Make – Mini Strawberry Shortcake (V)

Summer is coming to an end, but I’m not so sure I’m ready! I mean I do love Fall and can’t wait to switch up my wardrobe, prepare for football season and begin creating all new inspiration and designs for Posh, but there’s something about the warmth of the sunshine, long nights and outdoor activities that have a hold on me.

The seasons switch so abruptly where I live and I’m not prepared for the grey clouds and continuous rain that we experience in the NW shortly after September arrives. I guess I’ve got the end of summer blues. But to hold on a little bit longer, I’ve recreated one of the sweet treats from my daughter’s 4th birthday to remind me of the many good moments we experienced this season.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake - PLD

Mini Strawberry Shortcake (V)

The strawberries in this shortcake combined with the brightness from the lemon zest and adorable miniature homemade biscuits are enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. The chevron party flags and adorable polka-dot baking cups just add to the overall cuteness and cheeriness of this favorite, perfect for summer reminiscing.

If you have no dairy sensitivities, feel free to use regular dairy whipping cream and butter for this recipe.


Parchment paper

2 cups flour

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chilled vegan butter (1 stick)

1 cup coconut milk

1 pint strawberries

1 teaspoon sugar

zest from 1 lemon

1 can chilled full fat coconut milk

1 tablespoon powdered sugar


Start by cutting your strawberries into 1 inch pieces. Place them in a bowl with one teaspoon sugar and zest from one lemon to macerate for a few hours.

For the vegan Biscuits

Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl.

Cut in butter. Mixture should resemble corse crumbs.

Pour in coconut milk and stir until dough forms being careful not to over-mix.

Gently roll dough onto floured surface.

Roll out dough and cut into round shapes.

I used the mouth of a champagne glass to achieve the miniature shape.

Line baking sheet with parchment paper and bake in the oven at 425 degrees for 5-7 minutes (or until golden brown)

Biscuit Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home

Vegan Whipped Cream

Place 1 can of full fat milk in the fridge to chill overnight.

Remove from fridge, open can and spoon out the only the cream from the can, leaving the excess liquid behind.

Place the thick cream in a mixing bowl w/ whisk attachment and mix on high for about 4-5 minutes.

Sweeten as desired.

It should resemble whipped cream at this point and makes a delicious dairy free topping.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake - PLD

To assemble

Top cooled biscuit with macerated strawberry and lemon zest mix. Finish with a dollop of vegan whipped cream. Enjoy!

You can serve these in mini baking cups  like the ones seen in this post (I will have them available in my shop soon), or make them to order.

 Whimsical, bite size (aka adorable) and bursting with some of my favorite flavors from the season.

Here’s a photo of the same shortcake we served at my daughter’s 4th birthday! Such great memories.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake
Thanks for reading!

How are you all enjoying your last few days of summer? Whether you’re throwing an end of summer bash, or looking for a recipe to remind you of how fabulous your summer was, I hope you give this one a try!

Check back soon.


Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.


Celebrate – Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday

A few weeks ago we celebrated our daughter’s 4th birthday! Strawberry Shortcake was the theme of choice this year and I had a fabulous time pulling all the details together. What a perfect celebration it was! My family traveled from near and far and great friends joined us for good laughs, delicious food and a very special surprise for the birthday girl! Let’s just say the party was berry berry sweet!

Here’s a look at the invitation that we sent to all of our guests! This is what set the tone for the celebration’s decor and party details. I made it using Photoshop along with all of the other labels, prints, banners, and decorative designs.

Strawberry Shortcake inspired invites by PLD

Welcome sign for all of our guests.

Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday - Posh Little Designs

Party decor. Tissue poms and strawberry shortcake balloons. A children’s celebration is not complete without details like these. Simple and affordable.

Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday - Posh Little Designs

I thought it would be an adorable idea to create a miniature berry stand out of gummy candy, for all of our guests to enjoy. I knew I needed a stand, but was not sure where to find one. I lucked out when I discovered that Ikea was carrying the sweetest cardboard lemonade play sets. It couldn’t have been more perfect, color scheme and all! And it only cost $12.99. The addition of handmade prints, scoops, wood boxes and assorted fruit gummies helped tie the entire concept together.

Candy Berry Stand - Posh Little Designs

Strawberry Shortcake 4th Birthday - Posh Little Designs

Gummy candy berry stand - Strawbwerry Shortcake 4th Birthday PLD

Here’s a look at the party favor and accessory display. The addition of strawberry shortcake sunnies was so necessary!

Strawberry Shortcake - Accessories and Favors

A closer look at the labels, bunting and banners I created for the celebration. I used many doily and lace style patterns to tie in the overall picnic chic strawberry theme.

Strawberry Shortcake Prints, Labels & Banners - Posh Little Designs

The party favors were made using fruit berry baskets. Each basket included a photographed image of either Strawberry Shortcake (for the girls) or Huckleberry Pie (for the boys), along with rings, sunglasses, bracelets and more.

Berry Basket Party Favors - Posh Little Designs

I used a  mix of roses, carnations, daisies and mums to create the floral arrangements. Each  was placed in a mix and match mason jar and decorated with paper label tags that were attached to wood skewers.

Centerpiece - Strawberry Shortcake

Mason Jar centerpiece - strawberry shortcake

The birthday beauty!

Birthday beauty!

Guests, friends, cousins – major party cuteness!

Party fun - Strawberry shortcake

My youngest daughter and my good friend’s son. Only a few months apart. So precious and they had such a great time!

Little guests and friends

I went with an all white color scheme for the dessert table and tied in reds and pinks though the flowers, treats and prints. The lace, milk glass, mason jars, mix and match stacked cake stands which displayed the homemade mini strawberry shortcake were fitting. Additional details included washi tape wrapped wood cutlery and cute gingham napkins in pink from Ikea.

Strawberry Shortcake - Dessert Table

Dessert Table details - Strawberry Shortcake

The sugar cookies were made dairy free, using the cutters available in my Etsy Shop and this recipe (without the liquor)My lovely sisters and good friend helped decorate them!

Strawberry Shortcake sugar cookies

I used my favorite paper baking cups to hold the miniature strawberry shortcakes, made with vegan biscuits. I’ll have the recipe available on the blog very soon.

Homemade mini strawberry shortcake

Candy - Strawberry Shortcake

The kids enjoyed playing our “pin the strawberry” game!

Birthday games - Pin the strawberry

All of the food was made homemade by me and my mom. Our menu was picnic style with plenty of salads, my mom’s amazing fried chicken, assorted appetizers, veggies, fruits, breads, bbq and more. We served pb&j triangles and organic strawberry applesauce from trader joes to the kids.

Berry Cafe menu

Beverages included a homemade Sparkling Strawberry Punch with garnishes + mint and strawberry infused waters, sparkling water and spirits.

We added character prints to the paper straws as seen in the photo below. The paper straws are available in my Etsy Shop!

Infused waters and Strawberry Punch

I wrapped the tops of the wood cutlery in pretty washi tape for a decorative touch and placed them in twine wrapped mason jars for display.

Picnic details - Strawberry Shortcake

The glass bottles for the infused water came from Ikea. I added chalkboard signs to each to tie in our theme.

Mint and Strawberry infused water

I made the cake homemade and dairy free, using strawberry puree and a strawberry swiss meringue buttercream. It was a little dense, but still delicious! We wanted to keep it simple and rustic and felt like it turned out perfect!. The bunting was made in Photoshop and I used paper straws currently available in my Etsy Shop to tie it together.

Homemade birthday cake and bunting

Here’s the birthday girl blowing out her candles!!

Happy 4th Birthday!

After cake, our birthday girl and guests were greeted with a very special surprise!

Oh Deeery's Ice Cream Truck - Strawberry Shortcake

The most darling ice-cream truck I’ve come across, operated by the sweetest gal I’ve met! As you can see our sweet girl and all the guests truly enjoyed her visit!

Ice-cream fun!!

A personalized sign for our sweetheart courtesy of Ohhh Deery’s. Find her on Facebook.

Personalized sign - Ice-cream surprise

All lined up and looking adorbs…

Ice-cream surprise - Strawberry Shortcake

What a moment this was! Birthday girl + ice-cream treats. Party perfect!

Birthday girl and ice-cream

More sweet details.

Ice-cream truck fun

The perfect ending to a very special day!

Newest ice-cream truck operators

To thank all of our guest for coming, we gave away mini bags of assorted fruit candy and M&Ms, wrapped in bakers twine.

Each label read: “thank you berry much!

Thank yous and party favors - Strawberry Shortcake

Sweet memories to last a lifetime!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the images from my big girl’s 4th birthday bash! If you have any questions about how you can create a berry sweet celebration of your own, please don’t hesitate to ask. I always love hearing from you all and appreciate your comments and feedback.

Check back soon for that mini strawberry shortcake recipe. Another ideal summer party treat. Coming up soon!


All photography, decor, paper designs, food, desserts and floral arrangements created by Posh Little Designs and assistants.

Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Strawberry Shortcake Party sneak peek

You may be wondering what happened to the party related posts that I promised to share with you last week? Well unfortunately there were no posts because I became very ill with a flu bug and was unable to do anything party related until the day before the celebration. Talk about bad timing!! Luckily I was able to rely heavily on my hubby, mom, sisters and bestie to get everything accomplished and thankfully for them, my daughter had the best day, complete with some extra special details. I did take plenty of photos which I plan to share with you soon, but in the meantime here’s a sneak peek of her special Strawberry Shortcake 4th birthday, captured via Instagram.

Strawberry Shortcake - sneakThe cookies were decorated with the help of both my sisters and best friend, the dessert table was setup with mix and match glassware, lace and floral accents. I hand designed all bunting, labels, and banners. We got a special surprise visit from the cutest vintage style Ice cream truck! Everyone enjoyed the gummy candy berry stand, sweet party favors, lunch menu, homemade cake and more!

strawberry shortcake sneak peek

I have so much more to share with you relating to the celebration, but this will take me a little bit of time considering that I’m still under the weather and have family in town. After a visit to my dr earlier and a dose of antibiotics, I’m hoping that be fully better and back on my regular blogging schedule by next week!

Until then, I appreciate you reading and I hope you stop back by again soon.