This strawberry shortcake is the perfect dessert for showcasing summer’s beautiful berries topped with a dollop of freshly whipped cream!
Growing up, my mom had a vintage Better Homes & Gardens cookbook that had a recipe in it called “Best Two Egg Cake”. We made that simple, white cake over and over and over and it has become my go-to base for strawberry shortcake. I know, most people think that strawberry shortcake has to be made either with a biscuit (one strawberry shortcake camp) or angel food cake (the other main strawberry shortcake camp). But I have to be true to my roots and say that this two egg cake is where it’s at. It’s the perfect, slightly-but-not-overly sweet cake for showcasing summer’s beautiful strawberries topped with freshly whipped cream. The cake is slightly denser than a typical white layer cake, but still light with a tender crumb that is perfect for soaking up strawberry juice.
The process for making this cake is simple. You cream shortening (yes, shortening, I know some people have this thing against shortening, but whatevs) and sugar in a bowl, then add eggs (two of them) and vanilla, and then alternate between milk and dry ingredients. Then the batter gets poured into a large rectangular pan and baked until it is golden and begging to be drenched in mashed strawberries and freshly whipped cream. Or if strawberries aren’t your thing, you can do lemon shortcake instead of strawberry. It’s wonderful and all you have to do is make a warm lemon pudding (just the cook & serve Jell-O lemon pudding) and use it in place of the strawberries, along with the whipped cream on top of the lemon pudding. It’s ridiculously good stuff, sort of like lemon-meringue-pie-meets-cake-and-then-gets-doused-with-whipped-cream kind of good.
Either way you serve this – as strawberry shortcake or lemon shortcake – everyone will love it. That vintage Better Homes & Gardens cookbook got so tattered and destroyed that it had to be thrown away years ago and was replaced by a clean, updated version with the red gingham cover, but not before I made sure to copy down the recipe for this cake, which is absolutely a family favorite. Strawberry shortcake, along with apple pie and chocolate cake with seven minute frosting, is one of my dad’s favorite desserts, so whenever I make it I find myself thinking of him. I hope you try this and love it as much as we do!
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