Three Berry Shortcakes

Three Berry Shortcake

These Three Berry Shortcakes are gorgeous – an unabashed display of an extravaganza of a dessert!



For the Mixed Berries:

  • 3 cups of berries (strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, mix and/or match)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon Spiced Rum or Grand Marnier
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg, freshly grated

For the Berry Sauce:

  • 3 cups of berries (use a single type, one of the ones used for the shortcake – blueberry or blackberry looks particularly stunning in the final dish.)
  • 3 tablespoons rum or Grand Marnier
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons water

For the Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar, or taste
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla, Spiced Rum or Grand Marnier, or a little more, to taste


Here is the recipe for the Best Shortcakes. They’ll need to be made ahead long enough to cool, and may be made the night before. They have a slightly sugary topping which will soften if made too far ahead, and like most biscuits are best made the same day.

For the Mixed Berries:

An hour or two before serving, make the mixed berries. (Berries may be washed and cut earlier in the day.) Slice strawberries, and mix all berries very gently with sugar, rum, and nutmeg.  Taste – you may want a touch more sugar if the berries aren’t sweet.  Chill for up to two hours, and at least one.

For the Berry Sauce:

Add all ingredients to saucepan, bring to a boil.  Blend in blender or food processor.  Strain and chill. May be made ahead 3 to 4 days and kept refrigerated until needed. Note: An easy substitute is a Berry Syrup from the breakfast aisle.

For the Whipped Cream, about 2 cups:

Whip cream until soft peaks form.  Add rest of ingredients and whip until stiff peaks form. This needs to be a substantial stiffness or it will not support the top of the dessert and berries. May be made ahead an hour or two and kept refrigerated. If the whipped cream has fallen, quickly rewhip before using.


The original recipe suggests 6 servings, which is a bit much. If desired, divide into 8 servings instead. There is enough of the berries, sauce and whipped cream to stretch.

Keywords: Shortcake, Strawberry Shortcake, Berries, Strawberries, Cream, Blackberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Fruit Desserts

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