Strawberry Shortcake Cake

This Strawberry Shortcake Cake is a delicious take on the strawberry shortcake dessert. Creamy and light whipped cream, and sliced fresh strawberries, sandwiched between layers of fluffy vanilla cake. This is a simple and easy cake to make, the results are beyond stunning and delightful.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake, layers of vanilla cake with strawberries and whipped cream in between the layers and on top, on a wooden cake plate, with strawberries around.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake is a light cake, perfect for spring and summer months, but can be served anytime of the year, specially if you can find nice fresh strawberries.

I will show you step-by-step how to make this delicious cake.

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slice of strawberry shortcake cake on a plate, with whipped cream and fresh strawberries in the middle.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake Recipe

All the ingredient amounts are below on the page. Here you will find instructions with photos and more tips to help you make this recipe successfully.

Let’s start by making the Vanilla Cake batter.

Beat the butter, oil, and sugar in a large mixing bowl for two minutes, until the mixture is light and fluffy in color.

Add the eggs, one at a time, waiting for one egg to be incorporated before adding the next one. Make sure to scrape the bowl in between additions.

first picture: adding oil to a bowl with butter and sugar. second picture: bowl with butter, oil and sugar whipped together. third picture: egg added to a bowl of batter. fourth picture: hand scraping the sides of a bowl.

Add the vanilla and mix to combine. Pour one third of the buttermilk in the bowl. If you don’t have buttermilk, there are substitutions you can make instead, you can find them below on the page.

Add one third of the dry ingredients to the bowl. The dry ingredient mixture consists of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Mix on low to combine.

Once you start adding the flour ingredients, you don’t want to over mix the batter. Mix just enough to combine. Also scrape the bowl with a spatula, to help the batter get incorporated.

Continue to add the buttermilk and flour, in thirds, alternating them. Finish by adding the final amount of the flour mixture. Stir to combine, and you can fold with a spatula at the end, to prevent the batter from being over mixed with the electric mixer.

The batter should be smooth.

first picture: adding vanilla extract to a bowl with batter. second picture: adding buttermilk to a bowl with batter. third picture: adding flour mixture to a bowl with batter. fourth picture: mixing batter with a spatula.

Baking

Divide the batter between three 8-inch cake pans, greased, and lined with parchment paper.

Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes. It can take a bit longer, or less time, depending on your oven. I bake this cake at 350ºF on a conventional oven. If your oven is convection, use a 325ºF temperature, and you will possibly have to bake for less time, so start checking at 25 minutes.

The cake is done baking when a toothpick inserted into the cake comes off clean.

Let the cakes cool down for 10 minutes in the pan. Then flip them over onto a wire rack, and let them cool down completely before assembling and frosting.

first picture: spreading cake batter on the bottom of cake pans. second picture: three cake pans with baked vanilla cake.

Strawberries

You will need fresh strawberries for the recipe.

Wash the strawberries, then slice them into 1/8th of an inch thick slices.

I like to mix the strawberries with a couple tablespoons of strawberries preserves or jam, that helps them not become wilted, specially if storing the cake in the fridge for a few days.

If the jam you are using is too thick, or the jelly type, you can dissolve it with a few drops of water. But don’t add too much water, because once the jam is mixed with the strawberries, that will already make them release water, and you don’t want them to be too watery.

You can also keep the strawberries fresh, without mixing with jam, and just use them as is to assemble the cake.

first picture: slicing strawberries on top of a wooden board. second picture: adding jam to a bowl of strawberries. third picture: stirring the strawberries with the jam.

Whipped Cream Frosting

To make this Whipped Cream Frosting, I chose to add cream cheese to the recipe. The cream cheese makes the frosting more stable. Whipped cream by itself is not stable, and tends to deflate, or become watery after some time.

Whip the cream cheese with half of the powdered sugar for one minute. Add the vanilla extract and mix to combine.

first picture: whipping the cream cheese with powdered sugar in a bowl with an electric mixer. second picture: adding vanilla to the bowl with the whipped cream. third picture: the cream cheese mixture whipped in a bowl.

In another bowl, whip the heavy cream with the remaining sugar for about 3 minutes at medium-high speed, until stiff peaks are formed.

first picture: whipping the heavy cream with powdered sugar in a bowl. second picture: whipped heavy cream in a bowl with stiff peaks.

Add one third of the whipped heavy cream to the cream cheese mixture. Mix with the electric mixer on low speed, or with a spatula to combine.

After the first addition, you want to fold with a spatula to avoid deflating the batter or over whipping the mixture.

Continue to add the whipped cream to the bowl, folding gently to combine.

first picture: bowl with whipped cream inside and a mixer. second picture: bowl with whipped cream mixed with whipped cream cheese. third picture: whipped cream mixed together. Fourth picture: spatula mixing whipped cream and whipped cream cheese together.

If you don’t want to use cream cheese, you can stabilize the whipped cream with gelatin. To do that, you will need 3 cups of heavy cream instead of 1 1/2. Dissolve 1 tbsp of unflavored gelatin in 3 tbsp of water, microwave for 10 second increments, stirring, until the mixture is melted together. Let it cool down. Start whipping the cream with 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, and pour the cooled dissolved gelatin in slowly when the cream is almost at stiff peaks.

I much prefer the taste and consistency of the stabilized cream made with cream cheese, but the gelatin method can be an alternative if you don’t have cream cheese or simply don’t want to use it.

To assemble the cake

To assemble the cake, place a cake layer on top of a cake plate.

Pipe or spread the whipped cream on top. I am using a tip 4B to do that, you can use a round piping tip, or even just spread the cream with a spatula instead.

first picture: piping whipped cream on a cake layer. second picture: placing strawberries on top of whipped cream on a cake. third picture: placing a cake layer on top of a cake being assembled. fourth picture: piping whipped cream on top of a cake layer.

Arrange the strawberries on top, making sure it’s an even layer. The strawberries will have released water, but you don’t want the excess liquid to go in the cake, so make sure to give the strawberry slices a few taps or a little shake before adding them on top of the cream.

Place another cake layer on top of the strawberries.

Pipe or spread more whipped cream on top. Arrange more strawberries on top.

first picture: cake with whipped cream and strawberries on top. second picture: putting a cake layer on top of a cake being assembled. third picture: piping whipped cream on top of a cake. fourth picture: placing strawberries on top of a cake.

Finish with a final cake layer, topped with more cream.

You can top the cake with fresh strawberries if desired.

Strawberry Shortcake Cake, layers of vanilla cake with strawberries and whipped cream in between the layers and on top, on a wooden cake plate, with strawberries around.

Serving and storage

I like to serve this cake immediately after assembling it. The fresher, the better.

If transporting this cake, you may consider wrapping it in acetate, so the layers don’t slide over.

Store any leftover cake in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.

I don’t recommend freezing this cake.

You can freeze the individual cake layers, wrapped in plastic tightly. Remove the cake layers from the freezer a couple of hours before you have to assemble the cake. Then assemble and serve. If the cake is not completely thawed yet, let it sit for another hour at room temperature or in the fridge. You can also thaw the cake layers in the fridge overnight, then the next day, simply remove them from the fridge and assemble the cake.

strawberry cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, sliced in half.

Variations

You can make this cake with any other berries you love, such as raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. Other fruits you can use are cherries, canned peaches, or sliced mangoes. Those fruits would also go very well with the flavor of the whipped cream and vanilla cake.

You can also make this recipe into cupcakes. To do that, cut the recipe in half to obtain about 16 cupcakes. The cupcakes will take about 20 minutes to bake.

slice of strawberry shortcake cake on a plate, with whipped cream and fresh strawberries in the middle.

Tips for making Strawberry Shortcake Cake

  • Don’t over mix the ingredients once the flour has been added to the cake batter.
  • Make sure to scrape the bowl several times in between adding and mixing the ingredients.
  • If possible, use the gram measurements instead of cups, it will provide much better results because gram measurements are way more reliable than cup measurements.
  • Only make the whipped cream once you are ready to assemble the cake. The whipped cream can start to deflate if it sits in the bowl. It does hold up pretty well once piped.
  • This is a very light and fluffy cake, if you are transporting it somewhere, wrap it in acetate to avoid the cake slices from sliding around.
slice of strawberry cake on a plate, with whipped cream and fresh strawberries in the middle, and the cake sliced in the back, on a wooden cake plate.

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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Camila Hurst
This Strawberry Shortcake Cake is a delicious take on the strawberry shortcake dessert. Creamy and light whipped cream, and sliced fresh strawberries, sandwiched between layers of fluffy vanilla cake. This is a simple and easy cake to make, the results are beyond stunning and delightful.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 35 minutes
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Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings

Ingredients
  

Vanilla Cake
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 324 grams
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter room temperature (169 grams)
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil 60 ml
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar 300 grams
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk 300 ml
Strawberries
  • 3 cups sliced strawberries about 450 grams
  • 2 tbsp strawberry preserves or strawberry jam
Whipped Cream
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese room temperature (170 grams)
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar 82 grams, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream 360 ml
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions
 

Vanilla Cake
  • Pre-heat the oven to 350ºF. Grease and line 3 8” cake pans with parchment paper.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, or in the bowl of a stand mixer, add the butter, oil, and sugar. Beat the ingredients together for two minutes, until the mixture is fluffy and light in color. If using a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment, or you can just use a hand mixer.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing one egg completely until incorporated before adding the next one.
  • Remember to scrape the bowl in between mixing.
  • Add the vanilla and mix to combine.
  • Add one third of the buttermilk to the bowl with the batter, mix on low to combine.
  • Next, add one third of the dry ingredient mixture. Mix on low speed.
  • Add another third of the buttermilk and mix.
  • Follow by another third of the flour mixture, mix to combine.
  • Add the remaining buttermilk, and mix. Finish with the remaining flour, add it to the bowl and mix on low.
  • You can finish by folding with a spatula, to avoid over mixing the batter.
  • Divide the batter between the prepared bowls.
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes off clean.
  • Remove the cake from the oven. After 10 minutes, flip the cake onto a cooling rack or plate. Let the cake cool down completely. If you aren’t assembling the cake on the same day, wrap the completely cooled down cake in plastic wrap, and place in the fridge, or freezer.
Strawberries
  • Slice the strawberries about 1/8th of an inch thick. Place them in a bowl. Add the preserves to the bowl and mix to combine.
  • If the strawberry jam you are using is the thick kind, or the jelly kind, you can dissolve it with a few drops of water so it’s easy to mix it with the strawberries. Set it aside.
Whipped Cream
  • Make the whipped cream when you are ready to frost the cake. Don’t let the whipped cream sit for too long in the bowl, as it will start to deflate. It will hold well once piped.
  • Whip the cream cheese with half of the powdered sugar with an electric mixer for one minute, add the vanilla, whip for another 30 seconds and mix to combine.
  • The cream cheese helps stabilize the whipped cream.
  • In another bowl, whip the heavy cream with the remaining powdered sugar for 3 to 4 minutes, at medium-high speed, until stiff peaks form.
  • Add one third of the whipped heavy cream to the bowl with the whipped cream cheese, mix on low with the mixer or by hand, to combine. Add another third of the whipped cream to the bowl and fold. At this point, the mixture will be very light and fluffy, and you don’t want to deflate it too much, so fold delicately, making sure the ingredients get mixed in together.
  • Once that’s incorporated, add the remaining heavy cream, and fold gently to combine.
  • Place in a piping bag fitted with the tip of your choice. I used a tip 4B. Alternatively, you don’t have to pipe the cream, you can spread it on the cake with a spoon or spatula.
To assemble
  • Place one cake layer on a cake plate. If the cake has a dome on top, use a knife to level it and cut the excess off.
  • Pipe or spread some of the Whipped Cream on top of the cake layer.
  • Arrange the sliced strawberries on top, on an even layer. The sliced strawberries mixed with the jam may have a lot of liquid on the bowl, you can gently tap them to remove any excess liquid. You don’t want to put all that liquid on the cake, because it will melt the whipped cream, and make the cake slide.
  • Top with another cake layer. Repeat the process of spreading or piping whipped cream on top, followed by a layer of arranged strawberries.
  • Place another cake layer on top.
  • Top the cake with more cream, and you can decorate it with fresh strawberries.
Storage
  • Store the cake in the fridge for up to 2 days. Place any leftovers in an air tight container.

Notes

Buttermilk: If you don’t have buttermilk, simply add a teaspoon of vinegar to regular milk, let it sit for 2 minutes, and use in the recipe.
Buttermilk alternative: Another buttermilk alternative is to make the cake with a combination of sour cream and milk. Use 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/4 cup of milk in the recipe instead of the buttermilk.
Stabilized Whipped Cream: If you don’t want to use cream cheese to stabilize the whipped cream, you can use gelatin. To do that, you will need 3 cups of heavy cream, 3/4 cup powdered sugar, 1 tbsp of unflavored gelatin powder, 3 tbsp water, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. Dissolve 1 tbsp of unflavored gelatin in 3 tbsp of water, microwave for 10 second increments, stirring, until the mixture is melted together. Let it cool down. Start whipping the cream with the powdered sugar, and pour the cooled dissolved gelatin in slowly when the cream is almost at stiff peaks.
Transporting the cake: This is a very light and fluffy cake, if you are transporting it somewhere, wrap it in acetate to avoid the cake slices from sliding around.
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