Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on June 9, 2011

There are few things I want to do less in the summer than turn on my oven. Which means I’m not baking nearly as much as I want to. Scratch that, as much as I need to.

Yes, baking is a need.

So I’m forced to find other ways to satisfy my sweet tooth, indulge my creativity and feed my family and friends.

Poor me, right?

My latest creation is a variation on the traditional strawberry shortcake, which is one of my all time favorite summer treats. Fresh strawberries on light as air cake and topped with whipped cream? Yes please!

Of course, the traditional recipe was way too simple for me. I had to take it up a notch. Because that’s what I do.

So I created this layered beauty of a dessert. It’s cool and refreshing, and you never have to turn on the oven. Unless of course you want to make your own angle food cake, which I totally wanted to do. And I will. One day, when the sun stops warming my house to an unbearable 85+ degrees.

It’s super easy too. You just zest…

Lime Zest


Key Lime Pudding

and pour.

Key Lime Pudding

Heat over the stove and whisk, whisk, whisk until thickened.

Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake

Pour, cover and then chill for a while, as the pudding chills in the fridge.

Key Lime Pudding

Stir in the oh-so-fluffy whipped cream. Take a bite. It’s OK, you’re testing it.

Key Lime Pudding

Chop, slice and dice.

Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake

Then layer…layer…layer…layer…

Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake

Finally, before you dig in, just sit and marvel at it’s beauty.

Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake

Because it won’t last long once you take that first bite.

Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake

Sweet Tooth Friday: Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake

Sweet Tooth Friday: Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake


  • 1-1/2 cups skim milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime peel
  • 2 cups frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • Angle food cake
  • Fresh strawberries
  • Vanilla sugar or granulated sugar


  1. In a medium sized sauce pan stir together the milk, granulated sugar, cornstarch, vanilla extract, lime juice and lime peel. Whisk until the corn syrup has completely dissolved. Heat to boiling over medium high to high heat, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute, while stirring.
  2. Pour the mixture into a medium-sized bowl and cover with plastic wrap. The plastic wrap needs to be touching the surface of the pudding, so a skin doesn't form. Chill in the fridge for 30 minutes or longer.
  3. Stir the whipped topping into the cooled pudding. Set aside.
  4. Chop the angle food cake into 1-inch cubes. Slice the strawberries and sprinkle with sugar, or vanilla sugar if you have it.
  5. In ice cream, or martini, glasses put about 1 tablespoon of the pudding in the bottom. Layer the chopped angle food cake, and smoother with more pudding. Top with the sugared-strawberries.
  6. Grab a spoon. Dig in.


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1 Chels R. June 9, 2011 at 7:13 pm

I linked up come Cookies :)

I’ve never really cared for Key Lime Pie…but this version with the Strawberry Cheesecake looks really good!

2 Amy @ A Little Nosh June 9, 2011 at 7:19 pm

Love that martini glass.

3 viv{re} June 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm

This looks so incredibly delicious.

4 Lisa @ Sweet as Sugar Cookies June 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Your shortcake looks so elegant and that flavor combo sounds super. Just linked up with my Ultimate Choc Chip Cookies.

5 Andrea (Andreas Kitchen) June 9, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Happy Friday! I am sharing my recipe for Chocolate Mousse that you make in a blender. It is easy to make and only takes 10 minutes. It has no added sugar and the only dairy is 1 tablespoon of butter for 4 servings. This mousse is really creamy and has a deep chocolate flavor. It was the first recipe that I posted a year ago when I started my blog.
Thanks for hosting!

6 April @ The 21st Century Housewife June 10, 2011 at 3:49 am

Key limes and strawberries are an inspired combination! Your shortcake looks wonderful. I’ve shares some grown up brownies I learned how to make at the Robert Mondavi Winery in the Napa Valley :) Thank you for hosting and have a lovely weekend!

7 Katie @ This Chick Cooks June 10, 2011 at 6:10 am

Thanks for hosting, Alli! HAve a nice weekend :)

8 Karen @ Trilogy Edibles June 10, 2011 at 6:44 am

Hey Allison

Love this. I too was inspired by key limes this week! Thanks for hosting.

9 Aimee June 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

Happy Friday! Thanks for hosting. That shortcake looks delicious, love the idea of lime with strawberry!

10 melissa@IWasBornToCook June 10, 2011 at 8:08 am

Wow, that looks delicious! Thanks for hosting…have a great weekend :)

11 Amanda-The Sweet Details June 10, 2011 at 8:37 am

Just posted my chocolate chocolate chip cookies! I would love it if you came over and posted something on my hop. Have a great day!

12 teri@thefreshmancook June 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

This sounds wonderful. The flavor combination is intriguing and something I can’t wait to taste. I know what you mean about the heat in the house. Once you turn the oven on, it seems like forever before the house cools down! This sounds perfect~sweet, beautiful, and cool!!

13 Cares and Mimi June 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

Well, I know what I’m making this weekend, Key Lime Strawberry Shortcake. Yum! We’re going strawberry picking tomorrow and I can’t wait t give your recipe a try! Have a great weekend! – Cares
Oh! we’ve linked up our Boston Cream Pie!

14 Lynda@Me and My Pink Mixer June 10, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Thanks so much for hosting! I am linking my Eclairs in a Jar.
Happy Friday :)

15 CherShots June 10, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Ali, thanks for the invite to link up here. I am having computer issues and blogger issues and was unable to link through the channels provided. However I was able to link up with you through editting my own post.
Thanks again ~ CherShots

16 Little Brick Ranch June 10, 2011 at 3:06 pm

i LOVE angel food cake and that lime zest looks so pretty and colorful!! Thanks for linking up to Foodie Friday. I hope to see you again next week!!

17 Miss Adriennely June 10, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Sweet and sour-ish kinda dessert, looks yum!

18 Lisa June 10, 2011 at 9:52 pm

This looks delicious! We love angel food cake :)

19 Jenn - The Cake Dish June 10, 2011 at 9:56 pm

This recipe combines two of my very favorite flavors. Yum!!! Thanks for hosting!

20 Tameka Downing June 10, 2011 at 11:09 pm

I just linked up my Brownie Mix Ins for ways to dress up Brownie Mix. Thank you so much for having this opportunity to share my recipes with people.

21 kitchen flavours June 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm

Your keylime strawberry shortcake looks wonderful!
I’ve just linked up a citrus cake, thank you for hosting! Have a lovely weekend!

22 Greenderella June 11, 2011 at 12:56 am

Wow that dessert looks so good! I linked up my vegan chocolate chip cookies today. Thank you for hosting – it’s always so much fun! :-)

23 Tiffanee June 11, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Love this link party! Thanks for stopping by and for the invite!!

24 Alyssa June 12, 2011 at 1:51 pm

I would love for you to come and link up at A Themed Baker’s Sunday, where this week is a sweet theme: Random! Yep, Whatever sweety deliciousness you made this week, you can post!

25 Mrs Foxs Sweets June 12, 2011 at 7:02 pm

This Key Lime Strawberry Shortcakes sound like a wonderful flavor combination!
Thanks for hosting this link up, just linked up my Mojito Cupcakes!

26 Amanda June 13, 2011 at 11:00 am

Great flavor combo! Looks really good!

27 Sherry June 14, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Oh, my! This looks absolutely divine!

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