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Easy strawberry shortcakes in pint-size mason jars on a table outdoors

Easy Strawberry Shortcakes with Balsamic Vinegar

A touch of balsamic vinegar brings out the juicy sweetness of fresh local strawberries in these easy strawberry shortcakes, served in pint-size mason jars. Buttery vanilla pound cake and fresh whipped cream complement the strawberries perfectly for the ultimate summer dessert!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 616kcal
Author Ann Otis


Vanilla Pound Cake

  • 2 cups cake flour
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ cup +3 tablespoons unsalted butter melted and cooled till slightly warm
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • ½ vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Balsamic Strawberries

  • 1 pint fresh strawberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


Vanilla Pound Cake

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F. Butter and flour a cake or loaf pan. I used a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan, which worked well for the thickness I wanted, but you could use a round cake pan, or bake it in a loaf pan and cut the cake into cubes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt vigorously to break up the cake flour lumps.
  • Slice the vanilla bean half lengthwise and scrape out the vanilla seeds with the back of a knife. In a large heatproof bowl, whisk together the melted butter, cream, vanilla seeds and extract until well combined. If the mixture gets too thick as you whisk it, or the butter starts to get lumpy, heat it for a couple of seconds in the microwave.
  • In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the eggs and granulated sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
  • With a rubber spatula, gently fold the egg mixture into the flour mixture until just combined. Fold about ¼ of this mixture into the butter-cream mixture until just combined. Then fold in the rest of the egg-flour mixture until well-combined. 
  • Pour into the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown and the center of the cake springs back when pressed in the center. The baking time will vary greatly based on the size and type of pan you used, but in my 9 x 9 inch square pan, it took about 35 minutes. In a loaf pan it will take about an hour.
  • Cool the cake in the pan for about 30 minutes and turn onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Balsamic Strawberries

  • While the cake is cooling, slice the strawberries, reserving 4 whole strawberries to top the shortcakes, if desired. Toss sliced strawberries in a medium bowl with the sugar, vanilla extract and balsamic vinegar until well combined. 

Whipping cream

  • In a medium glass or metal bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the cream and sugar and whip or beat with hand or stand mixer until stiff peaks form, about 5 - 8 minutes.


  • Using a knife or 2-inch round cookie cutter, cut 8 rounds of pound cake. (Alternatively, cut 1-inch cubes of pound cake). Place one cake round or a few cubes of cake into four pint-size glass mason jars. 
  • Layer with a few spoonfuls of balsamic strawberries. Add a couple tablespoons of whipped cream and repeat with another layer of each component. Top each shortcake with a whole strawberry if desired. Serve right away.



Calories: 616kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 27g | Cholesterol: 221mg | Sodium: 352mg | Potassium: 362mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1680IU | Vitamin C: 69.9mg | Calcium: 117mg | Iron: 1.2mg