Super Simple Strawberry Shortcake: Lovin’ From the Oven

Min posted a wonderful Strawberry Shortcake recipe just last week, but my schedule this week demanded a quicker version. I saw this idea on someone’s blog earlier this week. I am embarrassed to say that I cannot remember whose. If you recognize this, please let me know in the comments so I can give full credit.
This week, I am hosting a Betty Crocker/Safeway giveaway over at my blog. In conjunction with that giveaway, there is a cake mix sale at Safeway. $.69!!! When is the last time you saw named brand cake mix that cheap? There was also a BOGO sale on strawberries. And I had a $25 gift card. You can see where I am heading with this, right? I haven’t described myself as Frugal and Harried for nothing.
Super Simple Strawberry Shortcake:
1 yellow cake mix (or homemade yellow cake)
1 pint whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 1/2 – 2 pounds strawberries, sliced

Make cake as directed in a 9X13 pan. Be sure to greased the pan well. When the cake is cool, remove it from the pan and slice it through the middle so you have two layers. Whip the cream, adding the vanilla and sugar near the end (Note: does anyone else have a fear of turning their whipped cream into butter accidentally?) Put the bottom layer of cake back into the pan. Spread it with half of the now whipped cream and then top that with half of the strawberries. Place the top layer back into the pan and repeat.
Here is the neat part. The mess is now all in the pan and it slices fairly easily. The longer you wait before serving it, the more trifle like it will become as the cream and strawberries soak into the cake.

I am also hosting a yogurt maker giveaway this week, so feel free to visit and enter both giveaways!