Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Cream Cheese Whip

I’ve been on a mission the last few weeks to find a great dessert which doesn’t require my oven. I’ve had some success. I made a Red White & Blue Cobbler in a crock pot. I also created a healthy & figure friendly Vanilla Custard Brulee. Both are great options for the 4th of July….but I think this one might be my new favorite.

Easy Summer Time Dessert - Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers. Perfect for 4th of July!

Grilling out for the 4th of July is as American as it gets. When I use my grill, 99% of the time it’s for meat, fish or veggies. Today I’m sharing a dessert recipe which is made on the grill! With the help from my local grocery store, these Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers might be the tastiest & easiest dessert to show up at a BBQ.

I took a short cut with the short cake. Heck no, I didn’t make my own. That would require the oven! Instead, I picked up an angel food cake from the bakery. It’s such a time saver…and let’s be honest… I think the grocery store makes a better angel food cake than anyone I know.

Strawberry Shortcake Skewers - Made on the grill! Perfect summer #dessertrecipe

Fresh strawberries are in season and I love finding new ways to use them. I’ve never tried grilling a strawberry before. It might be my new thing of the summer. When grilled, the strawberries get even sweeter & deeper in flavor. To help the strawberries caramelize on the grill, warm up any kind of jelly/jam you have on hand and with a pastry brush, spread it all over the strawberries. (I use this same trick when I bake pies and tarts with exposed fruit.) The sugar from the jelly will speed up the grill marks and protect you from over cooking the fruit. :)

I saved the best part for last… cream cheese whip. It’s basically if whip cream and cream cheese frosting got married. For extra flavor, zest half of a lemon and add some brown sugar. Mix with a hand mixer until you get soft shapes. Lick the beaters. After that, I did a happy dance. You probably will, too.

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Cream Cheese Whip. It's the perfect summer dessert. Keep in mind for 4th of July!

If you’re planning for a summer get together, you can totally assemble the skewers 2 hours before. I think Grilled Strawberry Shortcake is best served right off of the grill, so don’t turn off the grill once dinner is cooked! Everyone loves strawberry shortcake & you’ll get a lot of smiles when you present a new way to eat it!

Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Skewers with Cream Cheese Whip

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz (reduced fat) cream cheese
  • Zest from 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 angel food cake (about 1lb)
  • 6 tbsp jam, (any kind you have on hand)
  • 2lb strawberries, hulled

Instructions

  1. To make the cream cheese whip - Beat whipping cream, cream cheese, zest & sugar in a bowl with a hand mixer until thick enough to hold a soft shape. Cover bowl & chill.
  2. Cut cake into parallel slices 1 1/2 in. wide, then cut slices into 32 chunks, each 1 1/2 in. Save remaining cake for other uses.
  3. Microwave jam until bubbling, about 30 seconds. Using a pastry brush, coat the strawberries all over, including the inside hulled portion.
  4. Using skewers, thread a chunk of cake, then a berry crosswise, then another chunk of cake and another berry. Repeat with remaining skewers.
  5. Grill skewers, covered, turning once with tongs, until grill marks appear, 3 to 4 minutes; cake should release from grate when it's toasted, but if not, nudge with tip of tongs. Serve with cream cheese whip.
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  6. Alli Miller @ Cupcake Diaries says

    This looks amazing!! I’m featuring it in a Grilling Round Up on my blog today. Thanks for sharing!! :) http://www.cupcakediariesblog.com/2013/07/20-recipes-for-grill.html

  7. lisa@cookingwithcurls says

    Those are so much fun Meghan! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Best of the Weekend! Have a wonderful week ;)
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  8. Julie says

    Now you have got me wanting to try grilled strawberries! We love grilling veggies and fruits but have never grilled strawberries. I bet they are good! Great recipe, Meghan! Pinned!

    • admin says

      It’s a must try, Julie!

  9. Heather @ French Press says

    this is a brilliant summer dessert!

    • admin says

      Thanks Heather!!

  10. Rachel @ I Love My Disorganized Life says

    Perfect summer dessert!

    • admin says

      It really is!

  11. Kate | Food Babbles says

    Oh what a great idea! These are my kind of shiskabobs ;) Yum!!

    • admin says

      Kate, I’m so glad you agree with me!

  12. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says

    You are my no-oven dessert hero. I love this!!! Roasted strawberries are so delicious– I can only imagine how great the grill will be!! Pinned!!!!

    • admin says

      Thanks, Heather! I just bought another box of strawberries. I think it’s time to grill up some more!

  13. tanya says

    You are right Meghan, these would be perfect for the 4th! Who wouldn’t love these! Fabulous idea and that cream cheese whip sound delicious!

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