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Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Recipe

Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD:20 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

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.

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Lilhemeon User ID: 6450686 248978
Reviewed Jun. 2, 2016

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

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mrs._white User ID: 7182927 245592
Reviewed Mar. 17, 2016

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

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conniebh User ID: 8113901 228216
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!"

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Rebecca404 User ID: 8248615 221034
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."

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vbak User ID: 1660180 95402
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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jacesmom User ID: 1679068 162762
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2014

"Super yummy!"

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Jolena User ID: 87898 208632
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2014

"This is truly a tried and true recipe with many variations. We called it poke cake years ago. I just love all the wonderful ideas of using vanilla pudding in the whipped cream or spreading custard pudding over the top with sprinkles. Super good ideas! If you bake the cake from scratch or buy one to bake this recipe is a winner!!!"

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kathydew User ID: 5244368 148414
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"I don't understand the part about cutting the diamond shape. Do you score the cake, cut through the cake, or what? I just poked the top evenly with a meat fork. This was a birthday favorite for my children growing up in the southern hemisphere since their birthdays fell in the 'summer' months of November & December. Nice cool cake for hot weather. I use 1/4 cup less water in the jello and use half hot water to dissolve and half cold water to make it set faster. I also poured custard pudding over the top and sprinkled with colorful sprinkles for birthdays. I didn't use the frozen fruit since I only had fresh."

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Dramamama3 User ID: 7535102 94617
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2014

"Excellent recipe. Refreshing and cannot tell it's low fat!!"

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amfoster User ID: 7685332 164718
Reviewed Apr. 12, 2014

"This is a great an easy short cake recipe, it's been around for a long time..But why is Meledstick getting so defensive, most of us women who have been cooking awhile we like to do both quick easy an homemade from scratch. lol come on we are here for the same reason, to share an have fun with what we hav an or found... no attitudes no one knows it all, think about it"

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debstub User ID: 2934557 162945
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"This is like another cake I like to make and is one of my husband's favorites because he doesn't care for regular frosting. As for the diamond, I just fork the cake all over and the jello seeps down through the cake and keeps it so moist, it's hard not to want seconds! I, too, like to bake from scratch, but I have no problem using a box mix when the results are so good!!"

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meledstick@aol.com User ID: 1005610 164666
Reviewed Apr. 11, 2014

"You know what?? If you're such a fine, accomplished cook why don't you adapt one of the many recipes I'm sure you're an expert at?? People are so RUDE!! I've been cooking for nearly 50 years and I have absolutely NO problem with a recipe that saves me some time every now and then. I like to bake from scratch, but it's nice to have a fast recipe that's good like this one is when I just don't have the time. Get over yourselves!"

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vonoepen User ID: 4967300 168596
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"I would like to make this for my gluten free friend. If I buy a gluten free yellow cake mix is there anything else I need to change. Thank you, Sukie"

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ommie7 User ID: 7080405 162755
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"OK ladies, we all know some of you are "expert" cooks and that you don't like cake mixes BUT I too am a cook of many, many years and love to make homemade cakes too, however, blasting a recipe just because it is a cake mix is just plain rude. Since you seem to have a good collection of recipes, use your own and just add to it. A good cook knows how to change any recipe to her liking. And there are simply days that I prefer to use a good mix and this recipe has been around at least 50 years and is delicious."

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MareUT User ID: 7475801 162754
Reviewed Apr. 10, 2014

"Poke cake has been a favorite in my family for many many years (at least 50). None of us use cake mixes, so we just make our favorite white or yellow cake, bake, and finish pretty much as this recipe. You can score the top of the cake, as this recipe suggests, or poke holes with the handle of a wooden spoon. We use all fresh fruit, rather than a combination of frozen and fresh."

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Cadams121110 User ID: 7503825 164646
Reviewed Nov. 24, 2013

"my grandmother has made this for as long as I can remember. the only difference is she mixes a little vanilla pudding in with the whipped topping delicious!"

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michelle1125 User ID: 1304226 148431
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"This cake is great! I made it with my daughter for our family and shared some with my parents. They loved it and I made another one the next weekend for them."

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amateur cook User ID: 4624434 162696
Reviewed Jul. 18, 2011

"I don't know what I did wrong. I followed the recipe as was shown, but it turned out too mushy. I will try this again, except, I will use a smaller pan, use fresh strawberries instead of frozen and maybe not so much water to the jello. If this turns out good, it's a keeper. If not, the cake will head to the landfill and the recipe deleted from my recipe box."

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jms_surprise@cox.net User ID: 1263038 75813
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2011

"This cake is delicious...made for work and everyone raved about it! They couldn't believe how low in calories it was!"

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KSU mom User ID: 5414905 94621
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2011

"My son said it was the best cake I had ever made. I didnt have applesauce on hand so I just made the regular cake mix from the box instructions and used frest strawberries sliced with sugar (didnt read the recipe close enough until I had already had it ready to pour on the cake) and it was super easy and very good. A keeper."

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pamhester27 User ID: 443283 67269
Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"I loved this dessert. It was great!"

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barboo230 User ID: 5851426 164645
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"It was a hit. Everyone wanted the recipe. Easy way to make strawberry shortcake!"

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tammyt0819 User ID: 5883092 148356
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Excellent cake. I made it for a 4th of July cookout. Everyone loved it. It tastes just like strawberry shortcake."

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xoaprilnichole09 User ID: 6001051 75809
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Easy to make and delicious."

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littlefinger User ID: 112352 148430
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Made this cake last week for my husbands birthday. He is diabetic so I used sugar free cake mix, sugar free jello and I used sugar free cool whip. The strawberries I put splenda on them, and everyone could not tell the difference."

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mduverna User ID: 1686618 94606
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Loved it. We have to use gluten free mixes and it turned out great."

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smithdee User ID: 4724272 94618
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Made this for the past weekend and EVERYONE loved it! I did use fresh strawberries and I added blueberries as a touch for the 4th!! I will make it again & again! I am diabetic, and using no sugar added items was a big help! I am always looking for new recipes and this certainly is a keeper!!"

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EburgBakingMama User ID: 5236966 95401
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Very Good! Made this for the 4th of July. Everyone loved it!"

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hopehogan User ID: 5866885 101914
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Made according to recipe, but changed the top from fresh strawberries to blueberries in celebration of July 4th. It was wonder and as a person on Weight Watchers, gave me an excellent dessert option that kept me on program!"

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SharonGeorge User ID: 4511425 148355
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"This was such an easy recipe to make in a pinch and the fresh strawberries made it feel like a real strawberry shortcake"

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trusch80 User ID: 5199961 164630
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Both my future mother and father-in-law are diabetic. I brought this to a cookout and it recieved rave reviews. I used the reduced-sugar cake mix, too, and it didn't affect the outcome! This is definately one I'll be keeping around since it's so easy and quick to make."

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Zybs User ID: 4392729 148354
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"I tried this recipe over the weekend and everyone loved it! I would definitely make it again!"

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Mousey4285 User ID: 5745930 75775
Reviewed Jul. 7, 2011

"Delicious! Easy to make. I took the cake to work and everyone loved it."

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LisaNC03 User ID: 6059896 94604
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"I got the recipe for this cake in an email and it looked so easy I decided I'd give it a try for our July 4th party. It was a hit!! Everybody loved it and several asked for the recipe. Based on the nutritional information, I calculated the Weight Watcher points and a slice is 4 points. Since I am on Weight Watchers,I will definitely make it again."

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mariwhits User ID: 3207837 101913
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2011

"i loved this.it is easy to make. i work and cake mix recipes is a plus for me."

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skymom747 User ID: 1717371 94616
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011

"Great recipe! So moist and full of flavor, the box cake mix makes it a snap to make. We are very calorie conscious and this was definitely "light" in my book! Thanks for a nice twist on an old favorite recipe :)"

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Rodie37 User ID: 1410062 168595
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2011 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"Love this easy/delicious dessert. Using the cake mix makes it an easy, quick dessert and not as expensive as making one from scratch.

It's my kind of recipe and meets my needs wonderfully. Thank you. Want more like this as I bake often for our American Legion functions and also for our local church suppers."

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333mello333 User ID: 1716973 95400
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011

"The cake is very good, and even better - it's very easy. Please do something about people who 'hate' things based on biases rather than recipe taste. Those comments are so unhelpful. Actually, I guess I 'hate' them!"

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olnosey User ID: 1598724 94615
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2011 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"This was taken from the original poke n pour cake, where you just use a fork to poke the holes in the cake. Always a favorite. You can also add gelatin to the whipped cream to flavor it."

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Black Lady User ID: 3107669 148429
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011 Edited Mar. 29, 2016

"This sounds great. I will be sure to try it."

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sallylue2 User ID: 1345105 164628
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"Looks great, but do I make a diamond shape across the cake or just in the middle? Thanks!"

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SieraS User ID: 5138683 164625
Reviewed Jun. 21, 2011

"This dessert was AMAZING.... It is now one of my Husband's favorites and I will be making it again soon :) I too used fresh strawberries and it was great :)"

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sheinemann User ID: 4810526 164623
Reviewed May. 11, 2011

"Absolutely delicious!! What a wonderful light dessert! I also used fresh strawberries, and it turned out just fine. Everyone at our mothers day picnic loved this and I will definately be making this again."

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elaes1 User ID: 1366905 95398
Reviewed Apr. 22, 2011

"A very refreshing recipe! I ised fresh sliced strawberries instead of frozen with good results. This is a repeat recipe for sure!"

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apaynter User ID: 5830920 162753
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2011

"I would make this recipe a thousand times over again! AWESOME!"

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HRoady User ID: 2598145 67268
Reviewed May. 22, 2010

"Great recipe! Everyone I have made this for loves it."

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laurelg1 User ID: 1661148 101911
Reviewed Feb. 10, 2008

"This is a wonderfully moist dessert - lower in calories and fat - I used sugar free jello and lighter whipped topping. One of our favorites!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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