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Many of us enjoy our desserts but need to watch our calories – this Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake is a perfect solution! And in my opinion, a dessert that is topped with a healthy serving of fruit – has to be great! This Chocolate Shortcake provides the perfect base providing different opportunities for toppings.

Strawberry and Blueberry Chocolate Shortcake with Reduced Balsamic Glaze dual plated

My preference is a mixture of strawberries and blueberries; however you could add other berries such as raspberries. A reduced balsamic glaze is just perfect with berries!! It drizzles beautifully on the plate and is just delicious so be sure to make enough. If you are like me there is always an extra serving of fruit that tends to take over the chocolate shortcake.

Strawberry and Blueberry Chocolate Shortcake with Reduced Balsamic Glaze birthday celebration 2

For toppings, there are so many options in addition to how I assemble the shortcake. A bit of whipped cream (from the can or homemade) is a nice touch on the side – elegant like an expensive restaurant. Topped with a nice piece of mint, which is delightful to the taste buds. If you have a dark chocolate bar, sprinkle some shavings over the plate – it looks wonderful especially on the whipped cream.

It looks nice on a white plate allowing all the colors and ingredients to be showcased.

Strawberry and Blueberry Chocolate Shortcake with Reduced Balsamic Glaze on a white plate

The best option, however, is a darker dinner plate for presenting this beautiful dessert! There is more room for the fruit, whipped cream, and the balsamic glaze. And as mentioned earlier, I like a lot of fruit!!

Strawberry and Blueberry Chocolate Shortcake with Reduced Balsamic Glaze on a dinner plate

It also works well as a birthday or other celebration as you can line up the plates in multiple rows and it looks so nice!

Strawberry and Blueberry Chocolate Shortcake with Reduced Balsamic Glaze birthday celebration

Shortcake Dry Ingredients
2 cups flour
⅓ cup and 1 tbsp sugar
⅓ cup and 2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tbsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt

Wet and Chocolate Ingredients
½ cup unsalted butter very cold, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
7-ounces dark chocolate chunks
2/3 cup plain yogurt
About ⅔ cup skim milk

Topping Before Baking (optional)
2 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp sugar

Balsamic Glaze
1 cup of good Balsamic Vinegar
2 tbsp Maple Syrup or Brown Sugar

Topping Ingredients
Strawberries, sliced
Blueberries
Whipped Cream
Grated Dark Chocolate
Mint for garnish

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Place dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse several times to combine ingredients. Add butter and pulse for a few seconds until the butter is incorporated into small pebbles. Place this mixture into a bowl and stir in chocolate chips. Add the yogurt and milk then stir until just combined. You may need to only add some of the milk since you do not want the dough too wet.
  • Prepare a board and your hands with flour and then by using your hands take about ⅓ of the dough and pat it into a 1-inch thick square. Cut into desired shapes and sizes – a heart cookie cutter would be nice!
  • I used a 3-inch round juice glass to cut out the shortcakes for about 16 to 18 and place on the prepared baking pan. Brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter and sprinkle on the remaining tablespoon of sugar.
  • Bake the shortcakes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out without any batter on it for about 15-minutes.
  • While the shortcakes are baking prepare your balsamic dressing by placing balsamic vinegar in a pan with some brown sugar or maple syrup. Bring to a slow boil and reduce to desired thickness. The amount of brown sugar or maple syrup you add depends upon thickness and sweetness. I find it best to carefully take a few taste tests (it will be hot) to determine how much brown sugar or maple syrup to add.
  • The Chocolate Shortcakes can be served warm or at room temperature. Add your toppings that you enjoy and serve!

28 thoughts on “Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Topped with Blueberries and a Reduced Balsamic Glaze

  1. Penniless Vegan says:

    This looks absolutely delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Your welcome! I do like the chocolate shortcake over the traditional – a bit more flavor and fun!

  2. lulu says:

    You can almost fool yourself into thinking this is totally healthy!

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes you could and if you keep the chocolate shortcake small – you will reduce calories and still enjoy it! 🙂

  3. chefceaser says:

    Reblogged this on Chef Ceaser.

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you for reblogging on Chef Ceaser! I hope you and your readers enjoy the recipe!

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes, this dessert is tempting and delicious!

  4. mumjd says:

    Looks and sounds absolutely delicious

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! It was excellent! I hope you give it a try!

  5. Wow! What gorgeous photos! Love the blog too!😊

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you so much! It was fun to make…. and eat. 🙂

      1. I believe you!😁👍

  6. Looking so delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe, a fresh dessert to celebrate the spring 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you. Yes, a fresh dessert to bring in Spring!

  7. Chocolate shortcakes? Strawberries and blueberries? Whipped Cream? All together on one plate? Where can I get one? Wow, looks beyond delicious. 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you… and you are right.. it is beyond delicious!! 🙂

  8. Whisked Away says:

    Looks and sounds delicious!

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you – it was really good!!!

  9. I love a lot of fruit as well and what better way to highlight the fresh strawberries then with balsamic! It looks SO good!

    1. Bernice says:

      It is really awesome!!! The chocolate shortcake is delicious and the reduced balsamic is just out of this world!!

  10. This looks fantastic! Chocolate shortcake is such a great idea, I love that combination. Your recipes look so good, I look forward to reading more of your posts 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thanks! The chocolate, strawberries and reduced balsamic was awesome!!

    1. Bernice says:

      Yes it is delicious! I love the combination of chocolate, berries, and balsamic!!

  11. Vegan Ahead says:

    Looks beautiful. And really versatile. 🙂

    1. Bernice says:

      Thank you! And yes it is versatile! The next time I make this I am sure there will be subtle differences. 🙂

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