Strawberry-Vanilla Shortcake Ice Cream Cake Recipe

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When I see the grocery store produce section start to fill up with strawberries, I know summer isn’t far away. It’s most definitely that time and I’m ready to kick off strawberry season with my favorite strawberry dessert with a twist. The only sad part of making this dessert was I didn’t get to pick the strawberries myself, but that will happen soon enough.



This is a rather easy dessert to whip up and all starts with a greased 8 inch Wilton Springform Baking Pan. It’s REALLY important to grease this, I know, I tried it the first time without it and the ice cream got stuck to the rim.

springform pan


When adding the shortcake pieces, you don’t have to press these down very hard. Just enough to cover the bottom without gaps.

shortcake crust


Adding the ice cream is fairly easy so long as it’s slightly softened. If it’s too frozen, you can press the ice cream down with your hands and smooth with a spatula.

ice cream cake

fresh strawberries




With the diced strawberries ready, I really wanted to make this dessert something special. Instead of using plain white sugar, I opted for this incredibly sweet and aromatic Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar. Nielsen-Massey, a family owned vanilla business, describes this sugar as:

Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Sugar is a flavorful blend of gourmet baker’s sugar and the pinnacle of all vanillas, Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. Use it in any product where a hint of vanilla and the sweetness of sugar are desired. Vanilla Sugar is ideal for bakery products such as cookies, cakes, pies and pastries. It is also great for general cooking, adding to beverages, or as a sweet topping.

A sweet topping they say? Absolutely. I added a quarter cup of the vanilla sugar to my fresh cut strawberries to create a sweet, strawberry syrup. And I’ll admit, it tastes pretty good when you just wet your finger and dip it right in the sugar.


Once you add the Vanilla Sugar, just let the strawberries sit on the counter for 30 minutes or so and allow the juices to spread and become a sweet syrup.


If you want your topping really juicy and soft, crush them with a potato masher.



The end result … a gorgeous little strawberry shortcake dessert that doesn’t take much effort at all. I think Sandra Lee would file this one under the Semi-Homemade category!


Recipe: Strawberry Shortcake Ice Cream Cake


  • 2 packages of Hostess Shortcake Cups (8 cakes)
  • 1/2 gallon vanilla bean ice cream
  • 15-20 ripe, fresh strawberries
  • 1/4 cup + 3 TBS Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Sugar
  • cool whip

Ice Cream Cake Instructions

  1. Grease an 8 inch springform baking pan
  2. Tear shortcakes into 1 inch pieces and lightly press into the bottom of your baking pan
  3. Press slightly room temperature ice cream evenly over shortcake, smooth
  4. Freeze for 4 hours before removing the springform pan.
  5. Top each slice of ice cream cake with strawberry sauce and whip cream.

Strawberry Topping Instructions

  1. Clean and cut stems from the strawberries.
  2. Cut into 1/2 inch chunks and place into flat bottom dish.
  3. Coat with 1/4 cup Vanilla sugar and stir
  4. Wait 30 minutes, then crush strawberries with a potato masher
  5. Sprinkle remaining vanilla sugar over strawberries and stir.

The Vanilla Sugar featured in this recipe was provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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  1. OMG Kat this looks delish. I just bookmarked the page. I am def. going to be trying this one out!

  2. Cat,

    Great presentaiton. Strawberries do it for me everytime. I might try this w/my Pound Cake recipe. I’ll have to check out that springform baking pan too. That vanilla sugar looks very yummy.

  3. It looks so beautiful and yummy! I will definitely try this :) I love vanilla sugar, it really adds that little something to the recipes!

    • I totally agree. This was my 3rd time using the Vanilla Sugar and now I see I’m going to have to buy a ton more!

  4. Cat, you are such a vanilla expert! I didn’t even know that type of sugar existed. Gorgeous presentation. Looks yummy and I so wish I could stop over for a slice!

  5. That looks delicious! I mean, really good, I was just eating a chocolate cheesecake and now I want some strawberry shortcake. mmm

  6. I love quick and easy recipes! Thanks for sharing.

  7. OMG Cat! Why did you post this? Seriously. Now I am going to have to go to the grocery store and scrounge up these supplies. This looks TOO delicious and it is TOO easy not to make. My children are going to forever love you. I’m going to post pictures, the recipe and a BIG link back to your site next week with this recipe. (My pregnancy cravings are going to be fulfilled this Mother’s Day. lol)

    Take care,

  8. Ok, I just added strawberries to the grocery list.
    Thank you!

  9. lisa p says:

    Yumm! I bet I can modify it with Sugar free frozen yogurt and eat it n South Beach!

  10. Oh my goodness, YUM!! Thanks for the recipe!!

  11. Yummy! Now I’m going to have to make it too, and strawberries are on sale this week here!

  12. Delicious. Oh man. Can you come over to my house please?

  13. Doreen R says:

    Cheese cake is my most fave dessert ever. Thanks for the recipe.

  14. OMG this is totally insane…it looks so good that I may have to quit my diet long enough to make some (and devour the entire thing).

  15. This looks yummy! And it’s strawberry season right now. I’ve had it on my to do list to make a similar ice cream cake, but haven’t had the time. I’ll just enjoy looking at yours for now. Thanks for sharing.

  16. OMG! THat looks amazing! Now I’m hungry for that and strawberry cheesecake! When you come out here this summer I think you should fix dinner and desert! Your stuff always makes my mouth water! As soon as I get better I’m making this for the kids!

  17. That looks delish. Ny DH and I are watching our sugar intake, so we would probably try to make it with stevia or xylitol instead of sugar.

  18. Oh my! This looks totally scrumptious!

  19. what a delicious delicious recipe! :)

  20. Danielle E. says:

    I’m going to have to try this. I love strawberry season and all the great things you can make with them. I’m also going to have to try that sugar. I’d never heard of it before.

  21. This looks absolutely delicious!

    I have seen the Hostess Shortcake cups in the grocery stores but I never know what to do with them, but now I do!

  22. Mmmmmmmm! that looks good! I didn’t think it took that many steps to make short cake. But I really want to try.

  23. Tamara B. says:

    Now there goes my diet! I love strawberries and this looks amazing, thank-you for posting the recipe!

  24. This looks so easy, cant wait to try it!

  25. having a Girls Brunch in a couple weeks, this IS getting made

  26. I love you for this, absolutely love you.

  27. I cant say anything more than how good that looks.

  28. This one is definitely a keeper! I am always looking for strawberry dessert recipes especially when they are in season.