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strawberry shortcake-cake

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Angelina Potter
Oneida, NY

My best friend loves strawberry shortcake. I love cake and love to make special cakes. I developed this combination just for her and now everyone at work loves it and I've even been "hired" to make it for a few people over the years.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

An easy semi-homemade cake that tastes as it came from a bakery! The vanilla cake is moist and the strawberries soak into the cake. The strawberries add a fresh and fruity flavor. Mixing frosting with Cool Whip really lightens up the frosting and takes the sweetness down a little. We love the layer of strawberry preserves on the cake. Adds the overall strawberry flavor. A wonderful summer dessert.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 12 serving(s)
prep time 20 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For strawberry shortcake-cake

  • 1 box
    french vanilla cake mix
  • 1 qt
    fresh strawberries, hulled and cut
  • 3-4 Tbsp
  • 1 c
    strawberry preserves or jam
  • 8 oz
    Cool Whip, thawed (regular, light or fat free)
  • 1 can
    whipped vanilla frosting (Duncan Hines)

How To Make strawberry shortcake-cake

Test Kitchen Tips
We made a dam around the preserves to hold them inside the layer. To make a dam, simply pipe the frosting around the edge of the cake. Then spoon the jam inside the frosting.
  • Cakes baking in the oven.
    Bake cake according to directions. Using two round cake pans. Cool completely.
  • Sugar and strawberries mashed together.
    While the cake is baking, add sugar to fresh strawberries. Mash, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Cool Whip and frosting mixed together in a bowl.
    Combine Cool Whip and frosting. Mix well and refrigerate until ready to use.
  • Cutting cooled cakes.
    Once cooled, cut the top of one cake layer to level it. Slice the second cake in half and level top if needed (you should have three layers of cake now).
  • Adding a layer of frosting to the cake.
    Place first thicker cake layer on cake plate and top with thin layer of frosting mixture.
  • Strawberries poured over the frosting.
    Layer mashed strawberries over frosting (reserve 3 Tbsp).
  • Adding strawberry preserves on a second layer of the cake.
    Add the next layer of cake. Spread evenly with strawberry preserves.
  • Third layer of cake added and frosting the cake.
    Top with the last layer of cake, frost completely (you may have frosting leftover - there is a lot).
  • Strawberries added to the top of the Strawberry Shortcake-cake.
    Add remaining mashed strawberries in the center on the top. May want to garnish with whole strawberries.