Gluten-free Recipe for Dessert Shells With Strawberry Shortcake

Do you want to learn how to make the recipe for dessert shells with strawberry shortcakes? Then you need to read this,

This dairy-free fluffy gluten-free yellow sponge cake recipe is considered one of the ways to bring back the nostalgic memories of those little cakes from the grocery store. Also, this recipe is easier to make in a special pan or a muffin tin, with a delicious taste. 

So, let’s get started on how to make the recipe for dessert shells with strawberry shortcakes. 

Recipe For Dessert Shells

Yellow dessert shell cups are lighter and fluffier than regular yellow cakes, which are actually yellow sponge cakes.

They always came in a pack of four or six in the bakery section.

The gluten-free dessert shells recipe is reminiscent of the regular version bought at the store, and it is perfect for making easy strawberry shortcakes. 

The cakes are delicious on their own and could also be frosted or topped in other ways, too! 

However, once you’ve made the dessert shells, you can top them with macerated strawberries and whipped cream. 

This way, the sponge cake soaks up the strawberry juice, which is excellent!

Ingredients For Gluten-Free Dessert Shells

Some of the ingredients needed for this recipe are:

  • Basic pantry staples 
  • Gluten-free flour 
  • Sugar 
  • Oil 
  • Eggs 
  • Vanilla

Measure the following ingredients in bowls on a white wooden surface.

  • Gluten-free Flour Blend: You can also use a gluten-free flour blend that is a 1:1 substitute for baking.
  • Almond Flour: This goes a long way to add the perfect flavor and texture to these cakes.
  • Dairy-free: This recipe is also dairy-free since it uses water and oil.

Equipment needed For Dessert Shells With Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe can be made in two different ways.

You can use a special pan to make actual dessert shells like this Nordic Ware pan or the USA pan.

You can also bake the cakes in a muffin pan and split them to make shortcakes.

However, in the Nordic Ware pan, the cakes were a little tricky to remove from the pan, and the sides of the cake weren’t relatively as smooth. 

You must be sure to grease and flour the pan very well before use. 

You will also need a hand mixer or stand mixer for this recipe as it may be very trying to mix it by hand. 

How to Make Gluten-Free Dessert Shell 

There are several steps in the process that will contain as much air as possible in the batter, which is what makes the cakes airier than regular cakes.

  • Sift the dry ingredients and set them aside.
  • Beat the eggs until frothy.
  • Gently incorporate the sugar into the egg mixture in bits. 
  • Continue mixing them for about 5 minutes until the egg and sugar mixture reaches the ribbon stage.
  • At this stage, the mixture is thick with volume and light in color such that when you lift the beaters from the mix, it should be ribbon.

That means the batter falls back from the beaters in thick trails, and the ribbon lines stay suspended on top of the batter for a few moments before disappearing back into the mixture.

  • Then Blend the mixture in the oil and vanilla.
  • Gently fold in the dry ingredients so as not to lose all the air you just included them.
  • Fold in boiling water gently. 
  • By now, the batter will be thin. 
  • You can then divide it into greased pans and bake it!

How To Make Strawberry Shortcakes 

After making the dessert shells which is actually hard work, it’s time to make strawberry shortcakes! 

For this recipe, all you need is strawberries, with maybe a little sugar, and whipped cream.

  • For the Strawberries, you can use plain cut-up strawberries, or you can macerate them to bring out their juices!

To Macerate your Strawberries, you have to Wash, hull, and slice them strawberries. 

Throw them with sugar, just enough to lightly coat them, and Let them sit for 30 minutes, up to overnight.

More so, you can leave some strawberries un-macerated and mix them with the macerated strawberries at the last minute to have a varied texture. 

  • For the Whipped Cream, you can use the whipped cream of your choice, either store-bought, homemade or dairy-free!

To prepare

Pile strawberries and whipped cream on a dessert shell. or 

However, for the cupcake version, you must split the cupcake in half and layer the strawberries and whipped cream with the cake.

Nutritional Information per serving (1 cake)

  • Calories: 85kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Fat: 5g
  • Saturated Fat: 1g
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Cholesterol: 27mg
  • Sodium: 94mg
  • Potassium: 11mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Vitamin A: 40IU
  • Calcium: 35mg
  • Iron: 1mg

Recipe for Dessert Shell Fillings

In this section, we will talk about the 

  • Berry filling 
  • Lemon filling 

Berry Filling

This berry filling can be made in advance and refrigerated in an airtight container.

You will need

  • 4 ounces of softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup of marshmallow fluff
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 6 Delicious Orchards Dessert Shells
  • 6 washed, hulled, and sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries, washed (optional)

How to make 

  • Stir the cream cheese, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla extract until combined in a medium bowl.
  • Divide the cream among the six dessert shells when ready to serve.
  • Arrange the strawberry slices and blueberries on the top of each tart and serve. 

However, do not fill tarts before serving to avoid becoming soggy from the fruit.

Lemon Filling 

For this dessert shell filling, you need 

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 4 teaspoon flour
  • 1 and 1/4 cups of water
  • 3 yolks of slightly beaten eggs
  • 1/4 freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons melted butter,
  • 1/2 teaspoon of grated lemon peel 
  • Pinch of salt
  • Delicious Orchards dessert shells or slices of Delicious Orchards Gold Cake 

How to make

  • Mix sugar, flour, and salt in a bowl.
  • Gradually add water and mix to combine. 
  • Beat three yolks of egg slightly and add to the water mixture. 
  • Cook until thick for about 10 minutes 
  • Add 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, two tablespoons of melted butter, and the grated lemon peel. 
  • Let it cool completely. 

This filling can be refrigerated in an airtight container overnight. 

Spoon onto dessert shells or Gold Cake, and top with whipped cream when ready to serve. 

Storage Information

The dessert shells are best fresh and well-kept for several days at room temperature if tightly wrapped. 

The cakes can, however, be frozen for later use if needed.

Meanwhile, you have to store the cakes, strawberries, and whipped cream separately. You can only assemble them just before serving.

Final Note 

In this recipe for dessert shells guide, we have extensively discussed how you make homemade gluten-free dessert shells. Also, how to make strawberry shortcakes have been discussed. 

In addition to that, we discussed the Berry and lemon dessert fillings. However, this recipe can be well kept in the refrigerator. 

Do not store the strawberries, dessert shells, or fillings together until they are ready to be served. 

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