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We have this awesome little restaurant in town called, Wild Zucchini and it’s one of our favorites for quick and easy meals instead of fast food. It’s basically street Italian food and we always get the pizza or piadina. The piadina is my personal favorite. One day they asked if I wanted any dessert and then quickly mentioned the seasonal strawberry shortcake. In case you haven’t noticed (Deep fried strawberry shortcake, Lemon strawberry shortcakes, Perfect angel food strawberry shortcakes, Strawberry shortcake donuts, and Strawberry shortcake gluten free pancakes)

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I’m a bit of a strawberry shortcake aholic. I need help. But before I seek any out I thought this Italian Strawberry Shortcake or copycat Wild Zucchini Strawberry shortcakes would be the perfect announcement for our partnership with Pacific Foods!

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I bet you’ll be shocked by what I’m using here but I promise it’s so good, polenta! Pacific has premade polenta packages so I just slice it up, pan fry it with a little butter and then coat it all in cinnamon sugar. It’s so yummy and you’d never guess it was polenta. There is one rule though. You must serve this quickly (not hot off the pan, just not hours later) as it is best fresh.

Killer Italian strawberry shortcake with mascarpone whipped cream ohsweetbasil.com

And the next best thing that has become my new obsession? That would be mascarpone whipped cream. I’m not exactly sure how Wild Zucchini does their recipe, but I’m certain it’s mascarpone whipped cream and I could shovel it into my face. No joke. Don’t be afraid of Mascarpone either, it’s just Italian cream cheese and it’s so light and creamy. My gosh this is good. I am totally trying it with raspberries next. Boom.

What is the Difference Between Shortcake and Regular Cake?

In America, shortbread is a sweet cake resembling a crumbly bread.

It is usually served topped with fresh fruit.

Can Shortcake be Made Ahead?

You can make shortcake early in the day, let them chill out on the counter all afternoon, and then serve them for dessert later that night.

Or you can make them a day ahead and store them in an airtight container.

Are Strawberries Good for You?

Strawberries are packed with vitamin C, fiber, antioxidants, and more.

They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium.

Italian Strawberry Shortcake

I cannot even tell you how amazing this Italian Strawberry Shortcake is. You HAVE to try it! ohsweetbasil.com
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Italian Strawberry Shortcake

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 16 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 Package Strawberries sliced
  • 1-2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 Packages Pacific Foods Polenta sliced in half then sliced in half again lengthwise creating 8 squares.
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Cinnamon Sugar

For the Whipped Cream

  • 8 Ounces Mascarpone
  • 1 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 1 Cup Powdered Sugar


For the strawberries

  • Smash 1/3 the strawberry slices in a bowl and then stir in the remaining berries.
  • Add sugar as needed.
  • Allow to macerate (get juicy) in the fridge until you're ready to use them.

For the Polenta

  • Place the cinnamon sugar in a pie dish.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat with a little butter smeared all over the bottom.
  • Pat the polenta squares dry and add to the pan, cooking for 2-3 minutes per side or until golden and adding more butter as needed. I like to only fry up 2-3 squares at a time.
  • Remove immediately to the cinnamon sugar, flip and make sure all sides are coated.
  • Set aside on plates to cool slightly.

For the Whipped Cream

  • In a large glass bowl, using a handheld or stand mixer with whisk attachment, whisk the mascarpone until smooth.
  • Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mascarpone into a small dish and wipe the bowl clean.
  • Add the cream to bowl and whip until soft peaks begin to form.
  • Add the powdered sugar and whip until peaks form.
  • Fold in 1/3 of the mascarpone then fold in the remaining.

To Assemble

  • Place one polenta on a plate, top with berries, another polenta, more berries and whipped cream on top.
  • Serve immediately.


store left overs covered, in the refrigerator
Nutrition Facts
Italian Strawberry Shortcake
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 729 Calories from Fat 504
% Daily Value*
Fat 56g86%
Saturated Fat 35g219%
Cholesterol 161mg54%
Sodium 130mg6%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 52g17%
Sugar 49g54%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1931IU39%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 121mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Love the idea of shortcake with polenta! I would have never thought of that. How quick and easy, too!

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    • Thank you so much!

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  • I love this unique twist on strawberry shortcake!

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  • This is absolutely genius!! Love polenta!!

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  • Wow, I so NEVER would have thought of using polenta as shortcake. Simply Brilliant!

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    • Thank you so much! I cannot even tell you how good it is!

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  • I never thought to use polenta! I’m intrigued!

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  • Hi Carrian, This is lovely! I’ve only had strawberries & cream on angel food cake & I don’t care for the texture – this looks like the perfect solution! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    • Yay! I hope you’ll give it a go!

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  • What a wonderful idea!! I cannot wait to make this for my mother – she is a die hard Strawberry shortcake fan despite the fact she is not much of a cake person. This is right up her alley

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    • Oh she will love these then! We don’t do cake much either so I totally get that. 🙂

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  • I would be a strawberry shortcake aholic after this too!!

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