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Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

On Sunday we had a dear friend over for dinner. It was a beautiful day so Josh grilled out on our patio. He took care of the dinner and I made the dessert-Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake. Strawberry shortcake has always been one of my favorite desserts. This time I added chopped rhubarb to the shortcake biscuits for a little twist on the classic dessert.

Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake on A great dessert for spring!

Shortcake can be made with cake or biscuits, but I prefer the old fashioned biscuits that are made with butter and cream. I also added in orange zest and chopped rhubarb. I used a cookie cutter to cut out the shortcakes, but a biscuit cutter or round glass would work as well. Before baking, I brush the shortcakes with cream and top with turbinado sugar.

After the shortcakes cooled, I spooned sweetened strawberries over the rhubarb shortcakes and added a big dollop of whipped cream. The shortcake biscuits were tender and flaky. The rhubarb added a nice hint of tartness that paired well with the sweet strawberries and whipped cream. Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake was the perfect dessert for our summer dinner.

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Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake

Yield: 10 shortcakes

Cook Time: 12-14 minutes


Strawberry Topping:
16 ounces strawberries, hulled, washed, chopped
2 tablespoons granulated sugar

For the shortcakes:
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons orange zest
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
1 cup chopped rhubarb
1 large egg
3/4 cup cold heavy cream, plus extra cream to brush the tops
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Turbinado sugar, for sprinkling on top of shortcakes
Whipped cream, for serving


1. In a medium bowl, add the strawberries and sugar. Stir until strawberries are coated. Refrigerate strawberries until serving time. Center a rack in the oven and preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment or a silicone mat.

2. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and orange zest together in a large bowl. Drop in the butter and, using your fingers, toss to coat the pieces of butter with flour. Use your fingers or a pastry blender, cut and rub the butter into the dry ingredients. You will have some small pea size pieces of butter and that is fine. Stir in the chopped rhubarb.

3. In a small glass measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the egg, heavy cream, and vanilla extract. Pour mixture over the dry ingredients and stir with a spatula just until the dough comes together. The dough will be sticky. Still in the bowl, gently knead the dough by hand, just until the dough comes together.

4. Lightly dust a work surface with flour and turn out the dough. Pat the dough into a circle. Gently roll out the dough. You want the dough to be about an inch thick. Cut the dough into shortcakes using a cookie cutter, biscuit cutter or glass bottom. Place the shortcakes on the prepared baking sheet, about 2 inches apart.

5. Brush the shortcakes with cream and sprinkle with turbinado sugar. Bake for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Transfer shortcakes to a rack and cool to cool to room temperature.

6. Serve shortcakes with strawberries and whipped cream.

If you like this Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake, you might also like:

Red Velvet Strawberry Shortcake from I Am Baker
Strawberry Shortcake Trifle from La Mia Vita Dolce
Strawberry Shortcake Cake from The Food Librarian
Lemon Buttermilk Shortcakes with Berries from Two Peas and Their Pod


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58 Responses to “Strawberry Rhubarb Shortcake”

  1. Blog is the New Black — June 8, 2011 @ 5:48 am

    This looks wonderful! I’ve yet to try rhubarb. Yum.

  2. Lauren at Keep It Sweet — June 8, 2011 @ 5:52 am

    I love that you put rhubarb in the shortcakes!

  3. Quay Po Cooks — June 8, 2011 @ 5:57 am

    I have lots of rhubarb in my fridge. This is another new recipe to try with it. Thanks.

  4. Maria it looks sooo good! It looks so light and airy and delicate and the cream…real whipped cream on top…oh that really just MAKES it! :)

  5. Jessica @ How Sweet — June 8, 2011 @ 6:41 am

    Love this. It is so pretty.

  6. Heather (Heather's Dish) — June 8, 2011 @ 7:28 am

    that cutter is so cute!

  7. Rosa — June 8, 2011 @ 7:30 am

    A marvelous dessert! Very summery looking and so delicious.



  8. Erica — June 8, 2011 @ 8:05 am

    Yum! I love fruity desserts. The whipped cream is a total requirement when you have any kind of shortcake, crisp or crumble. I’ve only baked with rhubarb once. I need to do it again. Have a great day pretty lady :)

  9. Such a great summer dessert!

  10. Wenderly — June 8, 2011 @ 9:42 am

    That is such a sweet, happy little dessert! Just perfect for summer!

  11. This dessert is just gorgeous!! :)

  12. Lori @ RecipeGirl — June 8, 2011 @ 9:51 am

    So pretty!

  13. Deborah — June 8, 2011 @ 10:05 am

    What a beautiful and fresh dessert!

  14. brandi — June 8, 2011 @ 10:17 am

    I agree – biscuits for shortcakes are always the best! I love how flaky and butter they are with the sweet fruit and whipped cream.

    They look great, Maria!

  15. El — June 8, 2011 @ 10:25 am

    You made it beautifully. we just got local strawberries so I’m ready to whip the cream!

  16. EatLiveRun — June 8, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    Looks fabulous! I just discovered rhubarb (i know!) and have been absolutely loving it this season.

  17. Yuri — June 8, 2011 @ 10:45 am

    Beautiful shortcakes! I am finally getting some rhubarb this weekend [I hope my friend can smuggle it for me from Miami] so I am bookmarking this recipe :)

  18. Jenny Flake — June 8, 2011 @ 11:28 am

    Delish! Perfect for summer!!

  19. Lesley Lifting Life — June 8, 2011 @ 11:34 am

    This dessert looks so delicious, Maria!!

  20. susan — June 8, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    you and I are on the same “foodie” wave-length! yum. love the rhubarb twist!

  21. Amanda — June 8, 2011 @ 11:59 am

    Your photos are always so gorgeous, wish I could dive into this right now! :)

  22. Georgia Pellegrini — June 8, 2011 @ 12:20 pm

    Theres nothing like a flaky biscuit with the sweetest strawberries. I’m definitely going to make these, strawberry rhubarb is my favorite combination.

  23. Katrina — June 8, 2011 @ 12:55 pm

    I seriously love this. Yum!

  24. Joanne — June 8, 2011 @ 1:24 pm

    I love the simplicity of strawberry shortcakes and rhubarb is the perfect way to spruce them up!

  25. Jess Wakasugi — June 8, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

    These look so summery and refreshingly light tasting! Love a rhubarb and strawberry combo, bookmarked!

  26. Kristen — June 8, 2011 @ 3:51 pm

    Looks completely delicious, Maria!

  27. Cookin' Canuck — June 8, 2011 @ 5:34 pm

    I love this take on strawberry shortcake. One can never have enough rhubarb recipes.

  28. Lora @cakeduchess — June 8, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

    Love this, Maria! I wish I could find some rhubarb:)I have to make these shortcakes this weekend:)

    • Two Peas replied: — June 8th, 2011 @ 6:37 pm

      I wish I could share our rhubarb with you! We have 4 plants!

  29. Rhubarb IN your biscuit-you clever girl. So glad you guys are enjoying spring finally. It seems as though we are well deep into summer and (gasp) too dang hot to grill! 101 on Sunday :(

  30. I made starwberry shortcake this week too! The addition of rhubarb sounds fantastic.

  31. i posted strawberry basil scones on my blog recently. Sounds like a similar idea but instead of rhubarb you add basil! :)

  32. This is brilliant! I love how you combined the strawberry and rhubarb into the shortcakes.

  33. Blond Duck — June 9, 2011 @ 7:33 am

    The ultimate summer dessert!

  34. marla — June 9, 2011 @ 10:34 am

    Girl, I am on the same page with all these fresh summer fruits. Your shortcakes look wonderful!

  35. Elle — June 9, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    A classic and a favorite!

  36. patsyk — June 9, 2011 @ 12:44 pm

    I know my husband would love these! Love how you incorporated the rhubarb into the biscuit!

  37. leslie — June 9, 2011 @ 4:07 pm

    These look scrumptious Maria! I still need to try Rhubarb!
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  38. Tracy — June 9, 2011 @ 4:59 pm

    I love strawberry-rhubarb shortcake! It’s my favorite thing to make around Memorial Day. :-)

  39. Donna — June 9, 2011 @ 8:12 pm

    My favorite part of this post is when you said “he took care of dinner” – – – how great would that be? I don’t let my hubby anywhere near the kitchen – except to take pictures!

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