Strawberry Charlotte

Strawberry Charlotte - Lilie Bakery

A fruity and light spring dessert: Strawberry Shortcake ! A light strawberry mousse accompanied by pieces of gariguette strawberries, soft spoon biscuits... A fresh and easy-to-prepare recipe to end a light meal.

What you will like about this strawberry charlotte

  • flavors : the good fruity taste of strawberries, light and delicious!
  • texture : melting in the mouth thanks to the strawberry mousse, and soft thanks to the soaked spoon biscuits. The cut fruit in the center of the mousse adds a touch of freshness.
  • difficulty level : this strawberry charlotte is quite simple and quick to prepare. On the equipment side, you need a mixer to make the grout, and a adjustable pastry ring or charlotte mold to make this recipe.
Easy strawberry charlotte - Lilie Bakery

Choose your ingredients carefully for this recipe

  • strawberries : in pastries I always choose French gariguettes, they are very tasty and really tasteful! Their shape is also ideal for decorating desserts, including this strawberry charlotte.
  • spoon cookies : for the charlottes, I strongly recommend the spoon biscuits (and not the ladyfingers which are drier). You can of course make them homemade, but to make this recipe even faster, they are store-bought cookies.
  • liquid cream : this is the whole liquid cream 30% mg in a briquette. It must be very cold to make your whipped cream, so keep it in the refrigerator.
  • lemon juice : I use a lemon that I squeeze (especially not the juice sold in bottles). Lemon juice has two main functions here: protecting the color of the strawberries from oxidation, and revealing their flavor. Besides, it works with all red fruits.

How to make a strawberry charlotte?

  1. We realize syrup to soak the biscuits
  2. On place the cookies in the pastry circle
  3. On mix the strawberries to make a coulis
  4. On heat the grout by incorporating the gelatin
  5. We whip the cream in firm whipped cream
  6. On incorporates the grout delicately
  7. We pour the mousse on the biscuits
  8. On refrigerate strawberry charlotte

NB: the complete list of ingredients and the detailed recipe are given at the bottom of the page.

My advice for making your charlotte a success

  • so that the biscuits hold together well when unmolded : soak only the flat side (not the convex side. This is sufficient for good adhesion between the biscuits and the mousse.
  • the whipped cream must be whipped firm (not soft) when adding the coulis : otherwise the foam created will be difficult to hold in the mold. We want to avoid leaks between the biscuits.
  • distribute the strawberry pieces evenly in the center of the charlotte so that each part can have several pieces of strawberries to cut.
  • refrigerate for at least 5 hours so that the strawberry charlotte holds perfectly when serving.

How to store strawberry charlotte?

Strawberry charlotte keeps in the fridge for up to 4 days. I advise you to place it in an airtight container (under a cover) to prevent it from taking on the smell of other foods in your fridge.

Strawberry charlotte recipe - Lilie Bakery

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If you make this strawberry charlotte, don’t hesitate to rate the recipe below and tag @liliebakery on Instagram so I can see your beautiful charlottes!

Strawberry charlotte recipe - Lilie Bakery
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Strawberry Charlotte, The Easy Recipe

A light and fruity charlotte with the good taste of gariguette strawberries! An easy dessert to prepare for sunny days…
Prep time30 minutes
Total30 minutes
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Charlotte
Yield: 6 people


Soaking syrup

  • 100 g water
  • 50 g granulated sugar
  • 1 cc natural vanilla extract


  • 20 spoon cookies
  • 380 g gariguette strawberries
  • 70 g granulated sugar
  • 2 cc lemon juice
  • 4,5 gelatin sheets Vahine (1,90 grams per leaf, 200 blooms)
  • 360 g heavy whipping cream 30% very cold

Interior + Decor

  • 250 g gariguette strawberries


  • In a saucepan, heat the water and powdered sugar until simmering. Remove from the heat, add the vanilla and allow the resulting syrup to cool.
  • Adjust the pastry circle to 18cm, place it on a baking tray with parchment paper (or place it directly on the serving dish).
  • Take a biscuit spoon, then dip its flat side in the syrup then place it against the edge of the circle (curved side outwards). Continue with the other cookies to go around. Also line the bottom of the circle. Do not hesitate to cut the biscuits to stick them as much as possible.
  • Soften the gelatin in cold water.
  • Hull 380g of gariguette strawberries and place them in a blender. Mix to have a smooth coulis. Add the lemon juice. Pass the coulis through a strainer to remove the small seeds.
  • Take 1/3 of the coulis and put it in a saucepan with the powdered sugar. Heat until boiling. Remove from the heat, add the drained gelatin then mix well. Mix this hot coulis with the rest of the cold coulis to accelerate its cooling. It must be warm (not hot) to use.
  • Whip the very cold liquid cream into stiff whipped cream. Add the strawberry coulis little by little, mixing with a spatula so as not to break the whipped cream. The final mixture should be homogeneous.
  • Hull and cut around ten strawberries into small quarters or pieces.
  • Place half of the mousse in the circle on the spoon biscuits. Add the strawberry pieces then cover with the rest of the mixture. Smooth the top. Cover and refrigerate for at least 5 hours.
  • Remove the circle. Decorate with the remaining strawberries as desired! Serve well chilled.


This strawberry charlotte can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 4 days, ideally in an airtight container. 
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March 29, 2024
April 12th



  1. Reply


    April 5th

    Good morning! Thank you for your recipes! However for the charlottes, I place
    the biscuits around the edges after
    unmolding. It's easier than dealing with soggy cookies that keep falling out. But there may be reasons why you work this way. See you soon

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      April 8th

      Hello Bernadette, the classic way to make a charlotte is to put the biscuits first. If you want you can try to do like me, that is to say, soak the biscuits on one side only so that they don't get soggy. See you soon :)

  2. Reply


    April 6th

    5 stars
    Very good recipe for Strawberry Charlotte. I made it this week.

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      April 8th

      Thank you very much Marie-Christine! Glad you like the charlotte :) See you soon

  3. Reply


    April 10th

    5 stars
    The recipe is perfect! I made it for my mother's birthday, everyone invited loved it. I recommend !

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      April 11th

      Thank you very much Mayleen! Glad you like this charlotte so much :) See you soon

  4. Reply


    April 13th

    5 stars
    Charlotte made yesterday.
    Once again a real treat!
    Thank you again for your detailed recipe which guides us through the entire process.
    I'm going to try the Breton puck for my little Breton daughter :)
    See you soon !!!

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      April 17th

      Thank you very much Christian! In fact, I try to be as precise as possible so that everyone succeeds! See you soon for other recipes :)

  5. Reply


    April 22th

    I would like to make this charlotte but my daughter-in-law is vegan, what can I replace the crème fraîche with to make the whipped cream?
    Thank you and good day

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      April 24th

      Hello Michele, so it's quite complex because there is no easy replacement for cream... You can use coconut cream (90% coconut) but you have to add a whipped cream fixative (pastry department). As gelatin is not vegan, it should also be replaced by agar-agar but I don't know the doses, I never use it... See you soon

  6. Reply


    April 30th

    5 stars
    Hello, I made this charlotte for mother-in-law's 81st birthday and everyone enjoyed it.
    A seasonal recipe that is easy to make, light and has a great effect on the Sunday table.
    I will do it again for sure. Thank you for all the great recipes provided.

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      Lilie bakery

      5th May 2024

      Thank you very much Géraldine, I am delighted that your whole family liked this recipe :) See you soon

  7. Reply


    12th May 2024

    Hello, thank you for all your excellent and very reliable recipes!!!
    Charlotte delicious and easy to make.
    Personally, next time I will add a second layer of strawberries to the whipped cream and I think we can try with 2 sheets of gelatin.

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      Lilie bakery

      15th May 2024

      Thank you Julie for your feedback! See you soon for new recipes :)

  8. Reply


    18th May 2024

    5 stars
    Hello and thank you for this recipe.
    Tested this weekend in anticipation of my daughter's birthday. A real treat ! I halved the amount of sugar for the children. I'm going to rework the arrangement of the strawberries on top because it's a little tricky to cut without crushing the whipped cream underneath. For more indulgence I am thinking of adding pieces of spoon biscuits with pieces of strawberry in the middle of the cream.
    Can this recipe be made with agar agar instead of gelatin?

    For those who don't have a pastry circle at home, the recipe can be made with a springform pan. Be careful if the size of the mold is larger, plan to increase the quantities.

    Congratulations to you for this recipe

    • Reply

      Lilie bakery

      21th May 2024

      Hello Lorraine, thank you for your message! Glad you like the strawberry charlotte! You can replace gelatin with agar agar, however it is an ingredient that I never use, so I cannot give you a dosage. See you soon :)

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    22th May 2024

    5 stars


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