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Fourth of July Shortcake Cups

June 1, 2019
Patriotic Shortcake Cups: Desserts For Fourth of July

Can you believe that the Fourth of July is right around the corner?!  I’ll gather together a few Fourth of July crafts but those will be fun the entire month of July whereas the parties are coming up and take some prep!

I have a great fondness for my Dad’s strawberry shortcake, it still remains one of my favorite desserts growing up, and now my kids love it too!  This is a great recipe that isn’t hard to make, looks festive, and the sugar content is minimal which makes it great for all family parties!

Patriotic Shortcake Cups: Desserts For Fourth of July

Patriotic Shortcake Cups

Patriotic Shortcake Cups:

Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 6 biscuits (recipe below) or 4 cups angel food cake cut into cubes 
  • 1 cup strawberries chopped
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • Lemon, halved.
  • 2 cups whipped cream
  • Clear plastic cups (you can do glass cups if you prefer)
Patriotic Shortcake Cups: Desserts For Fourth of July

Washing Berries: Patriotic Shortcake Cups


  1. Combine the strawberries and blueberries into a bowl and squeeze the lemon over the chopped fruit.  For something slightly sweeter, you can sprinkle a teaspoon of sugar over the fruit (the lemon will help preserve the berries).
  2. Line the bottom of your plastic cups with the cubed angel food cake or chopped shortcake biscuits.
  3. Add a layer of chopped fruit
  4. Top with another layer of angel food cake or shortcake
  5. Add a generous dollop of whipped cream
  6. Garnish with sliced strawberry

Buttermilk Biscuits

*Or, you can simply use Bisquick, angel food cake, or ready-to-bake biscuits from your local grocery store. 

Patriotic Shortcake Cups: Desserts For Fourth of July

Kneading Dough: Patriotic Shortcake Cups


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or Gluten-free flour if you have a wheat allergy)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbsp salted butter, salted margarine OR buttery flavored shortening, frozen
  • 1 cup milk OR unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp additional salted butter OR margarine


  1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
  2. Combine all dry ingredients
  3. Cut the frozen butter into the dry ingredients so they are mixed with minimal balling
  4. Stir together the wet ingredients and mix with the dry, do not over mix.
  5. Adding a handful of flour to your countertop or cutting board, place the dough on top and knead it together folding it over each other a few times.
  6. Taking a handful of dough at a time, make loose balls and place them on a lined cookie sheet
  7. Press a small thumbprint in the center of each uncooked biscuit which helps them cook evenly
  8. Drizzle a small amount of melted butter and cinnamon-sugar over the top of each biscuit
  9. Place in oven to bake for 20 minutes or until lightly browned
Patriotic Shortcake Cups: Desserts For Fourth of July

Biscuits: Patriotic Shortcake Cups


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