Change It Up:
Instead of sweetened ricotta, substitute and equal amount of mascarpone. Use powdered sugar in place of granulated. Whip the mascarpone with a beater to make it light and fluffy and to combine your sweetener well.
For either the ricotta or mascarpone, use 3 tablespoons honey in place of the sugar and vanilla for a little different taste.
Make a thick lemon curd whipped cream by beating 2 cups whipping cream and then folding in 1 cup lemon curd in a few additions.
Dress it Down:
Don't want minted lemon curd? Easily eliminate the mint for a classic taste.
Keep things really simple by simply using 2 cups cream, whipped to stiff peaks. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and 1-2 teaspoons vanilla for some flavor, and load your shortcake cups with this and the strawberries on top!