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Strawberry Shortcake Cake

This strawberry shortcake cake is a twist on the classic dessert with moist vanilla yogurt cake layered between fresh strawberries and whipped cream! Drizzle with chocolate and this light summery dessert is perfect!

During the summer when strawberries are ripe and fresh, I love to use them in everything from homemade strawberry cake to strawberry tiramisu

Strawberry cake on a white cake plate.


 

With a simple yet classic flavor combination of strawberries and whipped cream, this strawberry shortcake cake is a summer dessert that everyone will love! 

Instead of using traditional shortcake for this recipe, I took all the traditional flavors of strawberry shortcake and turned it into a layer cake! The result is just as stunning as my strawberries and cream vertical cake but with lighter texture and a chocolate drizzle. 

Why You’ll Love This Easy Strawberry Shortcake Cake

  • Beautiful layer cake: This cake combines fresh strawberry shortcake taste with a layered cake look and is both impressive and elegant! 
  • Light summer dessert: With a light yogurt vanilla cake, fluffy whipped cream and sweet, fresh strawberries this cake is perfect for summer! 
  • Easy to make: Just bake the cake, make the whipped cream and layer. It couldn’t be more simple! 
  • Versatile: Strawberry shortcake is elegant enough for a dinner party, yet casual enough for a summer BBQ! Birthdays or special occasions, this dessert wins. 

Recipe Ingredients

  • Cake: For the strawberry shortcake cake layers, you will need one recipe of my easy yogurt cake made with vanilla yogurt. This makes the best layers of moist vanilla cake for this shortcake. 
  • Stabilized whipped cream: To make the homemade whipped cream you will need unflavored gelatine, whipping cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and cold water. 
  • Strawberries: You will need 20 juicy strawberries, leaving 5 whole for top of the cake and 10-15 washed and sliced.
  • Dark chocolate: Good quality chocolate bar for dipping strawberries and the chocolate drizzle.
Ingredients for the recipe.

Substitutions And Variations

  • Type of sugar: I like to use powdered sugar but granulated sugar will work for the whipped cream. If using your whisk attachment, just be careful that the sugar doesn’t get stuck at the bottom of the bowl.
  • More layers: Double the cake recipe and make this strawberry shortcake cake recipe even taller with four layer. Double the strawberries and whipped cream, too. 
  • Cake: Instead of a yogurt cake, try this vanilla birthday cake. It won’t be as light but still delicious. An Italian sponge cake would also be delicious! 
  • Garnish: I love the chocolate dipped strawberries and chocolate drizzle, but a dusting of powdered sugar, some fresh mint or a dollop of lemon curd is also delicious. 
The cake on a white plate.

How To Make Strawberry Shortcake Cake

To start, make the yogurt cake using vanilla yogurt for a vanilla cake. Grease and flour or spray two 8-inch cake pans, and divide the batter evenly between them. Bake then cool completely.

The cake in the pans before and after baked.

Make your stabilized whipped cream by first bringing the whipping cream to room temperature. In a small pot, add the cold water and sprinkle the gelatine on top. Rest for a minute, then heat on the stovetop just until the gelatine dissolves.

Making the gelatine mixture in the pot and in the bowl.

Cool then add the room temperature whipping cream. In a large mixing bowl, using a stand mixer with whisk attachment, add remaining cold heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat until thickened then slowly add the gelatine mixture, beating until stiff peaks form.

The mixture mixed.

Melt chocolate in the microwave or using a bain-marie until melted and smooth. Dip the whole strawberries into the chocolate then set aside on parchment paper until dry. Set the remaining melted chocolate aside to use for drizzle.

Dipping the strawberries in chocolate and placing on a lined baking sheet.

Assemble cake by placing one of the cakes on a plate and topping it with a third of the whipped cream filling. Place sliced strawberries on top, spread with a third of the whipped cream filling on top of the strawberries, then place the remaining cake on top of the filling, cover top with the remaining whipped cream filling.

Drizzling the cake with melted chocolate.

Top cake with chocolate dipped strawberries then drizzle with remaining melted chocolate. Chill then slice and serve. 

Tips For The Best Strawberry Shortcake Cake

  • Pick good strawberries: Smaller fresh berries that smell sweet are preferred. Look for firm, plump berries with a deep red color. 
  • Macerated strawberries: Slice strawberries then place in a bowl with up to 3 Tablespoons of sugar or strawberry jam. The sugar will draw out the juices and make syrupy strawberries that really add amazing flavor to the cake.
  • Best way to drizzle chocolate: Instead of a spoon, use a fork! It’s life changing.
  • Chill cake: For easier slicing, chill cake for at least one hour before serving. 
  • Fresh is best: While parts of this shortcake can be made ahead of time, it’s best to assemble and serve the same day. 

Can I Make This Cake Ahead Of Time? 

If you are planning to make and serve the day of, you can make this cake ahead of time. After assembling, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container  for up to 4 hours. 

The yogurt cake can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored at room temperature. You can also freeze the cake for up to 3 months. You can make the whipped cream up to 4 days in advance and store in the refrigerator. 

Strawberry cake up close.

How To Store Leftover Cake?

While this cake tastes best fresh, you can store it covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I Freeze This Cake?

While you can freeze the cake on its own, I would not freeze the cake assembled. The texture will change upon thawing.

Can I Make This Into Smaller Individual Strawberry Shortcakes?

You could bake the yogurt cake in smaller cake pans or ramekins and then top with strawberries and whipped cream, although if you are looking for individual portions, I would just serve the strawberries with whipped cream over homemade biscuitsstrawberry cupcakes or vanilla almond cupcakes

More Strawberry Dessert Recipes You will want to try

A slice of cake on a white plate.

So when you come across some fresh strawberries, you should give this Strawberry Whipped Cream Vanilla Yogurt Cake a try, I think you will really enjoy it. Makes a great little birthday cake or a let’s have some cake day. Enjoy!

Strawberry cake on a white cake plate.

Strawberry Whipped Cream Vanilla Yogurt Cake

Rosemary Molloy
A delicious Vanilla Yogurt Cake filled with whipped cream and strawberries, topped with chocolate dipped strawberries and chocolate drizzle.
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American/Italian
Servings 10 servings
Calories 382 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 Easy Yogurt Cake Recipe

STABILIZED WHIPPED CREAM FILLING

  • 2 teaspoons gelatine powder
  • 8 teaspoons cold water
  • cups cream (divided) heavy, whole or whipping cream with at least 30% fat content
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • ½-1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 10-15 ripe but firm strawberries (cleaned and sliced)

TOPPING

  • 5 whole strawberries
  • ounces dark chocolate (good quality)

Instructions
 

  • Make the EASY YOGURT CAKE using Vanilla Yogurt. Grease and flour or spray two 8 inch cake pans, and divide the batter evenly between them. Bake and let cool completely.
  • Remove ½ cup of whipping cream from the fridge and bring to room temperature, 45-60 minutes before using.
  • In a small pot add the cold water and sprinkle the gelatine on top, let sit for one minute, then heat just until the gelatine dissolves, remove from heat and let cool slightly. To the cooled gelatine add the room temperature whipping cream, stir to combine.
  • In a large bowl add the remaining whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla, beat one minute or until it starts to thicken. Continue beating while slowly adding the gelatine mixture, continue beating until you have stiff peaks.
  • Place one of the cakes on a plate and top with a third of the whipped cream filling, place sliced strawberries on top, spread with a third of the whipped cream filling on top of the strawberries, then place the remaining cake on top of the filling, cover with the remaining whipped cream filling.
  • Top the cake with chocolate dipped strawberries and drizzle with remaining chocolate.  Refrigerate for 1 hour before serving. Enjoy!

TOPPING

  • Melt the chocolate either bain-marie or in a microwave, stirring until smooth and melted.  Let cool slightly. Dip whole strawberries in chocolate place on parchment paper and let dry. Use remaining chocolate for drizzle.

Notes

You could bake the yogurt cake in smaller cake pans or ramekins and then top with strawberries and whipped cream, although if you are looking for individual portions, I would just serve the strawberries with whipped cream over homemade biscuitsstrawberry cupcakes or vanilla almond cupcakes.
If you are planning to make and serve the day of, you can make this cake ahead of time. After assembling, store in the refrigerator in an airtight container  for up to 4 hours. 
The yogurt cake can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored at room temperature. You can also freeze the cake for up to 3 months. You can make the whipped cream up to 4 days in advance and store in the refrigerator. 
While you can freeze the cake on its own, I would not freeze the cake assembled. The texture will change upon thawing.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 208mg | Potassium: 286mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Vitamin C: 50mg | Calcium: 82mg | Iron: 2mg
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Updated from January 11, 2017.

8 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hahaha I’m the worst decorator ever too! In fact I don’t even try anymore. Naked cakes anyone? And that cake is so beautiful.

  2. This is such a beautiful cake. I’m a fan of decorating simply with fresh fruit and a chocolate drizzle, so I think this looks just exquisite. Happy belated birthday to your husband!

  3. 5 stars
    What a beautiful yet simple cake. I really want to start making more cakes and desserts… but I’m usually the one who ends up eating it all. lol

  4. Me and my daughter are not too big on frosting. Your simple vanilla yogurt cake looks promising. And that tip with fork… I’m so trashing my spoon 🙂

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