Strawberry Shortcake has been a family favorite dessert as long as I can remember. They are just the right amount of sweet, so easy to put together and I honestly cannot think of a situation where they would not be appropriate to serve. We recently threw a Pink of baby shower for my sister and we had to include our favorite family dessert but classed it up by making them in jars. It added a touch of fancy that was needed and made for easy serving too!
They also made a really cute centerpiece, or more like addition, for the baby shower table! I just have to note here that my does an amazing job for any party she puts together. Not only does she have a talent for things look really nice and color balanced, but she figures out how to make all the “little touches” budget friendly, too. The Strawberry Shortcakes in a Jar ended up being the perfect dessert that we could throw together quickly the morning of the party. They took less than 10 minutes and turned out so cute.
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What You Need:
- Instant Vanilla Pudding
- Pound Cake
- Sliced Sweetened Strawberries
- Whipped Cream
- Glass Jar(s) – we used half pint jars….Super cute!
- Spoons – for filling the jars
To make this super quick and easy have everything already prepped and ready to go. So here is what we did for prep for all of the ingredients:
For the Strawberries: If they are in season, slice the night before and sweeten them with sugar so they are kind of saucy the next day. If they are not in season, you can buy the frozen version of sweetened strawberries in the freezer section at your local grocery stores. We had a ton of leftover strawberries, so don’t feel like you have to make/buy this much just for these shortcakes. We save and freeze the leftovers for crepes and other fun breakfasts later.
Instant Vanilla Pudding: With the instant pudding, we were able to quickly whip some up about 10 minutes before we put them together. We ended up needing a little over 1 large box to fill 28 plus jars.
Whipped Cream: Store bought was easiest and had plenty with one large tub
For the Pound Cake: We used the Costco Buttered Pound Cake Muffins because it was more affordable than the loaves and ended up buying way more than we needed. 9 muffins was more than enough to make 28 of these cute little half pint Strawberry Shortcakes. I think we used less than 6 muffins (3.5 muffins for the first layer and less for the 2nd) for all 28 jars and bought 3 trays of 9 muffins! lol We cut the muffin chunks right before we started putting the jars together so they weren’t a crumbly mess and found the best size was when we cut the muffin into 3 layers width wise and then chunked it like below. Slicing the muffin in half made the chunks still too big.
**REMEMBER: The biggest challenge is not to get the wet ingredients on the sides of the jar so you get the cute look.
Step 1: Add pound cake squares to the bottom of the jar. Add enough to just cover the bottom of the jar. You can lightly press them in so you get a flat layer, but that’s the only layer you really want to do this.
Step 2: Top with pudding. Try to drop it in the middle without touching the sides on the way in. We only put a small amount in at a time and spread it around with the tip of the spoon. It ended up being 2 regular spoonfuls and those were not heaping spoonfuls. This pic below was before we figured out if we press the pound cake a little before adding the pudding, you can see the bottom layer better. But either way, it all tastes the same! 😉
Step 3: Top with sweetened strawberries.
Step 4: Add a layer of whipped cream. As you will see when you add the next layer of pound cake, it will push the whipped cream around, so don’t this first layer of whipped cream too thick, but have fun with the top layer!