Strawberry Shortcake Cake is a rustic vanilla layer cake filled with a whipped cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. Easy, impressive, and SO good! | www.persnicketyplates.com

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Strawberry Shortcake Cake is a rustic vanilla layer cake filled with a whipped cream cheese frosting and fresh strawberries. Easy, impressive, and SO good!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: strawberry shortcake cake
Servings: 12 servings
Author: Melissa | Persnickety Plates

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1 box French Vanilla cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 cup butter at room temp

For the frosting/filling

  • 1 brick 8 oz cream cheese, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 quart fresh strawberries rinsed and sliced

Instructions

To make the cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9" round cake pans (use my parchment paper trick from above) and sprinkle bottom and sides of pans with sugar and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, add the cake mix, eggs, water, and softened butter. Use a hand mixer (or stand mixer) to beat on low until moistened and then on medium for two minutes, until fully combined.
  • Pour evenly into prepared pans and bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let cool in pans then flip onto cooling racks to cool completely.
  • Trim the tops with a serrated knife, if necessary, to make the two cakes even.

To make the frosting/filling

  • In a medium bowl, add the softened cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla and mix with a hand mixer until smooth.
  • In a small mixing bowl that has been chilled (see my note above), add the heavy cream and beat on high until stiff peaks form.
  • Gently fold the whipped cream into the cream cheese mixture.
  • Put the frosting into a large zip top bag and snip off the tip.
  • Spread half of the frosting on top of the first layer of cake. Top with half of the sliced strawberries.
  • Place the top layer of cake onto the strawberries and pipe on the remaining frosting. Arrange the remaining strawberries onto the top of the cake.
  • Slice and enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from an old Duncan Hines cookbook
Store any leftover cake in the fridge.
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