Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

Treat yourself to this delicious mini strawberry shortcake in a jar. It’s super-easy to make and always tastes great. Whether you’re looking for portable mini desserts for Mother’s Day, summer picnics, showers, potlucks, summer BBQs, cookouts, and spring gatherings, or you just want a strawberry and whipped cream-based dessert, you can’t go wrong with this strawberry shortcake recipe. 

Strawberry shortcake in jars for a picnic.

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You don’t need many different ingredients for this mini dessert, and it’s a nice easy recipe to showcase fresh strawberries. Served in a mini mason jar or Weck jar, this individually sized dessert is perfect to pack in a picnic.

You might also like these mascarpone stuffed strawberries if you are a strawberry fan, or perhaps you’re more in the mood for a funfetti cake or lemon ricotta amaretti budino.

Eating strawberry shortcake from a jar.

Why You’ll Love Classic Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

Cute:  If you’re looking for a dessert that looks gorgeous as well as tasting perfect, individual strawberry shortcake trifles served in individual cups are ideal. They look cute and are completely portable in a picnic hamper or similar.
Simple:  There are only eleven different ingredients in this sweet strawberry shortcake dessert, and the directions are easy to follow. Even novice bakers will be able to make these with ease.
Tasty:  There’s a reason strawberry shortcake in a mason jar is so popular every strawberry season, and even outside of it. And that’s the flavour. There’s just something so good about the combination of strawberries, cake and whipped cream. It’s not a complicated dessert at all but it is a delicious one!

Scooping strawberry shortcake from individual jars.

Mason Jar Strawberry Shortcake Ingredients

The main ingredient in this shortcake in a jar recipe are the strawberries, so make sure you choose perfectly ripe, juicy ones. You will also need sugar and lemon juice to prepare the berries. 

Ingredients to make homemade strawberry shortcake.

The cake for this delicious strawberry shortcake dessert is made using flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, butter, sugar, eggs, and sour cream. And then the whipped cream topping is a combination of whipped cream and sugar, although you can omit the sugar if you prefer.

Strawberry shortcake made in a mason jar.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake in a Jar

For more detailed instructions with weights and measurements, jump to the printable recipe card.

Make the cake:  Combine the dry ingredients in one bowl, cream the sugar and butter in another, and then mix with the other cake ingredients.
Bake the cake:  Bake the cake on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet, before letting it cool on a wire rack and cutting it up with a biscuit cutter or similar.
Prep the strawberries:  Toss the strawberries with sugar and let them sit in lemon juice for 20 minutes.
Assemble the dessert:  Layer cake and strawberries in Weck jars (here) or mini mason jars (here), and add whipped cream on top. You can add a few strawberries, too.

Assembling the layers for the strawberry shortcake mini desserts.
Strawberry shortcake that is made in individual servings.

Substitutions and Variations

There are various shortcuts (shortcake shortcuts!) you can use if you want to save time making this mini dessert. Use boxed cake instead of making your own. You can use any kind of cake, such as angel food cake or pound cake if you like. You can also squirty whipping cream or whipped topping instead of whipping up your own heavy cream to make homemade whipped cream. 

Jar strawberry shortcake for a picnic.

You could use frozen strawberries, but fresh strawberries are much nicer, so I’d recommend sticking with those. And if you have some left over, there are plenty of other strawberry recipes to try.

Jars for strawberry shortcake at a picnic spread.

What to Serve with Strawberry Shortcake Jars

Because these are a “grab and go” type dessert, they’re ideal for picnics or other gatherings. You can have them as part of a picnic or buffet with picnic sandwiches, rice salad or panzanella salad. Otherwise, just prepare individual servings to enjoy after lunch or dinner, paired with a tea or coffee.

Single serve strawberry shortcakes in Weck jars.

Storage Instructions

Store:  These should be served as soon as you’ve added the whipped cream on top. You can make strawberry shortcakes ahead without the cream though, if you keep them refrigerated and eat within two days.  
Freeze:  Freezing this strawberry dessert isn’t recommended because the cake will go soggy and the texture of the fresh strawberries will degrade.

Two jar strawberry shortcakes stacked.

Strawberry Shortcake in Mini Mason Jars FAQs

Why do you have to soak the strawberries in sugar and lemon juice?

The reason behind soaking them (or “macerating” them which is the technical term) is the sugar helps draw out the juices from the berries, making them even more juicy and delicious. Feel free to add a splash of vanilla instead of, or as well as, the lemon juice. 

How do you make homemade whipped cream?

Use a stand mixer or handheld mixer to whip heavy cream on a low speed until you get soft peaks. Remember you can add some sugar (and vanilla too, if you want) to the cream first. Stop mixing before you get stiff peaks. If you overmix the cream, you can pour in more heavy cream and mix again.

Strawberry shortcake at a picnic by a picnic basket.
Layers of strawberry shortcake in a mason jar.

Jar Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Strawberry shortcake in jars for a picnic.

Perfect Summer Strawberry Shortcake

5 from 49 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shortcake
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 648kcal
Author: Bella Bucchiotti
Treat yourself to this delicious strawberry shortcake in a jar. It’s an easy to make portable mini dessert for summer picnics and cookouts.
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Ingredients

Cake:

Strawberries:

  • 4 Cups strawberries cut up
  • 1 Cup sugar
  • 1/2 lemon juiced

Topping:

  • 1.5 Cup whipping cream

Instructions

Cake:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking soda and baking powder until mixed and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a mixer combine butter and sugar. Mix until fluffy.
  • Mix in the eggs one at a time. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture and mix just until combined.
  • Add in ½ of the sour cream and mix just until combined. Repeat with flour and sour cream once more then end by mixing in last 1/3 of the flour mixture and mixing just until combined.
  • Pour batter into the prepared baking sheet and spread evenly. Bake about 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, cool completely and then cut into rounds using a cup or cookie cutter.

Strawberries:

  • In a bowl, mix together the strawberries and sugar.
  • Add the lemon juice, mix well and let sit for about 20 minutes.

To Assemble:

  • Make the whipping cream with a mixer. You can add 1.5-2 tablespoons sugar if you like.
  • Layer the cake rounds and strawberries into cups or jars. Layer until full to top. Pack whipped cream separate and top with whipped cream prior to serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 648kcal | Carbohydrates: 112g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 250mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 80g | Vitamin A: 780IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2mg
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The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

Strawberry shortcake parfait is a single serving dessert in a jar which combines a layer of strawberries with homemade cake and whipped cream. This delicious dessert is ideal for any time of year, although when strawberries are in season between April and June, it’s especially perfect.

A woman at a picnic with strawberry shortcake.

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  1. Katie wrote:

    What a fun recipe! I love that they are all individually portioned- it would be so perfect for a summer get-together!

    xoxo,
    Katie
    chicincarolina.blogspot.com

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  2. Danielle wrote:

    Two hundred seeds on every strawberry? I had no idea! This shortcake looks divine. And your photos are stunning 🙂

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  3. Heather Castillo wrote:

    YUM! This is such a great idea. I’m going to make them this weekend.

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  4. Kim Byars Croisant wrote:

    What a sweet post – sweet treats and all. Your photos make me want to make your strawberry shortcake right now!! Great job…and thanks for posting.

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  5. I love how you’re serving them in jars!

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  6. Catherine wrote:

    Yay for strawberry season!! This post makes me want to head directly to a farmer’s market and get a basket (or eight) of my own.

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  7. Lovely recipe! And thanks for the strawberry tip – I didn’t know that!

    Posted 6.24.19 Reply
  8. Deborah wrote:

    Ahh this looks so delicious and I LOVE that you put them in those jars! That’s a great strawberry tip too, by the way!

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply
  9. Alix Maza wrote:

    OMG yummy! Love that they’re in jars! So cute and so summer!

    Posted 6.25.19 Reply