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Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

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Strawberry Shortcake is one of our most-loved summertime desserts.  Each year for the past several years we have been making a different type of Strawberry Shortcake. This year it is a Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake. 

Baked in a loaf pan and sliced into thirds, this classic pound cake is all dolled up with bright, sweetened strawberries and a luscious creamy topping.

Did you know there is a national strawberry shortcake day?  Yep, it is celebrated every year on June 14th.  Imagine that!

Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

Juicy Fresh Strawberries

Strawberry Shortcake history:

This old-time strawberry dessert first appeared in an English cookbook in 1588.  By 1850 it was being served with biscuits, butter, strawberries and sweetened cream.  I am thinking that it was a great way to use up leftover breakfast biscuits and create a dinner-time dessert.  By 1910 the French began topping the strawberry shortcake with heavy whipped cream. 

There are so many versions of strawberry shortcake.  But it is simply sliced, sweetened strawberries layered over some type of cake and served with sweetened whipped cream.  Besides this strawberry shortcake with pound cake, some of the creations are:

  • Buttermilk biscuits
  • Sweetened scones
  • Angel Food cake
  • Cake squares
  • Cupcakes
  • Puff pastry
  • Buttery phyllo
  • Shortbread
Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

Pound Cake

Can you make a shortcake with other fruits?

This is a dessert that can also be adapted to fruits other than strawberries.  How about:

  • Strawberry Rhubarb
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Blackberries

How to create our Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake:

First we baked the loaf-size pound cake. The cake was adapted slightly from our Old-Fashioned Cream Cheese Pound Cake recipe.  While the cake was baking the strawberries were hulled, sliced and set aside to macerate. 

Meanwhile we blended cream cheese, sugar, salt and vanilla together then whipped in heavy cream until light and fluffy.  It was covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated until the cake cooled.

Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

Pound cake, fresh strawberries and fluffy cream topping

The cake was sliced into three layers, the strawberry mixture was spoon on each layer with topping.  The cake dome was covered with the creamy topping and fresh strawberries arrange on top.  At serving, a dish of the remaining strawberry mixture was passed with the cake slices.

Strawberry shortcake is one of my ‘comfort foods’ and brings back old memories as a kid when my dad had a strawberry patch.  Mom usually made a regular, one-layer, square yellow cake with sliced sweetened strawberries and whipped cream.  I know that mom would love this strawberry shortcake with pound cake.

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Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

Baked in a loaf pan and sliced into thirds, this classic Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake is all dolled up with bright, sweetened strawberries and a luscious creamy topping.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 561kcal
Author: Pat Nyswonger


For the Pound Cake:

  • 2 cups 240 g cake flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cups 12 tablespoons butter, (room temperature)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 cup 200 g sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

For the Strawberries:

  • 2 pounds fresh strawberries set aside about 6 whole strawberries for later
  • 1/2 cup sugar 100 g

For the Whipped Topping:

  • 1-1/2 packages of cream cheese 12 ounces room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream


For the pound cake:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a standard 9 by 5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour and salt together and set aside.  
  • Place the butter and cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Use an electric mixer to beat on medium speed until smooth. Add the sugar and increase the speed to high. Beat until light and creamy, about 4 or 5 minutes. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stop the motor occasionally and scrape the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the vanilla and mix well. Gradually add flour mixture. Beat just until incorporated. Don't overbeat or the cake will not be tender. 
  • Pour the batter into the loaf pan.
  • Bake the loaf pan to the center of the oven until golden brown on top and a cake tester or toothpick comes out with just a few crumbs, about 45-50 minutes.
  • Remove the cake from the oven and place on a cooling rack for 20 minutes. Slide a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake, then remove the cake and let it cool completely.

For the Strawberries:

  • Set aside about 6 strawberries that you will use for decorating the top of the cake. 
  • Slice the rest of the strawberries into a medium-size bowl and toss with the sugar. Allow to sit for 30 minutes to become juicy. 

For the Whipped Topping:

  • Blend the cream cheese and sugar together until smooth and creamy, add the vanilla and salt and mix well. 
  • Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and add the cream all at once. With the mixer set on low, begin blending while gradually increasing the speed. Whip to thick and fluffy. 

To Assemble the Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake:

  • Slice the cooled cake horizontally, into 3 equal layers. Spoon part of the juice from the strawberries onto the bottom layer of the cake, then spoon on some of the strawberries. 
  • Cover the strawberries with a thick layer of the whipped topping. Repeat with the second layer. 
  • Cover the top of the cake with a thick layer of the topping. You will have extra strawberry mixture to serve alongside the cake. 
  • Quarter the reserved fresh strawberries and arrange attractively on top of the cake.

To Serve:

  • Place the remaining juicy, sweet strawberries in a dish to be drizzled on the cake. 


Serving: 1 | Calories: 561kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 289mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 37g
Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

Strawberry Shortcake with Pound Cake

Pat Nyswonger

Pat is a wife, mom of four adult children, and grandmother to seventeen beautiful children. She is a self-taught home cook and loves creating delicious meals for her family and friends. Her kitchen is the hub of activity in her home, and she loves to entertain.

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Selma Nann

Saturday 2nd of July 2022

How long before serving can I actually put this all together? I'm doing a dinner party tonight and have all separate but would love to put it together for a pretty presentation rather than doing last minute in front of all.

Dahn Boquist

Sunday 3rd of July 2022

You can assemble it 3 to 4 hours before serving.

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