Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake

Annalise, Completely Delicious

Everyone’s favorite summer dessert gets reimagined as a stunning layer cake, perfect for potlucks and parties! Don’t be intimidated by its beautiful presentation: this Strawberry Shortcake Layer Cake is actually quite easy to assemble.
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30 min Prep Time
30 min Cook Time
  • Prep Time: 30 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Servings: 12 servings

Servings: 12 servings


  • For the Cake

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • For the Strawberries

  • 1 quart fresh strawberries, slices
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Step 1

To prepare the cake, preheat oven to 350°F. Line two 8- or 9-inch round cake pans with parchment paper. Butter and flour the parchment paper to keep the cakes from sticking.

Step 2

In bowl of electric mixer, beat butter and sugar on high speed until pale and creamy, about 3-4 minutes, scraping down bowl as necessary.

Step 3

In medium bowl, combine cake flour, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk together milk, eggs and vanilla extract. Add flour mixture to butter mixture in 3 additions, alternating with milk mixture and ending with flour mixture. Scrape down bowl between each addition.

Step 4

Divide batter between two prepared cake pans and bake until tops are barely golden brown and spring back when lightly touched, about 30-35 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes, then transfer to wire rack to cool to room temperature. Cover cake layers with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.

Step 5

When ready to assemble cake and serve, prepare the strawberries. Toss sliced strawberries, sugar and vanilla extract in bowl and let sit for 20 minutes.

Step 6

To prepare whipped cream, use electric mixer to beat whipping cream, sugar and vanilla extract to medium peaks.

Step 7

Remove chilled cake layers from refrigerator and use small knife to score each layer in half horizontally. Then use a large serrated knife to slowly cut all the way through each layer, using scored line as a guide.

Step 8

Place one cake layer on cake plate or stand. Cover with 1 cup whipped cream and one quarter of strawberry mixture. Repeat with remaining cake layers, whipped cream and strawberries.

Step 9

Serve cake immediately.