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Make-Ahead Shortcake

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
  • Makes
    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


  • 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.
  • Meanwhile, in a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in boiling water; stir in frozen strawberries. Chill until partially set.
  • Spoon over pudding mixture. Chill until firm. Garnish with fresh strawberries if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 256 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 411mg sodium, 56g carbohydrate (37g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • mranttila
    May 14, 2013

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

  • debratechlin
    Jan 27, 2013

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  • wcjmnelson
    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
    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!

  • cindybarker9
    May 16, 2009

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  • Joyce Bennett
    Jun 12, 2008

    This looks delicious and quick and easy to fix.

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    May 22, 2008

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    Jun 11, 2007

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    Feb 7, 2007

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