Recipe: Windstar Cruises’ Strawberry Shortcake & Carnival Cruise Line’s French Kiss

These two recipes are a sweet treat to enjoy this Valentine's Day - Photo by Canva

Valentine’s Day is next week and now is the time to prepare your menu and set the tone for what is sure to be a romantic night. We have no doubt that you and your honey will indulge in a delicious meal, probably at a restaurant, so why not end the night at home and show off your baking skills with this delicious Strawberry Shortcake recipe from Windstar Cruises. Bursting with flavor and not too heavy after a large meal, this dessert will leave your significant other smacking his or her lips for more. Every night should end with a kiss, but especially Valentine’s night. Have a nightcap with Carnival Cruise Line’s French Kiss — not only will you get your kiss, but you will be transported back to the Alchemy Bar and the carefree days of cruising the high seas.

Strawberry Shortcake – Windstar Cruises


  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3 cups whipped cream
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 cups sliced, fresh strawberries


  • Mix eggs with 1/2 cups granulated sugar and whip until creamy. 
  • Add flour and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Spread out onto lightly greased or parchment-lined sheet pan and bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.  Since pan sizes vary, use a toothpick in the center to make sure it comes out clean to indicate the cake is ready.
  • Let cool. 
  • Cut the cooled sponge cake into thin rounds using a 3″ round cookie cutter or cake ring.
  • Place layer of sponge cake in the cake ring, and top with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.
  • Add a second layer of sponge cake topped with whipped cream and sliced strawberries, followed by a final layer of sponge cake.
  • Remove the cake ring. Of course, another option is to leave the cake whole and cut before serving.
  • Decorate cakes with remaining whipped cream. Garnish with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar.

French Kiss – Carnival Cruise Line


  • 1.5 oz Sweet Cruzan Vanilla Rum
  • 3/4 oz Chambord
  • 1/2 oz lime juice
  • Champagne or similar sparkling wine


  • Combine Sweet Cruzan Vanilla Rum, Chambord, and lime juice.
  • Add ice and shake.
  • Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice.

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