Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake Birthday Cake

Yesterday was my husband's birthday, though we celebrated it on Sunday with a backyard Santa Maria Style BBQ. Besides the tri-tip as the star of the show, we had all the other traditional dishes: beans, salad and garlic bread. It was delicious as usual with the Birthday Boy manning the BBQ:) I was happy to be given free rein on making whatever I wanted for the dessert:) Hmmmm, decisions, decisions...I finally decided on Strawberry Shortcake, and decided to make it family style, so that it would be more like a birthday cake, instead of individual servings. I really liked the density and moistness of the cake, and the sweet strawberries and whipped cream were the perfect complement! Deliciousness! There was only a teeny bit left and I sort of took care of that while cleaning up;)

Strawberry Shortcake
(From Taste of Home)
(I actually doubled this recipe and baked it in a 10" round cake pan. I also mixed the sliced strawberries with some sugar(and let them sit) about an hour before I assembled the cake.)
  • 6-8 Servings
  • Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2/3 cup half-and-half cream (I didn't have any so used whipping cream)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Additional butter
  • 1-1/2 quarts fresh strawberries, sliced


  • In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk egg and half-and-half cream; add all at once to the crumb mixture and stir just until moistened.
  • Spread batter into a greased 8-in. round baking pan, slightly building up around the edges. Bake at 450° for 16-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla; beat until stiff peaks form. Split cake widthwise in half; butter bottom layer (I did not butter the layer). Spoon half of the strawberries over bottom layer. Spread with some of the whipped cream. Cover with top cake layer. Top with remaining berries and whipped cream. Cut into wedges. Yield: 6-8 servings.


  1. WOW!!! Does this ever look good. What a great idea to make it family style. Nothing beats strawberry shortcake.

  2. Oh my goodness, it looks wonderful! I love how it's all big and family style. What a fun twist on strawberry shortcake. I'm definitely trying this one!

  3. Strawberries are so sweet right now, I can just imagine how delicious this tastes! What a great b'day cake!

  4. The birthday hubby must be so happy with the celebration. Great choice of cake, delicious and fits the occasion :-)

    Sawadee from Bangkok,

  5. gorgeous cake!
    I can't wait until strawberries are good up here in NJ!

  6. Can you please save me a slice next time? It looks delicious.

  7. Now that is an impressive strawberry shortcake! It just screams eat me!

  8. YUM! Looks great, I love those skinny candles too. They remind me of the kind you can't blow out (tee hee).

  9. Oh my word!! That looks woooonderful...will you come over for my birthday? :) Please?

  10. SO fun!! I am going to have to try this recipe!

  11. love strawberry shortcake and family style..yum


  12. MMMM, that looks delicious! I want to try and make one too.

  13. This is one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen!

  14. What a beautiful cake- my goodness it is quite a cake! I need to send this to a friend who's daughter birthday falls at this time of year and requests a strawberry shortcake every year- this would be just the ticket.

  15. Oh wow, I was already hungry when I saw that picture. Now I'm ravenous and need strawberries!