Strawberry Shortcake Brownie for Valentines Day!

Strawberry Shortcake Brownie 

Oh my goodness, can you believe Valentine’s Day is tomorrow?!!!

Do you have a treat for your sweetie? Here’s one that is super impressive, but it’s really easy too! A Strawberry Shortcake Brownie – YUM!

Let me tell you the story behind this delicious creation…..


     When I lived in Minneapolis my Grandma would fly back from New York (where she wintered) in the spring.  She’d fly in and stay with me for a week or two and then I would drive her out to the family farm and help her open the house up. This was a special time, because I would get to spent one-on-one time with Grandma.  That was really important because she was 85 years old, since she was getting up there in age I wanted to spend as much time as I could with her and make memories!
     One day, before I left for work I told her that we had made reservations at a really nice restaurant in Minneapolis and they are known for their steaks (the restaurant was Manny’s Steakhouse and pretty fancy!).  I remember saying – make sure you’re hungry Grandma, because it is super good!
     I got home from work at 4:30 and Grandma was sitting on the couch with her purse in her lap and her coat on.  She immediately announced that she hadn’t eaten since dinner (dinner in the Midwest is the midday meal – lunch, supper is in the evening) and she was very hungry and we should leave immediately.  Ok I said and we were off!
     Manny’s served everything family style so we had asparagus and mashed potatoes and each of us ordered a steak.  Grandma had a ribeye steak and it was incredibly delicious and ridiculously large, but I would be darned if she didn’t eat the whole thing,  I honestly didn’t think it was possible because she was a tiny woman! So when they brought around the dessert tray – I was pretty sure we would all pass, there was no way we could eat any more!

Strawberry Shortcake Brownie

     Well that’s where I was wrong.  Grandma looked at that dessert tray and hemmed and hawed and just couldn’t decide.  Finally she looked at the waiter and said, I can’t decide between strawberry shortcake and a brownie.  Can you make me both?  With a big smile, I nodded to the waiter and off he went.  While we were waiting for dessert, we were engaged in conversation and realized that entire restaurant had fallen silent.  That’s because the waiter was bringing out our dessert.  It had literally stopped conversation!  They made a special dessert for my Grandma – the Strawberry Shortcake Brownie was a brownie bundt cake, sliced in half, topped with ice cream, sliced strawberries, caramel, hot fudge and macadamia nuts, then a second layer of brownie was on and piled with same toppings!  Truly the most incredible dessert I have ever had.  And I’d be darned if my tiny little Grandma didn’t eat two huge slices!  It was outrageous!
     So that’s what I’m sharing with you today!  And well to back up just a bit – I had plenty of time continuing to make memories with my Grandma – you see she lived to be 98 years old!

Strawberry Shortcake Brownie

Recipe – Strawberry Shortcake Brownie – easy shortcuts and an amazing dessert. Get the recipe and read this heartwarming family story!

 Course Dessert
 Cuisine American
 Prep Time 10 minutes
 Cook Time 40 minutes
 Total Time 50 minutes
 Servings 8 servings
 Author Souper Chef Deb from Bowl Me Over


  • 1 box brownie mix
  • 1 pint strawberries
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • Chocolate sauce
  • Caramel sauce
  • Chopped macadamia nuts


  1. Prepare and bake the brownie mix according to package directions. If desired, use mini bundt cake mold well, adjust cooking time accordingly. Allow to cool.
  2. While the brownies are baking, clean and slice the strawberries. Sprinkle with sugar and set aside to macerate.
  3. When you are ready to assemble, slice the cake in half horizontally (if desired). Layer the cake with ice cream, sliced strawberries, chocolate and caramel sauce, top with chopped macadamia nuts. Top with another layer of cake and repeat.
  4. Ridiculously over-the-top – yes! Serve and enjoy!


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