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Strawberry Shortcake with Lavender Lemon Cream

Summertime classic Strawberry Shortcake reinvented with hints of lavender and lemon in the whipped cream.
Course Dessert
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 -10
Author Samantha


  • Cake:
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups cake flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract clear if possible
  • Whipping Cream:
  • 4 cups whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp dried lavender buds
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Strawberries:
  • 2 pints of whole strawberries 3/4 of them sliced into 1/4" slices


  1. Cake:
  2. Preheat oven to 350° F. Place parchment paper at the bottom of 2 x 8" round cake pans. Grease and flour pans, knocking out excess flour.
  3. With the paddle attachment on a stand mixer, beat butter and sugar for 3-4 minutes, until light and fluffy.
  4. In a medium bowl whisk together cake flour, baking powder and salt.
  5. In another bowl whisk together milk, eggs, and vanilla extract.
  6. In 3 additions, alternate adding in flour and milk mixtures (starting and ending with flour mixture).
  7. Divide the batter between the two pans*.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Let cool in pan for 15 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely to room temperature. Chill in fridge for at least 1 hour or max 1 day.
  9. Whipping cream:
  10. Place whipping cream, dried lavender, and lemon zest in a medium sauce pan. On medium-low bring to a simmer and simmer for 10-15 minutes to allow flavours to meld. Remove from heat, cool to room temperature, strain (discard solids) and chill liquid in fridge until cold.
  11. When ready to a assemble and serve, using a whisk attachment in an electric mixer, whisk whipping cream and sugar together until stiff peaks form, about 2-4 minutes. Set aside.
  12. Assembly:
  13. Remove cake from fridge and slice each cake in half horizontally to make 4 pieces. Layering cake, whipping cream and strawberries build the 4 layer cake carefully building each stage.