Strawberry shortcake is a must have during the spring and summer months. A fluffy cake layered with strawberries and topped with whipped cream! It’s not too sweet and perfectly light. I absolutely despise hot weather so desserts like this almost make it bearable. I said “almost”.
Whip up the cake batter. Bake and let it cool completely. Yes, you have to use the oven for this but it’s totally worth it.
Wash and cut up the strawberries. Place in a saucepan with sugar and heat gently until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat.
Once the cake is completely cooled, remove it from the pan. This part can be tricky. I ended up slicing the cake in half vertically and then in half horizontally. Place the bottom half of the cake back into the pan with cut side up. Spread half of the strawberries with syrup over the cake.
Then spread half of the whipped cream topping over the strawberry layer and repeat with the top half of the cake. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Enjoy this strawberry shortcake dessert with friends and family! It’s perfect for summer barbecues.
- ½ cup unsalted butter, softened
- 1⅓ cup sugar
- 2 egg
- 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 4 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 cup milk
- Topping and middle layer:
- 16 ounces Whipped cream topping
- Strawberry filling layers:
- ¼ cup sugar
- 3 pounds fresh strawberries, sliced (reserve a few for decoration if you like)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with parchment paper as handles and baking spray; set aside.
- In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients and whisk; set aside.
- In the bowl of a mixer, cream together butter and 1⅓ cup of 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 a wire rack.
- Place sliced strawberries and ¼ cup of sugar in medium saucepan over medium heat and stir gently until sugar is dissolved. Take off heat and set aside to cool slightly.
- Once cake is cooled completely, remove it from the pan using the parchment handles. Slice in half vertically then again in half horizontally. Place the bottom half back into the baking pan with cut side up.
- Spread half of the strawberries with syrup evenly over the cake, then spread half of the whipped cream topping over the strawberries. Repeat with the top half of the cake. Finish with the remaining whipped cream topping and decorate with reserved strawberries, if desired.
- Refrigerate for about 2 hours before serving.
Recipe adapted from SwankyRecipes