Hello Sun & Earthlings!  As we gear up for the coming 4th of July weekend we found a great patriotic recipe to share with you.  This cake is easy to make, and only takes a few ingredients that you might already have in the pantry.  Plus it has fresh fruit for a refreshing summer treat that has some nutritional value!

Ingredients:

  1. 2 cups flour
  2. 4 teaspoons baking powder
  3. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 tablespoon sugar
  5. 2 tablespoons butter
  6. 2 tablespoons shortening
  7. 3/4 cup half and half
  8. Melted butter to brush shortcake
  9. Fresh Strawberries
  10. Fresh Blueberries
  11. Heavy Whipping Cream
  12. 2 teaspoons Vanilla extract

In a large mixing bowl mix the first 4 ingredients. Cut in butter and shortening. Mix in half and half. Pour shortcake mix into three 8″ pans. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cake is brown. Allow the shortcake to cool before assembling it final product.

While the cake is baking prepare the whipped cream. It’s best to keep the cream in the refrigerator right up until you are ready to whip it, and if it’s a hot day chilling your mixing bowl and mixer will help. Pour the cream into a bowl and add vanilla extract for flavor. Use a stand or hand mixer to begin whipping the cream, mixing slowly at first then gradually increasing the speed to medium-high. Once you attain firm peaks your whipped cream is complete.

Prep your strawberries and blueberries by washing them to remove any unwanted additives. Cut the strawberries in half. Use 1 of the shortcakes as the base for your cake, apply half of the whipped cream, and sprinkle with blueberries and strawberries. Put another of the shortcakes on top, add the rest of the whipped cream, and sprinkle with your fruit. Finally, add your last layer of shortcake, and get creative with your remaining fruit. You could position your strawberries into a sun and think of Sun & Earth as your serve it to your friends and family, or any other delectable ideas you may have!

Happy baking and Happy 4th of July! Post pictures of your creations on our Facebook Page.