Strawberry Shortcake – The Official Dessert of Summer?

| June 10, 2013

Strawberry Shortcake has a long and rich history in America. It was 1847 when the first recorded Strawberry Shortcake recipe was published by American cookbook author Eliza Leslie in The Lady's Receipt-Book: A Useful Companion for Large or Small Families.

On June 14th, National Strawberry Shortcake Day, strawberry lovers everywhere pay homage to their favorite berry—and which is the most popular? Family owned and operated for more than a century, it is Driscoll’s that seems to be leading the pack. In 1904, Driscoll's began producing flavorful Sweet Briar strawberries in California's Pajaro Valley, still home to the company's headquarters today.

To celebrate this heritage of strawberries, National Strawberry Shortcake Day kicked off with a private party at acclaimed blogging conference, BlogHer Food, in Austin, TX on June 8th. The celebration continues throughout this week, leading up to June 14th as chefs from coast to coast create their own versions of Strawberry Shortcake featuring the delectable dessert on their menus.

In New York City, pastry chef Jacques Torres will host a private party where his Strawberry Shortcake-inspired ice cream will be featured alongside delicious shortcakes served with fresh, juicy strawberries topped with homemade whipped cream, and of course, Daily Food & Wine will be there to sample the goods.

Interestingly, Driscoll's surveyed more than 18,000 berry lovers and the study revealed some interesting results:

• 37% would want Rachael Ray to make their Strawberry Shortcake, followed by Martha Stewart;

• 36% would invite the TV Cast of Modern Family to share Strawberry Shortcake with them;

• 56% prefer homemade whipped cream for their shortcake versus whipped cream from a can or container, and

• 37% use Angel Food cake as their Strawberry Shortcake base followed by pound cake.