Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Recipe
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Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Recipe

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This recipe was given to me by a co-worker, and it gets rave reviews every time. I've tried it with other fruits, including blueberries, cherries, and peaches. All work out great. — Michele Trachier, Pasadena, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES:20 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min. + chilling
MAKES: 20 servings


  • 1 package white cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1 package (.6 ounce) sugar-free strawberry gelatin
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen unsweetened whole strawberries, thawed, drained and sliced
  • 1 carton (16 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 10 fresh strawberries, halved

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 179 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 1/2 fat


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, applesauce, egg whites and egg; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  3. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water. Stir in strawberries. Using a sharp knife, cut a diamond pattern across top of hot cake; immediately pour gelatin mixture over cake. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. Spread with whipped topping. Garnish with fresh strawberries. Yield: 20 servings.
Originally published as Strawberry Shortcake Dessert in Simple & Delicious January/February 2007, p51

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

"This was a very soggy cake. Very unappetizing . I through the receipe in the. Garbage."

Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

"Very easy to make! Will definitely make again!"

Reviewed Jun. 19, 2015

"I made this for a covered dish dinner and it was a big hit, it was gone quickly. My husband asked me to make it again, I definitely will. I added 1 tsp. Vanilla to the cake batter, other than that I followed the recipe. This is a keeper! 5 stars!"

Reviewed Feb. 21, 2015

"Kids love, love, love this dessert. Such stuff that dreams are made of! I wouldn't change a thing. D-lish! 1,000 stars lol, also not to forget to mention this is the perfect dessert for my son's diet."

Reviewed Jul. 26, 2014

"Everyone loved this dessert! Mine looked marbelized like the picture. I will make this again. Simple and easy to make."

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