Strawberry Shortcake

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  • Strawberry Shortcake is the quintessential summer dessert recipe. This light and refreshing easy shortcake recipe is simple to make and SO beautiful, too!

    Strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summer dessert recipe. This light and refreshing easy shortcake recipe is simple to make and SO beautiful, too!

    Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

    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. Bonus if they’re served with whipped cream.

    The Best Strawberry Shortcake – The Perfect Summer Dessert

    While one of my mom’s favorite desserts was strawberry shortcake, I could do without the shortcake, until recently. I’m not sure why I would want to miss out on all the fun.

    Shortcakes are the perfect compliment to fresh strawberries and go together like PB&J. Yeah, they’re good on their own, but together, they make a fabulous strawberry shortcake.

    Strawberry shortcake - the quintessential summer recipe and dessert!

    An Easy Shortcake Recipe You Won’t be Able to Resist

    Want to know a secret? This strawberry shortcake recipe doesn’t include shortening. Instead, it’s made with heavy cream. I dare you not to taste the “batter”. Top it with a dollop of whipped cream and sugar covered strawberries and you have the quintessential summer dessert.

    Quick and easy shortcake recipe

    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 have just the right amount of sweetness, that it’s not an overload of sweet once you add the sugar-coated strawberries.

    Not to mention, the biscuits are great for cutting into different shapes with your favorite cookie or biscuit cutter. This recipe makes homemade cooking easy!

    Strawberry shortcake - the quintessential summer recipe and dessert!

    Making Your Own 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 premade whipped cream from the store, I urge you to hold off.

    Homemade whipped cream is so easy to make and comes together in just a couple of minutes. All it takes is whipping the cream on high until stiff peaks form, then mixing in some powdered sugar.

    Checking for stiff peaks is as easy as stopping the mixed and lifting the beater from the mixture. If the mixture comes up with the beater and stays up on its own without falling back into itself, you know 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 - the quintessential summer recipe and dessert!

    How To Prepare Strawberries for Strawberry Shortcake

    Obviously, the best part of this dessert is 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 - the quintessential summer recipe and dessert!

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    Strawberry shortcake - the quintessential summer recipe and dessert!

    Tips for Refrigerating Homemade Toppings

    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.

    So we are left guessing how long the food will last, and when to toss it, but gone are those days of guessing because here are some food perishability rules to live by.

    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.

    The best strawberry shortcake recipe with fresh whipped cream in just 15 minutes!

    Don’t Stop At Just Strawberry Shortcake

    Strawberries are the best in the summer, so take full advantage of the perfectly sweet fruit this season and check out my other strawberry recipes too!

    If you loved this recipe, be sure to check out some of my other favorite summer dessert recipes!

    Easy Summer Tiramisu 

    No Churn Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream

    Easy Fruit Pizza Recipe 

    No-Bake Banana Split Dessert 

    Mandarin Orange Cake

    Easy Strawberry Shortcake

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

    The best strawberry shortcake recipe with fresh whipped cream in just 15 minutes!
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    Strawberry Shortcake Summer Dessert

    Strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summer dessert recipe. This light and refreshing easy shortcake recipe is simple to make and SO beautiful, too!
    Course Dessert
    Cuisine American
    Keyword 4th of July, cake, easter, easy dessert, entertaining, gift, memorial day, mothers day, summer, valentines day
    Prep Time 12 minutes
    Cook Time 22 minutes
    Total Time 34 minutes
    Servings 9
    Author Julie Blanner

    Ingredients

    • 3 1/2 c strawberries sliced
    • 2/3 c sugar
    • 2 c flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/4 tsp baking soda
    • 3 Tbsp sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 c heavy cream
    • 2 tsp vanilla
    • 2 c heavy cream
    • 2 - 2 1/2 c powdered sugar {your preference}

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
    2. Combine strawberries and ⅔ c sugar and refrigerate until ready to serve.
    3. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
    4. Using a mixer, blend in heavy cream and vanilla until combined and no longer crumbly. Bake in an 8x8 dish 22 minutes and allow to cool.
    5. Meanwhile, beat heavy cream until fully whipped. Gradually add in powdered sugar.
    6. Using a cookie cutter, cut shortcakes, top with a scoop of whipped cream and glazed strawberries.

    Recipe 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. 

     

    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.

    Nutrition Facts
    Strawberry Shortcake Summer Dessert
    Amount Per Serving (1 g)
    Calories 0
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
    entertaining expert and lifestyle blogger Julie Blanner
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