Assumption Activity: Assumption Shortcakes

This dessert recipe is an Assumption activity to celebrate the Assumption of Mary.  Each part of the recipe represents something about the feast. (See below.) You can use your favorite shortcake recipe. Or use the simple recipe below which uses biscuit mix as a shortcut. This can be a fun group activity and a tasty way to celebrate the Assumption of Mary. Use the time while the shortcakes are cooling to talk about why we celebrate this day.

Here is what the different parts represent:

  • Biscuit – The earth
  • Strawberries – the suffering Mary bore in her heart
  • Blueberries – because Mary’s color is blue
  • Whipped cream – the clouds
  • Mini chocolate chips – the sweetness of life in heaven
  • Yellow sprinkles – Mary’s crown as Queen of Heaven

You could also make this with angel food cake or yellow cake.

Assumption Shortcakes Recipe

  • 1/2 quart strawberries
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 1/3 cups biscuit mix
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • Canned whipped cream or whipped topping
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Yellow sprinkles


  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Wash the fruit and slice the strawberries.
  3. Mix the strawberries, blueberries, and 1/4 cup sugar in a bowl and set aside.
  4. Next, stir together the baking mix, milk, 3 tablespoons sugar , and the butter until all the mix is moistened. Do not overmix.
  5. Drop dough into six mounds on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  6. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes
  8. Split the biscuits and spoon some of the fruit mixture in the middle.
  9. Put the tops on.
  10. Top with remaining fruit, whipped cream, chocolate chips, and sprinkles.

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