Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

This Grilled Strawberry Shortcake is a super-easy yet impressive summer dessert. You grill some store-bought angel food cake and you grill some honey-dipped strawberries. Then you top it with a puff of lemon whipped cream. It tastes like summer! This recipe is sponsored by Driscoll’s.

This Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe is a super-easy yet impressive summer dessert. You grill some store-bought angel food cake and you grill some honey-dipped strawberries. Then you top it with a puff of Lemon and Basil Whipped Cream. It tastes like summer!

For today’s dessert, I put together my two new favorite things: Grilled Strawberries and Grilled Angel Food Cake. Have you ever grilled strawberries or cake before? Once you try it, you’ll wonder why you waited so long!

How Do You Grill Strawberries?

Grilled fruit is amazing. Have you tried my Salad with Grilled Peaches?

To grill strawberries, you thread the berries on skewers, brush them with a bit of honey, and then grill just until some dark marks appear. It makes the strawberries jammy and sweet on the outside but they still hold their shape.

How Do You Grill Cake?

This may seem like an unlikely candidate for the grill, but trust me on this.

You slice the cake and then put the pieces on the grill for a minute or two per side. The grill marks and slightly crunchy caramelized exterior impress everyone. EVERY TIME. And no need to make your own angel food cake either. This dessert is glorious with store-bought cake!!!

The Whipped Cream

For the whipped cream, you can use a can or make some yourself. If you’re making it yourself, here is a whipped cream how-to as well as some tips.

As to flavoring the whipped cream, you can go with plain sweetened whipped cream just as it is. Or, and this is kind of amazing, you can add some lemon zest to the mix. It is so bright and fresh tasting. It really lightens everything up.

Putting The Strawberry Shortcake Together

Put a slice of grilled cake onto a dessert plate. Place a skewer of strawberries beside it, leaning on the cake. Then top it with some whipped cream. I use fresh basil leaves to garnish this dessert. It just feels really summery to me, and the basil goes so well with the lemon whipped cream and with the strawberries.

If you don’t want to use basil, fresh mint leaves work really well too. Or you don’t need a garnish at all. The dessert will be pretty and delicious either way. Promise.

And now, here’s my Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe.


Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings


This Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe is a super-easy yet impressive summer dessert. You grill some store-bought angel food cake and you grill some honey-dipped strawberries. Then you top it with a puff of Lemon  Whipped Cream. It tastes like summer!


  • 1 and ½ cups whipping cream
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1 lb. package of strawberries (about 24), hulled
  • 6 skewers
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 12 oz. Angel Food Cake (store-bought or homemade)
  • Fresh basil or mint leaves for garnish (optional)


  1. Pour the whipping cream into a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. Use the stand mixer or egg beater at medium speed to whip the cream for 2-3 minutes. Add the lemon zest and the powdered sugar.
  3. Whip until soft peaks form, 4-6 minutes more. Refrigerate until serving.
  4. Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Cut angel food cake into 6 wedges.
  5. Thread 4 strawberries onto each skewer.
  6. Drizzle each skewer of strawberries with 1 teaspoon of honey. Use a brush or fingers to spread it around and coat berries.
  7. Transfer berry skewers and angel food cake to the grill. Grill on one side until grill marks appear, 1-2 minutes. Flip and grill until grill marks appear on the other side, 1-2 minutes more. Remove from grill.
  8. Serve each slice of angel food cake with a skewer of grilled strawberries and about ½ cup of whipped cream.
  9. Garnish with basil or mint leaves, if desired.
Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Driscoll’s.  All opinions are my own.
 This post originally appeared in June 2014. It was revised and republished in August 2020.
Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake

29 responses to “Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake”

  1. Donna says:

    I would love to make this delicious looking strawberry shortcake recipe. I’ve never tried grilling strawberries or cake, so this would be a new and fun experience!

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  4. Karen D says:

    What a n eat spin on the normal shortcake! I like the idea of grilling angel food cake and not heating up the kitchen to make biscuits.

  5. christine jessamine says:

    I love to eat strawberries plain for snacks.

  6. My favorite way to eat strawberries is to dip them in chocolate. If you wish to stuff them with cheesecake first, that would be quite all right!!! ;)

  7. Anne says:

    I love strawberries in smoothies, but I think my favorite way to eat them is good old-fashioned strawberry shortcakes. Such a classic!

  8. Kim Henrichs says:

    My favorite way is in a strawberry creme cake!

  9. Aimee C says:

    I like to take graham crackers, spread on some Nutella and top with sliced strawberries!

  10. Jeffrey says:

    I like strawberries in my morning oatmeal with some dried figs and almonds.

  11. Linda says:

    I like to each strawberries in yogurt. I cut them up and add them to my greek yogurt in the morning.

  12. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like To Eat Strawberries With Yogurt!

  13. Elle says:

    I actually love to eat strawberries plain or add them to smoothies the most.

  14. Katharine says:

    I like my berries fresh and simple. This look delicious!! Found you through food gawker

  15. Linda S. says:

    I love them dipped in sour cream, then brown sugar (from The Blue Strawbery Restaurant in Portsmouth, New Hampshire years ago).

  16. Wendy says:

    Grilling brings out such depth of flavor in veggies and fruits! We do our grilled strawberries interspersed with marshmallows on skewers! A piece of your grilled angel food cake would be delicious along side!

  17. Elena says:

    I like to eat strawberries with Greek yogurt

  18. Kayte CookWatts says:

    That grilled shortcake looks divine! That was actually my fave summer dessert but since I went gluten free I haven’t found a substitute yet. Better start looking!

  19. I like to eat fresh berries served over pound cake.

  20. This is absolutely fabulous! We live off the grill in the summer so I’m definitely adding this to our dessert rotation!

  21. Dana says:

    I make strawberry donut hole skewers for breakfast.

  22. Kristen says:

    I *love* strawberry shortcake on pound cake with fresh whipped cream!

  23. Kathy M says:

    I love to cut up strawberries, then add a little water and sugar in a dish, let it set for a few hours then spoon over angel food cake and add whipped topping. I know it’s simple but it brings back childhood memories every time.

  24. Katerina says:

    That’s a great idea! Grilling strawberries must make their taste more profound!

  25. Katie says:

    Oh I love everything about this recipe. Simple and just perfect for summer! I love the traditional recipe but need to give the grilled version a try. I love the idea of grilled strawberries!

  26. phyllis says:

    Definitely going to make this. Sounds delicious and looks amazing.

  27. Renee says:

    I haven’t grilled strawberries or angel food cake – yet – but I sure do plan to after seeing this lovely dessert. And basil in the whipped cream – oh yes!

  28. I love to eat strawberries straight from the field! Maybe dipped into some freshly whipped cream, but man, are they tasty when they’re “naked” :)

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