Strawberry Shortcakes is one of those iconic desserts that make a person dream of a beautiful shining day. Images of endearing garden parties, and lazy summer afternoons, family barbecues, and cute little girls with heads of curls are procured when the words “Strawberry Shortcake” comes to mind. However, there is an ideal for the romantic ideal of this scrumptious treat that is hard to reach and often intimidates those lovely dreamers who yearn for their most perfect summer time delicacy.
The recipe I have to share with you today, is simple and satisfies the desires of one so enthralled with the romance of this sweet but tart cake. But purists be forewarned. This recipe is not for those who believe a boxed cake mix is the end of quality times and that a certain brand of vegetable shortening starting with a “C” and ending with a “-risco” is a sure fire way to illness. This treat is definitely on the side of boxed mixes and commercial shortenings. However, it is just as wonderfully delicious (and in all honesty much healthier) than a store bought cake. There really is something to a good homemade cake and some splendid fresh fruit that just isn’t in cake that comes in a package.
I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe!
Quick and Easy Strawberry Shortcake
1 box yellow cake mix and the ingredients listed on the back to make the cake
I used the butter cream frosting recipe as in my lemon-berry cupcakes post minus the fruit juice flavoring
1/2 c LIGHTLY salted butter
1/2 c vegetable shortening of your choice (I prefer the one in the blue packaging with a giant “C” in the name)
4 c confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 lb of fresh strawberries sliced thin
Make the cake per instructions on the back of the box mix.
Following the baking directions for the 9×13″ pan
While the cake is baking…
Cream together the shortening, butter, and vanilla.
Add 1c of powdered sugar at a time until it is all thoroughly mixed in
Mix until desired consistency and chill until ready to frost
ONCE the cake is cooled frost and layer the strawberries evenly on top.
Serve fresh or cover in the refrigerator and let is sit overnight.
I like it better served chilled overnight but fresh is just as scrumptious!
“Do you remember the Shire, Mr. Frodo? It’ll be spring soon. And the orchards will be in blossom. And the birds will be nesting in the hazel thicket. And they’ll be sowing the summer barley in the lower fields… and eating the first of the strawberries with cream. Do you remember the taste of strawberries?”
– Samwise Gamgee, The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkein