This is a towering strawberry shortcake done in "stacked cake" style--five layers of pastry are baked one at a time in an iron skillet, cooled, then layered with cream and berries. Time consuming? Yes. Delicious? Yes.
Better have a plan for the leftovers if you can't get through this cake in a sitting: it doesn't keep well after it's been put together. I ran the last section of ours down the road to Chuck, who was out on a 35-mile bike ride after spending the day painting the back side of my house.