The Best Strawberry Shortcake, Two Ways

Strawberry shortcake two ways – one recipe for a sweet biscuit-like shortcake and one recipe for a cake-like strawberry shortcake, because I aim to please.


There are two kinds of people in this world – people who like a cake-like strawberry shortcake and those who like a biscuit-like strawberry shortcake. Which side are you on?

I’m not sure where the distinction comes from, but it seems to be geographically as well as family-of-origin based. I wanted to share with you today my favorite cake-like and biscuit-like strawberry shortcake recipes because I’m here to please everyone.

Strawberry Shortcake - Cake-Like

When I was a kid, we lived a few acres just outside of our little town in Southern Indiana. We road bikes up and down our country road, played basketball in our gravel driveway, and grew the most delicious strawberries in our garden. My dad would grow enough berries for us to eat, make freezer jam with, and even sell to a few passers-by. My siblings and I were in charge of picking the berries in the morning before the sun got too hot. We’d go in for lunch and help mom sort and get the berries into cartons, and then we’d spend the rest of the afternoon with a homemade sign and a card table in front of our house. We’d wave down cars with vigor and before we knew it, we’d have a few dollars in our pencil box and an empty table. Mom and Dad lets us save that money to buy souvenirs when we went on vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama in the summer.

Strawberry Shortcake - Biscuits

We fussed and bickered when it came time to pick the berries some mornings, but looking back, those muggy summer mornings spent in the garden with my siblings are some of my favorite memories. The grass would be heavy with dew, we’d eat strawberries until we were full, and we’d show off the biggest or most perfect berries we found to each other. My brother would catch huge grasshoppers to throw at my little sister, and we’d sing the most current songs we loved. Ideal childhood in my opinion.

I think memories like these are why we are working so hard right now to get our own little piece of land and house – I want this for my kids.

Strawberry Shortcake - Batter

Delicious sun-warmed Indiana strawberries are one of my favorite foods. After dinner, we’d often have strawberry shortcake or homemade ice cream with berries for dessert. I loved my mom’s strawberry shortcake. It was a sweet drop biscuit. My husband grew up with cake for his strawberry shortcake and that’s what he stills loves. I have to admit, I really like them both. So instead of being on Team Sweet Biscuit or on Team Cake, I’m here to let you know that can have the best of both worlds – make them both!

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Easy Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake

This Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake is free of eggs, gluten, and refined sugar, while still tasting exactly like traditional cheesecake!

This Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake is free of eggs, gluten, and refined sugar, while still tasting exactly like traditional cheesecake!

You neeeeeeeeeeed this easy healthy dessert in your life! I’m SO excited to share it with you today because it is one of my favorites! You are going to love how easily these Healthy No-Bake Cheesecakes come together (hello no-bake!). Plus, they have no refined sugar (just a little honey and a few dates), and they are chock-full of protein and fat, which I’m always trying to get a little more of into my young active children. The texture is perfection, it’s egg-free and gluten-free, and it tastes just like a traditional no-bake cheesecake dessert, if not better. Cheesecake is one of those flavors that I have always really liked. I have posted cheesecake brownie bars, a super simple 5 minute raspberry cheesecake dip, and even a cheesecake ice cream recipe, all of which are delicious. This recipe is a bit healthier than the others so I feel like I can make it more often, not a bad thing!

 Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake is free of eggs, gluten, and refined sugar

It’s extra fun to serve individual/mini things and these mini cheesecakes are super cute. I used these one cup (half-pint) wide mouth canning jars to make them in and they are the perfect size. Plus I love having these handy little jars on hand and use them often (they fit any of my 9 favorite salad dressings perfectly). I have made a classic vanilla cheesecake for you today, which means that you can top it with just about anything. You can add fresh fruit (strawberries, pineapple, blueberries, raspberries, and/or cherries are perfect). You can top it with a little lemon or lime zest, or you could even top it with a few pretty chocolate curls.

If you don’t want to make mini no-bake cheesecake, then this will make a 9×9 inch baking dish of cheesecake that you’ll be able to dish up to share. It doesn’t slice up as cleanly as a true cheesecake (most no-bake ones don’t), but it’s still delicious.

Healthy No-Bake Cheesecake

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Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting

Easy pumpkin sheet cake with a rich caramel icing that will feed a crowd!
Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting

Fall is upon us, and that means that wonderful things like pumpkin, boots, hay rides, and pumpkin patches are just around the corner. With the heat of the summer behind us, we tend to have lots of parties and evening outside. We might roast hot dogs or just spend the evening on the porch swing; but either way, gatherings and groups often mean food! This simple Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting is one of my favorite recipes to make in the fall because it’s perfect for a party or an evening around the fire. The cake is moist with just the right amount of spice, and the caramel frosting is extra-rich, so the thin layer on top is just right. This fuss-free cake is just the kind of dessert a fall with friends is made of.

Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Caramel Frosting is part of Pumpkin Week and my, what a glorious week it is! Cassie from Wholefully and I have been prepping just for you, because we know you love pumpkin as much as we do. Today Cassie is sharing a gorgeous Savory Pumpkin Hummus recipe that I can’t wait to dip something into. Isn’t it pretty? If you like the recipes, feel free to share. Use Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram to share the love because we all know that there is no such thing as too many pumpkin recipes. Your friends are going to love them.

Easy pumpkin sheet cake with a rich caramel icing that will feed a crowd!

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