Last weekend I took the kids strawberry picking. I can’t believe we’d never done this before! We used this site to find a great pick-your-own farm. We’re all crazy about strawberries, so we were all enthusiastic.
In fact, I had to cut the kids off at six pints. They wanted to pick more, but we’re neither canners nor jam-makers nor freezers. I was trying to get only what we would eat before they went bad.
I knew I wanted strawberry shortcake that night, but since we were visiting with my mom I didn’t want to make a cake or biscuits myself – I really dislike cooking and baking in someone else’s kitchen. A five minute trip to the store and I had what I needed for easy-peasy delicious strawberry shortcake.
Strawberry shortcake can be as easy or as involved as you like – it depends on how much time you have and how much you enjoy baking. I’ve listed these recipes in order from stopping at the store and assembling, to recipes that incorporate cake mix, all the way to making everything from scratch (that’s my friend Jennifer’s recipe, and she will NOT be happy to find her awesome cream biscuits on the same page that’s telling you to buy frozen pound cakes! Oh well).
Of course, they’re not all strawberry shortcake, strictly speaking. But I use the term loosely.
My Six Favorite Strawberry Shortcake recipes
Store-bought cake and canned whipped cream
Assembled – and eaten – by Fiona
A Sara-Lee Pound Cake and a can of Reddi-Whip is really all I need to make kick-ass strawberry shortcake with basically no prep time, aside from leaving the pound cake out of the fridge to thaw (you can slice it and microwave the slices if you’re short on time). There is no shame in doing it this way. What matters is that the result is delicious.
Frozen angel-food cake, store-made vanilla cake, or biscuits picked up from Bob Evans also taste great (when I worked there people came in all the time during strawberry season to buy their awesome biscuits to go). And if you’re more of a Cool Whip person than a Reddi-Whip person, go for it (taste aside, I find the Reddi-Whip can a lot more fun than spooning on Cool Whip).
Canned biscuits are great too – technically you can say you baked them, even though you really just laid them on a cookie sheet and turned on the oven.
Whatever kind of cake or biscuit you use, cut it in two layers and put one on a plate. Layer on some sliced strawberries and whipped cream, put on the other slice of cake, and add more strawberries and whipped cream. You’ll be eating before the kids have washed their hands and gathered plates and forks.
Want to earn extra style points? Cut the pound cake into small cubes and layer with the strawberries and Reddi-Whip in individual parfait or sundae cups.
Easy Strawberry Shortcake Mug Cakes
This easy Reddi-Whip strawberry shortcake recipe uses a bit of cake mix to make one-minute mug cakes in the microwave – no heating up your kitchen!
Paula Deen’s Strawberry Shortcake
Leave it to Paula Deen to add cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk to strawberry shortcake. This recipe uses an angel food cake and doesn’t tell you how to make one, so I say pick one up at the store and save yourself the trouble. There is just a tiny bit of stovetop cooking, and the rest is assembly.
This strawberry pie recipe uses a ready-to-bake pie shell and has just a little bit of stovetop cooking. Just make sure you leave at least four hours at the end for the pie to chill in the fridge.
All-American Strawberry Layer Cake
This Strawberry Layer Cake recipe uses a mix for the cake part, so this is super easy. In fact, if you use my friend Gail’s method for wrapping and freezing cake layers right out of the oven, you might even have some cake in your freezer ready to use. The rest of the recipe is basically assembly, and the presentation is beautiful. Make sure to leave at least two hours at the end for the cake to chill.
This traditional recipe uses a homemade cake that’s a little biscuity – the perfect combination for strawberry shortcake. It’s also baked in a cake pan, so it’s less labor-intensive than making individual biscuits.
Jennifer Perillo’s Strawberry Shortcakes
Jennifer takes Dorie Greenspan’s awesome biscuit recipe (the one I use for non-dessert biscuits) and dresses them up for strawberry shortcake. This recipe is decadent and delicious, but just because it is at the bottom of this post, that does not mean it is hard! My friend Jennifer specializes in simple scratch cooking, so don’t be intimidated. You will impress the pants off of anybody you make this for.
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