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Strawberry Shortcake

The Best STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CAKE recipe featuring a moist white layer cake filled with strawberries and whipped cream topping. An easy quintessential summer dessert cake with freshly sliced strawberries and cream.

Strawberry shortcake cake on a white plate. A double layer of white cake with sliced strawberries and whipped cream filled in the center. It's topped with more sliced strawberries in juice and whipped cream. Text on top in red and white reads strawberry shortcake.

The perfect Strawberry Shortcake for a delicious summer dessert. A classic summer cake made with plenty of strawberry flavor. 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, potlucks, served as a birthday cake, BBQ dinner parties, and just about every other special occasion. While shortcakes can traditionally be made with a biscuit cake, I like a moist white cake instead.

It’s that time of year again where fresh strawberries regularly appear in our diet. Strawberries make a great addition to dishes like salad recipes, smoothies, shakes, pies, cakes, cupcakes, ice cream, in my favorite Strawberry Dessert Bars, just to name a few.  

They can jazz up any old dish and bring the flavor to their head by adding strawberries.  In fact, if you like strawberries, this Strawberry Poke Cake is a must! If you love this recipe, check out our Strawberry Shortcake Cupcake recipe that is sure to please everyone!

Strawberry Shortcake Cake -  Strawberry shortcake recipe served on a white plate with white burlap. A decadent two layer white cake with sliced strawberries in a sugar sauce and whipped cream frosting.

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


  1. Cream shortening and sugar.
  2. Beat in eggs one at a time.
  3. Beat in vanilla extract.
  4. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Slowly mix in a little of the dry ingredients at a time, alternating with milk.
  6. Bake in 350°F oven for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Slice strawberries and heat them on the stove with sugar.
  8. Cut cake in half horizontally.
  9. Spread on the whipped cream topping.
  10. Spoon strawberries on top.
  11. Add the top layer of the cake.
  12. Frost with more whipped cream and strawberries.
  13. Slice and serve.
Strawberry Shortcake - A close up view of strawberry shortcake served as a square piece of cake on a white plate. Whipped cream and sliced strawberries in the center layer of the cake. Topped with more whipped cream and strawberries on top.


■ STRAWBERRIES: You’ll need plenty of strawberries for this recipe. Use fresh strawberries over frozen berries. However, if the strawberry selection isn’t the best, opt to use frozen strawberries or frozen strawberries in syrup.

Typically, I make this cake when strawberries are the juiciest in spring and summer, but I have been known to make this cake for birthdays during the winter months, too.

■ WHIPPED CREAM: Can be homemade from scratch with heavy whipping cream and sugar, or store bought whipped cream topping works just as well.

■ FLOUR: Nothing fancy. All-purpose flour gives this cake a delicate enough crumb.

Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake - Strawberry shortcake served on a white plate with square slices in the background with a purple backdrop. The cake slice in the frost is a double layer with a whipped cream and strawberry center and more whipped cream frosting on top with sliced strawberries in sauce.

■ SUGAR: You’ll need 1⅓ cups of sugar to make this two layer cake. Granulated sugar has a clean flavor and is evenly ground which helps it incorporate well with butter during creaming. The sugar aerates the butter and dissolves easily into this double layer spring cake.

■ EGGS: Eggs will bind the cake ingredients together and add a little richness.

■ VANILLA EXTRACT: Use quality vanilla extract for the best tasting white cake recipe. Skip imitation vanilla extract. Since it’s a white cake, you’ll want to be sure to taste quality vanilla flavor.

■ MILK: Adds moisture to the cake so the crumb isn’t dry.

■ SHORTENING: Using shortening in this recipe yields a cake that is incredible light tasting and moist. Quality butter may be substituted.

Using fresh strawberries

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 new and traditional recipes.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake - A close up view of strawberry shortcake layers. White cake filled with whipped cream and pieces of strawberries in the center. Topped with another layer of white cake and a thick frosting of whipped cream topping and layers of sliced strawberries in sauce.

Use Pure Vanilla Extract

Vanilla is a flavor used mostly in desserts like cookies, cakes, and cupcakes. It’s sold as pure vanilla extract and imitation varieties that include the classic brown hue and a clear form as well. Pure vanilla extract comes from a few geographical locations around the world including Mexico, Madagascar, Tahiti, Indonesia, and Uganda. My favorites include Mexico and Madagascar. Vanilla has its own distinctive flavor profile and characteristics that can range from a creamy sweet flavor (Madagascar) to sweet with a hint of a woody spice and notes (Mexico), and finally, fruity and flowery (Tahitian).

Pure vanilla has around 250 flavor compounds. Imitation vanilla has just one. Choosing real vanilla will add a noticable flavor difference to this shortcake. It’s highly recommended to use it while baking a white delicate cake. Plus, tasters will appreciate the aroma and taste in each bite.

Strawberry Season

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.

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.

A quicker strawberry shortcake dessert salad version . . .

This white layer cake with strawberry sauce filling takes 35 minutes to make from top to bottom. If you’re short on time but still want to enjoy this dessert, try my Strawberry Shortcake Fluff Salad. It features classic pound cake pieces with fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and mini marshmallows in an easy and quick to make dessert salad.

Strawberry Shortcake

The Best STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE CAKE recipe featuring a moist white layer cake filled with strawberries and whipped cream topping. The quintessential summer dessert cake with freshly sliced strawberries and cream.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fresh Fruit Cake, Layer Cake, strawberries and cream cake, Strawberry shortcake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 452kcal


  • ½ cup shortening
  • 1⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 16 ounces Whipped cream topping
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 qts fresh or frozen strawberries (sliced)


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9 x 11-inch baking pan with foil/parchment paper and grease; set aside.
  • In a medium bowl or large 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 the 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 the sugar is dissolved. Take off heat and set aside.
  • Once the cake is cool, cut the 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.


This cake may be left as a single layer. Just be sure to add lots of whipped cream topping and strawberries to the top.


Calories:452kcal | Carbohydrates:80g | Protein:8g | Fat:13g | Saturated Fat:4g | Cholesterol:39mg | Sodium:150mg | Potassium:643mg | Fiber:6g | Sugar:45g | Vitamin A:172IU | Vitamin C:139mg | Calcium:183mg | Iron:3mg
Easy Strawberry Shortcake recipe with double white cake layers and strawberries and whipped cream topping.
Strawberry Shortcake recipe

updated 2/2021


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    04/06/2015 at 7:49 pm

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

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      11/22/2015 at 9:33 pm

      Hey did yours after mixing it was it thick?

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        Jessica Knott
        11/22/2015 at 9:38 pm

        Yes, I believe so

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          01/23/2016 at 6:23 pm

          can I sub butter for shortening?

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            Jessica Knott
            01/23/2016 at 10:35 pm

            Yes, equal amounts and room temperature. Beat room temp butter and sugar together.

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    04/06/2015 at 11:04 pm

    Looks delicious. Can’t wait to try it.

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    04/15/2015 at 10:27 am

    3 stars
    Awesome! I loved these tips!

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    05/04/2015 at 3:53 pm

    This looks amazing! Going to have to try this one for sure!

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    Thao @ In Good Flavor
    05/04/2015 at 8:03 pm

    This is the quintessential summertime treat. As far as I’m concerned, there is always room for strawberry shortcake. This looks delicious!

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    Molly @
    05/05/2015 at 10:21 am

    Oh wow! This looks like summer heaven. I can’t wait to try it!

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    05/06/2015 at 8:36 pm

    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.

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    Miz Helen
    05/08/2015 at 11:18 am

    5 stars
    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

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    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom
    05/12/2015 at 11:32 am

    I don’t think I need any more reasons to eat strawberries. Thanks for posting. Hello from Busy Monday.

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    Karren Haller Friday Feature Linkup ♥
    05/15/2015 at 9:30 am

    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

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    09/30/2015 at 2:06 pm

    5 stars
    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!!

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    Mary B
    12/22/2015 at 11:33 pm

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

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    12/26/2015 at 11:25 pm

    Is there any substitute for shortening? Thank you.

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      Jessica Knott
      12/27/2015 at 11:20 am

      Equal amount of butter so 1/2 cup butter will work. Thank!

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    01/23/2016 at 7:27 pm

    5 stars
    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 😀😀😀😀

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      Jessica Knott
      01/23/2016 at 10:34 pm

      Yay, glad you guys enjoyed it! I’ve got strawberry shortcake cupcakes in the oven as we speak!

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    03/01/2016 at 10:38 am

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

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      Jessica Knott
      03/01/2016 at 11:05 am

      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

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    03/24/2016 at 10:24 am

    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.

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    03/25/2016 at 3:58 pm

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

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      Jessica Knott
      05/02/2016 at 6:22 pm

      Yes, just whip up a few cups of heavy whipping cream and add some sugar.

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    Cindy Jonkman
    03/26/2016 at 10:47 am

    Have you ever used whipping cream for this recipe?

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    plasterer bristol
    03/30/2016 at 1:00 am

    This sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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    04/04/2016 at 1:27 pm

    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!

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      Jessica Knott
      04/04/2016 at 1:59 pm

      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

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