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Make-Ahead Shortcake Recipe

Make-Ahead Shortcake Recipe

This lovely layered dessert showcases strawberries. "This family favorite has all the satisfaction of traditional strawberry shortcake with just a dash of distinction," she promises.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling YIELD:12 servings


  • 1 loaf loaf-shaped angel food cake (10-1/2 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/2 cup cold 2% milk
  • 1 package (5.1 ounces) instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 package (6 ounces) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen sweetened sliced strawberries
  • Sliced fresh strawberries, optional


  • 1. Arrange cake slices in a single layer in an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. dish. In a large bowl, beat milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes or until thickened; beat in ice cream. Pour over cake. Chill.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in frozen strawberries. Chill until partially set.
  • 3. Spoon over pudding mixture. Chill until firm. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired. Yield: 12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 256 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein .

Reviews for Make-Ahead Shortcake

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mranttila 30938
Reviewed May. 14, 2013

"my absolute favorite. good for just us and great for company, very impressive"

wcjmnelson 78297
Reviewed May. 30, 2010

"This recipe is so easy to make. Light and tasty. I will certainly make it again and again. Keeps for days in the refrigerator. Great make-ahead dessert. Joyce N."

debbys 40036
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"I substitute frozen pound cake and top it off with frozen whipped topping. There is never any left. I am always requested to make this!"

Joyce Bennett 32520
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2008

"This looks delicious and quick and easy to fix."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.