Lemon Strawberry Shortcake Cake

by Erin

Why make individual shortcakes when you could make this gorgeous lemon strawberry shortcake cake, topped with lemon pudding, fresh strawberries, and whipped topping.

Lemon Strawberry Shortcake Cake
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I have had this recipe in my recipe box for about 15 years now, so it seemed high time for me to share it. I’m not entirely sure why it didn’t occur to me until now. Likely because it’s not my own creation, but I did add a little spin to it.

Normally this giant shortcake cake it layered with vanilla pudding, strawberries, and whipped topping. But instead of vanilla pudding I used lemon! It’s just a little change but I it’s better than the original. Besides, shortcake is an iconic summer dessert and lemon just makes sense.

This cake is comprised of one large shortcake biscuit, cut into two layers, and piled with strawberries, lemon pudding, whipped topping, and more strawberries. Similar to a classic shortcake, but leveled up. And believe it or not, all you need is seven ingredients.

Shortcake Cake Ingredients:

  • Sour cream
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • All-purpose baking mix
  • Lemon flavored instant pudding
  • Frozen whipped topping
  • Fresh strawberries

While I am partial to the classic strawberry, I bet this would be great with other flavored puddings and fruit. What about raspberry? Or lime and blueberry?! How would you make it?

Giant Strawberry Shortcake Cake

Lemon Strawberry Shortcake Cake


Yield: 8 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat


  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1-1/4 cups cold milk, divided
  • 1/3 + 3 Tbsp sugar, divided
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose baking mix
  • 1 pkg. (3.4 oz.) lemon flavored instant pudding
  • 1 tub (8 oz.) frozen whipped topping, thawed, divided
  • 4 cups sliced fresh strawberries


  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Coat 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk sour cream, 1/2 cup milk, and 3 tablespoons sugar until blended. Add baking mix and stir just until moistened. Spread into prepared pan and bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes before removing to wire rack to cool completely.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss strawberries with 1/3 cup sugar.
  4. In another medium bowl, whisk pudding mix and remaining milk for 2 minutes. Stir in half the whipped topping until incorporated
  5. Cut cake horizontally in half. Place bottom layer on plate, top with half the strawberries and all the pudding mixture. Place top cake half on top and garnish remaining whipped topping and strawberries. Serve immediately.
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Source: Adapted slightly from My Food and Family.

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Karen's Kitchen Stories July 19, 2022 - 2:13 pm

This look fabulous and is perfect for summer!

Ronald W Vasicek July 19, 2022 - 7:59 am

Sounds delicious.

Erin July 20, 2022 - 11:15 am

I bet I have made it for you sometime in the past, it’s been in my repertoire for awhile!


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