Layered Strawberry Dessert With Ladyfingers and Cream

Strawberries, Cream and Ladyfinger Dessert

The Spruce / J.McGavin

Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Bake cookies ahead: 40 mins
Total: 60 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
898 Calories
50g Fat
104g Carbs
13g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 898
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 64%
Saturated Fat 30g 148%
Cholesterol 286mg 95%
Sodium 140mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 104g 38%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 56g
Protein 13g
Vitamin C 162mg 811%
Calcium 154mg 12%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 777mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Ripe, red strawberries are fine on their own, but pair them with cream and homemade ladyfingers and you have a recipe for success. This is a dessert almost no one can pass up. 

Note: If you don't have time for homemade cookies you can use store-bought but you might want to brush them with some liqueur such as Cointreau, orange juice, or just sugar water to soften them a bit.


  • 1 pound fresh strawberries

  • Confectioners' sugar, to taste

  • 1 cup orange juice concentrate, to taste

  • 16 to 24 ladyfingers, depending on appetite

  • 2 cups whipping cream

  • 2 tablespoons whipped cream stabilizer, such as Dr. Oetker

  • Fresh mint, or lemon balm, for garnish

Steps to Make It

  1. Wash and hull the strawberries. Sort the best ones out (about half of them).

  2. Cut the imperfect ones into pieces and puree, then force through a sieve to make a smooth sauce. Flavor with sugar, stevia, orange juice or liqueur to taste.

  3. Slice the best ones into 4 to 5 pieces per berry.

  4. Whip the whipping cream until stiff, using the whipped cream stabilizer according to directions (optional) and adding sugar or stevia to taste.​
    Whipped cream stabilizer will help the whipping cream hold its shape when piped through a decorator bag and up to 48 hours. This dessert will taste just as nice if no stabilizer is used, but will not look quite as fancy.

  5. Place the whipped cream in a decorator bag with a star tip (see step-by-step with photos here).

  6. Spread some sauce on an individual serving plate.

  7. Place two or three ladyfingers on top of the sauce.

  8. Pipe whipped cream around the edges in a pretty design.

  9. Layer the dessert with slices of strawberries.

  10. Pipe more whipped cream on top of the strawberries and lay two or three more ladyfingers on top, like a sandwich.

  11. Decorate the top of the dessert with whipped cream, strawberries, and fresh mint. Dust with powdered sugar.