Turn Strawberry Shortcake Into Strawberry Healthycake

May 30, 2017   31 Comments

Have you ever made a traditional Strawberry Shortcake? Well, I have and the "shortcake" part calls for cream AND butter. Wowza!

Low Calorie Strawberry Shortcake

And, then, you add heavy whipped cream to the top of the dessert. It does taste amazingly good, but it turns an otherwise incredibly healthy food into a dessert disaster.

What to do?

Over on Facebook, a reader suggested using an Angel Food cake as a substitution for the shortcake and I thought that was an interesting idea. Angel Food cake is basically egg whites and sugar, so you get volume without too many calories.

Because I am super lazy, I purchased an Angel Food cake from my local Stop & Shop for $4.99. After I brought it home, I cut it in half and put one half into my freezer.

The label on the side of the cake said "8 Servings" but I decided it was more like "16 Servings" - this cake is LARGE. So, one slice of my new serving size is about 75 calories.

You can also bake your own which is pretty easy. I made low fat angel food cake last month and it was much more tasty than the store version (but not everyone has time for that).

Then, I used 1 pound of strawberries and mashed up about half of the berries (after washing and hulling them) and just tossed them into a plastic container. I didn’t add any sugar because they tasted sweet to me.

At dessert time, I poured my "no added sugar" concoction onto the "almost entirely" sugar Angel Food cake and waited for my children to complain that it wasn't sweet enough.

Guess what? They liked it! The cake added all the sweetness that was necessary to be dessert - and my children inhaled a ton of strawberries.

If you have a bit more time try my strawberry rhubarb compote in the slow cooker. It is getting rave reviews!

Watch the video on how to make healthy strawberry shortcake here:

What did you think?

Did it make you want to try it? Please share your favorite way to enjoy strawberries.

Strawberry Healthycake Recipe

2.5 from 2 reviews

(8 servings)

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1/2 15-ounce Angel Food Cake (store made)
1 pound strawberries
whipped cream, optional


Slice 8 slices of cake and place on plates. Wash, hull, and chop strawberries into small pieces. Mash 1/2 of them in a bowl with a potato masher. Mix in the strawberry pieces and divide into 8 servings onto the cake.

Add whipped cream and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

For one serving without whipped cream: 115 calories, 0.6 g fat, 26.4 g carbohydrates, 13 g sugar 2.5 g protein, 3.3 g fiber, 201 mg sodium, 5 SmartPts

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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This is how I grew up thinking about shortcake. My mom always used angel food, and I didn't know that an actual "shortcake" was something entirely different until a year or two ago. I love both ways but use the angel cake most often since its healthier, and "just like mom made"

on June 27, 2011

I love angel food cake! Am I the only one who thinks strawberries are super-sweet anyways?

on June 27, 2011

My daughter and I eat this all summer long. It's delicious and bonus - neither one of us like shortcake!

on June 27, 2011

I've eaten it that way for years and I actually like it better than traditional shortcake. It has a nice tang to it!

on June 27, 2011

So simple, even I couldn't screw this up!

on June 27, 2011

Thanks for this! My family love strawberry shortcake and this is so much better for them. I'm sorry I never thought of it. I will be trying it!

on June 27, 2011

I've never liked the pound cake type either.

on June 27, 2011

This is one of those treats I have so rarely that I would go for my fave, calories and all, and I prefer shortcake over poundcake or angel food. I love the texture and flavor of the shortcake so much more, it's worth it.

on June 27, 2011

angelfood cake is the best but you could also do a variation w/ sugar free vanilla meringues! less calories & lots of protein!

on June 27, 2011

We have also always made it this way. The angel food cake is so much lighter and has a better flavor. I do usually add the whipped cream though!

on June 27, 2011

To make the shortcake "saucier" blend 1/2 of the berries into a puree and then pour over the top of the remaining berries and cake. Deelish!

on June 27, 2011

I like angelfood cake better too... although I do also add whipped light cream and I like balsamic vinegar with strawberries so I would marinate them in that first.

on June 27, 2011

Oh wow! I've learned something new today - I always thought it was supposed to be angel cake, too! I've never had it differently and I wouldn't dare think of changing it. We get these packages of four small, round angel food cake helpings that are slightly indented in the middle. Then we fill that hole with a huge scoop of strawberries and a dollop of low-cal, low-fat whipped cream! It's mine, my husband's, and our kids' favorite dessert!

on June 27, 2011

Strawberry Angelfood Shortcake sounds DIVINE and a great dessert for entertaining. I would add a TINY SPLOOSH of agave nectar to my berries though, and top off the whole yummy creation with Greek yogurt mixed with mushed up ripe banana. Okay, now I'm drooling. Can salivation short out a netbook? LOL

on June 27, 2011

@Whitney, That's EXACTLY what we did too. So delicious, and healthy!

on June 29, 2011

I marinate strawberries with a splash of balsamic vinegar and serve over slices of homemade angel food cake. We prefer the lighter texture of angel food cake to the traditional short cake.

on July 5, 2011

My family always used my grandmother's homemade tea bicuits and real whipped cream instead of a cake. Its a real taste of childhood summer for me. Try it!

on July 6, 2011

I love Angel Food cake. We make strawberry angel food cake by buying a package of angel food cake mix and stirring in a can of strawberry pie filling. YUM, YUM!!!

on August 9, 2011

@Sparkina- YUM! This is what I knew strawberry shortcake to be.

on April 26, 2012

I use angel food cakes for most of my summer deserts. I cut them in chunks, mix w/ fruit and non fat cool whip/ mixed w/ fat free pudding, YUM. For my strawberry shortcakes I use the same ingredients, except I cook the strawberries a little to release the nat. sugars and make a nice jucy mix. then I top with fat free cool whip(0 pts.)You can even make a pudding mix using the pudding and whipped cream and top with that. Sometimes I do chocolate pudding mixed with whipped cream, strawberry and choc. heaven:)

on April 27, 2012

This has always been my birthday cake. For a little added treat, dribble chocolate syrup and add a dollop of whipped cream :)

on April 18, 2013

I have been using Angel Food Cake with Strawberries for years. My whole family loves it!!!

on April 26, 2013

I use Angel food cake and with the strawberries I use raw honey and slightly mash them to get that syrup and I use non dairy whip topping super tasty.

on April 2, 2016

When I was growing up, strawberry shortcake was usually served in those indented sponge cake things or a homemade biscuit with whipped cream on top. I noticed that there is no additional sugar added to the berries. Too often many people do this to make the berries sweeter, but I prefer my fruit "naked" (without sugar) and my watermelon now unsalted.

on August 1, 2016

Love this! I add a little lemon zest and a tiny drizzle of honey to the strawberries then let them sit before topping. Absolutely delicious!

on May 30, 2017

When my mom, aunt, and grandmother prepared strawberries, after cleaning and hulling they would mash and add sugar. I finally tried some one day without sugar and love the bare taste. The best addition for me to strawberries is blueberries and a few tablespoons of good yogurt.

on May 30, 2017

I have used this as my go to dessert for many years. If I want to get truly decadent I add chocolate syrup. Angel food cake is also good with other fruits as well and now that summer is here try grilling fruit before topping your angel food cake Yum

on May 30, 2017

Looks good lisa, I usually buy the ready made little cups with the indent in them.

I love your videos, but am I the only one having trouble playing it? It starts and then just stops. Maybe it is just my computer..

on May 30, 2017

Thank you lisa, for sending the other link over to me , I was able to view with no problems..

on May 30, 2017

Yes!!! This is the strawberry shortcake I grew up on. My mom was pretty wise about how to bake and supply us with treats that were not fat laden and over the top as calories may go. Admittedly, I love the biscuits and berries and cream, but your recipe took me back to some good old memories!! Yum! I add that THIS is the strawberry shortcake my hubby likes best.

on May 31, 2017

Have made or purchased angel food cake and used strawberries and blueberries on top. Also have made a lower fat tiramisu using angel food cake.

on July 17, 2017

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