Strawberry Shortcake Cake – Layers of moist, buttery cake filled with strawberry pie filling and whipped cream frosting.

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Hi, you guys! It’s Monday!! YAY! Hope you are having a great start to the week!

For some of you, this should be a short week since the holiday is only few days away. For that reason, I was thinking about doing something red white and blue for today, and I seem to have covered the red and white, however the blue remains unseen… Pretend that it’s there… in the forks, or somethin’…

You know, I’ve said this many-a-times before; I can’t decorate/frost/pretty-up a cake. Not only can I not decorate it, I also can’t cut it. I tried every trick in the book; I froze the cake, I used a hot knife, I set it at eye-level, and still, I got this. BUT, as they say, beauty is skin deep and don’t judge a book by its cover. That applies to mah cake, too.

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This Strawberry Shortcake Cake is so, so, SOOOO GOOD! Swear, I fought with every inch of me not to go for a third slice. Two slices were demolished in less than 5 minutes. I’m not kidding. I can do cake. I eat it better than I bake it.

Also? I think I figured out the trick to cakes. Cake Flour. Yep. I know it looks obvious, I know, but it’s so much easier to just reach over for the all-purpose stuff. I mean, it’s called ALL-PURPOSE!! That means something, right?! See! Thanks for understanding.

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I wasn’t sure about the filling, though… I thought about going down my old route and use macerated strawberries, just as I did here with the classic Strawberry Shortcakes, but something told me to just go for it and use-up a can of my guilty pleasure… Strawberry.Pie.Filling.
OH MY! Girls, boys… I CAN aaaaand I HAVE spooned an entire can of it straight into my mouth.
Side note: Thank you, treadmill, for being there for me. I ♥ U!

As daunting of a task as it seems to make your own cake, you really should. It’s super easy. Honestly. I mean, just turn on the mixer and throw things in the mixing bowl… it’s not complicated. Besides, I’m asking you to use a prepared filling… that’s big! But, it’s a holiday, so it’s okay to splurge a bit.

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I also find that by throwing a ton of strawberries on top of the cake will take away from noticing the rest of the imperfections. :)


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Strawberry Shortcake Cake
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Layers of moist, buttery cake filled with strawberry pie filling and whipped cream frosting.
Serves: Serves 12 to 16
For the Cake
  • 1-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 clamshell fresh strawberries, halved
For the Filling
  • 1 can (21-oz.) Strawberry Pie Filling (I used Lucky Leaf)
For the Whipped Frosting
  • 2 cups cold heavy cream
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Set oven rack in the middle.
  3. Lightly grease 2 (9-inch) springform cake pans with baking spray and set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, whisk cake flour, baking powder and salt; whisk until combined.
  5. Set a small saucepan over medium-high heat and add milk and butter; bring to a boil.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and lemon juice.
  7. In your mixer's bowl, combine eggs and sugar; beat until pale yellow, fluffy, and doubled in size.
  8. With the mixer on, slowly pour in the milk mixture; mix until well incorporated.
  9. Turn off mixer and gently fold in the flour mixture.
  10. Spread the batter in the prepared pans and bake for 15 to 18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean.
  11. Remove from oven and set pans on a cooling rack.
  12. Snap open the springform pans and turn our the cakes; let completely cool.
  13. In the meantime, prepare the frosting.
  14. In a mixing bowl, combine the whipping cream, powdered sugar and vanilla.
  15. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  16. When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.
  17. When cakes are completely cooled, cut one of the cakes crosswise so you end up with 3 round layers. One will be bigger than the other two.
  18. Spread half of the whipped frosting over 1 of the thinner cake layers.
  19. Add the thin cake layer over the whipped frosting.
  20. Spread the strawberry pie filling over the cake.
  21. Top with the last cake layer.
  22. Spread the rest of the whipped frosting over the cake.
  23. Top with fresh strawberries.
  24. Chill cake for 1 hour.
  25. Serve.

Cake Recipe heavily adapted from Food Network

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  1. marla August 21, 2014 at 8:02 AM - Reply

    This cake looks amazing!! Lovely photos too :)

  2. Rhonda July 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM - Reply

    I can’t cut a cake without looking like I used a saw. LOL
    This looks amazing and I can’t wait to bake this for my hubby’s bday.
    Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wendy Sanchez July 22, 2014 at 2:05 AM - Reply

    Made this tonight and it was a hit! Great recipe, thx!

  4. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie July 4, 2014 at 6:55 PM - Reply

    Yum! I once made a strawberry shortcake cake for my brother’s birthday because he’s like me and would pick fruit over chocolate every day.

  5. Jocelyn@Brucrewlife July 3, 2014 at 9:27 PM - Reply

    Oh mylanta, this is one beautiful cake! Almost too pretty to eat.. Almost! ;) I bet it tastes incredible!

  6. Laura Dembowski July 3, 2014 at 8:48 PM - Reply

    Imperfections aren’t a bad thing. They tell everyone of the love you put into your baked goods. As long as it tastes good, no one will ever care. And I know this tastes good.

  7. Megan {Country Cleaver} July 3, 2014 at 7:59 AM - Reply

    This is just heaven on a cake plate!!

  8. Tonia July 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM - Reply

    So gorgeous! I’ll bet it tastes as good as it looks!

  9. Laura (Tutti Dolci) July 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM - Reply

    I think I’m going to skip dinner and just have a giant slice of this gorgeous cake!

  10. Trish - Mom On Timeout July 1, 2014 at 10:06 AM - Reply

    And this gets the most gorgeous cake ever award Kate! So perfect for summer! Pinned!

  11. Nami | Just One Cookbook July 1, 2014 at 9:41 AM - Reply

    What a gorgeous cake! From the size of your cake stand… I was thinking… I can eat this whole cake by myself!!!! :D SO pretty. I’d be so proud if I can make a cake like this, Kate!

  12. Valerie June 30, 2014 at 3:44 PM - Reply

    Lovely!! I think I need to run back to the store for more strawberries!

  13. Danae @ Recipe Runner June 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM - Reply

    Yay I’m not the only one who can’t cut a cake, although you’d never know from your pictures! I’m totally in love with this cake! Strawberries, light, fluffy, moist cake, and whipped cream…dreamy!! Pinned.

    • Katerina Petrovska June 30, 2014 at 4:05 PM - Reply

      LOL!! :))) Thank goodness we’re not alone! I can make a goooood cake, but decorating it?? Or cutting it??? That’s for the pros! ;-)

  14. zerrin June 30, 2014 at 1:59 PM - Reply

    This definitely looks so mouthwatering and that’s the point right? Who cares how imperfect it looks? I feel relieved when I learnt that I’m not the only food blogger who has preblems with cake decorating and slicing. Pinning this beauty!

  15. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite June 30, 2014 at 1:38 PM - Reply

    Oh my gosh this is absolutely beautiful and ALMOST to pretty to eat.

  16. Matt Robinson June 30, 2014 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    This is beautiful, Kate. What an awesome dessert for the 4th!

  17. Averie @ Averie Cooks June 30, 2014 at 11:35 AM - Reply

    What a masterpiece! This is stunning and you have mad skills, girlie!! :) pinned!

  18. A_Boleyn June 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM - Reply

    It’s a pretty cake even if the cake layers are uneven. I can relate to that problem. I’ve tried sticking toothpicks all around the cake at the right level and then cutting with a sharp knife above them. NOT easy when you’ve made a mudcake and end up sawing through the cake while resting the edge on your chest. :)

    As to the blue layer … no blueberries?

  19. Bill June 30, 2014 at 8:53 AM - Reply

    It looks delicious, and your slice looks better than my cake slices usually do. I’m not much on presentation, as why make it pretty if you’re going to eat it? It’s not like you’re going to wear it, or hang it on the wall…

  20. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet June 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM - Reply

    Beautiful and so festive! Pinned!

  21. Cookbook Queen June 30, 2014 at 6:59 AM - Reply

    This might be the most gorgeous cake I’ve ever seen!

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