Sunday, 25 July 2010

Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes

I bet Misfit in Paradise is just about eating herself right now on my account. Thinking about 'that ungrateful Dutch broad who didn't even have the decency to make one of those fantastic desserts I sourced for her, let alone use one of my very expensive to ship (thank you very much) ingredients'! Of course she would be completely and utterly right. And I beg a gazillion apologies and feel very very sorry...

Because you know the bad part? I actually made this dessert at the beginning of June! I made it, tasted it, loved it and took photographs. I bow my head to the floor in shame. So, from now on, the cake I will describe to you in a minute will no longer be known as Chocolate Strawberry Shortcakes, but Donna's Cakes. When you use it yourself, please refer to it as Donna's Cakes. That would be the right thing to do!

Anyway, this cake, that she sent me the recipe of? Easy. First the ingredients (in American sizes, metric sizes are approximately only):

4 cups (450 g) sliced strawberries
1/2 cup (75 g) sugar
2 cups (275 g) Original Bisquick mix
1/3 cup (25 g) unsweetened baking cocoa
2/3 cup (160 ml) milk
2 tbsp butter or margarine, melted
1/3 (40 g) cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
whipped topping (home made or out of a can)

And here's how to put it all together:

1. In a medium bowl, toss strawberries and sugar until coated. Leave for one hour.
2. Heat oven to 375 F (190C). Spray cookie sheet with cookie spray. In a medium bowl, stir Bisquick mix, cocoa, sugar, milk and butter until soft dough forms. Stir in chocolate chips.
3. Drop dough by about 1/3 cupfuls onto cookie sheet. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until tops of shortcakes appear dry and cracked. Cool for 15 minutes. Using serrated knife, split warm shortcakes. Fill and top with strawberries and whipped topping.

You will be able to feed six people. This recipe was easy, quick and the result was yummy. Unfortunately, us Europeans will have to make our shortcakes some other way, unless you know someone who will send you Bisquick, since it's not for sale in Europe. At least as far as I know...


  1. I am so glad you liked it!
    And truthfully I assumed you had been too busy to cook. Or that it was too hot. So I wasn't bothered at all.

  2. My mouth is actually watering. That looks soooooo good!

    Mara, we'll have to start a company and introduce Bisquick to the Netherlands ;-) We could do Summer Fairs and sell it there and through the internet. You'd have to bake lots of chocolate cookies to introduce it to the Dutch people of course. We could turn a coach into a Bisquick bakery and you could drive us to the fairs.
    Yep, I can totally see this happening ;-)

  3. Quick and easy recipe. I have a big box of Bisquick too! Thank you for sharing Donna's Cakes.

  4. And I thought I was the only smart person who thought of using Bisquick to make scones! I haven't made any for years now, since considering our weight is a major restraint. So I actually bake very little at all.

  5. Donna's cakes look fantastic! I have a box of Bisquick in my cabinet just waiting to be used!


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