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks for your kind words livingpah2004. I appreciate your visit and am so glad that you found it useful.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Well...how about blueberry shortcake?! Yes, the teacher in me doesn't leave me, even at home. :) Glad that you enjoyed the video, recipe and kids.

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Sunshine. It was fun to add a story to our cooking this week. And yes they are VERY helpful, even when I don't want any help!

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      India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

      Another fantastic addition to your cooking with kids series! Adorable kids Cara! I see this recipe in my near future. Thanks for sharing,...and I really enjoyed the story.

      HubHugs~

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      Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

      Hey! No fair using cute kids as a draw to your hubs! LOL! Those hats are adorable. If they ever go to culinary school when they grow up, I"m having them over to cook me a meal. Loved the tie-in with the story and cooking experience.

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      Milli 5 years ago from USA

      Your kids are so adorable. Love the recipe, story time video and pictures. Thanks for sharing it. Voted up!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Wow, this looks so yummy! If I could eat strawberries, this would definitely be made today. I love your photos of the recipe and the kids are so sweet. Great video of the book leading in to the recipe. You are a true teacher at heart. Voted up!

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I really enjoyed storytime!:) Your kids are adorable and so helpful!

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Let me know how you like it. I actually added the cinnamon to the recipe because I find that it adds a nice flavor to baked goods. I can't wait until the strawberries are ready here. My kids eat them like crazy!

      That's so funny about their outfits because we DID NOT plan that. They had been outside playing and it was cold so they threw on some warm clothes. I'm not *that* obsessive! LOL

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      cardelean 5 years ago from Michigan

      Thanks Kelley! They got them for Easter from their Grandma and they love them. I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      Yum! This from-scratch recipe sounds good. I never really liked the Bisquick box recipe version, so will give this a try. We have too many strawberries coming in, and I have had to freeze some (but those are good in smoothies). I like the red and white outfits the kids have on to match the theme!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      You always do such an incredible job with these recipes. Your kids look great in those baker hats. Loved it! Take care, kelley