Strawberry Raspberry Shortcake in a Jar

shortcake berry in a jarSummer is here! Summer is here!

And you know what that means, right?



I know you know the answer to this!

It’s picnic season!

It has been ages since I have gone on a legitimate picnic. Husband and I have fallen on some hard times recently. As my faithful followers know I graduated last June with my MBA. I had been in school turning my AA into a BA, took 6 weeks off and then went right into an MBA. I had high hopes for myself. Once I graduated, things started to hurt worse with my body. Husband was working through his last year of clinical’s and he wrapped that up this past April. Graduated early in May and then took his first set of board exams. He takes the next one next Tuesday. We had hoped he was going to be offered a full-time position from his externship, but he was not one of the lucky 3.  Because we both felt he was going to get this job (he is in the top of his class) we mutually decided that I would just stick to the writing projects that brought me joy like my blogs and my published works. I knew better than to count my chickens before they hatched. Now, I am making money of this site, but it is not enough to live on and the way the sponsors pay, sometimes they are 120 days out.

It’s been hard here. So, we’ve had to really watch our grocery budget and we really haven’t had any extra to eat out or have a date night.

We really needed one.

Hidden back in the corner of the office closet was this cute little backpack meant for a nice little picnic in the park. (UPDATE: I have had quite a few folks message me asking me where they could find a pack like this. I am not sure where this particular pack came from but I did find one on Amazon for a steal!)

picnic backpack

I had a lightbulb moment.

We have some nice little parks nearby and there is one fun spot right next to some water. A little river runs through the town next door.

The weather is beautiful here this time of year, so why not take advantage of it?

So, we did. We made our own date night and had a picnic in the park. But, no picnic is complete without a dessert, right?

I wanted a dessert that was light and refreshing and would compliment our cheese, grapes, salted chocolate, blueberry wine (ssshhhhh, yes we took wine to the park,) salad, and sandwiches. We had been talking about strawberry shortcake for some time. We had just purchased some strawberries and raspberries. So, sounded like a perfect combination.

berry shortcake layer in jar

You will need wide mouth jars for this project.

All I did was layer a shortcake, some cut up strawberries then drop in a few raspberries. I repeated this process until the jar was filled.

shortcake in a jar with layers


I was able to get 3 of those little cakes in there.

I made 2 of these because husband felt he was going to eat one all to himself. Let me tell you, that did not happen.

shortcakes in a jar for picnic

I’ll just tell you we did not pop open the second jar on our picnic!

Strawberry Raspberry Shortcake in a Jar

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.63 from 8 votes
Servings 4


  • 2 cups chopped strawberries
  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1 package of 6 shortcakes
  • 2 widemouth jars
  • whipped cream


  • Place a shortcake at the bottom of each jar.
  • Place a few strawberries and a few raspberries on top of the shortcake.
  • At another shortcake on top of the berries.
  • Repeat until jar is full. You should be able to get 3 shortcakes in each jar.
  • Seal the jar.
  • When you are ready to eat, add the whipped cream if desired.


What’s your favorite summertime dessert?

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  1. I don’t particularly like summer because it’s super humid here, but I LOVE your Strawberry-raspberry Shortacke 🙂
    It looks delicious!!

  2. I love how convenient food in a jar is, and I love strawberry shortcake. This may be the perfect summer dessert!

    1. They sure do seem to make things better and its nice that I already have so many around since I do a lot of canning. Hello fellow #SITSsister !

    1. It had been a while for me too. I think next time I am going to make homemade shortcakes. I think those will travel well. But the store bought ones work in a pinch.

  3. I’m loving all the cute recipes in a jar that I have seen on the internet lately. Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites too!

  4. I have seen a lot of goodies served up in Mason (Kerr) jars, but this one takes the cake. (Pun intended). I have got to do this, soon. All I need is to get a couple packages of the cakes. I have the berries. Thank you for inspiring me. This will be my little surprise for everyone.

  5. great idea! we have concerts every weds night in our town green all summer long and i’m always looking for fun new picnic ideas for dinner

  6. 5 stars
    I am so going to try this for our next picnic/camping trip I think it would go over great!!

    1. I was just thinking I would like to get a bit bigger of a picnic tote or basket that accommodates more people. This one is only meant for 2. One for 4 would be great then we could use it for when we go to the zoo with kiddo. Much more fun then tossing stuff in the cooler and trying to remember silverware and plates.

  7. Dates are absolutely necessary, so I’m so glad you were able to have one that accommodated your current situation. I need to remember this idea for my husband and I, since the date budget is pretty nil with 4 other mouths to feed. That looks like the perfect dessert for ANY night, but dropped in those adorable jars makes it even more fun (especially for a picnic)! Great idea!!

    1. I think the jars made it seem so cute and fancy. Like we were going on a special adventure even if it was only a few miles up the road. I really enjoyed it and it was nice to just hang out and not have him picking up his phone every two seconds 😉

  8. My favorite Summer dessert is probably a tossup between strawberry shortcake and ice cream! YUM! This looks so good, I love picnic stuff! This looks great! HUGS

  9. That looks so good–a perfect 4th of July treat too! Thanks for the great recipe and for linking it up to Tasty Tuesdays at Creative K Kids. I pinned it to the Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board.

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