Strawberry Shortcake Surprise With Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Strawberry season is the best time of the year! And what better way to make use of it than with an adorable strawberry shortcake, with a twist? A shortcake cookie house filled with a fluffy layer of cake, homemade vanilla pudding, and topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream is the way to go.

You'll Need:

For the shortcake dough:

  • 3 oz butter, cubed
  • 3 tbsp powdered sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ whisked egg (2 tbsp liquid eggs)
  • 1½ tbsp ground almonds
  • 5 oz flour

For the vanilla pudding:

  • 10 fl oz milk
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tbsp starch
  • 1 vanilla bean


  • square cake layer (sponge cake or pound cake work best)
  • melted milk chocolate
  • strawberries
  • whipped cream

Here's How:

1. Prepare the shortcake dough, knead until smooth, and refrigerate for an hour. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375°F. Once the dough has chilled, flour your work surface, roll out the dough, and cut out one 4 x 4 inch square and four 2 x 4 inch rectangles, as shown in the video. Bake for 10 minutes and let the shortcake cookies cool before moving on to the next step.

2. The square cookie piece will be the base of your "house." Spread the melted milk chocolate on the edges of the rectangle cookies and stick one on each side of the square cookie base to assemble the house. Leave one side open for now.

3. Cut a square piece of sponge cake or pound cake to fit inside the cookie house, place it on the square cookie base, and attach the last rectangle cookie with the melted chocolate. 

4. For the vanilla pudding, pour the milk into a medium pot, stir in the contents of the vanilla bean, and bring to a boil. Add the egg, sugar, and starch, and whisk until a smooth pudding forms.

5. Fill the shortcake house with the vanilla pudding and smooth the top out with a spoon. Decorate with fresh strawberries and dollops of whipped cream for a berry nice treat.

People will think you spent hours in the kitchen on this dessert – little do they know, it's so fast and easy to make! 

You can find the recipe for the No-Bake Strawberry Cream Dream featured in the bonus video here.


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