Layered strawberry shortcake on a wooden platter with a towel behind all on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Strawberry Shortcake

Even though Strawberry Shortcake is typically made for Valentine’s Day, it’s a perfect dessert any time of the year.

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One of my very favorite desserts has always been Strawberry Shortcake. It’s also my grandma’s favorite, and since our birthdays are only about a week apart, we always had some in February. It helps that strawberry shortcake is a common Valentine’s Day recipe, so it was easy to find the ingredients.

Strawberry Shortcake is made best with fresh strawberries that are in-season at the time. I’ve done it with frozen strawberries, but they don’t hold the same taste or texture.

You can either purchase angel food cake or pound cake at the store or make your own. I’ve tried making angel food cake, even from a box, and it never seems to set right in the end. Although I prefer homemade, this is one of the few things I purchase ready-made.

And if you’re looking for another great strawberry dessert, try White Chocolate Strawberry Dessert Bars. They are a bit more complicated to make, but equally delicious!

Step by Step

Slice the strawberries and place in a small bowl. Cover strawberries with sugar and gently stir to coat. Refrigerate strawberries for at least 6 hours while the cake completely cools.

Strawberries with sugar in a stainless steel bowl on a white surface

Cut the cake in half horizontally. Spread half of the whipped topping onto the bottom half of the cake.

Halved shortcake covered with whipped topping on a wooden platter on a white surface

Cover with about 1/3 of the strawberries and a little of the juice from the bowl. Place the top of the cake on the whipped topping and strawberry layer. Spread the remaining whipped topping on top of the cake. Top with remaining strawberries. Serve immediately.

Layered strawberry shortcake on a wooden platter with a towel behind all on a wooden surface (vertical)

Leftovers

When you build the entire cake, the leftovers don’t stay good for very long. If you know you won’t be serving the whole cake, it’s best to make individual servings by cutting a bit of the cake and topping with strawberries and whipped topping.

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 11, 2021

Layered strawberry shortcake on a wooden platter with a towel behind all on a wooden surface

Strawberry Shortcake

Even though Strawberry Shortcake is typically made for Valentine's Day, it's a perfect dessert any time of the year.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Refrigeration Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Course:
Dessert
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
angel food cake
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cake
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strawberry
Servings: 8 slices

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Slice the strawberries and place in a small bowl
  • Cover strawberries with sugar and gently stir to coat
  • Refrigerate strawberries for at least 6 hours while the cake completely cools
  • Cut the cake in half horizontally
  • Spread half of the whipped topping onto the bottom half of the cake
  • Cover with about 1/3 of the strawberries and a little of the juice from the bowl
  • Place the top of the cake on the whipped topping and strawberry layer
  • Spread the remaining whipped topping on top of the cake
  • Top with remaining strawberries
  • Serve immediately
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Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Shortcake
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 239mg10%
Potassium 260mg7%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Vitamin C 67mg81%
Calcium 74mg7%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

8 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake”

  1. It’s strawberry season here in Japan, so it means strawberries all over! I want to make this for Valentine’s day for work now because it looks so easy to make!

    1. You could always get the shortcake and keep the strawberries off until the end. Then you can add them to your serving and he doesn’t have to put them on his.

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