Zesty Lemon Strawberry Shortcake…and a Giveaway (Closed)

If there’s one thing I’m religious about in the kitchen, it’s whipping my own whipped cream.  There are certain things I’m willing to cut corners on, but nothing beats the heavenly fluffiness of just whipped cream. It’s one of those tasks that sounds a lot more complicated than it is, but it actually happens really fast…especially with the help of a mixer…the job is done in less than a minute. Which brings me to an exciting announcement…not only do I have a yummy Strawberry Shortcake recipe to share with you today, but I’ve teamed up with Hamilton Beach, and I’m giving one lucky winner TWO fabulous mixers (more details on that below!).

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I prefer shortcake that’s not overtly sweet.  While I do add a bit of sugar (adjusting the amount, depending on the sweetness of my berries), I also add some fresh lemon zest and juice along with some chopped mint to give it fresh and zingy flavor.

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Let all those ingredients sit together for a bit, and the strawberries start oozing a luscious syrupy juice. It’s divine.

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With a stand mixer, it doesn’t get much easier than tossing whipped cream, sugar, and vanilla into the bowl, and letting the machine do all of the work for you. I loved testing out this great little machine. It’s sturdy, but still lightweight so it’s easy to manage, and it was completely simple to operate. Plus, it’s easy to dismantle, and I had just two parts to wash after…the bowl and the whisk attachment. (The cream could easily be whipped with a handheld mixer as well).

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Here’s a little tip for testing the doneness of whipped cream….you know when they say beat till “stiff peaks” form?  Well, sometimes it’s tough to tell when you reach that point, but if you flip over your beater, and the cream stand in a stiff point (instead of dropping over), then you are good to go!

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Zesty Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

You’ll need:

  • 1 pound strawberries, cut into bite-size pieces
  • About 1 tablespoon sugar
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 5 mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 pound cake (or other cake of your choice)

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

To prepare:

  1. In a bowl, combine the strawberries, sugar, lemon, lemon zest, and mint. Allow to sit for at least 20 minutes so the juices release.
  2. (optional) Using a ring mold, cut circular shapes from slices of pound cake. (Or serve with the whole slice of cake).
  3. In the bowl of a mixer, add the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla.  Beat at the highest speed until stiff peaks form.
  4. To serve, arrange the pound cake in the center of a plate, pile on a generous serving of strawberries, and top with a dollop of whipped cream.

Serves 4-6

 

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Giveaway Details – CLOSED

 

***Congratulations to contest winner, Heather D!!  I’ll be reaching out via email with more details!***

Now’s your chance to get your hands on the Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer AND the SoftScrape 6 Speed Hand Mixer.  I’ll be giving BOTH to one lucky winner!!

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There are a few ways to enter, such as leaving a comment or tweeting, but you must be logged into Rafflecopter for tracking purposes. You can log in below via Facebook or by entering your email address. The giveaway ends on Sunday, June 8th at 12:00am, and the winner will be contacted via email. U.S. entries only. Must be 18 years or older. Good luck!

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As a brand ambassador for Hamilton Beach, the products I tested were provided on a complimentary basis.  All opinions are my own.

 

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Comments

  1. Lisa Brown says:

    Love strawberries; Thank you for the chance to win :)

  2. Julie Wood says:

    Your Zesty Lemon Strawberry Shortcake looks so delicious and a great dessert to have the summer. I will have to try and make it. The hand mixer and stand mixer from Hamilton Beach is amazing.

  3. Lauretta Haley says:

    I love reading your blog my friend! Almost as much
    As I would love a new mixer!! Great twist on
    Strawberry short cake!!

    Xo

  4. Great giveaway, thanks so much.

  5. The strawberries look so beautiful with the mint, lovely pictures!

  6. Love spring berries! Strawberries are my favorite

  7. Since I have driven my mixer into the ground, this would definitely be a good win!

  8. Julie Raye-Rod says:

    I really love making chocolate cakes.

  9. nicole dz says:

    So many options to mix up with this. I would first be whipping up some peanut butter cookies with dark chocolate chips. One of my favs!

  10. Deb C says:

    I’ll be trying this recipe. I like the addition of lemon to the mix. The Hamilton Beach mixers would be perfect for me. I’ve seen them in red and love the look.

  11. April Trieger says:

    Melissa! Strawberry shortcake has been my favorite since I was a little girl:) I am slowly making it my daughters favorite too haha I don’t own any mixers:( just a whisk thanks for the yummy recipe

  12. Pamela Tessmer says:

    Oh my gosh this post made my mouth water! YUMMMMMMM

  13. I will be trying this recipe soon.

  14. Jeff Rothrock says:

    strawberry shortcake the best;)

  15. michelle Hill says:

    I love making cupcakes with the kids. A lot of them. This would be great help

  16. loyri halliburton says:

    Going to try out this recipe. Thanks for the chance!

  17. Teresa says:

    This looks delicious! It will be the first recipe I try with my new mixer if I’m lucky enough to win!

  18. Natalie J Vandenberghe says:

    I’d love to win this for my daughter. Thanks for the giveaway.

  19. Nicole Flynn says:

    This recipe isn’t that complicated. I think I can handle it. I remember my Oma used to make a sort-of Strawberry shortcake. It was so good.

  20. steven weber says:

    The recipe sounds and looks delicious.

  21. Taylor Closet says:

    Zesty Lemon Strawberry Shortcake LOOKS awesome.

  22. Meena R says:

    I would love to make cake with this-it would turn out so good!

  23. Joanne Ervin says:

    I’ve always wanted to own a mixer to learn to make things from scratch. Thanks for having this contest!

  24. Joanne Ervin says:

    I’ve always wanted to own a mixer to learn to make things from scratch. Thanks for having this contest!

  25. mita says:

    Thank you for the chance to win, love it!

  26. Lilyana Cruz says:

    my kids will be in summer vacation. and one of the activities I want to do with them is to learn recipes with them. I love this mixer because it will be easier.

  27. Z Cruz Aracely says:

    I dont know how I got here,but this is awesome! I love this recipe. I’ll be trying this for sure. Thanks!

  28. Marley says:

    I really love that stand mixer! I would really like to try out this recipe with the stand mixer :)

  29. Donna says:

    I would love to win this!

  30. Nancy Reid says:

    I only have an old handheld mixer would love to upgrade to the Hamilton Beach 6 Speed Stand Mixer and replace my old handheld too!

  31. Great recipe! We really need a new handheld mixer–ours is probably from the 1950’s and I never use it anymore.

  32. Oh my goodness, those strawberries look sooo good – and with that lemon zest! Can’t wait to make this recipe for a summer backyard bbq, it’s perfect!

  33. cole marie mckinnon says:

    Strawberries are my favorite fruit

  34. Nicole Millheim says:

    The recipe looks so yummy!

  35. Ancilla J. says:

    The mixed strawberries looks like something I would eat by the bowlful. Thanks for the recipe.

  36. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    The strawberries look yummy!

  37. Thomas Murphy says:

    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  38. Bonnie Haave says:

    Making this on Saturday !

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