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Dessert Recipe: Party Sized / Punch Bowl Strawberry Shortcake

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Punchbowl Strawberry Shortcake

One of the best thing about the arrival of summer is fresh fruit coming into season. One favorite recipe of many is strawberry shortcake. This recipe is large enough to feed ten people and is perfect for cookouts, reunions, and barbecues. It is the perfect ending to a summer meal.

I often take this dessert to events, family gatherings, and to people I visit. Preparing it directly into a large crock pot with a lid makes it portable. I especially love my crock pot because it comes with a tote bag so nothing leaks.

It is important to keep this strawberry shortcake refridgerated until use and do not place it into hot sunlight.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

30 min

30 min

Can serve ten lucky people a cup each.



  • 1 Pound (16 oz.) Fresh Strawberries, Cleaned/ Sliced
  • OR 1 16 oz. Bag Frozen Strawberries, Thawed, drained, pat dry
  • 2 Tubs (8 oz.) Strawberry Glaze
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Family Sized (24 oz.) Sarah Lee Pound Cake, (or any other brand), thawed
  • 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 Can (7 oz.) Reddi Wip Cream, (or your favorite cream)

No Cooking or Baking Necessary!

  1. Thaw the Sara Lee Poundcake (you can also use pre made poundcakes from a bakery). Slice the pound cake in thin, even layers. You will use the entire poundcake.
  2. Wash the fresh strawberries and pat them dry. If using frozen strawberries, drain these in a colander and pat them dry. Clean tops from strawberries and slice them. Put them in a large bowl. Cover strawberries in 2 tablespoons of sugar and the tablespoon of lemon juice. Allow them to sit for 15 minutes. This process will bring out the natural juices of the strawberries.
  3. Inside a large punchbowl, place a layer of shortcake slices to the bottom of the bowl. Add a layer of sliced strawberries, then a layer of strawberry glaze, followed by a layer of whipped cream. Continue layering until you get to the top of the bowl.
  4. Top your strawberry shortcake off with the remaining strawberries and glaze. Decorate with whipped cream. Enjoy!

Alternate Directions for Shortcakes

Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Many people are fond of the old fashioned type of strawberry shortcake made with Bisquick Mix. This will increase preparation and baking time but can be a lower fat alternative to pound cake. Mix 2 1/4 cups of Bisquick mix with 2/3 cups of milk, 3 tablespoons of sugar and 3 tablespoons of butter until a soft dough forms. Drop by spoonfuls onto ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes at 425F. Split warm short cakes into 2 layers. Fill and top shortcakes with strawberries, glazy, and whipped cream.

Blueberry or Peach Shortcake

If you prefer bluberries or peach for your shortcake, you can substitute 16 oz. of fresh or frozen or canned blueberries or peaches with the strawberries. Omit the strawberry glaze. If using canned blueberries or peaches, you do not need to add sugar and lemon juice to this mix.

Fun Facts About Strawberries

Strawberries are a fruit, and the only fruit with seeds on the outside.

The strawberry's closest relative is the rose. It is part of the rose family.

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Strawberries have been used as an ancient aphrodisiac. Ancients believed that if you wanted someone to fall in love with you, you should split a strawberry in half, eat one half and give the other to your desired one.

Other Strawberry Recipes

  • Dip strawberries in chocolate for a lavis treat. Dip in whipped cream.

  • Make a strawberry and spinach salad. In a large bowl, toss together the spinach and strawberries. In a medium bowl, mix 1/2 cup oil, 1/4 vinegar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/4 teaspon of paprika, and two tablespoons of sesame seeds. Mix with the spinach and strawberries, and toss to coat.

  • Add fresh sliced strawberries to a cup of yogurt, bowl of ceral, or your favorite ice cream!


Carol Morris on June 19, 2016:

Thanks, I know my family will love this.

Marija Arsic from Serbia on May 12, 2015:

Looks like heaven ! I think I could live on strawberries !

poetryman6969 on March 24, 2015:

Beautiful presentation. I would probably eat too much of it.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on April 21, 2013:

What a clever and useful recipe for a crowd! I especially like the idea of a fresh peach shortcake for a summer picnic. Thank you!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on March 26, 2013:

My family loves strawberries, especially my husband! We cook out often in the spring and summer and this will make a delicious dessert for a lot of people. Not only will this be delicious, but a beautiful dessert as well! Voting this up and useful, thanks for sharing this recipe! :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 18, 2012:

Thanks so much for reading and commenting molometer. I hope you have a wonderful summer of strawberries. :)

Micheal from United Kingdom on July 18, 2012:

Had to come back and get this great dessert recipe. Now that the strawberries are arriving here in the UK. The summer is a long time coming this year.

Voted up and sharing.

PS couldn't vote on the fruit poll? I would have gone for strawberries. : )

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 06, 2012:

LOL Realhousewife. You and me and Ardie can share a big bowl. Grab a spoon!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 06, 2012:

Actually - in a perfect world someone would make this one for me right now:) LOL

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 06, 2012:

Thats ok Brett.Tesol. You could dump it all in one giant bowl and it will still taste wonderful. :)

Brett C from Asia on July 06, 2012:

You definitely have a skill in the kitchen. I'm terrible, but like to try. However, mine will certainly not come out like your photos!! ha ha

Sharing, up and useful ...

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on July 05, 2012:

Get your spoon! Thanks Ardie. I have eaten a lot of strawberry shortcake too. I would much rather eat this than icecream. Thanks for visiting.

Sondra from Neverland on July 04, 2012:

Wow Tammy, this Hub does NOT help my midnight cravings! Strawberry shortcake was (and still is) one of my favorite desserts. I remember mom making it all the time when I was a kid and it's a comforting memory =) Punch bowl?! I can eat it all myself!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 22, 2012:

Thanks Ayman!

Ayman Nisar on June 21, 2012:

Seem so tasty...

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 21, 2012:

Thanks so much Viking305. Strawberries are wonderful. I appreciate the share and the rating.

L M Reid from Ireland on June 21, 2012:

Wow this Strawberry Shortcake dessert looks lovely. Will have to give this recipe a try

Shared with followers and on Twitter. 5 stars

Anil from Kerala on June 17, 2012:

Thank you for sharing this good idea,today i will go for market for collecting strawberry.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 17, 2012:

Thanks so much for stopping by Jackie Lynnley!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on June 16, 2012:

Wow glad I found this before the fourth of July! This is a winner!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 14, 2012:

Thanks Realhousewife. I hope you enjoy it. It is one of my family's favorites.

LOL Lord De Cross. Anything covered with Reddi Whipp has a that effect on people. :)

Joseph De Cross from New York on June 14, 2012:

Yummy! I feel good..! So goood!...

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on June 14, 2012:

This looks beautiful! What housewife wouldn't wanna make that and take it to a party?? I know my friends will be so grateful because I'm making this ASAP!

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 13, 2012:

Thanks to:

John Sarkis


Gypsy Rose Lee

moonlake- who has the most awesome recipe hub ever with the Carnival Food Recipes!


unknown spy

I appreciate your visits and sharing your appreciation for strawberry shortcake. It is one of the best perks in life!

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 13, 2012:

made me sing the 'strawberry shortcake' theme song. i vote it up and all with 5 stars.

Great recipe!

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on June 13, 2012:

YUM times a thousand. This looks and sound delicious. It would make a great impact at a potluck dinner at our church. Thanks for the interesting info and the great recipe.

moonlake from America on June 13, 2012:

Looks so good. Sara Lee pound cake is my favorite. Oh, I love strawberries and whip cream too. An easy and pretty recipe, my kind of recipe. Voted Up and share.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 13, 2012:

I'm so hungry I can hardly stand it. Yummy looking cake. Can almost smell those strawberries. Thanks for sharing and passing this on.

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on June 13, 2012:

Strawberries is a favourite of mine and this looks so tasty! A dessert with Strawberries is a tradition in our celebration on Midsummer Eve so this is very timely for me. It is fun to try something new! Voted up, up and thanks for sharing


John Sarkis from Winter Haven, FL on June 13, 2012:

Tammy, this article is wonderful. I love Strawberry anything. Where I live at, Marrie Calander sells strawberry pies whenever they are in season. Your shortcake looks just as good - even better!

Kudos to you on this hub


Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 13, 2012:

Thanks alocsin. This is a party favorite. Thanks for your wonderful visit.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on June 13, 2012:

What a great idea for strawberry shortcakes --- especially since it's made for a large crowd. Voting this Up and Useful.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 12, 2012:

Thanks for your kind comments:


Lord De Cross



I appreciate you all for stopping by. I will save you all some. :)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on June 12, 2012:

What a great idea, Tammy, making a unique strawberry shortcake in a punchbowl. Who knew? Thanks for this intriguing and simple to make recipe.

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on June 12, 2012:

A yummy dessert with a drool-worthy photo ! I am a big fan of fresh strawberries and pound cake. Fortunately, strawberries are available in a grocery store near my house and I often bought them! This is an easy and quick to make recipe! Well-done!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Awesome. Voted up & Socially Shared

Joseph De Cross from New York on June 11, 2012:

This is a winner, and the alternative fruits right on target. Great pictures Tammy! You are a wonderful host and your hub will be shared and pinned! Gee 1:12 A.M. and ready to get something to snack on!


Mary Hyatt from Florida on June 11, 2012:

This would be a big hit at any family dinner or picnic! It's beautiful to look at, too. I could put strawberries on anything and love it. I'll give this some stars for sure an a vote UP.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2012:

Thanks Molometer! There are so many wonderful recipes this month, I feel the same way! Thanks for reading, commenting, and sharing!

Hi Nell Rose! I have learned much about British food this month and it has been so interesting. I appreciate your visit!

Nell Rose from England on June 11, 2012:

Hi tammy, nice one! lol! I love my strawberries and this looks amazing, I think when you say glace we over here call it icing sugar? have to look that up just to make sure I am using the right ingredient, wonderful!

Micheal from United Kingdom on June 11, 2012:

This looks absolutely delicious and nutritious. I am going to be the size of a house by the end of this month with all these great dessert recipe's.

Group sized strawberry shortcake for parties? depends on the size of the party lol

All the votes Tammy well done. Tweet.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2012:

I must say I appreciate your wonderful hub patronage. You continue to read hubs about prom dresses, crafts and food you don't enjoy. This is why you are one of the best hub buddies ever!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 11, 2012:

I will pass this along to Bev since I don't eat strawberries. I know, it's a character defect, but what can I say? Great recipe; the pictures look great; now if I could only gain an appreciation for those red devils. :)

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2012:

Thanks for visiting Ausitinstar. I will make enough for all of us and we can make a party out of it.

Wow anusujith. I don't know what jackfruit is, but mango is wonderful!

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on June 11, 2012:

Here, Mango, jack fruit, Pine apple and Papaya are very much available and they are pretty cheap too in the market...

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on June 11, 2012:

yummy! I do like strawberry shortcake. I do not like to make it myself. Can I come over for a slice?

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2012:

Thanks for commenting anusujith. I am sorry strawberries aren't readily available in your area. I know they are pretty regional. Is there a fruit that grows in your region? Thanks for stopping by.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 11, 2012:

Thanks for reading and commenting Carmen H. I hope you enjoy it!

Anoop Aravind A from Nilambur, Kerala, India on June 11, 2012:

Looks yummy... I will try it. But the problem is Strawberry is not plenty here...

Carmen Beth on June 11, 2012:

strawberries/blueberries...mmmm, shortcake...mmmm Gotta try this recipe. I'm sure I'll love it. I didn't know that strawberries and roses are related, thanks for that.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 10, 2012:

I LOVE raspberries (and blackberries) too Mhatter99. I should add them to the quiz. Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

Martin Kloess from San Francisco on June 10, 2012:

First, i love Raspberries. Thank you for this part of heaven. ...and strawberry prices in SF are REAL GOOD.

Tammy (author) from North Carolina on June 10, 2012:

Thanks to everyone for your comments! I would normally respond individually, but the reply button isn't working. I appreciate all of you for stopping by. Come on over and we'll have some!

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on June 10, 2012:

This is a yummy recipe and looks so impressive. It has the real wow factor!

I'll certainly try it out as it must be flop proof so ideal to serve when having guests.

I always prepare recipes that can be made ahead when entertaining and this sounds like one such recipe.


Dexter Yarbrough from United States on June 10, 2012:

My goodness this looks delicious! Great photos and instructions! Thank you!

Paige Ronchetti from Chicago on June 10, 2012:

This sounds delicious! And it's so easy. :-)

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on June 10, 2012:

Now doesn't that look good. I'm ready to dive in right now. Thank You.

Angela Brummer from Lincoln, Nebraska on June 10, 2012:

I could eat that now. Party size and all!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on June 10, 2012:

Yummy! I love strawberry desert. Thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on June 10, 2012:

Looks and sounds great Tammy! I love all the fruits of the forrest, particularly strawberries.Thanks for posting this, must give this a go!!

LaThing from From a World Within, USA on June 10, 2012:

Oh Tammy, this looks so good! I can just taste it, Mmmm! lol

I love making layered desserts for gatherings, they always go well. You can bet I will be making this soon. Very refreshing, perfect for summer......

Voting up, sharing, delicious and everything!!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on June 10, 2012:

Strawberries are not my favorite fruits but that looks so yummy! I doubt if I can resist eating it. Awesome Hub!

Kathy Sima from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2012:

This looks and sounds delicious! I will definitely have to give this one a try now that stawberry season is here. Thanks for sharing!

HawaiiHeart from Hawaii on June 10, 2012:

This looks so refreshing and perfect for a summer gathering!

kelleyward on June 10, 2012:

This looks amazing! I'm allergic to strawberries but I love blueberries. I'm trying this one! Take care, Kelley

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on June 10, 2012:

This looks delicious! Perfect timing for this dessert as strawberry picking time is here :) I often go to the local strawberry farms and pick my own. I never thought about the strawberry being the only fruit with the seeds on the outside. Thanks for this recipe.

Sharing, rating and pinning.

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