Strawberry Shortcake

Make this easy strawberry shortcake and impress your friends. Macerate fresh strawberries in sugar and spoon over tender biscuits, then top with whipped cream. It'll be your go-to strawberry shortcake recipe!

Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Elise Bauer

What better way to conjure up memories of the joys of youth than strawberry shortcake? Strawberry shortcake is one of the easiest desserts to prepare, a perfect finish to a family meal or for serving a large group of people, because it scales so easily.

Video: How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

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How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

To make strawberry shortcake, all you have to do is toss sliced fresh strawberries in sugar, and let them set for a bit to macerate. The sugar will draw moisture out of the strawberries and dissolve to make a syrupy sauce. Serve the strawberries over white cake or biscuits, and top with whipped cream.

Cake or Biscuits?

Do you like your shortcake with cake or biscuits? I'm from the camp that insists that strawberry shortcake is made with a biscuit, not a cake.

Growing up we always made the shortcake biscuits with Bisquick baking mix, but now I just make biscuits from scratch, it's easy!

homemade strawberry shortcake on biscuit
Elise Bauer

The biscuit recipe I've included here is adapted from one I pulled from Fine Cooking magazine years ago. The original recipe used a cup and a half of cream in addition to one and a half sticks of butter, which I think is a little over the top. In this recipe, I'm using mostly milk with a little bit of cream (and the butter).

Biscuits with Butter, Milk, and Cream

The butter, milk, and cream combo produces a beautifully tender, flaky biscuit, perfect for serving with the strawberries.

One of the things I've learned over the years making strawberry shortcake is that you always want more. It's easy enough to macerate more berries, but once you run out of the biscuits? It's a mega bummer. So for this recipe we are making a batch of 9 biscuits. Good enough for 6 people, plus more for seconds!

My father wouldn't forgive me if I didn't include a link for making his favorite Bisquick biscuits, for those of you who prefer this classic. We also have gluten-free biscuits for those who don't want to give up strawberry shortcake just because they're avoiding gluten, and delicious dairy-free vegan drop biscuits made with coconut oil and almond milk.

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How to Make Strawberry Shortcake in Advance

We recommend baking shortcake just before you serve it, but if you need to work ahead of time, try this.

  • Make the biscuits up to a day ahead. Cool, then store in an airtight container. Reheat the biscuits in the microwave, one at a time, for 5 to 10 seconds.
  • Wash and cut the strawberries up to a day ahead; refrigerate. About 20 minutes before serving, add the sugar and macerate the strawberries.
  • You can make the whipped cream up to an hour ahead of time. Refrigerate it in an airtight container until you're ready to serve.

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From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

Strawberry Shortcake

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Servings 6 to 9 servings

I updated the biscuit recipe to use less cream. If you liked the original, use 1 1/2 cups of heavy whipping cream in place of the 1 cup of milk and 1/4 cup of cream.

Ingredients

Strawberries:

  • 3 pint baskets fresh strawberries (about 6 cups)

  • 1/2 cup (100g) white granulated sugar for the strawberries

Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup (236ml) heavy whipping cream

  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

  • 2 drops vanilla extract

Biscuits:

  • 3 1/4 cups (455g) all-purpose flour, divided ( 3 cups and 1/4 cup)

  • 3 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder

  • 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 12 tablespoons (168g) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes

  • 1 cup (236ml) milk

  • 1/4 cup (60ml) heavy cream

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Method

Strawberries

  1. Prep the strawberries:

    Cut the stems away from the strawberries and discard. Cut the strawberries in half, and then in either quarters or thick slices.

  2. Macerate the strawberries with sugar:

    Put the cut strawberries into a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Start with 1/4 cup of sugar and then add up to another 1/4 cup depending on how sweet your strawberries are. Gently stir the strawberries until they are all coated with some sugar.

    Let sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes, until the berries soften and begin to release their juices.

    how to prepare strawberries for strawberry shortcake
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    easy strawberry shortcake with sugar coated strawberries
    Elise Bauer
  3. Mash some of the strawberries:

    After 20 minutes or so, mash about a quarter of the berries in the bowl with a potato masher and stir to mix.

    You don't want to mash all the berries, just enough of them for their juices. Let sit while you bake the biscuits.

    mashing strawberries for shortcake recipe
    Elise Bauer
  4. Bake the biscuits:

    Use the recipe below to bake the biscuits.

  5. Make the whipped cream:

    While the biscuits are baking, whip the cream using an electric mixer, adding a drop or two of vanilla and 2 teaspoons of powdered sugar. Cover with plastic and place in the refrigerator to chill until ready to serve.

    To serve, break up one biscuit per person into big pieces into a bowl. Ladle strawberries over the biscuit. Add a dollop of whipped cream.

Homemade Biscuits

  1. Stir the flour with dry ingredients:

    In a large bowl, vigorously whisk together 3 cups of the flour, the sugar, baking powder, and salt.

  2. Work in the butter:

    Cut the butter into the flour mixture, either using your fingers, a pastry cutter, a fork, or a food processor, until the largest pieces of butter are the size of peas.

  3. Add the wet ingredients:

    Stir together the milk and cream, add the vanilla extract. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the milk mixture into it.

    Mix with a fork or wooden spoon until the mixture is just combined. It should look rather shaggy. If it is too wet to work with, sprinkle some of the remaining 1/4 cup of flour over it. Gently knead by hand a few times to form a loose ball of dough, adding more flour if needed. It should be slightly tacky but not wet.

    add milk and cream to flour mixture for making strawberry shortcake biscuits
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    mix the strawberry shortcake biscuit dough
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  4. Chill the dough:

    Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and form it into an 8-inch square, about 3/4-inch to an inch thick. Place it on a parchment or silicone-lined baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap and chill for 20 minutes.

  5. Bake the biscuits:

    Heat the oven to 425ºF. Remove the dough from refrigerator. Cut the dough into 9 even squares and space them about 2 inches apart from each other on the baking sheet.

    Bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

    Makes 9 biscuits.

    the best biscuits for strawberry shortcake
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    homemade biscuits for strawberry shortcake
    Elise Bauer
  6. Serve:

    Split the biscuits, if you like, and top with the macerated strawberries and whipped cream.

how to make strawberry shortcake from scratch
Elise Bauer
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
529 Calories
27g Fat
66g Carbs
8g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 9
Amount per serving
Calories 529
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 16g 82%
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 446mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 68mg 342%
Calcium 219mg 17%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 308mg 7%
*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. In cases where multiple ingredient alternatives are given, the first listed is calculated for nutrition. Garnishes and optional ingredients are not included.