Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Jul 20, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Jun 26, 2019 | By: Julie Blanner

An Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe – the quintessential summer dessert! This light and refreshing shortcake recipe is always crowd pleasing for a reason- and beautiful, too! Skip the mix and learn how to make the easiest, decadent Strawberry Shortcake from scratch, topped with whipped cream.

strawberry shortcake on a plate with a basket of strawberries in the background

I remember sitting outside on our front porch on beautiful summer afternoons with friends as a young child snacking on strawberries dipped in a bowl of sugar.

Not much has changed, as sugar covered strawberries are still one of my favorite indulgences. (I mean, have you tried my alcohol-soaked drunken strawberries?) Bonus if they’re served with whipped cream, of course.

While Strawberry Shortcake was my mom’s favorite dessert, until recently I never favored shortcake. I’m not sure why I would want to miss out on all the fun. 

Have you tried my fresh and fluffy strawberry bread and strawberry muffins? I’ve even got a strawberry recipe guide with over 20 recipes you’re going to LOVE! We love all things strawberries around here and I’m always thrilled to share the joy.

Why You’ll Love this Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Shortcakes are the perfect compliment to fresh strawberries and go together like peanut butter and jelly. They’re delicious a la carte, but together, they make the most amazing summer dessert!

It’s decadent, yet feels sweet, light and airy. It’s a quintessential summer dessert that everyone should have in their lineup.

Strawberry shortcakes on plates with gold forks stacked to the left

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Strawberry Shortcake Ingredients

The best Strawberry Shortcake is comprised of three main elements: biscuits, strawberries in syrup, and whipped cream.

Shortcakes

  • all purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • white granulated sugar
  • salt
  • heavy whipping cream

Strawberry Syrup

  • fresh strawberries sliced
  • white granulated sugar

Whipped Cream

  • vanilla extract – learn how to make your own vanilla extract!
  • heavy cream
  • powdered sugar to taste

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

  1. Prep – Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 8×8 baking dish.
  2. Make Strawberry Topping – Combine strawberries and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  3. Make Shortcakes – Combine dry ingredients. Gradually blend in heavy cream and vanilla.
  4. Bake – Bake and cut into desired shape.
  5. Make Whipped Cream – In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually add in powdered sugar until just combined.
  6. Assemble – Slice shortcake into squares or use a cookie or biscuit cutter to create shapes. Top with a scoop of whipped cream and strawberry topping.

Keep reading for more details about each element of the BEST strawberry shortcake!

A white plate with a small serving of strawberry shortcake, hand reaching in with whipped cream

Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits

Want to know a secret? This strawberry shortcake recipe doesn’t include shortening. It’s made with heavy cream to give it the most incredible texture.

I dare you not to taste the “batter” right out of the bowl. Top it with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and sugar covered strawberries and you have the quintessential summer dessert.

It’s so quick and easy, you can officially ditch the mix. Those little prepackaged shortcakes just don’t compare!

Strawberry shortcake biscuits have a hint of sweetness and crunch that is the perfect match to the strawberry and whipped cream topping.

A cutout strawberry shortcake biscuit, with a turquoise carton of strawberries behind.

I always love a beautiful cutout or biscuit cutter, so I bake it in a cake pan or casserole dish and use a ravioli cutter to press shapes. Cookie cutters also work well. Of course if you want to avoid waste you can simply slice your shortcakes.

Another alternative to making beautiful shortcakes is to drop the dough into greased cupcake tins. If you want to take it over the top, you can create cake layers using a little whipped cream in between.

If you choose to bake it in another dish, you’ll need to adjust baking time. When a toothpick inserted comes out clean, they’re ready to be transferred to a rack to cool.

A white baking dish filled with shortcake, hand reaching in with a cut out.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Of course, you can’t forget the whipped cream when making strawberry shortcake! While it may be tempting to just snag a can of pre-made whipped cream from the store, I urge you to make it from scratch.

Homemade whipped cream is so easy to make and comes together in just a couple of minutes.  You just whip the cream on high until stiff peaks form. Then, you blend in  powdered sugar.

As I just mentioned, you mix the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. I like to gradually increase the speed of my mixer. When you think it’s ready, turn the mixer off and lift the beater from the mixture. If it stays “up”, you have stiff peaks.

Keep in mind that you can over whip cream, so be sure to check it often once you think you’re getting close.

Strawberry shortcake serving on a white plate.

Strawberry Syrup

Learn How To Prepare Strawberries for Strawberry Shortcake!

The best part of this dessert? Obviously, it’s the incredibly juicy and sweet strawberries on top of the shortcake and whipped cream. To ensure the perfect combination of sweet and juicy, here’s a foolproof method to go by:

A few hours before serving, you should macerate the strawberries and let them chill in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve.

Macerating is a method of placing cut strawberries into a bowl, topping them with sugar, and pushing the juice out the strawberries with a potato masher, or a fork. This method allows the strawberry juice to mix with the sugar to create a syrupy juice mixed in with the strawberries.

You’ll be in heaven when you top the shortcake with this mixture and the juices soak into the biscuit. It’s honestly life changing!

Strawberry shortcake on a white plate, turquoise box of fresh strawberries in background, gold flatware to the side.

Strawberry Shortcake Biscuits or Sponge Cake?

There will always be the debate of biscuits versus cake when choosing the base for a strawberry shortcake recipe. No matter which you choose, you’ll come out with an amazing summer dessert, but in my opinion, biscuits are the way to go.

The biscuits offer just a touch of  sweetness and make an amazing base for sugar-coated strawberries.

Not to mention, the biscuits are great for cutting into different shapes with your favorite cookie or biscuit cutter. You can make this Strawberry Shortcake Recipe from scratch with very little effort.

Strawberry shortcake on a white plate, turquoise box of fresh strawberries in background, gold flatware to the side.

How to Store Strawberry Shortcake

I love advocating for homemade toppings because more often than not, they are a quick and simple task that can save a lot of money. The only downfall is that homemade toppings don’t come with a convenient use-by date on the side.

Often, we are left guessing how long the food will last and when to toss it. However, gone are those days of guessing because here are some food perishability rules to live by for the next time you make strawberry shortcake.

  • Homemade whipped cream can be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2-3 days. It can be frozen for up to 2 months.
  • Macerated strawberries will be okay to use for 3-4 days after they are prepared. On the 5th day they can start to ferment, so you shouldn’t stretch it past 4 days.
Strawberry shortcake on a white plate, turquoise box of fresh strawberries in background, gold flatware to the side.

This Easy Strawberry Shortcake also makes a great dessert for picnics or gifting – I pack mine in a Weck jar and add a cute spoon on top! It’s so simple and pretty.

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Strawberry Shortcake

Julie Blanner
Strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summer dessert recipe. This light and refreshing easy shortcake recipe is simple to make and SO beautiful, too!
5 from 11 votes
Prep Time 12 mins
Cook Time 22 mins
Total Time 34 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9
Calories 644 kcal

Ingredients
  

Strawberry Syrup

  • 3 1/2 cups strawberries sliced
  • 2/3 cup sugar

Shortcakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Whipped Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 – 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees and grease 8×8 baking dish.

Strawberry Topping

  • Combine strawberries and sugar in a small mixing bowl. Refrigerate covered until ready to serve. A syrup will develop over time.

Shortcakes

  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  • Gradually blend in heavy cream and vanilla until combined and no longer crumbly.
  • Bake 22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Whipped Cream

  • In a medium mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Gradually add in powdered sugar until just combined.

Assemble

  • Slice shortcake into squares or use a cookie or biscuit cutter to create shapes. Top with a scoop of whipped cream and strawberry topping.

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Notes

  • Try using different shaped cookie cutters to match the occasion – hearts, stars, easter eggs, etc… 
  • Add different fruits with the strawberries for a mixed berry flavor –  blueberries will make a cute patriotic looking dessert. 
  • Top with your favorite ice cream for an extra sweet treat. 

To Store

  • Shortcakes – Up to 5 days refrigerated in an airtight container. Store at room temperature in an airtight container up to 3 days.
  • Strawberry Syrup – Up to 4 days refrigerated in an airtight container.
  • Whipped Cream – Up to 48 hours refrigerated in an airtight container. Stir to refresh. Freeze up to 2 months.

Nutrition

Serving:1gCalories:644kcalCarbohydrates:81gProtein:5gFat:35gSaturated Fat:21gCholesterol:127mgSodium:198mgPotassium:275mgFiber:2gSugar:54gVitamin A:1367IUVitamin C:33mgCalcium:112mgIron:2mg
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