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Strawberry Desserts

My son is turning one in a few weeks and I have been looking for a strawberry cake for him. First birthday parties a big deal and the birthday cake has to live up to the occasion. He loves strawberries and enjoys them more than anything else so I wanted to make him a strawberry cake for his first birthday. During my search, I came across this Berries & Cookies cake topper and I just LOVE it. Isn’t it gorgeous? And to think it is so easy to pull off, I had to try it. Such a show stopper for any party.

Cake with Strawberry & Cookie Cake Topper

The cake topper does not give you a recipe for the cake, which is perfect — it gives you room to be creative. I love strawberry and chocolate, but for a first birthday cake, chocolate might be too messy, so I opted for a strawberry cake with fresh strawberry frosting. You can use your favorite strawberry cake recipe or a boxed mix. I used this recipe from Grandbaby Cakes for my cake.

Strawberry Cookie Cake Slice

What I love about the cake topper is the simple placement of strawberries and Oreo cookies. It’s elegant and yet inviting. So I wanted to keep that in my strawberry cake but without a chocolate cake, I thought chocolate Oreo will be out of place. I went with Golden Oreo instead and the birthday cake edition was perfect for our strawberry cake.

If you are looking for a summer birthday cake this summer, try this Strawberry & Cookies cake topper. The fresh strawberry cake is perfect for summer and the cake is gorgeous.

Strawberry Cookie Cake

Here are the changes I made to the original recipe:

I used this strawberry cake recipe to make a two-layered cake. (instead of the chocolate cake)

I used fresh strawberry frosting.

I used Golden Oreos instaed of chocolate oreos.

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Strawberry Water Ice

Fresh strawberries are one of our very favorite things. And when we find them in abundance at the market, we love to turn them into simple, yet flavorful desserts like this Strawberry Italian Ice. It’s incredibly quick to make, features only a handful of simple ingredients, and tastes so fresh—and refreshing—that it might just be a perfect summer dessert.


Growing up in South Jersey, I ate a lot of Italian ice (often called water ice). It’s a staple in that region (and in Philly, where I spent a lot of time with my grandparents), so even the idea of it brings back memories of scraping sweet icy treats with little wooden spoons. This homemade version tastes more like real fruit than the lemon and cherry flavors of my youth, but it’s no less enjoyable.

I started with the best tasting strawberries that you can find since they are the primary ingredient in this recipe and then simplified the original recipe—in an effort to rely less on sugar for the sweetness and to make it slightly less complicated. I simply used the berries and the lemon juice (which adds a nice note of tartness), and added about 2 tablespoons of honey. (You might need a bit more if your berries aren’t super sweet on their own.) I added these ingredients to a blender and continued with the recipe as directed.

Side note: If you think your kids would prefer this mixture as freezer pops, go ahead and do that! The mixture would be wonderful frozen that way.

Strawberry Italian Ice

We served up this summer dessert after dinner one night and all loved how vibrant the flavors were. I also love how the texture was so smooth and rich, despite not containing any dairy. I can’t wait to make this again (and again!) throughout the warm summer months to help us stay cool—and really happy.

Get the original recipe for Strawberry Italian Ice here.

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It’s not summer without strawberry shortcake! From lush strawberry shortcake dip to strawberry shortcake sangria, here are 7 ways to celebrate the iconic dessert.

Strawberry Shortcake Donuts

Nothing beats a cakey doughnut with strawberry glaze. Delish Knowledge makes her Strawberry Shortcake Baked Donuts with apple sauce to keep them extra fluffy. Did we mention they’re vegan? Delish!

Strawberry Icebox Cake

I scream, you scream… you know the drill. Mariah’s Pleasing Plates plays up two of our favorite childhood snacks — strawberry wafer cookies and ice cream — in this gorgeous Strawberry Shortcake Icebox Cake. One cool bite and we’re sold.

Floral Shortcake

Just a sprinkling of lavender buds makes a world of difference in this floral take on Strawberry ShortcakeMy Kitchen Love blends hers right into the frosting, alongside fresh lemon zest and curls of whipped cream.

Strawberry Shortcake Dip

Bet your BBQ guests didn’t see this one coming. Grab a stack of shortbread cookies or graham crackers and dunk your way to deliciousness with a bowl of Strawberry Shortcake Dip from Just A Little Bit Of Bacon. Warning: the cream cheese base is undeniably addictive.

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Waking up early on the weekend isn’t usually our forte, but for a stack of these Strawberry Shortcake Greek Yogurt Pancakes, we’ll make an exception. Cafe Delites makes them with half the guilt — so you can have your cake and eat it, too. Pass the strawberry syrup, please!

Strawberry Shortcake Sangria

Put the “happy” in happy hour with a pitcher of Strawberry Shortcake SangriaLemon Tree Dwelling looks to just four ingredients to mix it up: pink moscato, whipped cream-flavored vodka, strawberry simple syrup, and strawberries. Hello, summer in a glass!

Strawberry Shortcake Float

If The Spoon Fits knows exactly what we want in a summer drink: dessert, ice cream, and booze. Combine the classic flavors of strawberry shortcake with Grand Marnier and carbonated blackberry soda to achieve the ultimate Ice Cream Float.

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream – or milkshakes. And since the best made milkshakes are made with the best ice cream, make sure to use top quality ingredients.

Oreo Neapolitan Milkshake

To start things off, I used the base recipe for the Vanilla Bean Shake from here. T o create the other layers, simply swap out the vanilla bean ice cream for strawberry and chocolate ice cream.

From there just add in some crushed Oreo with each layer. How much Oreo you decide to add is up to you. For me, I didn’t want it to over power each ice cream layer, so I stuck with 1/3 cup of Oreo for each serving.

Oreo Neapolitan Milkshake

Now here’s my secret to making a creamy vs. icy milkshake—be patient and let your ice cream sit at room temperature until it softens. Then give it a little elbow grease and whisk your milkshake by hand. Yep, by hand. It’s the best way. But sure, I understand that isn’t for everyone. So if you decide to go the blender route, make sure you soften the ice cream as I mentioned and then turn the blender down to the lowest setting and give it a few quick blitzes.

Of course finish your milkshake the way you want—your palate, your preference—but I like mine with some whipped cream, sprinkles and cherry on top for some good cheer! Because seriously, it is almost impossible not to smile when you are served something with sprinkles and a cherry on top. Click here for the base recipe.

Oreo Neapolitan Milkshake

Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Gelato

The past two weeks, we’ve been fortunate enough to make it to the farmer’s market before the local strawberries have sold out. They are only available where we live for a very short window and we try to buy as many as we can each time we see them. And while we love to eat them fresh and straight out of the container, we also love to turn them into a super creamy and naturally sweet Strawberry Gelato.

Fresh local strawberries

My family loves ice cream and it’s definitely our summer treat of choice. We love to go to our local soft serve stand, but for special occasions, I like to make a batch at home. This gelato seemed like a great dessert to end my birthday pizza party with friends.

Since the last batch of berries we had from the farmer’s market were incredibly sweet on their own, this dessert didn’t need the full amount of sugar called for in the original recipe. And to make it a little more kid-friendly—and because I prefer the flavor—I swapped in 1/2 cup honey. I also halved the recipe since my ice cream maker only fits 1 quart, but that adjustment still made plenty to feed our small dinner party of four adults and two kids. I also added in a squeeze of fresh lemon juice as the mixture was churning to perk up the flavor a bit. I strongly suggest you do that step since it makes the final product taste that much more refreshing.

Fresh local eggs

You will have to make a simple custard to make this recipe, but if you take it slowly and embrace the sort of Zen-like nature of constant stirring, it’s actually enjoyable. (Do not multitask when doing that step—you really, really don’t want the mixture to stick to the bottom of your pan or burn. And as long as you don’t leave the stove area, it won’t!)

fresh strawberry gelato

I made the mixture the day before I planned to serve it and let it chill fully in the fridge overnight. The next morning, I let my ice cream maker do its thing and the gelato rested in the fridge until dessert time. It was a huge hit with both my family and our friends. This gelato has an intense strawberry flavor, a hint of citrus from the lemon, and plenty of creamy texture to make it totally satisfying. I dare say that might just be a perfect summer dessert for the family.

Find the original recipe for Strawberry Gelato here.

Week of Farmer’s Market Recipes

I’m over the moon to see juicy ripe berries and fresh fruit start to show up at my local farmers market. It’s my signal to switch up my recipe ideas and start to make more summer salads and desserts. I’ve noticed some farmers booths are just like a sea of red, filled with trays upon trays of ripe strawberries and usually with lots of free samples that keep my kids happy.

A rich buttery base with strawberry preserves and topped with fluffy meringue.

One of my favorite desserts to take to summer parties and picnics are Strawberry Lemon Bars. They’re so easy to make and usually gone before anything else on the table. It’s a great change from making some version of a chocolate brownie bar and the citrus flavor is perfect for hot sunny days. Strawberries and lemons just scream summer to me and make me think of lemonade, ice cream and maybe a margarita.

I mentioned berries at the beginning and one variety that’s always guaranteed to find it’s way into my basket is strawberries! There’s so many ways you can use them from sweet recipes to savory and from hot to cold. I’ve used them in many recipes but when strawberries are paired with fresh lemons, some kind of magic happens. The sweet juicy strawberries are perfectly balanced with the tart citrus flavor of the lemons.

Lemon bars topped with light meringue.

I tweaked this original strawberry lemon bar recipequite simply by adding a thin strawberry preserves layer on top of the buttery shortbread base. I also topped the strawberry lemon bars with a crunchy meringue topping which is really easy to make and tastes way better than the store bought meringue I grew up with.

Making the meringue is really easy. Just beat the egg whites until they become like foam, add the vanilla, cream of tartar and salt and beat until they start to turn a nice shade of white. Add the sugar gradually and beat until they from stiff peaks. Spread the meringue all over the top of the strawberry lemon bar and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 10-15 minutes and the top is almost all golden brown.

Cut this up into small squares and serve with extra sliced strawberries on the side for an easy and tasty dessert.

Easy strawberry lemon bars with a meringue topping, the perfect dessert for summer.

These strawberry lemon meringue bars will get you ready for summer cook outs and lazy picnics.

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