I like to serve this shortcake on Valentine's Day. It's really good and looks nice on the table. I have had this recipe for over 40 years.

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
10
Yield:
1 9-inch layer cake
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Ingredients

10
Original recipe yields 10 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease two 9 inch layer pans.

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  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, 1/3 cup sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Cut in butter or margarine until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Add milk, mixing until just moistened. Spread batter evenly into two prepared layer pans.

  • Bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool.

  • In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine strawberries and 1/4 cup sugar. Let the mixture stand 10 minutes.

  • Cover the bottom shortcake layer with half of strawberry mixture and half of the whipped topping. Top with second shortcake layer, remaining strawberry mixture and whipped topping. Drizzle with chocolate topping.

Nutrition Facts

375 calories; protein 4.9g 10% DV; carbohydrates 49.1g 16% DV; fat 19g 29% DV; cholesterol 26.4mg 9% DV; sodium 476.5mg 19% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2005
I think some of the people who were not happy with this recipe might be confused about what "shortcake" is. Maybe they were expecting "cake". Shortcake is supposed to be more like a biscuit or scone. I think this is a really good recipe, though you're doing it a big disservice if you use frozen whipped topping instead of real whipped cream on top! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
06/22/2003
I made this for a family Easter dinner yesterday & assembled it where we were having dinner everyone was oohing & aahing over as it looked amazing & delicious.However the cake itself was boring & bland.I would make this again with a regular 9" chocolate cake sliced horizontally for layers.Very disappointing taste!!! Read More
(14)
56 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 33
  • 4 star values: 12
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
07/03/2005
I think some of the people who were not happy with this recipe might be confused about what "shortcake" is. Maybe they were expecting "cake". Shortcake is supposed to be more like a biscuit or scone. I think this is a really good recipe, though you're doing it a big disservice if you use frozen whipped topping instead of real whipped cream on top! Read More
(112)
Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
Looks beautiful tastes delicious. I had a hard time cutting it. It was falling all over the place. I had large strawberries so the slices were huge. I would probably cut the strawberries in quarters first and then slice. And do not add chocolate topping until right before you serve it otherwise it melts on top of it and looks stupid. I definately recommend this recipe to anyone who loves a strawberry shortcake. Read More
(42)
Rating: 5 stars
05/14/2006
Easy and very simple to make. I added a teaspoon of almond extract to the batter and it was very good. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/21/2010
A nearly identical recipe has been in my family for years. It is a wonderful recipe but you do have to understand that the cake is a shortcake not a typical American butter cake. It is not very moist and has only a slight chocolate flavor that really allows the strawberries to shine. I only serve this cake with real whipped cream (flavored with a bit of vanilla) and a homemade chocolate sauce. The chocolate sauce soaks into the cake and the whipped cream compensates for the less sweet cake. All together it is amazing! Read More
(20)
Rating: 2 stars
06/21/2003
I made this for a family Easter dinner yesterday & assembled it where we were having dinner everyone was oohing & aahing over as it looked amazing & delicious.However the cake itself was boring & bland.I would make this again with a regular 9" chocolate cake sliced horizontally for layers.Very disappointing taste!!! Read More
(14)
Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
There was nothing special about this dessert. The cake layers were okay. I probably won't make again. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2003
Used this for 4th of July with both strawberries and blueberries. Added sparklers on top. Travelled very well..took cakes in their disposable tins and berries in a bag. Used ReddiWhip instead of making my own. Great hit with even the finicky crowd! No leftovers and no mess! Read More
(13)
Rating: 2 stars
03/05/2004
Even before I poured the batter in the pan I could tell that this was not going to work for me. I followed the recipe and am an experienced baker but still the cake came out very dry and tasteless. I'm giving two stars only because we were still able to eat the strawberries whipped cream and chocolate sauce. Read More
(12)
Rating: 5 stars
05/24/2003
This yummy treat not only looked great but tasted delicious. Best of all it was super low-maintenance to make! Read More
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