Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

Did you know that June 14 is National Strawberry Shortcake Day? It’s true! So today I am celebrating with this Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake.

This post is sponsored by Driscoll’s, but all opinions are my own.

This beautiful Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake combines three of my favorite things – cake, strawberries and cheesecake – into a beautiful dessert that is perfect for celebrating!

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - shortcake topped with strawberries, no bake vanilla cheesecake and whipped cream!

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - shortcake topped with strawberries, no bake vanilla cheesecake and whipped cream!

If you’ve been reading the blog a while, then you know I love strawberries. They’ve been my favorite fruit since I was a kid. My dad will still buy them for me when they’re in season and I’m coming to visit.

So when I was asked to help Driscoll’s Strawberries celebrate Strawberry Shortcake Day, I could not wait. Strawberry shortcake has been a classic dessert for more than 100 years and Dricoll’s is easily the strawberry brand I prefer in my shortcake. They always have the best smelling, prettiest berries! I don’t know about you, but I smell my strawberries to pick out the best ones. 🙂

When trying to figure out what spin to put on the traditional dessert, this cheesecake was one of a few ideas that quickly came to mind. It’s such a great showcase for the strawberries and with a full layer of shortcake on the bottom, you get the full strawberry shortcake experience layered right into a cheesecake!

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - shortcake topped with strawberries, no bake vanilla cheesecake and whipped cream!
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - shortcake topped with strawberries, no bake vanilla cheesecake and whipped cream!

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

I started off making this recipe by making the shortcake. Believe it or not, I’d never made a shortcake from scratch before!

Shortcake is a little different than your typical cake. It’s a little like a sweet biscuit, but with a slightly cakey-er texture. It’s more crumbly than a cake, though.

So for the shortcake recipe, I went straight to the experts – Driscoll’s. I borrowed the shortcake from Driscoll’s Favorite Strawberry Shortcake Recipe. It is so easy to make. Even easier to make than a cake.

The shortcake is topped with a thin layer of cheesecake, just to hold things together, and then topped with whole strawberries. Aren’t they beautiful nestled in there?

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - shortcake topped with strawberries, no bake vanilla cheesecake and whipped cream!
Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - shortcake topped with strawberries, no bake vanilla cheesecake and whipped cream!

Then they are completely covered with a light, no-bake vanilla cheesecake and some whipped cream. The cake is then topped of with a few more strawberries and some strawberry sauce.

Absolute perfection! The combination of flavors and textures is spot on.

The dense, crumbly cake with the fresh, sweet berries and the smooth, creamy cheesecake is just as perfect as you’d expect. And it incorporates all the flavors of a good strawberry shortcake into a super fun and delicious cheesecake. You seriously won’t want to share.

So it’s time to get your ingredients together and your Driscoll’s strawberries. Let’s celebrate National Strawberry Shortcake Day! Yum!

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake - shortcake topped with strawberries, no bake vanilla cheesecake and whipped cream!


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A Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Topped with Fresh Strawberries Cut Into Quarters and Homemade Strawberry Sauce
Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 5 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Yield: 12 Slices 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This beautiful Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake combines three of my favorite things – cake, strawberries and cheesecake – into a sweet and refreshing dessert that’s perfect for celebrating. Bring on the summer fun!


Scale

Ingredients

For the Shortcake

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 5 tbsp salted butter
  • 3/4 + 1/8 cup heavy cream

For the Cheesecake Filling and Whipped Topping

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, divided
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar, divided
  • 1 3/4 tsp vanilla, divided
  • 24 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 lbs Driscoll’s strawberries

For the Strawberry Sauce

  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup pureed strawberries (from about 79 strawberries)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp cornstarch

Instructions

Shortcake

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place a circle of parchment paper into the bottom of a 9 inch springform cake pan and grease the sides.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and baking soda in the bowl of a food processor.
  3. Add butter and mix in food processor until combined and mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Slowly add heavy cream and pulse in food processor until just moistened.
  5. Gather dough into a ball. Mixture will still be crumbly and loose.
  6. Gently knead dough on a non-stick surface until just smooth, about five turns.
  7. Press dough into an even layer in the springform pan.
  8. Bake for about 20 minutes or until edges are golden.
  9. Remove cake from oven and remove from cake pan. Allow to cool on cooling rack.

Cheesecake Filling & Whipped Topping

  1. Freeze metal bowl and whisk for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and add 1 cup of heavy cream.
  3. Whip on medium-high speed for a few minutes. Cream will initially bubble a little bit, then start to thicken.
  4. As the cream starts to thicken, add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract.
  5. Whip until soft peaks form, for a total whipping time of about 5-7 minutes. Make sure not to overmix. Set whipped cream aside.
  6. Add cream cheese to a large bowl and beat until smooth.
  7. Add 1 tsp vanilla extract and sugar and beat until smooth.
  8. Fold in whipping cream made in steps 1-5. Set aside.
  9. Freeze metal bowl and whisk for 15 minutes.
  10. Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and add remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream.
  11. Whip on medium-high speed for a few minutes. Cream will initially bubble a little bit, then start to thicken.
  12. As the cream starts to thicken, add remaining 1/4 cup of powdered sugar and 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract.
  13. Whip until soft peaks form, for a total whipping time of about 5-7 minutes. Make sure not to overmix. Set whipped cream aside.

Strawberry Sauce

  1. Add water to pureed strawberries.
  2. Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in strawberry puree.
  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
  4. Allow to boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat.
  5. Allow to cool while you put everything together.

Assembly

  1. Wash and dry strawberries.
  2. Slice about 6 strawberries into thin strawberries to use around the outside edge.
  3. Cut the tops off of about 3 cups of small to medium sized strawberries (about 18-20 strawberries).
  4. Line the same 9 inch springform pan used for the shortcake with parchment paper on the bottom and sides. The parchment paper should stick above the edges of the pan about an inch or 2.
  5. Place shortcake in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Line the sides of the pan with the sliced strawberries, using the prettiest slices.
  7. Add about 1/2 cup of the cheesecake filling on top of the shortcake and spread into a thin layer, filling any gaps around the shortcake and sliced berries.
  8. Place the strawberries, thick side down, on top of the cheesecake. Leave some space between each of the strawberries so that they aren’t touching and cheesecake can be added to fill in the space.
  9. Drop remaining cheesecake filling on top of the strawberries in spoonfuls, making sure it fills in all the spaces. Spread the remaining cheesecake evenly over the strawberries. Depending on the size of the berries, they might poke through the top of the cheesecake a bit – that’s okay.
  10. Spread whipped cream topping on top of the cheesecake.
  11. Cover loosely and refrigerate until firm, about 4-5 hours.
  12. Once firm, remove cheesecake from spring form pan and top with remaining strawberries, cut into quarters.
  13. Drizzle with strawberry sauce and refrigerate or serve.

Notes

Makes 12-14 slices.

Keywords: strawberry shortcake cheesecake, no bake strawberry cheesecake, strawberry sauce

Enjoy!

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85 Comments
  1. Sabrina

    I made this for thanksgiving and it was a hit. Once they cut it, it was gone!! They loved it and I’m not a baker so the from scratch scared me. I was able to do it and they loved it!! They want me to make it again for Christmas!

  2. Debra

    I baked this recipe and the cake was a very impressive presentation, although i baked the cake a day ago and it was in the fridge overnight before serving and my cake tasted dry. Do you think its because it a day old, sitting in the fridge too long, baked too long (baked 20mins) or does it need to be on the counter a bit after i take it out of the fridge?
    I wished the cake was more moist and soft for me 😢.
    Thanks for the recipe, I think i enjoy baked cheesecakes more also, different flavor/texture when baked.

    1. Lindsay

      Keep in mind that the base cake of this is a shortcake, so it is a different texture than a regular cake and more like a biscuit. It’s hard to say whether not you did anything wrong or perhaps aren’t as crazy about the biscuit. If you were to try it again, you could certainly try baking it a little less time.

  3. Linda

    I made this shortbread strawberry cheesecake over the weekend for a friend’s going away party and it was a HUGE hit! I read the recipe several times, and watched the video twice, before starting this cheesecake and that made everything go smoothly. I froze a metal bowl before whipping the cream the first time, but just used a room temp bowl the second time. Same outcome. Also, to make the sauce I cut berries into small pieces, and with a potato masher, I crushed them in a sauce pan over a medium heat. Worked very well. The parchment paper liner was tricky to “install” so I had my husband help. Worth the effort.

    Anyway, I’d definitely make this again and maybe try adding a few raspberries! 🙂

  4. Lisa

    I made this for a Mother’s Day brunch. It was amazing and got rave reviews. Thank you so much for such a delicious and beautiful recipe!

  5. Amy Napier

    I love this recipe! Unfortunately, I managed to break my perfect shortcake while removing it from springform pan. Since it was crumbled beyond redemption, I made a trifle out of it. Only thing I changed was I sugared the strawberries a little. I may have messed it up but my Strawberry Shortcake Cheesecake Trifle was delicious. Thank you for the recipe! ????

  6. Sherri in Ontario, Canada

    I just made this today for my daughter’s 20th birthday, (her request)……she LOVED IT!!

    For something sooo beautiful and elegant looking, it was surprisingly easy to make!! Everyone was very impressed. It easily fed 11 people.

    I have sent a picture to your email. While not as pretty as yours, I have to say I’m impressed with myself!!

    Thanks for sharing this with us!! It’s a keeper for sure ????

  7. Daniel Weinstein

    I can’t wait to make this cake! But I have a question. The recipe says to put a layer of whipped cream on top of the cheesecake layer, but the pictures show only one layer. 
    To me it makes sense to have just a cheesecake layer because I think the whipped cream layer would be too soft to hold up the strawberries and sauce on top. 
    Please share your advice on layers for this beautiful cheesecake! Thanks!!!

    1. Lindsay

      It’s there, it just blends in. You could leave it off if you prefer, but as long as you add the full amount of powdered sugar it’ll hold up just fine. The powdered sugar stabilizes the whipped cream.

  8. Sharon Bushey

    I made this cake for father’s day. My first attempt at a fancy “scratch” cake!
    It went over like gangbusters, gotta make another!!

  9. Diane

    I’m confused. I’m making the strawberry shortcake cheesecake. The second part says put metal bowl in freezer and whisk for 15 minutes. Whisk what?  Remove bowl and whisk from freezer and and 1 cup of heavy cream. I’m not understanding this instruction.

  10. Rachael

    The topping is great and fresh tasting but the base is kinda bland and really doesn’t have that “shortbread/shortcake flavor. I love to bake and usually make baked cheesecakes as I much prefer the texture but my husband saw this on pinterest and wanted me to make it for him. Some of the steps seems a bit unnecessary. I tried making the whipped cream in a frozen bowl (first half) and non frozen (second half) and it didn’t make any difference at all to the outcome of the cream. Also taking the shortcake base out of the spring form pan and then trying to put it back in was fiddly!! The hardest part was trying to get the parchment paper up the sides of the spring form pan!! It took both my husband and I to range it in there and close the pan! I’ve never done this with a baked cheesecake and I have no idea how I would have done it alone lol 
    Overall I would definitely make this again for a BBQ or party but I will call my Nan and ask her for her shortcake recipe to substitute for the base on this one. 

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