Strawberry shortcake is believed to have been created in the 1840's, when a recipe for strawberry cake first appeared in Eliza Leslie's "Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-book." This recipe is similar to the one we use today, although the icing is now replaced with whipped cream and the cake is less dense.
Leslie writes, "These are delicious and beautiful cakes if properly made. The strawberries, not being cooked, will retain all their natural flavor. "
Craving a homemade shortcake? Grab some strawberries and try these recipes: