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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 Whipped Cream on a white plate

Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

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. My family was also thrilled with these Strawberry Shortcakes made with an olive oil cake, too!

For this shortcake, instead of spoonfuls of ordinary whipped cream, dollops of white chocolate mousse  contribute a heavenly, indulgent topping. This Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream was a dreamy holiday dessert.

Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Whipped Cream on a square white plate

How to Make the Flakiest Shortcakes

The main tip for making flaky shortcakes or biscuits is to not overwork the dough. The goal is to have tiny cold bits of butter throughout, which in turn will melt and steam in the oven, making little pockets of air.

  • I’m sure you’ve heard raves about old-fashioned buttermilk biscuits. Well, these are buttermilk shortcakes. As with biscuits, the buttermilk works it’s magic in making tender biscuits.
  • If you don’t want to buy a quart of buttermilk, it’s easy to make a substitute at home. PRO-Tip: To make buttermilk, add a tablespoon of lemon juice or neutral flavored vinegar, like white or cider, to a 1 cup Pyrex measuring cup. Fill the cup to the 1 cup mark with milk. Let sit for about 5 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken or curdle slightly. Stir and use what you need for the recipe.
  • There is both butter and shortening in this shortcake recipe. The butter provides flavor and some of the necessary fat needed, but the shortening helps ensure flakiness.
  • Using a technique I picked up via Cook’s Illustrated, I used my fingers to flatten pieces of cold butter in the biscuit dough. The flat pieces of butter assist in making more layers in each biscuit. For the most tender, flaky shortcakes, do not overwork the dough.
  • Then after rolling out the dough on a flour-dusted Silpat, I folded it over twice, like a letter, then rolled it again. Sort of a modified lamination,as when making puff pastry or croissant dough, which helps build layers in the finished baked goods.
  • PRO-Tip: Using  a round biscuit cutter, press straight down to cut without twisting. The twisting process will inhibit the biscuits ability to rise properly.
  • Like with puff pastry, the dough bakes up best when cold, so don’t overwork the dough which will warm the butter pieces. You may want to pop your baking sheet with the cut biscuits in the freezer for a few minutes before popping them in the oven.

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. 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. 

Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Mousse on a square white plate with a bowl of biscuits in the background

What I Used to Make These Strawberry Shortcakes:

More Strawberry Recipes You’ll Love:

Add to Your Grocery List:

  • All Purpose Four
  • Baking Powder (if you have some in your pantry, it may have expired. It doesn’t stay potent for much for than a year!)
  • Baking Soda
  • Sugar
  • Shortening
  • Butter
  • Buttermilk (see PRO-Tip above on how to make your own buttermilk at home)
  • Fresh Strawberries
  • Heavy Cream
  • White Chocolate Bars
  • Grand Marnier

 

Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Whipped Cream on a white plate next to a bowl of strawberries

This post was originally posted in April, 2013. Photos and text were updated in 2019.

 

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Strawberry Shortcakes with White Chocolate Whipped Cream on a white plate

Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream

An exquisite strawberry shortcake recipe topped with white chocolate whipped cream

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

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:

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

Instructions

  1. 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.

Notes

Biscuit Recipe adapted from Cook’s Illustrated and Mousse Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit.

 

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53 comments on “Strawberry Shortcake with White Chocolate Whipped Cream”

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

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

  30. Great tip on adding butter into the biscuits, and that white chocolate whipped cream is amazing! This is the ultimate summer dessert!

  31. Thank you so much for all of the shortcake tips. They work great! I never knew you shouldn’t twist the round cutters.

  32. I love Strawberry Shortcake! And I have strawberries in my garden that need to be used up, so this will be the perfect way to use them!

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  34. Dear Liz, what a lovely combination of flavors and textures here – we all know shortbread with whipped cream but not with white chocolate whipped cream – sounds like bliss to me!
    Happy Mother’s Day, my friend!
    Andrea

  35. Very nice indeed! I’m guessing my son’s strawberries should start ripening in a few weeks-can’t wait! Happy Mother’s Day Liz-enjoy:@)

  36. Absolutely wow! Everything is to die for…white chocolate, whipped cream and Grand Marnier spiked strawberries.

  37. White chocolate whipped cream sounds amazing! What a wonderful way to take something fabulous like strawberry shortcake to a whole new level! 

  38. You took one of my favorite classic summer desserts and pushed it to the next level of delicious! So incredible!

  39. Such a lovely, simple dessert — perfect for spring!

  40. irresistible with white chocolate in the cream that is a genius addition!

  41. Perfect and delicious Lizzy !!
    Hugs and love !

  42. If you keep up this blogging stuff of showcasing all this good food and dessert, you might be a “side hustle millionaire” when least expected. 🙂

  43. I can eat this all day long, Liz! Have an awesome day, dear! xoxo 

  44. Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts! This chocolate whipped cream is amazing and a perfect addition!

  45. These are the best. I love making them!

  46. This is one of my favorite shortcake recipes! That whipped cream is dessert on it’s own!

  47. This is everything you want in a dessert! Can’t wait to make it again!

  48. My kids can’t wait for me to try it again! It was a huge hit!

  49. There are so many little touches in this recipe that make it that much better. The white chocolate in the whipped cream and the grand marnier in the strawberries are little things that are SO good! It’s like adding love to a classic recipe 🙂

  50. These were a big hit with my friends! Thanks for the great recipe!

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