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Cooking With Kids: Easy Strawberry Shortcake and Whipped Cream Recipe

Our strawberry shortcake cooking fun!

Our strawberry shortcake cooking fun!

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

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

15 min

30 min

8 slices of cake

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!

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!

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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!



cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 28, 2012:

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!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on April 27, 2012:

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.

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 25, 2012:

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

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Rachel Vega from Massachusetts on April 25, 2012:

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

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 25, 2012:

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.

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 25, 2012:

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

Movie Master from United Kingdom on April 25, 2012:

I always look forward to and enjoy strawberry picking!

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

Denise Handlon from North Carolina on April 24, 2012:

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 was totally new and enjoyable to me. Rated up and across. :)

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 24, 2012:

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

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on April 24, 2012:

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.

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 23, 2012:

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

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 23, 2012:

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!

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 23, 2012:

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

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 23, 2012: about blueberry shortcake?! Yes, the teacher in me doesn't leave me, even at home. :) Glad that you enjoyed the video, recipe and kids.

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 23, 2012:

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!

India Arnold from Northern, California on April 23, 2012:

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.


Danette Watt from Illinois on April 23, 2012:

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.

Milli from USA on April 23, 2012:

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

Dianna Mendez on April 23, 2012:

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!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on April 23, 2012:

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

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 23, 2012:

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

cardelean (author) from Michigan on April 23, 2012:

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

Sarah Johnson from Charleston, South Carolina on April 23, 2012:

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!

kelleyward on April 23, 2012:

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

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