My son has asked for a strawberry shortcake cake for his birthday cake. Does anyone know of a great recipe?

[I have time to buy a cookbook i.e. this doesn't need to be an online recipe]

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Stephanie G. June 26, 2014
It's probably too late but I love Melissa Clark's sponge cake with fresh strawberries and whipped cream. You can find it on her column in NYT.
 
rosalind5 June 26, 2014
OK. After much thought, I'm going with the cake from Yassey Arefi's recipe and the strawberry filling from the ATK recipe. THANK YOU all. Now that I've settled on this choice, the actual birthday party will be easy, right?
 
Patti I. June 17, 2014
When I was a little girl, we would have a dinner of Strawberry Shortcake when the Strawberries were fresh. Sweetened biscuits, ice cream, sliced strawberries and whipped cream. What a great memory!
 
Susan W. June 17, 2014
What a great memory! :-)
 
Susan W. June 16, 2014
I so agree with rosalind5. Yes..strawberry shortcake means with biscuits, but we are speaking of birthday wishes, so who cares about regional rules. I totally get the difference between shortcake and strawberry shortcake cake.
 
aobenour June 16, 2014
America's Test Kitchen also has a great strawberry cream cake recipe. It is a yellow sponge split into three layers with whole berries, a thickened berry sauce, and whipped cream stabilized with a bit of cream cheese. I've made it several times and it is wonderful. It's in their book Blue Ribbon Desserts.
 
ChefJune June 16, 2014
In my world Strawberry Shortcake has never been a cake. It's made individually on a larger, slightly sweeter biscuit. And it is -- along with peach cobbler -- my favorite summer dessert. I realize that other regions of the US consider a cake base traditional for Strawberry Shortcake, but as long as I've been on the East Coast I've never been able to wrap my head around that concept.
 
rosalind5 June 16, 2014
In my son's world, strawberry shortcake "cake"= a slightly less sweet white cake filled with fresh strawberries and cream.

It's nothing to do with regional preferences (we love strawberry shortcake in CA too), just about making a five year old happy.
 
Pegeen June 16, 2014
These strawberry shortcake ice cream pops were a hit:
https://food52.com/recipes/28668-strawberry-shortcake-ice-cream-pops
 
ATG117 June 16, 2014
Ina Garten has a strawberry "country cake" recipe I made years ago, and it was great.
 
ATG117 June 16, 2014
Ina Garten has a strawberry "country cake" recipe I made years ago, and it was great.
 
rosalind5 June 15, 2014
Thanks so much for these recipes! If anyone else has a proven recipe, I'd love to know.

To clarify, I am looking for strawberry shortcake *birthday cake* recipes - not individual strawberry shortcakes (not feasible for a birthday party for ~20 children!).
 
Merrill S. June 15, 2014
For an actual cake, here is Yossi's (great) recipe: https://food52.com/recipes/28898-strawberry-shortcake. If you're looking for individual shortcakes, these are amazing: https://food52.com/recipes/17661-james-beard-s-strawberry-shortcakes
 
Maedl June 15, 2014
You might check to be sure that you and he are on the same wave length in the definition of strawberry shortcake. Some think of it as a yellow cake of some sort with strawberries and whipped cream. For others, shortcake is a sweet biscuit piled with macerated strawberries and whipped cream. They are two very different animals.
 
Joyofbaking.com has GREAT recipes. I've tried quite a few of the recipes and they turn out perfect every single time.
 
Susan W. June 15, 2014
There is a good looking one on this site. It looks very celebratory. Just use the search function and search for Strawberry Shortcake. Yassey Arefi is the poster of the recipe.
 
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