For the topping use 2 cups of freshly whipped cream or frozen whipped topping with fresh strawberries
Preheat oven to 350F. Grease and flour 9-inch round baking pan.
In a medium bowl, combine sugar and lemon zest and mix with fingertips until moist and fragrant. In a large bowl, combine the flour, lemon sugar, baking powder and salt. In a medium bowl,combine the egg, buttermilk, butter, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir & Fold in strawberries. Pour.
Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
Top cooled cake with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Icing is not necessary on sides, especially if you are creating a 2 layer cake. Shortcake is supposed to be messy, right?