Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Lemon infused strawberry shortcake finished with whipped topping and fresh berries creates the perfect dessert for any summer party.

My favorite summer flavor combination has to be strawberries and lemons. There’s something so special about this sweet and tart blend and, in my opinion, it just screams summer. From Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Strawberry Parfaits to this Lemon Strawberry Shortcake – I’m simply all about this classic summer combo.

My local market is brimming with gorgeous, juicy strawberries right now and there’s no better way to celebrate the season than with Strawberry Shortcake.

LemonBerryCakeGrowing up, our summers were full of strawberry shortcake. My mom would slice up tons of ripe berries, sprinkle them with sugar and let them macerate in the fridge overnight. Even though I knew they were meant for dessert, I’d sneak chopped berries and sips of strawberry juice from the bowl. I swear those berries were better than any candy – and that’s saying something because we all know, I love me some candy!

My summers are still loaded with delicious Strawberry Shortcake, only now I tend to veer away from the packaged shortcakes and create yummy riffs on this classic dessert. This time, I went with a lemon zest infused cake and topped it with whipped topping – because that’s what my mama always used – you can totally use freshly whipped cream though. A few fresh berries on top and you’re good to go.

I took this cake with me on a little road trip back home last weekend and my family smashed it in a matter of a few hours. It’s sweet, fresh and oh, so summery!

Lemon Strawberry Shortcake

Yield: 8

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes


1/2 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg
2/3 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries

For the Topping

2 cups freshly whipped cream or frozen whipped topping
fresh strawberries


1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 9-inch round baking pan.

2. In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest and mix with fingertips until moist and fragrant. In a large bowl, combine the flour, lemon sugar, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl, combine the egg, buttermilk, butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in strawberries. Pour into prepared baking pan.

3. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.

4. Top cooled cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries.


Cake will store in an airtight container within the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Adapted from Taste of Home

16 Responses to “Lemon Strawberry Shortcake”

  1. Baby June — June 6, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    That sounds delicious! Love the addition of lemon flavor! :)


  2. Margotgn — June 7, 2014 at 9:33 am

    This sounds incredible! Going to make it today. For me shortcake isn’t complete without ice cream! :)


  3. Lis — June 7, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Making this today, with blueberries from my co-op. Thank you for such fun, delicious recipes!


  4. Janet Balzer — June 7, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    I just sat down at my computer to look for strawberry recipes and what do I see but your wonderful blog on my email for lemon strawberry shortcake! Dessert tonight! p.s. I live 90 minutes from the nearest grocery store. Can I use powdered buttermilk instead?


  5. Yum!! I love strawberry and lemon together. My mind has been bussing with ideas of how to pair the two flavors lately, and I have to say I did not think of shortcake! It looks amazing!


  6. I’ve never heard of lemon strawberry shortcake, but I can imagine the taste is wonderful. It reminds me of strawberry lemonade. Thanks for the beautiful pics and the recipe! Will have to try this one soon.


  7. cheri — June 7, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    This looks so light and summery, love this combination!


  8. Jess @ Sweet Menu — June 8, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Oh beautiful! I’d love a slice of this right now!


  9. Abbie @ Needs Salt — June 8, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    This cake is so beautiful and perfect for summer. Glorious photos, too.


  10. This looks like such a delight! Yum!


  11. Sam@Baking Made Easy — June 11, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    This is lovely! I m so gonna love doing this at home tonight!


  12. Sam@Baking Made Easy — June 12, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Simply the best!


  13. Momma — June 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Did you think that was a secret my sweet daughter?


  14. Glyn — June 13, 2014 at 10:22 pm

    Looks irresistible and so healthy! I wanna try this too! Thanks for the share.


  15. Hunter — July 10, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    This was a really nice cake. Very moist, with just a touch of lemon and strawberry. It would be a good “anytime” cake, served anytime of day, since it’s not too sweet. I didn’t bother with the whipped cream and it was delightful. Nice for snacking and breakfast too.


  16. sri suwarniati astronegoro — January 12, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Kue yang sangat nikmat dari segarnya strawberry dan lemon yang dihidangkan disiang hari.


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