Strawberry-Lime Shortcakes with Coconut Cream

I thank my husband for unknowingly inspiring the creation of this recipe. One day while he was at work he emailed me this link to a resort in Mexico. Suddenly I was whisked away in a day-dream, sitting on a beach with warm sand on my toes while sipping a Piña Colada. Before I knew it, the strawberry shortcakes I had planned for dessert that night morphed into this tropical version in my head. I love lime and coconut together, and I love strawberry shortcake (who doesn’t?) So this was the perfect combo to me. It got rave reviews from my official taste-test crew (my husband, my son, and my sister) so I thought I’d share it with you all as well. It’s super easy and it’s a fun variation on a classic that everyone loves. Perfect for warm summer days!

Like a normal strawberry shortcake, you start with fresh sliced strawberries:

Add some sugar:
And the twist: fresh lime juice:
Let those sit and macerate and soon you’ll have strawberries with a sweet, lime-spiked syrup:
And you can’t have strawberry shortcake without whipped cream so while the berries are sitting, whip up your cream.  The secret to this version is that it is not only and sweetened with sugar and vanilla, but coconut extract too!
Last but not least you’ll need toasted coconut for a finishing touch. See this post for details, it’s quick and easy to brown coconut in the oven and it will be nice and toasty like this:
Now just layer all of the ingredients onto either store-bought or homemade angel food or pound cake and ta-da! The yummiest twist on strawberry shortcake you’ll ever have.


  1. I’ll have you know my mother called me and said, “So do you guys want to come over for dinner? For dessert I’m making strawberry shortcake that’s on The Daily Bite.” You guys are a hit! I’m proud to call you my friends. lol.

  2. Hahaha, Carly! 🙂 Thanks, Carly’s mom!

    Sara, those look SO good! I’m making ice cream this weekend and I have a cup of whipping cream left over, so take a wild guess what I’m going to do with it! (That would be strawberry shortcakes…get your minds out of the gutter!)

  3. I’m feeling a moment of inspiration here… Kate, you should make coconut ice cream and put it on the strawberry shortcakes…mmmm.

  4. Your presentations are beautiful!! Unfortunately with our busy schedules with base/softball I haven’t had much time to cook, but I love checking your blog out! So imformative.

  5. I found your blog through Rhead & Write (I think). Just wanted to say I enjoy your receipe selection and step by step pictures and guidelines. So thank you!

  6. Just needed to add that I’ve actually been to that place in Cabo. Funny, I remember a lot more people there that weren’t as “pretty”. Thank you for this site! I’m a huge baker, but need some help making things that don’t include butter, chocolate chips, brown sugar, etc. Love you Sara!

  7. i had 5 boys in my living room that needed re-directing to the great outdoors, but i was going to "quickly" print out a couple of your recipes before i shooed them out.
    well, one recipe led to another, then another! i kept following your links to more goodies, and i still have all those boys inside after WAY TOO LONG! now i've just saved them to print out later (so i don't lose my mind with all the rambunctiousness – is that a word?)
    btw, i have NEVER in my internet life bookmarked so many pages on one website! Thank you AGAIN!
    lisa in texas

    p.s. for my first time ever, also, i am sending info about your yummy site to all my friends!

  8. If you are making the RSS readers come to the site because of ad revenue, I'd much rather see an add in the RSS feed than have to come to the site. I use reader to save the recipes I like. Although that may not be possible in Blogger.

    If it is for another reason, I'd be open to hearing it.

  9. Hi Matt,

    I understand what you're saying, but it's not at all for ad revenue. It's just because this is a post that has already been posted to the blog (2 years ago) and was edited and re-posted yesterday. When we re-post something it doesn't show up on the feed, so we're just letting our subscribers know that there's something here! That's all. We only do re-features every once and a while so we like to give our subscribers a heads-up when it happens since they won't see anything in their feeds. That's all 🙂

  10. Wow such a creative twist on an old favorite. I love lime and coconut together and I'm sure they go perfectly with the strawberry coconut. Can't wait to try this one out!

  11. Funny enough, Strawberry Shortcake was on the menu last night and I made a couple last minute changes to morph it into this A-MAZ-ING dessert. I will never make plain ol' Strawberry Shortcake again. It's back on the menu this weekend and I'm looking for other excuses to make it again!!

  12. Hi Sara,

    Thanks for the response. Great reason too. I haven't been following for two years, and I'm glad I got to see yesterday's recipe.

    I appreciate being exposed to content I wouldn't otherwise have seen and you taking the time to respond.


  13. My sister made this on Sunday and brought it over still warm from the oven. I don’t know if it was because it was Fast Sunday and this is what we broke the fast with, but it was a-maz-ing! She started with the Sour Cream Pound Cake recipe in your book and oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-was it ever good! She’s probably made almost 1/2 of your recipes from the cookbook at this point, and none have disappointed! Lucky for me she only lives one street away so I get to taste everything she’s made 🙂

  14. This is so good that I enjoyed it three times this week 🙂 Speaking from someone that usually require chocolatey desserts, that is saying a lot! Thanks for the awesome recipe.

  15. You gals are freaks of nature. Really. How do you come up with your ideas? I think there must be some different wiring going on in your brains. This is now my favorite cake!!!! Also the left over whip cream and coconut is amazing on fresh peaches. I think I need to implement a lot harder exercise routine, we can’t keep from cooking.

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