Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake 

The perfect summer dessert starts with whipped cream and strawberries.  This light tasting cake is great to make for spring and summer holidays like Mother’s Day, Easter, Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day.  It’s also great for all those summer graduation parties, BBQ dinner parties and just about every other special occasion.  If you love this recipe, check out our Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake recipe that are sure to please everyone!

If you live in the south, than you know this dessert recipe is a must during those hot and humid summer months.  Sit back and relax with a cold glass of iced tea and enjoy this simple and gourmet cake recipe that is sure to please!

It’s that time of year again where fresh strawberries regularly appear in our diet. That being said, I won’t complain!  Strawberries make a great addition to dishes like salads, smoothies, shakes, pies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, Strawberry Dessert Bars, just to name a few.  They can jazz up any old dish and bring flavor.  In fact, if you like strawberries, this Strawberry Poke Cake is a must!

Strawberry Shortcake recipe

With all the extra strawberries from the farmer’s market, I’ve been on a strawberry baking spree these past few weeks.  It’s no wonder this is my favorite season and for a good reason!  No matter how many strawberries I have in the fridge, I keep coming home with more and using them in recipes.

Strawberries make a great addition to cakes. With the arrival of summer comes fresh strawberry picking.  If you’re anything like me and gather family and friends up to go strawberry picking, this recipe is a great way to use up any extra strawberries you may have after making jam, canning and salads.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

If you’re looking for more reasons to eat strawberries, here are just a few.  Strawberries boost immunity, fight wrinkles, fight bad cholesterol, reduce inflammation, regulate blood pressure, aid in weight management and may help to prevent cancer.

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe 

Yields: 9-12

Strawberry Shortcake

Easy strawberry shortcake recipe with 2 gourmet layers of cake filled with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.

15 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

35 minTotal Time

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  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 + 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 16 ounces Whipped cream topping
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 quarts fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9 x 11 inch baking pan with foil/parchment paper and grease; set aside. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk; set aside. In a bowl fit with a mixer, cream together shortening and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla extract and beat well. With mixer on low speed, slowly alternate between adding dry ingredients and milk. Pour mixture into greased baking pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack. Place sliced strawberries and sugar in medium saucepan on medium heat and stir gently until sugar is dissolved. Take off heat and set aside.

Once cake is cool, cut cake into 9 or 12 pieces. Next, cut each piece in half. Spread whipped cream in the center of each piece and spoon strawberries over the top. Place top layer of cake on top and spread whipped cream and strawberries over each piece.

Recipe Type: Dessert


See our Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake recipe here with a Strawberry surprise inside.
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37 Responses

  1. Maria

    Wow, awesome strawberry shortcake recipe. i feel like spring is here with this delicious cake.

  2. Carlee

    That looks heavenly! There is nothing better this time of year than a good strawberry shortcake. This looks like a perfect version. We will have to try it when our strawberries ripen.

  3. Miz Helen

    Your Strawberry Shortcake looks fabulous! Hope you have a very special Mothers Day weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday this week.
    Miz Helen

  4. Karren Haller Friday Feature Linkup ♥

    I found your recipe in the Creative Girl Linkup, what a fantastic recipe, this looks awesome and I think it would be great if you would like to come and share on my FF Linky Party today and each week!
    I have pinned to my Special Berry Board on Pinterest as well!!
    Hope you have a great weekend

  5. Emily

    May I ask why you say to use parchment paper and also to grease the pan? Am I reading/seeing it wrong? Other than that the batter tastes fabulous so far!! Can’t wait for it to come out of the oven!!

  6. Mary B

    I see this was asked but, you grease the parchment paper??

  7. Holly

    Omg so good, it’s a little thick, so I added maybe 1/4 extra cup of milk. Turned out perfect! Hubby said to forever make this recipe 😀😀😀😀

  8. Kelly

    Will this work in a 9×13 pan? I don’t have a 9×13 pan.

    • Jessica Knott

      Yes that will work, just bake a little less time. Use a toothpick inserted in the center and once it comes out clean, it’s done

  9. Dee

    Would this recipe work in 2 round cake pans with the filling in between? Then you wouldn’t have to cut individual pieces and fill? Just wondering.

  10. Cindy

    Have you ever made this with whipping cream instead of cool whip?

  11. Cindy Jonkman

    Have you ever used whipping cream for this recipe?

  12. Kate

    Hi. I’m a little confused. So cream 1 cup of sugar with shortening and 1/3 cup with strawberries, right? And dry ingredients mean flour, salt and baking soda, right?

    I just started baking so I still get confused when there’s no video ><
    Thank you!

    • Jessica Knott

      Hi Kate, you’ll cream together 1/2 cup shortening and 1 1/3 cup granulated sugar in a bowl with a mixer. The dry ingredients are salt, flour and baking powder. You will do shortening and sugar then mix then add eggs and vanilla extract and mix. Next add the premixed dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add milk and dry ingredients, alternating until everything is mixed.
      The strawberries are just a topping
      hope this helps

  13. Pat

    This shortcake looks delicious. I plan to make it on the Fourth of July. I have creamed butter and sugar together but I have never creamed shortening and sugar. What kind of shortening did you use? (Crisco) Thanks for the recipe.

  14. Lee

    Can I put this together a few hours before serving, or will it get mushy? It would be in fridge for about 5 hours before serving.

    • Jessica Knott

      Hi Lee, I’d assemble the cake, just add the top layer of strawberries before serving and it should be fine. I love strawberry shortcake a few hours old!


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