Strawberry Shortcake Cake

This Strawberry Shortcake Cake is an easy twist on the classic dessert with layers of moist vanilla cake, juicy strawberries and fluffy whipped cream! The perfect dessert for fresh summer strawberries!

Looking for a traditional strawberry shortcake? Try this strawberry shortcake recipe with biscuits made from scratch!

Three layer strawberry shortcake cake with whipped cream and fresh berries

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Cake

This post is sponsored by Challenge Butter, but all opinions are my own.

One of the best things about summer is the fresh berries and ever since I was a kid, strawberries have easily been my favorite. Strawberries and cream make the perfect combination and when paired with any kind of cake or biscuit, it’s a great summer treat.

This Strawberry Shortcake Cake takes the classic dessert using biscuits and turns it into a beautiful layered cake that is perfect for a summer potluck or BBQ – or even a strawberry-lover’s birthday. It’s actually an awesome way to enjoy strawberry shortcake because you don’t have to worry about making individual biscuits. Just bake the cake layers and layer with fresh strawberries and cream! Easy peasy!

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How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Cake

There are three main elements to this cake. The moist vanilla cake, sugared strawberries and homemade whipped cream.

Vanilla Cake

This vanilla cake is light and moist with a great vanilla flavor. It uses equal amounts of butter and vegetable oil to give you a cake with a great buttery flavor and moisture that lasts for several days.

As I’ve mentioned before, a great quality butter goes a long way and I’m a big fan of Challenge Butter. It’s such a creamy butter made from the freshest milk and goes from farm to fridge in just two days. Plus, there aren’t any growth hormones, nor do they use any artificial preservatives, fillers or dyes. You know you’re getting a high quality butter when you get Challenge and it shows in it’s creamy texture.

The butter, oil and sugar are creamed together for several minutes, which adds air to the batter to give the cake it’s light texture. One of my favorite vanilla cakes!


Next are the strawberries. Fresh summer strawberries have the best flavor and I find that the best way to pick them out at the store is to smell them. I hold the package right up to my face. No shame here! Give me my yummy berries! If they don’t smell sweet and yummy, they won’t taste that way either.

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Slice the strawberries and combine them with a little sugar, then let them sit for an hour or so. The sugar brings out the juices from the berries, which goes great drizzled over your cake. If you’re really into the juices, you could add even more sugar and let the strawberries sit a little longer.

Whipped Cream

You’re going to want to use a stabilized whipped cream, so that you’re cake doesn’t fall apart. I use powdered sugar to stabilize it and it will stay in place for weeks on end. Your cake won’t last long enough to see that, but with the powdered sugar added to your whipped cream, it will definitely make it stay put.

Tips for a Perfect Strawberry Shortcake Cake

  • Be sure to cream the butter, oil and sugar together for the full amount of time. It adds air to the cake that helps it rise when baking.
  • Do not over mix the cake batter. It can leave you with a dense, tough cake.
  • The more strawberries, the better. Having some extra on hand to garnish cake slices with is never a bad thing.
  • This is a cake that’s best when made fresh. The cakes can be baked a day ahead and the strawberries can be prepped ahead too. I’d make the whipped cream just before layering the cake though. Put everything together the day you’ll be serving it so that maintains its fresh look.

This Strawberry Shortcake Cake is what summers are made for! Fresh, light and delicious! You’ll want to make it all summer long!

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More Great Strawberry Dessert Recipes

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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 14
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This Strawberry Shortcake Cake is an easy twist on the classic dessert with layers of moist vanilla cake, juicy strawberries and fluffy whipped cream!


Cake Layers

  • 2 1/2 cups (325g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted Challenge butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups (310g) sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups (300ml) milk


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries
  • 3 tbsp (39g) sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 2 1/2 cups (600ml) heavy whipping cream, cold
  • 1 1/4 cups (144g) powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Prepare three 9 inch cake pans with parchment paper circles in the bottom and grease the sides. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
3. Add the butter, oil, sugar and vanilla extract to and large mixer bowl and beat together until light in color and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Do not skimp on the creaming time. You should visibly see a change in color and texture.
4. Add the eggs one at a time, mixing until mostly combined after each. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated.
5. Add half of the dry ingredients to the batter and mix until mostly combined.
6. Slowly add the milk and mix until well combined.
7. Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix until well combined and smooth. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed to be sure all ingredients are well incorporated. Do not over mix the batter.
8. Divide the batter evenly between the cakes pans and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with a few crumbs.
9. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow to cool for about 2-3 minutes, then remove to cooling racks to cool completely.
10. To make the strawberries, wash them and cut the stems off, then slice them.
11. Add the sliced strawberries and sugar to a large bowl and toss together. Set in the fridge for at least 1-2 hours to let the sugar bring out the juices from the berries. The longer it sits, the more juices you’ll have.
12. When you’re ready to put the cake together, make the whipped cream. Add the heavy whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract to a large mixer bowl and whip on high speed until medium to stiff peaks form.
13. To build the cake, place the first cake layer on a cake plate or other serving platter. Add a layer of whipped cream. I used Ateco tip 808 to pipe dallops around the outer edge of the cake, then filled it in. You could also just spread a layer of whipped cream.
14. Add about half of the strawberries on top of the whipped cream.
15. Add the second layer of cake, another layer of whipped cream and another layer of strawberries.
16. Add the final layer of cake, then finish it off with some whipped cream swirls and fresh strawberries. If you have any leftover juices from the sliced strawberries, you could also drizzle that on top or serve it with the cake slices.
17. Refrigerate the cake until ready to serve. The cake layers and strawberries can be made up to a day ahead, but the cake is best if layered together the day it’ll be served.


  • Serving Size: 1 slice
  • Calories: 529
  • Sugar: 37 g
  • Sodium: 45 mg
  • Fat: 32.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 55.9 g
  • Protein: 6.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 120.8 mg

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  1. Abigail

    I hadn’t made a strawberry shortcake before but we had a bunch of strawberries that were about to go off so I decided to try it and I used your recipe. It came out perfectly and tasted wonderful! I’m looking forward to using more of your recipes.

      1. Lindsay

        I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Unfortunately there is not a way to submit a photo on the site. But feel free to tag me on Instagram. I’d love to see it!

  2. Ashley

    I wish I had taken a picture of this beauty! Delicious!! I did make easy work on myself and just used two tubs of cool whip mixed with two tbsp of powdered sugar (to stabilize it) and it was faster and EVERYONE loved it! Might have been too much whipped cream though because the cake was sliding around toward the end of cutting pieces! Also used butter flavored crisco to grease the sides of the pans and came out light colored.
    And. . Lastly, I always freeze my cake layers as soon as they cool to lock in moisture for next day assembly. Definitely making again, with fresh whipped cream! Thanks so much for the recipe Lindsay!

  3. Mary Jo

    Hi, do you think almond, coconut or oat milk could be substituted for the regular milk in the cake recipe to make this dairy free? I know how to make coconut cream whipped cream so that would work but not sure about the cake

    1. Kayla Scott

      I love this cake, I’ve made it 3 years in a row for my daughter’s birthday and everyone can’t get enough. It’s easy and delicious!

    1. Lindsay

      I would reduce the oven temperature to 325. I’m not sure of the exact bake time. Probably somewhere between 20 and 30 minutes.

  4. Mary

    Any tips on how to get the cakes so light around the edges? Just made and mine weren’t a light yellow like the picture but a light brown—I watched them closely in the oven and pulled out as soon as a toothpick was clean

    1. Lindsay

      The browning can have a lot to do with an individual oven or even the cake pan itself. A darker pan will give you darker edges. You could try bake even strips. They usually produce lighter colored edges.

    1. Lindsay

      You can, but you may want to increase the amount of batter you make. Depending on how tall you want it, we could do one and a half recipes worth or try doubling it.

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