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Need a quick, simple dessert? Blackberry Shortcake!

When your amazing life calls for something other than the standard strawberry shortcake, why not bump it up a bit and have a delicious Blackberry Shortcake instead? This one is so simple and you can use what you have on hand.

Blackberry Shortcake


We visited our favorite local farm yesterday to find some gorgeous, fresh blackberries! We’re blackberry fanatics at my house and could easily sit down with a big bowl of these little gems and happily have them as a meal.Fresh Blackberries

After considering the possibilities, and how worn out we were from a day of errands, we decided to make a quick dinner and needed a simple dessert to go with it. Anyone can have strawberry shortcake. Why not take advantage of what’s fresh now and make a beautiful Blackberry Shortcake?

So, you can really make a shortcake dessert using whatever base you have on hand. No need to get fancy or spend a lot of time baking. I happen to have some dessert shells in the freezer. Some of the things I have piled fruit on are :

  • a canned or frozen biscuit (sprinkle a little sugar on top before baking)
  • a cookie or two, or a little bowl of crumbled cookies
  • cinnamon toast
  • frozen pound cake
  • a cupcake
  • a scone

Even though in legit baking world, these options are not technically “shortcake”, who cares? They all make a shortcake-style, easy, yummy dessert that you can make right now.

While I pulled dinner together, I macerated a pint of blackberries in a few tablespoons of sugar. This will created all that fabulous juice you want on your shortcake. It only takes about an hour and can be hastened by crushing them up a bit.

Then it’s as simple as putting down your base and spooning on some berries.

Blackberries for Shortcake

Adding some of that gorgeous syrup.

Blackberries on shortcake

Top it with your favorite whipped topping, ice cream or syrup.

Blackberry Shortcake

Seriously, what could be more beautiful, simple and delicious?