Strawberry Shortcakes vs Stuffed Strawberries

     Hello everybody! Today I have something sweet for you all! Everyone is familiar with strawberry shortcakes with the angel cake, cut up strawberries, and whipped cream. At least that's what I believe, but when I was told to use up four pounds of strawberries; I had to be a little creative. Searching pinterest, all the cabinets, and feeling my brain start to fry I finally came up with an idea. To make stuffed strawberries! Read below and see how I did it! You are in for a real treat.

The first thing I did was make the cream cheese frosting. Here are the ingredients and measurements I used:

  • 8 ounces of cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 8 ounces of unsalted butter cream (at room temperature)
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 generous teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

First, I mixed the butter and cream cheese in the mixing bowl until it completely mixed at a creamy consistency. It took me about five minutes to get it to where I thought it looked good.

Next, slowly add in the powdered sugar. I was told to do it in smaller portions so I added half a cup at a time. Mixed it all completely with no chunks.

Then I added the pure vanilla extract and kept the mixer going until it was fully mixed. Thinking ahead to what I had to do with the frosting I put it all into a large ziplock bag that let it sit in the refrigerator.

Onto the strawberries! Wash, cut, and repeat! Here are the two steps I did for what felt like forever:
Step 1: cut off top
Step two: core the middle

I had some difficulty making sure I cored evenly. I know there are tools sold for this purpose, but I did this all with a knife! After I was done doing that I neatly layed them in a tray and let them also sit in the refrigerator. With all the strawberries I had to cut, this took me 20 minutes.

This part is for the people who have anger issues; crushing the graham crackers! I wanted to make these look fancy so I decided to add graham cracker dust! It is safe to say it took me a good 5-10 minutes to completely pound/smash/squish the graham crackers to a find dust. I used one sheet!

Now we get to do the fun part! After you are done beating the graham out of the crackers, we get to stuff the strawberries! I thought this would be a sweet surprise for people when they eat it. Mini peanut butter cups were available in plenty so made good use out of those babies and put one in each strawberry. After that I piped the cream cheese frosting on top of each strawberry by cutting a hole that the corner of the ziplock bag. My advice: do not cut a huge hole! You have much  more control with a smaller hole.

Because I had so much graham cracker dust, I dipped the tops of the strawberries into the graham cracker dust rather than sprinkling it on top.

I was very satisfied with the results and enjoyed making much as I enjoyed eating them. I had so much fun making these that I actually went ahead and made my own strawberry shortcakes! I followed the same recipe to make the cream cheese frosting, but instead I baked white cake into cupcakes, scooped out the middle of the cupcake, added in cut up strawberries, topped them with cream cheese frosting and graham cracker dust, AND a cute blueberry. Again, another success.

There are so many ways to make quick and simple treats! What are your favorites? Let me know!

xoxo, Michelle

Michelle is a licensed cosmetologist with a passion for writing. She enjoys reading, writing, cooking, organizing things, listening to music, and video chatting her family and friends. Being a huge animal lover, she loves her chinchilla named Queen Chili and misses Delilah, her Goldendoodle who lives with her family. 

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