Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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! This recipe is sponsored by Driscoll’s. To see more of my berry recipes, click here.

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!

I have a question for you: Have you ever grilled strawberries before?

They’re my new favorite thing. You thread strawberries 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.

I have another question for you: Have you ever grilled angel food cake before?

It’s my new second favorite thing. 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.

For today’s dessert, I put together my two new favorite things: Grilled Strawberries and Grilled Angel Food Cake.

For the whipped cream, you can use a can or make some yourself. But in the recipe, I’ve taken an extra step and infused the whipping cream with basil and lemon before whipping. If you’re going to do this, you need to start earlier in the day or the day before. You warm the whipping cream up and add fresh basil and lemon rind. Then you chill it right back down to very very cold before you try to whip it. If it’s even slightly not-cold it won’t whip. Give it a good five hours in the fridge. At least.

I know it sounds like a pain but the basil and lemon whipped cream on this grilled strawberry shortcake is totally worth the extra time. It’s actually super-easy to make and it adds that special something, you know, that oh-my-gosh-this-is-so-good-I-can’t-stop-eating-this quality, to the desert.

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


Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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


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!


  • 1 and ½ cups whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup packed chopped fresh basil
  • Rind of 1 lemon, removed in strips
  • 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar (confectioner’s sugar)
  • a 1 lb package of Driscoll’s strawberries (about 24), hulled
  • 6 skewers
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 12 oz. Angel Food Cake (store-bought or homemade)


  1. At least four hours before serving, combine the whipping cream, basil and lemon rind in a small microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave until warm, 1 to 1 and ½ minutes. Stir. Refrigerate until very cold, at least 4 hours. Strain and refrigerate cream for up to 24 hours.
  3. Use a stand mixer or egg beater at medium speed to whip the cream for 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar.
  4. Whip until soft peaks form, 4-6 minutes more. Refrigerate until serving.
  5. Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium heat. Cut angel food cake into 6 wedges.
  6. Thread 4 strawberries onto each skewer.
  7. Drizzle each skewer of strawberries with 1 teaspoon of honey. Use a brush or fingers to spread it around and coat berries.
  8. 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.
  9. Serve each slice of angel food cake with a skewer of grilled strawberries and about ½ cup of whipped cream.
Disclosure: This is a paid endorsement by Driscoll’s.  All opinions are my own.
 This post originally appeared in June, 2014. It was revised and republished in May, 2018.
Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

29 Responses to “Easy Grilled Strawberry Shortcake Recipe”

  1. Donna — December 27, 2019 @ 7:37 pm (#)

    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!

    • Christine Pittman — December 30, 2019 @ 5:11 pm (#)

      Thanks, Donna! It’s so fun!

  2. Karen D — October 12, 2014 @ 1:45 pm (#)

    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.

  3. christine jessamine — June 15, 2014 @ 4:49 pm (#)

    I love to eat strawberries plain for snacks.

  4. Megan's Cookin' — June 15, 2014 @ 2:15 pm (#)

    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!!! ;)

  5. Anne — June 14, 2014 @ 5:35 pm (#)

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

  6. Kim Henrichs — June 14, 2014 @ 10:45 am (#)

    My favorite way is in a strawberry creme cake!

  7. Aimee C — June 12, 2014 @ 11:01 am (#)

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

  8. Jeffrey — June 10, 2014 @ 11:00 am (#)

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

  9. Linda — June 9, 2014 @ 1:34 pm (#)

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

  10. Heather Hayes Panjon — June 9, 2014 @ 8:24 am (#)

    I Like To Eat Strawberries With Yogurt!

  11. Elle — June 7, 2014 @ 2:14 pm (#)

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

  12. Katharine — June 7, 2014 @ 12:05 pm (#)

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

  13. Linda S. — June 5, 2014 @ 4:35 pm (#)

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

  14. Wendy — June 5, 2014 @ 2:26 pm (#)

    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!

  15. Elena — June 5, 2014 @ 2:09 pm (#)

    I like to eat strawberries with Greek yogurt

  16. Kayte CookWatts — June 5, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    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!

  17. mysweetiepiepie — June 4, 2014 @ 8:45 pm (#)

    I like to eat fresh berries served over pound cake.

  18. Maegan @thebakermama — June 4, 2014 @ 1:26 am (#)

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

  19. Dana — June 3, 2014 @ 4:33 pm (#)

    I make strawberry donut hole skewers for breakfast.

  20. Kristen — June 3, 2014 @ 2:13 pm (#)

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

  21. Kathy M — June 3, 2014 @ 2:08 pm (#)

    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.

  22. Katerina — June 3, 2014 @ 2:04 am (#)

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

  23. Katie — June 2, 2014 @ 9:50 pm (#)

    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!

  24. phyllis — June 2, 2014 @ 4:27 pm (#)

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

  25. Renee — June 2, 2014 @ 2:16 pm (#)

    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!

  26. Becca from ItsYummi! — June 2, 2014 @ 11:37 am (#)

    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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