Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream #ChocolateParty

I have served these gorgeous shortcakes on numerous occasions. When strawberries are in season, this recipe for Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream will wow your company. Or just treat your family to a delectable dessert!

Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Mousse | The BEST way to celebrate strawberry season!

A Jazzed Up Strawberry Shortcake for the Chocolate Party

For those of you who aren’t familiar with our monthly Chocolate Party, hosted by my dear friend, Roxana, it’s a blogger event where we all have a month to pair a selected ingredient with chocolate. This month’s Chocolate Party ingredient is buttermilk, which provides tenderness to so many baked goods, like in my favorite Buttermilk Biscuits. I decided to bake up some sweet, flaky, buttermilk shortcakes with Grand Marnier spiked strawberries for our Easter dessert.  This time of year, I always gravitate towards berry recipes, like this exquisite Strawberry Dream Dessert. For this shortcake, instead of spoonfuls of ordinary whipped cream, dollops of white chocolate mousse would contribute a heavenly, indulgent topping. This Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream was a dreamy holiday dessert. 
Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Mousse | The BEST way to celebrate strawberry season!

How to Make the Flakiest Shortcakes

Using a technique I picked up via Cook’s Illustrated, I used my fingers to flatten pieces of cold butter in the biscuit dough. Then after rolling out the dough on a flour-dusted Silpat, I folded it over twice, like a letter, then rolled again. Sort of a modified lamination,as when making puff pastry or croissant dough, which helps build layers in the finished baked goods. The whipped mousse topping is simply made by melting white chocolate with some heavy cream, then allowing this ganache to cool and folding it into stiffly whipped cream. Orange liqueur added to sliced berries gives them a touch of elegance. Perfect for a holiday dessert. So as we enter fresh berry season in the northern hemisphere, I hope you will try this out of the ordinary strawberry shortcake for any special occasion. For more strawberry inspiration, check out these 103 Strawberry Recipes, too!

Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Mousse | The BEST way to celebrate strawberry season!

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Serves 6-9 servings     adjust servings

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 45 mins

An exquisite strawberry shortcake recipe topped with white chocolate whipped cream

Ingredients

For biscuits/shortcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups flour plus more for rolling dough
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 1 stick cold butter
  • 1 1/4 cup cold buttermilk

For mousse

  • 8 ounces good quality chocolate, I used Guittard
  • 1 2/3 cup heavy cream

For strawberry topping

  • 3-4 cups of strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier, optional

Instructions

  1. Make Biscuits. Preheat oven to 450º. Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening in with pastry blender till resembles corn meal. Cut butter into 8 pieces and, one at a time, rub them into the flour with your fingers till they are flattened into thin sheets.
  3. Put the bowl in the freezer for 15 minutes.
  4. Add all the buttermilk except the last two tablespoons. Carefully toss with a spatula till well moistened. If the dough is too dry, add the remaining buttermilk. Lightly flour a Silpat or your countertop and roll the dough out to approximately 11 x 16. Fold the dough into thirds, then roll to about an inch thick.
  5. Cut into biscuits using round biscuit or cookie cutter. Dip the cutter into flour if it sticks to the dough. Gather scraps to make last couple biscuits. Bake about 15 minutes or till lightly browned.
  6. Make mousse while biscuits are cooking: Melt white chocolate with ⅔ cup cream in a microwave, stopping and stirring at short intervals till chocolate is melted, and ganache is smooth. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
  7. Beat remaining 1 cup of cream to stiff peaks. Fold about ⅓ of cream into cooled (should be thickened, but not firm) chocolate. Then fold in the rest of the cream. Chill for 2 hours before serving.
  8. For berries: slice strawberries and sweeten with sugar. Mix in Grand Marnier. Chill till ready to serve.
  9. To serve, break shortcakes in half, top bottom with a large dollop of mousse followed by spoonfuls of berries. Top with rest of shortcake.

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Recipe Notes

Biscuit Recipe adapted from Cook's Illustrated and Mousse Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 921kcal Calories from fat 509
% Daily Value
Total Fat 57g 88%
Saturated Fat 33g 165%
Transfat 1g
Cholesterol 133mg 44%
Sodium 611mg 25%
Carbohydrate 101g 34%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 55g
Protein 11g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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Comments

  1. Yummy! Nice tip about incorporating the cold pats of butter into the biscuit dough…Terrific suggestion, too, about spiking strawberries…And substituting white chocolate mousse for straight whipped cream. Another keeper recipe! Thanks, Liz =)

  2. carol | a cup of mascarpone says:

    Hi Liz! I love how you took the two Chocolate Party ingredients for April and incorporated them into something you wouldn’t think about! Love your creativity! A beautiful dessert!!!

  3. Beautiful shortcakes, I’ve been craving fresh strawberries and this is the perfect use for them!

  4. Yum, Liz!!!! The cream looks luscious!

  5. I’m going to “steal” your method of flattening the cold butter with the fingers next time I make biscuits. I love them but almost never they turn out as flaky as I’d like.
    Thanks for sharing and thank you for participating again to this month chocolate party

  6. Ooh, what a classic dessert! And so fresh, too!

  7. Love the short cakes! It is a perfect desert!

  8. Liz, this dessert looks amazing, and I love the tip about laminating the shortcakes. Gorgeous as always!

  9. Wow. This is seriously delicious looking. Yum!!

  10. Mmm the white chocolate mousse.. drool!! These look divine 🙂

  11. Swoon! Now if only I could reach through the screen and devour this as a midnight snack…

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  13. These look so delicious, your photos are gorgeous!

  14. What fabulous topping for a strawberry shortcake. I could eat a whole bowl of just the topping and berries. 🙂

  15. Liz…what a GREAT twist on a classic strawberry shortcake! I absolutely love the idea of the whipped white chocolate mousse! And I’m definitely going to try your tip of flattening the butter into the biscuits with your fingers. My biscuits somehow, are never as light as I would like. These look heavenly! : )

  16. Thanks for the tips on pressing the cold butter into the biscuit dough, Liz. I’ve only made biscuits twice – once was a total disaster. I’m looking forward to tackling this recipe! And brilliant move on making white chocolate whipped cream – everything about this dish sounds heavenly!

  17. You’re killing me, Liz. Both strawberry shortcake and strawberries in white chocolate mousse are very, very high on my list of favorite sweets. And, you’ve combined them!!

  18. Another delectable creation with beautiful photos and bet the taste is even better! looks delicious!

  19. A favorite classic with white chocolate mousse, oh yeah this is fantastic!!

  20. Love the idea of your party. I brought over some strawberry cupcakes with marzipan strawberries. We have having a party tomorrow featuring strawberries. Your Strawberry Shortcakes would be great. Hope you can bring it over. http://www.tumbleweedcontessa.com/blog. It starts tomorrow morning.

    Linda

  21. Foodie Friday Rattlebridge says:

    Oh, my! Delicious! This looks fresh as a spring breeze. Beautiful photography!

  22. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes ~ Paula

  23. Thanks for sharing with Tumbleweed Contessa at What’d You Do This Weekend? Hope to see you again tomorrow.

    Have a great week,
    Linda

  24. One of my favorite ideas for chocolate and buttermilk. And so cheerful for a spring table! Really gorgeous Liz, especially with the orange liqueur!

  25. Hi Liz!
    I made these for a dinner party tonight. They were awesome! The white chocolate whipped cream is incredible! I used lemon juice in the strawberries instead of the Grand Marnier since we had kids at the table. Easy, delicious, and impressive looking! Thanks for posting!

  26. Bill Austin says:

    Hi, love to try this of one that you baked.
    It looks really good . I fallowed this recipe to the letter twice. Both times very dry wet dough. But the first time baked it any way . Loved the taste but very crumbly could not be cut or served to company. 2nd time dry again so I added a half cup milk . It’s in the oven looks better but only time will tell .

  27. Dear Lizzy, these look beautiful! I know Tammy would love them…such a perfect little treat for a luncheon with tea. xoxo, Catherine

  28. Claudia says:

    I have strawberries in the refrigerator and now I know exactly what I’ll be doing with them thanks Liz

  29. Claudia Lamascolo says:

    wow white chocolate whipped cream? you are truly brilliant! Need to try this version!

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