Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Easy Strawberry Shortcake is one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make!! It’s light, refreshing and perfect for summer.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake is a simplified version of our Classic Strawberry Shortcake, and is sure to please! If you’re a huge shortcake fan, you might also like Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs or this yummy Poke Cake!

Easy strawberry shortcake on a white plate.

The Easiest Strawberry Shortcake ever!

We LOVE this Easy Strawberry Shortcake. It is the simplest dessert you will ever make. Plus it’s always a home run with whoever eats it. It’s perfect for any occasion!

The sponge cake cups used in this recipe can be found at any grocery store, usually in the bakery section. Buy 1-2 cups per person that you will be serving. The sponge cakes soak up the strawberry juice and it makes them SO tasty.

Get the kids involved in this recipe—it’s so easy, even toddlers can help! They will love assembling the cakes and eating them.

Cut up strawberries in a white bowl.

Strawberry Tips

Since the fresh strawberries are the star of this dessert, you’ll want to choose the best possible ones. Here are a few tips to keep in mind:

  • Strawberries do not continue to ripen once they’re picked so choose berries that are a nice red from stem to tip. 
  • Buy local and in season. This will help ensure the berries are as ripe as possible and it saves a little money.
  • Ripe berries should have a nice sweet aroma. 
  • Cut strawberries can last, covered, in the fridge for 3-4 days.
Store bought spongecakes for easy strawberry shortcake recipe.

How to Make Easy Strawberry Shortcake

BERRIES. Wash and dry the strawberries. Then slice them into halves or quarters. Place the sliced strawberries into a container. Add the sugar and place a lid on top. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.

ASSEMBLE. Place each dessert cake cup onto a different serving plate. Smother with strawberries and top with whipped cream. Layer a second cake cup on top and repeat!

You can use either Homemade Whipped Cream or store bought. Both are delicious options!

Variations and Storage

  • For more quick cake options, you can pick up a pound cake or an angel food cake from your local bakery. Slice and top with berries.
  • For a more homemade version, try using a Chiffon or Angel Food Cake.
  • As much as I love a good strawberry flavor, you can easily add other fruits such as raspberries, blueberries, bananas. 

STORE the sponge cakes, strawberries, and whipped cream in separate containers. The sponge cakes will get too soggy if the are stored with the strawberries on top.

Easy strawberry shortcake topped with whipped cream and strawberries on a white plate.

For more strawberry recipes, try:

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

5 from 37 votes
Strawberry shortcake is one of the easiest desserts you'll ever make!! It's light, refreshing, and perfect for summer.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 317 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna


  • 1 quart strawberries sliced
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 10 oz sponge cake dessert cups (12 dessert cups)
  • 1- 7 oz can whipped cream to taste


  • Wash and dry the strawberries. Set aside 6 strawberries to use as toppers. Slice the remaining into halves or quarters. Place the sliced strawberries into a container, toss with sugar, and place a lid on top. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Place 6 dessert cake cups onto a different serving plate. Add whipped cream to each sponge cake and top with the sliced strawberries. Add the second sponge cake and top off with more cream and a strawberry.


Like this recipe?

Pin it now to remember it later! Share it with your Facebook friends (you know they’ll love it). Or tweet it to the world. Maybe even email it to your favorite cousin!

Related Posts

Frozen Strawberry Dessert

Frozen Strawberry Dessert is cool, creamy, and delicious. Topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries, it’s the perfect summery treat! This recipe has the same cold and fruity vibes as…

6 hours hours 10 minutes minutes

5 from 9 votes

Strawberry Icebox Cake

Strawberry Icebox Cake is simple, light, and full of fresh summer berries. It whips up in minutes and will disappear in seconds! No Bake desserts are a summertime must and…

10 minutes minutes

5 from 6 votes

Dessert Parfait

A Dessert Parfait is a creamy combination of a delicious fluffy pudding and fresh fruit. They are simply heavenly! This Dessert Parfait is layered to make a delicious cool dessert!…

1 hour hour 10 minutes minutes

5 from 12 votes

Starbucks Lemon Loaf

This easy-to-make Starbucks Lemon Loaf is loaded with delicious lemon flavor, and topped with amazing icing. It’s even BETTER than Starbucks! This delicious Starbucks Lemon Loaf is the perfect cross…

1 hour hour

4.95 from 259 votes

About Kristyn

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

Join the Conversation

Rate and Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating


  1. 5 stars
    This is our go-to dessert on Mother’s Day. It’s my moms favorite & you can’t find an easier recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    Love strawberry shortcake. Easy refreshing recipe. So good during the summertime when there’s an abundance of strawberries.

  3. 5 stars
    Yum! This is always a great treat for my family! Quick and so delicious too! Definitely making these again!

  4. 5 stars
    It doesn’t get much easier, and these are so tasty! We also like them with vanilla ice cream instead of the whipped cream. It’s extra refreshing on a hot day. 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    This strawberry shortcake has that classic flavor that we all love. So light and fresh every time!

  6. 5 stars
    I see these little cakes in the produce section. I’ll have to pick up some next time for a quick version of my favorite dessert.

  7. 5 stars
    so quick to make and delicious. I also use sliced butter pound cake when I can’t find the sponge cakes

  8. 5 stars
    I make these throughout the summer whenever we have guests. They are so easy to make and just adorable. Delicious too!

    1. 5 stars
      Yum! They taste delicious, they are a refreshing dessert . I Love all your recipes, they are quite tasty.

  9. 5 stars
    Thank you I just had to make sure that I was going to do it right and I am LOL thank you for taking your time out to do that

  10. The directions here are very poor…you don’t account for the strawberry you use for the top so make sure you have a little bit extra and also it says smother with strawberries and add cream but in the picture the strawberries are on top of the cream.

    1. Thanks for the feedback. Luckily, this recipe is pretty forgiving and flexible when it comes to assembly. Hope you enjoy!

  11. Our grocery store sold out of the cups, I’m going to try angel food cake instead. Wish me luck!!!!