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Jun 02

Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies

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I love having strawberry shortcake all year, but I especially love it in summer when the berries are perfectly in season. Thanks to the sponsorship of Driscoll’s strawberries, I’m bringing you a new version of strawberry shortcake – in pie form!

They’re the perfect way to have your strawberry shortcake…and your pie too!

My favorite shortcake: Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies!

I wasn’t a huge fruit person when I was a kid (and, really, I’m still not). Strawberries were one of the only three fruits I’d eat – and that’s still the case today. If we’re ever at a party together and fruit salad is served, just watch me serve myself. You’ll notice strawberries are pretty much the only thing on my plate and I’m not too shy – I’ll dig deep for them in the bowl!

Whenever I open a clamshell of strawberries, the smell reminds me of my childhood. There was a strawberry field near the RV park in Anaheim we always stayed. The smell of ripening strawberries would fill our nostrils in the early morning air as we’d walk to Disneyland. I cannot smell strawberries without thinking of those trips!

Since National Strawberry Shortcake Day is coming up soon, I decided I needed to make my own version to celebrate.

But I decided to make it in pie form. I’m ME, you know.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies (1 of 5)

Last week, when I opened a basket of Driscoll’s strawberries fresh from the store, I was again transplanted to my childhood. Strawberries are abundant here in California, but I prefer Driscoll’s berries because I like them the best. They’re the freshest and the juiciest, and they stay good the longest. #truth

Since Driscoll’s has been the strawberry in everyone’s shortcake for more than 100 years, I decided that it needed to be in mine, STAT.

Enter your newest favorite way to eat Strawberry Shortcake: in pie form!

Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies - less mess than regular shortcake!
Strawberry shortcake is awesome – but it’s messy. It’s not really finger food in its true form. You need a plate and a fork and lots of napkins (at least in my house – whipped cream usually outweighs the shortcake!) That’s why these pies are perfect – they’re one little bite and they stand up on their own.

Y’all know I love mini pies. I’m sort of addicted to them, and I have about a gazillion versions (give or take a few). I think this one is one of my favorites yet because I baked a cupcake inside.

Yes, you read that right. It’s a cupcake, baked inside a mini pie crust. Then it’s topped with fresh whipped cream and the star of the show: fresh strawberries.

These literally come together in minutes, and they’re perfect for serving at any party. Finally, a strawberry shortcake that isn’t too messy!

And it has a crust. Could it get any better?

Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies - the BEST way to eat strawberry shortcake!

I think not.

Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies

Yield: 18 pies

Serving: 2 pies

Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies

Strawberry shortcake - in pie form! Cupcakes baked into a pie crust and topped with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.


  • 1 pie crust (from a pack of two or from scratch)
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • Topping:
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 16 ounce package Driscoll’s strawberries, hulled and sliced in half


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray two mini muffin pans with cooking spray (I like using the kind with flour for these pies).
  2. Unroll your pie crust and cut 2 1/2” circles using a round cookie cutter. Press one into each mini muffin cavity. You should get about 18-20 with re-rolling the dough. Chill until filling is ready.
  3. Whisk flour, baking powder, and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  4. Whisk melted butter, sugar, and egg until thick and yellow (about 30 seconds by hand). Whisk in the vanilla extract. Switch to a wooden spoon or spatula and add the milk and the dry ingredients alternately, stirring in between each addition.
  5. Place 1 tablespoon of the batter in each prepared pie crust. You will have some batter left over; you can bake these in the remaining mini muffin tin cavities not being used for your pies (2 tablespoons per cupcake).
  6. Bake mini shortcake pies for 10-13 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool before removing from the pan. They should pop right out, but if needed you can use the tip of a knife to help ease them out.
  7. Make the topping by placing the whipping cream in the bowl of a stand mixer and whipping on high using the whisk attachment. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla while mixing. Whip until peaks form (just a few minutes in a stand mixer; longer with a hand mixer).
  8. Right before serving, place whipped cream in a pastry bag or gallon size ziploc bag and pipe onto each mini shortcake pie. (I used a 1M tip to make the swirls; just snip off the tip of the bag and insert the tip before adding the whipped cream.) Top with half a strawberry.
  9. The whipped cream can be made a few hours ahead and stored in the refrigerator. I recommend cutting the berries close to when you are serving them. The mini shortcake pies (without their topping) can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days, or frozen for up to 1 month.


Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 13 minutes

Be sure to check out more Driscoll’s Strawberry Shortcake Inspiration recipes and enter their sweepstakes to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and berries for a year!

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56 Responses to “Mini Strawberry Shortcake Pies”

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:05 am (#)

    The fact that there is cake and pie crust just makes me one happy girl! Pair that with strawberries and whipped cream, and these are perfect! Love how you made strawberry shortcake so much cleaner…and cuter! Pinned :)


  2. Mir posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:06 am (#)

    Wait a minute. You could walk to Disneyland when you were a kid? With fresh strawberries along the way, no less? Suddenly, my childhood is looking kind of gray and dull.
    Cake with a pie crust (a.k.a. Pake) is one of my favorite things, so you’ve made me very happy today!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2014 at 6:48 am

      Only from the RV park! We would camp at the RV park to save money on hotels. :)


  3. Chloe @ foodlikecake posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:20 am (#)

    These are so cute!


  4. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:42 am (#)

    Umm how adorable are these! And they’re mini so I get to eat more, right? :) pinned


  5. Medeja posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:48 am (#)

    They look so cute! Those strawberries on top make them look even nicer :)


  6. How to Philosophize with Cake posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:11 am (#)

    Aw, how adorable those are! :) Love the addition of a cupcake into the pie crust, that sounds amazing. :D


  7. Alice // Hip Foodie Mom posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:30 am (#)

    I love how certain smells can transport us back to places, times and events (and Disneyland in your case!) and can evoke such great memories! We’re taking our kids to Disneyland for the first time next month! Hoping to start a lot of family memories for us! Ah, the sweet smell of strawberries! love these mini strawberry shortcake pies!!! and I’m with you! I’m going to be eating tons of strawberry desserts all summer!!! love this!


  8. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:10 am (#)

    These are the cutest mini pies, Dorothy! I LOVE them! And even better that they’re strawberry shortcake, my fave! I can’t wait to try this recipe out. Pinned!


  9. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:37 am (#)

    YAY for Driscoll’s berries! I love them! And love that you made miniature strawberry shortcake pies, these are so fun Dorothy! Pinned :)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Thanks for the pin Chelsea!


  10. Kristine @ Kristine's Kitchen posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:37 am (#)

    I have got to make me some of these mini pies! Fresh strawberries are my absolute favorite right now, and I love that you’ve made them into mini pies so I don’t have to worry about making a whole pie. I think it’s the whipped cream that’s getting me – I’m wishing I was eating one (or two) of these for breakfast!


  11. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:47 am (#)

    OMG these mini pies are so genius and I need them now for my occasional (who am I kidding, daily) strawberry shortcake cravings!!


  12. Niki posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:05 am (#)

    Driscoll’s are the best strawberries! I’m always so excited with my store has them because I know they will taste great and last throughout the week!


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2014 at 9:46 am

      I agree Niki! They last so much longer than any other brand! Thanks for reading!


  13. marcie posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:05 am (#)

    I love these delicious little bites! I’m very into little pop-able desserts because they’re so much more fun. :)


  14. risa posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:11 am (#)

    Oh my goodness these are too adorable. I wish I had this recipe a couple of weeks ago when we went strawberry picking! Pinned for next time! Yum


  15. CakePants posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:19 am (#)

    Ahh, I can’t get over how cute these are!! I do miss CA strawberries…this is the first summer (ever!) that I won’t be spending any time in CA, and I honestly thought about how sad I was that I wouldn’t get to have any CA strawberries and reconsidered flying out there. But then those would effectively be the most expensive strawberries ever, so…maybe not, haha. Can’t wait to try these!


  16. Kelly - LEFT SIDE OF THE TABLE posted on June 2, 2014 at 7:35 am (#)

    This is perfect for a summer BBQ!! Bite size and perfect Dorothy! Plus they look like a breeze to make! Strawberry shortcake is probably the most classic summer dessert in my opinion. SO many different renditions of it too. Thanks for sharing yours, pinned for later! Thanks lovely :) HAPPY MONDAY!


  17. Lindsay @ Life, Love and Sugar posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:17 am (#)

    These look so cute and yummy! I love that they are bite-sized! And driscoll’s berries are totally the best!


  18. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:31 am (#)

    Ha! Such a fun recipe, cupcake in a pie crust…surely there is a special name for this?? Anywho…YUMMERS.


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 2nd, 2014 at 9:45 am

      Did you ever watch that show, Drop Dead Diva? They coined the term “Pake”. It kinda has a nice ring to it, lol. Thanks Aimee!


  19. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:51 am (#)

    A cupcake in a pie with whipped cream. I’m amazed and so in for this treat… Yum!


  20. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:30 am (#)

    lol! I’m the same way with fruit salad-I pick out everything but strawberries, apples, and grapes!

    LOVE strawberries and Michael loves them even more! These are so beautiful and will be so perfect for any summer parties!


  21. Mom posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:04 am (#)

    Another trip down memory lane…we did have some good times when you were young. You are right (of course) about making strawberry shortcake into finger food. What a great idea!!!


  22. Matt Robinson posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:07 am (#)

    I’m wondering how many of these I could eat at one sitting. I couldn’t stop myself, these look incredible!


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  24. dina posted on June 2, 2014 at 1:55 pm (#)

    these look so yummy!


  25. Trish - Mom On Timeout posted on June 2, 2014 at 3:27 pm (#)

    I mean, really, how adorable are these??? LOVE Driscoll’s – best berries EVAH!! Pinned girl!


  26. Danielle posted on June 2, 2014 at 4:37 pm (#)

    These look absolutely delicious! I love strawberry shortcake and the fact that it’s in mini form makes it that much better.


  27. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking posted on June 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm (#)

    These are adorable!! We should definitely have fruit salad at our next get-together. I’m not picky at all about what’s in it, so you could pick out all my strawberries, I’d pick out all the rest of your fruits, and nobody would need to know! :) It’s true about shortcakes being messy; I’ve only made them once in high school and definitely needed a fork, knife, and spoon to scrape up every last crumb and drip of whipped cream! Your mini pies are so perfect!


  28. Alyssa {Cake, Crust, and Sugar Dust} posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:03 pm (#)

    Dorothy these are absolutely adorable!!!! I think I would eat the whole batch due to cuteness and tastiness! I love strawberry shortcake, and this is pretty much the cutest presentation of the dessert I’ve ever seen :)


  29. Danae @ Recipe Runner posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:17 pm (#)

    I would be in heaven if I was anywhere near a strawberry field, inhaling the sweet smell of the berries! I love these cute little strawberry shortcake pies! So creative to combine the pie and cake into one, pinned!


  30. Laurie F. posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:38 pm (#)

    I prefer Driscoll’s , too, if Whole Foods is not carrying my favorite California family farm’s strawberries. And I want to frame that strawberry tart photo of yours and hang it in my kitchen, it looks so scrumptious!


  31. Meriem @ Culinary Couture posted on June 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm (#)

    You’re the queen of mini pies! These look and sound phenom!


  32. Connie | URBAN BAKES posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:10 pm (#)

    Driscolls makes some of the best strawberries on earth!! I’m like you, not really a fruit fan. Honestly, I’d rather eat my veggies over fruit if trying to eat clean lol. Buuut I can eat a carton of strawberries with chocolate though and I’m sure I’d love these too! I mean, there’s pie crust! What’s not to love?! ;-)


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 am

      Pie crust is the best after all!!! And drippy chocolate would be a perfect addition…. :)


  33. Julianne @ Beyond Frosting posted on June 2, 2014 at 10:41 pm (#)

    These are adorable! And the whipped cream outweighs everything else in my house too!!!


  34. Jess @ Sweet Menu posted on June 3, 2014 at 2:59 am (#)

    Eeeep! This is sooo clever! What a brilliant idea!


  35. Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted on June 3, 2014 at 10:27 am (#)

    Gaahhh how cute are these! They look like the perfect way to enjoy strawberries this summer.


  36. Kelly - Life made Sweeter posted on June 4, 2014 at 3:31 am (#)

    These are adorable! Driscoll’s strawberries are my fave and these mini pies look like the perfect summer treat! Love this creative recipe – pinning :)


  37. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:24 am (#)

    If there’s crust I”m there! This is the perfect summer time treat (but I’m with ya and I’d happily enjoy them all year long)!


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  39. Kristyn posted on June 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm (#)

    Mmmm, look so delicious !!


  40. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel posted on June 6, 2014 at 7:09 am (#)

    These adorable, poppable pies look scrumptious, Dorothy! <3


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  42. Idina posted on June 16, 2014 at 7:54 am (#)

    I wouldn’t call this a “STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE” pies because one IMPORTANT missing factor: the shortcake biscuit. I would just call this a mini strawberry whipped cream pie


    • Dorothy Kern replied on June 16th, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      I’ve seen all sorts of shortcake recipes; not all are biscuits. The ones at the grocery store are definitely more sponge cake than biscuit flavor. I guess it’s just a difference of taste thing. But thanks for reading!


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