One-jar desserts are an amazing thing. From frozen treats to streusel topped skillets to creamy tarts, almost anything can be put into a jar for a delicious treat. This recipe is a lovely, no-bake, easy-as-pie-in-a-cup dessert: berry shortcakes.
Credit: Sara Tane

The recipe blueprint: macerated berries with basil and lemon, toasted cubes of angel food cake or pound cake, and light whipped cream. Swap out the berries with any fruit you like, or add a little sparking wine to the berry mixture. Enjoy!

Credit: Sara Tane

Berry Shortcakes in a Cup


  • 1/2 cup diced angel food cake
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1/2 cup blackberries
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons light whipped cream

How to Make It:

  1. Preheat oven to 350º.
  2. Arrange cake cubes on a baking sheet. Bake at 350º for 5 minutes or until toasted.
  3. Combine next 6 ingredients (through lemon juice) in a bowl; let stand at least 10 minutes.  Layer berry mixture, whipped cream, and cake in 2 juice glasses or small mason jars.

Serves 2