No-Bake Coconut Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Lasagna

by Erin

If you love strawberry shortcake then you need to get this coconut strawberry shortcake dessert lasagna in your belly ASAP. Easy to make and no baking required.

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Coconut haters beware: you will love this! I made this for a trip with a group of friends this past weekend, three of which swear up and down that they do not like coconut and yet devoured this – literally. One of them had not 1, not 2, but 3 large slices! And while it’s supposed to serve 24, a party of 14 killed it in less than 24 hours with the remaining 3 slices eaten for breakfast the next morning (one was the 3rd slice for the coconut-hating friend).

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While this is the 7th dessert lasagna recipe on my blog it quickly became a favorite, with requests for the recipe before I even got it posted on my blog. One pair of friends is making it this weekend for Father’s Day. Proof that not just Mom wants delicious desserts on their special day. What makes this dessert lasagna different from the others is the use of vanilla wafers instead of graham crackers or Oreos and a layer of fresh strawberries! With strawberries being in season you really have no excuse not to make it.

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Serves 24



1-1/2 lbs. fresh strawberries, thinly sliced and divided

1/4 cup sugar

3 Tbsp cornstarch

1/2 cup water


1 cup heavy cream (or full fat coconut milk)

1 (3.4 oz.) package coconut cream instant pudding

3 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

16 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

2 (14 oz.) boxes vanilla wafers


1/2 lb. fresh strawberries, thinly sliced

8 oz. frozen whipped topping, thawed

1/2 cup shredded coconut flakes, toasted


  1. Prepare the strawberry filling: In small bowl, crush enough strawberries to make 1 cup. In a small saucepan, mix sugar and cornstarch, stir in crushed strawberries and water. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat, stir in remaining strawberries,and allow to cool.
  2. Prepare the coconut cream filling: In a large mixing bowl, whip together heavy cream, pudding mix, cream cheese, and vanilla. Whip for 2-3 minutes until fully combined and smooth. Add the thawed whipped topping and continue to whip until fluffy and light. Set aside.
  3. In a 9 x 13 inch dish place one layer of vanilla wafers. Spread 1/3 of the coconut cream filling over the wafers followed by half of the strawberry filling. Gently press the next layer of wafers into the filling. Top with a second 1/3 of the coconut cream filling, the remainder of the strawberry filling, repeat the wafer layer and end with the final 1/3 of the coconut cream filling.
  4. Top with more strawberries and whipped topping. Chill for at least 4-6 hours.
  5. When ready to serve, top with toasted coconut and cut into 24 squares.

Source: Adapted from my Monster Mash Dessert Lasagna.

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Best of 2017 December 30, 2022 - 12:09 pm

[…] 5. No-Bake Coconut Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Lasagna – Yet another dessert lasagna and yet another hit. Heck even coconut haters couldn’t stop eating it. Goes without saying that I certainly loved it. […]

Ginger Wroot June 14, 2017 - 9:35 pm

This reminds me of a trifle, but without all the fuss of the careful and fancy presentation, with the added bonus of being easier to serve. I’m a big fan of no-bake desserts, especially in the summer. Yours looks sooo lish! Pinned, and can’t wait to try it! –G

spiffycookie June 15, 2017 - 8:46 am

Yay I cannot wait for you to enjoy it! I love playing with the flavors and coming up with new versions so keep your eyes peeled for more ;-).

Omar June 14, 2017 - 12:22 pm

OMG! it looks so delicious!

By the way, why aren’t you using some tool for generating recipe cards for your recipes?
Here is a good one with nice features:

spiffycookie June 14, 2017 - 2:14 pm

Thanks Omar! The reason I’m not using a tool for recipe cards is because after Ziplist died and we all had to deal with reformatting all our recipes I didn’t want to deal with that again when the next tool went away.


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