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Strawberry and Balsamic Vinegar Shortcake

A delicious balsamic vinegar twist on a classic.

Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake

It’s hard to believe that strawberries marinated in balsamic vinegar could taste so good.

But they really do.

The balsamic vinegar draws out and emphasizes the flavor of the strawberries.

And the natural juice of the strawberries blends nicely with the vinegar so that the end result is a delicious syrup-like sauce that forms into a strawberry marinade.

The taste gets even better when the strawberries and marinade are layered with pieces of angel food cake and then topped with whipped cream.

A fun and pretty way to serve this shortcake is in Mason jars.

Here are more recipes with strawberries you may like “Sugar-Coated Skillet Biscuit Double Strawberry Shortcake“, “Strawberries and Whipped Cream with a Crunch” and “Yogurt Berry Pancake Rolls“.

Let’s check out the ingredients.

Strawberries on Plate

Strawberries, balsamic vinegar and Cool Whip Topping (or your favorite whipped cream)

Angel Food Cake

…pre-made angel food cake (about 3/4 of the cake)

printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

For the Marinated Strawberries:

Sliced Strawberries

Wash the strawberries, remove the stem and leaves, and slice them into thirds.

Sliced Strawberries in Bowl

In a medium size bowl, add the strawberries and balsamic vinegar.

Sliced Strawberries in Bowl

Gently stir the strawberries and vinegar together.

Sliced Strawberries in Bowl

Cover the bowl with a lid or plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 2 hours to marinate (less or more time works fine too depending on your schedule).

For the Shortcake:

Pieces of Angel Food Cake

Tear the angel food cake into bite-size pieces.

Angel Food Cake in Jars

In the bottom of serving containers (Mason jars or dessert dishes), place one layer of the angel food cake (pieces).

Angel Food Cake in Jars

Next…

Sliced Strawberries in Jars

…top with marinated strawberries (including the marinade).

It’s especially delicious if the vinegar marinade is also spooned over the angel food cake along with the strawberries.

Sliced Strawberries in Jars

Next, add a layer of Cool Whip topping.

Spoon this in carefully so it doesn’t smudge on the side of the Mason jar or serving dish.

Strawberry Shortcake in Jars

Next, add another layer of angel food cake.

The cake can be pushed down a little bit in the serving dish to get rid of any gaps that may form in between the strawberries and the Cool Whip.

Strawberry Shortcake in Jars

Add another layer of marinated strawberries.

Right before serving, add the last layer of Cool Whip.

Strawberry Shortcake in Jars

After the last layer of Cool Whip, time to dig in.  It’s SO good.

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Balsamic Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry and Balsamic Vinegar Shortcake

A delicious balsamic vinegar twist on a classic.
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Time to marinate the strawberries: 2 hours
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Balsamic Vinegar, Strawberries, Strawberry Shortcake
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the Marinated Strawberries:

  • 2 containers (16 ounces each) fresh strawberries washed, stems and leave removed, cut into thirds
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

For the Shortcake:

  • Marinated strawberries
  • 1 round or rectangle prepared Angel Food cake tear into bite-size pieces (about 1-inch size pieces)
  • 1 container (8 ounces) Cool Whip Topping

Instructions

For the Marinated Strawberries:

  • In a medium size bowl, add the strawberries and balsamic vinegar.  Gently stir together.  
  • Cover with plastic wrap and put in the refrigerator for 2 hours to marinate (less or more time works fine too depending on your schedule).

For the Shortcake:

  • In the bottom of serving containers (mason jars or dessert dishes) place one layer of angel food cake (pieces).  
  • Top with marinated strawberries (including the marinade)It’s especially delicious if the vinegar marinade is also spooned over the angel food cake along with the strawberries.
  • Add a layer of Cool Whip topping. Spoon this in carefully so that it doesn’t smudge on the side of the Mason jar or serving dish.
  • Next, add another layer of the angel food cake.  The cake can be pushed down a little bit in the serving dish to get rid of any gaps that may form in between the strawberries and Cool Whip.
  • Add another layer of marinated strawberries. 
  • Right before serving, add the last layer of Cool Whip.
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32 Comments

  1. I love desserts in mason jars and this one is absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to try it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Your dessert looks very delicious. Yum Yum!!

  3. Those mason jars look GORGEOUS! Talk about a treat that screams romantic night in. Company doesn’t even need to be invited – I would just spend one-on-one time with the strawberries by myself!

    – Cassandra from The Dirty Girls Kitchen

  4. I had a serious strawberry craving as I read this post. The photos are so beautiful, they look three dimensional! This idea is different, and I so appreciate the step-by-step picture directions.

    Thanks for the beautiful post!

    Alaiyo

  5. Definitely unexpected combination but it looks amazing!

  6. I always have the balsamic strawberries with vanilla ice cream ,it’s a fav at my house , I can imagine how it tastes your way , the pics look really good 🙂 .

    • Thank you very much! I haven’t had these strawberries with vanilla ice cream yet. I’m glad you mentioned it; I’m going to for sure try it.

  7. Really wonderful! that’s the way we use in spain to make a strawberry macedonia. Our mother’s always used vinegar, not only modena but the most current one everyone used to have in their kitchen.
    Excellent dessert!. Thanks.
    Begoña

    • Thank you for mentioning how the strawberry macedonia is made. I’m going to google that dish and check it out. Have a nice weekend.

  8. I LOVE LOVE LOVE strawberries! And balsamic vinegar! So, so good.

    Never thought about putting them in mason jars though. What a wonderful gift idea!

  9. Beautiful post– love the look of the mason jars! Very rustic. I have yet to try the strawberry and balsamic vinegar combination but lately I’ve been really wanting to. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! Perfect for summer berries and I LOVE food in jars! 🙂

  11. First time I’ve seen the mason jars and absolutely love it! What a clever combination. It’s interesting because just last week I ran across a strawberry, balsamic, basil spritzer. I’d swap real whipped cream with a pinch of black pepper for the cool whip. Weird I know, but black pepper and strawberries…just a touch mind you, go nicely together.

    • Interesting…the combination of just a touch of black pepper with strawberries….I will for sure have to try that! Thank you!

  12. The presentation is beautiful. I am still a little skeptical of the vinegar and strawberries, but one day I am sure I will be brave enough to try it.
    In the mean time I think I will need to serve stuff up in mason jars…just a cute presentation.

    • Thank you Rachel, I completely understand your thoughts on the vinegar and strawberries…I felt the same way!

  13. what a fun way to present this dish and so simple to prepare. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Very creative presentation. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Never tried strawberries with vinegar. Looks tasty :P.

    • Kadri, after the strawberries marinade a bit in the balsamic vinegar you can really taste the strawberry flavor. The taste is something different. Thank you for your comment!

  16. I have seen this mason jar presentation a few times now. I do not think I will ever tire of it. These look so good. I too was so surprised the first time I tasted balsamic strawberries at just how good they taste.

  17. Strawberries and balsamic vinegar can make a perfect marriage… unbelievable!!! I have a few strawberries at home and I will try this soon…