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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 

Strawberry Shortcake

Easy strawberry shortcake recipe with 2 gourmet layers of cake filled with whipped cream and sliced strawberries.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 9 -12
Author Jessica Knott


  • 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.


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  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    06/19/2016 at 11:10 pm

    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.

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      Jessica Knott
      06/20/2016 at 12:22 am

      Yes, I used crisco. Go ahead and cream cream the shortening and sugar together.

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    07/28/2016 at 1:09 pm

    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.

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      Jessica Knott
      07/30/2016 at 12:21 am

      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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    11/14/2016 at 12:45 pm

    This is my favourite Strawberry Shortcake recipe. i love it. thanks

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    04/12/2018 at 9:16 pm

    This is the best shortcake recipe! It had a very nice light texture, but still held up with the strawberries. Thanks for sharing. Joanne

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      Jessica Knott
      04/15/2018 at 10:51 pm

      Glad you enjoyed it. We love it, too. Thanks!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    05/15/2018 at 8:26 am

    Jessica, have you tried this by substituting the vanilla extract with almond extract?

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    Sue B
    07/26/2018 at 3:06 pm

    This is an excellent tasting cake. Thank you for the recipe!

  • Avatar for Jessica Knott
    05/27/2019 at 3:00 pm

    I ❤️ this recipe! I have been making it for the last several years, every time we go strawberry picking at the Orchard. Now that I do Noom, I was wondering if you had a calorie count per serving?

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