strawberry shortcake


Shortcake is one of the things I don't make. 

I don't make it, because my Mum does.

And man, she makes a good shortcake.

I think in every family somebody specializes in something, right? Maybe you are the excellent birthday cake maker. Or the beloved scone bringer. Maybe you're known for your lasagne or your perfect roast. 

Mum has always made shortcake. Given that my aunts on my Dad's side also make it, I wonder whether it was my Grandma's recipe (she of the award-winning sponge, very soon to be forthcoming!!)… I'll ask Mum when they're back from galavanting around South Australia. 

Anyway, Mum makes passionfruit shortcake. Always has a passionfruit vine growing somewhere, always has frozen fruit in ziplocks in the freezer. It's the passionfruit shortcake she makes for her adored sons-in-law. And for Dad, for super special treats (when she has a house-full and can be sure he'll only get one piece, being diabetic and all that…) 

So I never make it. It's her thing. 

'Cept I have all these strawberries, and we were going to a friend's house for Sunday lunch, and I thought, why not…

I bought a couple of these cool bakers boxes at The Essential Ingredient (somewhere I should never be let loose) and boxed it up. 

 I neglected to take a 'slice-of' photo at lunch – too busy talking. And eating. And laughing. Sorry.



2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup sugar

125g butter

1 egg

1 cup icing sugar

60g butter

1 cup chopped strawberries


Mix flour and sugar in a large bowl then rub in the butter. Make a well in the centre and stir in the egg. It will feel really dry, keep mixing until you can knead it well into a ball. 

Push into a round 7 inch (20cm) tin, rough up the top with a fork and sprinkle with sugar. Cook at 160° for 35 mins or until golden. When cooled, split into two.

To make the filling, mix the icing sugar with the butter and fruit. (This works really well with passionfruit too – probably better than my strawberry version.) Mix well to a cream then spread onto one half of the shortcake. Put together, and enjoy! 

Perfect with perfectly-made espresso (our friends run a coffee school!)

Highlights of the week so far:

* Having my seven year old nephew Doug to stay for a few nights. Awesome little dude that he is. Henry is now at my sister's place for a short holiday, and I am loving the time just with Tilly. We are having a truly lovely little break, just us. (Although she's pretty excited about bringing him home tomorrow night.)

* It's not often you can say that something helped you be a better parent, but I think this book has. I highly recommend it. I found it via Soulemama and am now on a mission to find out more about Buddhism generally.

* I'm not particularly religious but am always inspired by faith in other people. I stumbled on this blog tonight, via Mammajoy (finally posting again! hooray!) and read the story of Audrey Caroline. It's astonishing how strong some people can be. I thought this woman, Angie Smith, was amazing and I was really inspired by her perspective.

* Learning about white balance for photos from my friend Katie who in 10 minutes gave me a crash course and helped me take better 'inside' photos!! She is the best!

Hope you are having a fab week. 


5 Comments on “strawberry shortcake

April 15, 2010 at 8:40 am

Wow! That shortcake looks amazing! I don’t really know what shortcake is though – is it like a cross between cake and shortbread? Or is it a lot like shortbread?

Bhuddism for Mothers is a lovely book – definitely helped me not go completely troppo in the early days with Ruby. Sarah Napthali also has a couple of sequels now which are also good.

I hope you’re keeping well,

Sal xo

Suzie B
April 15, 2010 at 10:14 am

I just read the story of Audrey Caroline. What incredible trust in God. So I read the beginning part at least- do you know how that part finishes? It must be mentioned in the other blog posts but besides trawling through all of them I couldn’t work out how to find the answer.

April 16, 2010 at 11:26 am

Here is the counter side to Buddhism for mothers. A friend gave it to me with our eldest children were 4, she had not had any more, I was pregnant with my third (Fiona, you must have been more patient than me). I read a bit of it, and actually went to the effort to find out exactly how old her children were, because I just wanted to shout (clearly not calm mothering) at her “well that is when the youngest can’t talk or move, but what is your solution when you they are both shouting at each other and fighting and they can’t even hear you over the din”. I think I had one of those “well who are you to try and tell me” reactions….. Pleased to hear other people found it more helpful!

April 16, 2010 at 12:12 pm

That cakes looks great, I’ve never made a shortcake before, thanks for sharing the recipe! And thanks for the link love! Angie Smith is so very inspiring, not sure if I could have that kind of faith in the midst of sheer tragedy, I’d like to think that I could though!

April 16, 2010 at 12:54 pm

If you go to her blog archive and read through April 2008 you’ll get the whole story… Audrey’s condition was always going to be fatal, but the astounding thing about this family is their attitude towards the time, however brief, they had with her, and how they dealt with their other kids dealing with it. For a very sad/inspiring/astonishing slide show which I guess kinda tells the story – not as well as Angie does herself though – go to


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