Grilled pound cake pairs beautifully with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries in this grilled strawberry shortcake!
I am SO excited to be sharing this recipe with you today!
When I asked what you wanted to see more of on the blog, lots of you said that you love recipes that put a fun twist on classic desserts. So here you have it! One of the most quintessential summer desserts - strawberry shortcake - gets a fun upgrade that makes this the PERFECT dessert for all of your summer BBQs! This grilled strawberry shortcake recipe uses two classic dessert staples - pound cake and homemade whipped cream - to elevate one of the most popular summer dessert recipes.
I have been craving ALL THE FRUIT since I've been pregnant, so fruity summer desserts are totally my jam right now! I am obsessed with the flavors of this grilled strawberry shortcake. Toasty, buttery pound cake paired with sweet strawberries and light-as-air whipped cream makes for one heck of a summer treat! And if you're hosting friends for dinner on the grill, they're sure to be impressed when you toss slices of pound cake on the grill for dessert. From now on, I'm thinking all summer BBQs should include grilled desserts!
Pound Cake - While strawberry shortcake is traditionally made with sweetened biscuits, the buttery flavor and dense crumb of pound cake is perfect for grilling and makes an ideal base for this grilled shortcake recipe. Homemade or store-bought pound cake will both work perfectly in this recipe.
Fresh Strawberries - Red, juicy, in-season strawberries are the star of this recipe! Be sure to wash, dry, hull, and slice the strawberries before using them to top the grilled pound cake.
Whipped Cream - Whipped cream is a must for strawberry shortcake, and you can't beat the flavor of homemade whipped cream.
Step-by-Step Recipe Instructions
To be honest, this hardly counts as a recipe since it's so simple!
- Preheat your grill to a medium heat (about 350°F/177°C).
- Grill the pound cake slices to the desired toasty-ness.* Flip the slices so that they have grill marks on both sides.
- Top each grilled pound cake slice with sliced strawberries and a generous dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!
*NOTE: The time needed for grilling will vary by type of grill and temperature. I used a gas grill at a temperature between 350°F to 400°F and grilled the pound cake slices for about a minute and a half on each side. The goal is to add nice grill marks and a bit of toasted texture to the cake slices, so be careful not to overdo it.
This recipe would be spectacular with many different types of fruit, from berries (blackberries, blueberries, or raspberries) to stone fruits (especially peaches).
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This post was updated in June 2021 to include new recipe photos and additional recipe details.