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Strawberry season is upon us: that glorious time of year when fresh strawberries actually taste like… well, strawberries. I hope you can find locally-grown berries near you because the flavor and color of berries not shipped around the world or across the country is worth the higher price! And with strawberries in hand, what’s better to make than (naked) strawberry shortcake cake!

This is a variation on a cake my family had almost every day during strawberry season while I was growing up. Mom would make at least one of these a week and usually, late at night when we got in from work outside, we would all enjoy a piece with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

Strawberries, whipped cream and yellow cake in two layers on a white cake plate

I know you will love this cake for a special occasion or just a weeknight! Cut and serve! Need I say more? This is truly a perfect start to summer!

Watch how to make this strawberry shortcake cake:

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If this is your jam (oh, jam WOULD be good in this as an additional layer!), you may also love my strawberry and rhubarb shortcakes. They’re deconstructed and just a little bit tart.

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Strawberries, whipped cream and yellow cake in two layers on a white cake plate

Strawberry Shortcake Cake

4.04 from 53 votes
This two-layer naked strawberry shortcake cake is a sweet seasonal treat. With a spongey cake, whipped cream, and strawberries, you’ll love this one!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings


For the shortcake

  • cup white granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the whipped cream

  • 1 ½ cups whipping cream
  • 4 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 3 tbsp white granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp orange zest
  • 2 cups strawberries cleaned and hulled


For the shortcake

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine sugar, flour, and baking powder.
  • With the mixer running on medium-low, add butter one tablespoon at a time. Mix until the ingredients are a sandy texture.
  • In a measuring cup or bowl, mix the egg, milk, and vanilla.
  • With the mixer running, add milk mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until no dry streaks remain.
  • Grease two 8-inch round cake pans and evenly distribute the batter between pans. Bake in preheated oven for 20-30 minutes until just slightly golden and a wooden skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Remove from oven and cool in pans for 10 minutes. Then invert onto a cooling rack and cool until completely cooled.
  • While cooling, prepare the whipped cream.

For the whipped cream

  • Whip cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  • Add whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, and zest.
  • Whip until the cream reaches stiff peaks.

To assemble the cake

  • Place one cooled cake on plate. Top with approximately one cup of whipped cream mixture. Spread evenly and top with one layer of sliced strawberries.
  • Top with second cake round, pressing slightly to adhere. Then add another cup of cream mixture.
  • Finish with more berries. On this final layer, take more time to assemble as this is the final presentation.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 35.9gProtein: 4.8gFat: 18.7gSaturated Fat: 11.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 73.4mgSodium: 59.3mgPotassium: 392.4mgFiber: 1.2gSugar: 17.8gVitamin A: 168.5IUVitamin C: 15.7mgCalcium: 175.3mgIron: 0.7mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Difficulty Intermediate
Method Baking
Top down view of strawberries and whipped cream on top of a cake plate with cutting board with strawberry tops and cut piece of cake on a plate
Strawberries, whipped cream and yellow cake in two layers
Piece of two layer strawberry shortcake with layers of yellow cake, strawberries and whipped cream on a plate with strawberry tops, knife, cutting board and cake plate and bowl of whipped cream in background

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  1. This looks delicious. When I skimmed the cream from the milk this morning (yes, we use raw milk), I wasn’t sure how I would use it. Now I know! I’ll be making the shortcake this weekend.

  2. My grandmother and mother made a shortcake similar to this. For sure, I will be making this with fresh strawberries. Yum!

  3. Saw your recipe video on Youtube and am so glad I clicked around and found your blog!! Currently writing my shopping list down to make this tonight! 😀

    1. Hi J! I wouldn’t recommend whipping cream early, it doesn’t hold for too long and can start losing volume!

  4. 5 stars
    Hi !!! Nice recipe!! How do I store the cake if there’s left over?? Should it be refrigerated or out on the counter? Thanks!!

    1. Hi Linda!! Definitely store the cake in the refrigerator. The whipped cream needs to be kept cold ?

  5. Can I make this in one 8 inch pan and then cut the cake in half to create to layers? I don’t have two pans:(

  6. 5 stars
    Kiddo and I made this for hubby’s b-day! Initially I was intimidated – after all, I’ve long been in an intimate relationship with my smoke alarm (aka – I REALLY can’t cook). But after watching Kaleb’s video, it took away a lot of the fear.

    And it turned out GREAT!!! The smoke alarm didn’t cheer me on once! (My only burn was in lighting the birthday candles…I’m telling y’all, I have many gifts to offer the world, but cooking or anything to do with it, isn’t one of them). The 2 tbsp of orange zest in the whipped cream was DIVINE!!! That slight citrus flavor contrasting with the berries was perfect. Ohmigosh was this good!

    If I can do it and make it look impressive, anyone can make it~

  7. Thank you for putting the nutritional values for your recipes!! I so much enjoy following them.

  8. 5 stars
    Made this for the 4th of July (I added some blueberries for a red, white and blue theme). It looked gorgeous and tasted even better. Everyone raved! I’ll be making this one again. It’s so easy, too. Thanks for this fantastic recipe.

  9. I dont have 8 inch cake pans, just 9 inch. This size I use the most. How can I make this recipe in a 9 inch cake pan? Thank you. Love all you do and share!!

  10. Love this recipe! Made it for my friends bday and it was a huge hit. Easy to follow and fun for my son to help throughout the process.

  11. This is my first strawberry shortcake. I am following the recipe and video exactly, but my cake batter is thin, not nearly as thick as the video. What could I have done wrong?