Home > Desserts > Cakes & Cupcakes > Strawberry Shortcake Strawberry Shortcake May 21, 2019 | 11 Comments SAVE TO RECIPE BOX Jump to Recipe This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy. The ultimate Strawberry Shortcake is a glorious mixture of tender and sweet homemade biscuits piled high with fresh whipped cream and juicy strawberries. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this dessert from scratch! I’m sharing an amazing strawberry shortcake recipe from scratch, all my tips and tricks to perfect biscuits, strawberry shortcake variations, and how to store leftovers. If I’m left to pick out a dessert, I’ll always go for chocolate (namely Chocolate Cheesecake), but after being married for (almost) 8 years to a fruity-dessert-obsessed husband, I’ve slowly become converted to fruit-filled desserts. Strawberry Shortcake is one of those desserts. With homemade biscuits (don’t worry, they’re easy!), fresh and plump strawberries, and perfectly soft and sweet whipped cream — I may just pick these over chocolate any day. Strawberry shortcake can be made so many different ways, but our favorite is with homemade biscuits. What is a Strawberry Shortcake? A traditional strawberry shortcake recipe generally includes a cake or slightly sweetened biscuit that’s baked, split into layers, and filled with macerated strawberry topping and whipped cream. QUICK TIP In baking terms, a shortcake was originally any cake that was high in fat, which was also known in general as shortening – hence the name. Shortcakes were a contrast to egg-based cakes like sponge cakes that didn’t use very much butter in their basic recipes. How to make Strawberry Shortcake Macerate strawberries. Toss sliced strawberries with sugar and set aside. This allows them to soften, become sweeter and form a syrup. Prepare the biscuits: While these biscuits aren’t overly complicated to make, check out the tips below, pay close attention to the instructions, and you’ll be successful! Whip the cream. Once the biscuits are mostly cooled, start the whipped cream. If you haven’t ever made whipped cream from scratch, it’s SO easy; I wrote a guide here: how to make whipped cream. Strawberry shortcake ingredients All-purpose white flour: Make sure to spoon and level the flour into the measuring cup (rather than scoop from the bag or canister) to avoid adding too much flour. Cornstarch: This helps keep these biscuits soft inside. Lemon or orange zest (optional): Biscuits aren’t generally flavored very strongly, but I love to brighten up my shortcakes with fruit zest (it’s so good with strawberries!). To do this, I massage freshly grated citrus zest into the sugar until the sugar is fragrant and steeped in lemon or orange oil. SO good! Granulated sugar Baking agents: Baking powder and soda plus salt for flavor enhancement Nutmeg (optional): It adds just a touch of delicious flavor! Heavy cream: Make sure to get full-fat, straight-from-the-fridge cream. Buttermilk: Again, full fat and straight from the fridge! This adds a slight tang and tenderness to the biscuits. For the Strawberry Shortcake filling: We use strawberries, granulated sugar, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla! Strawberry Shortcake tips Number 1 tip: Keep the butter and the dough as cold as possible! Chill the flour, freeze the butter after cutting it, and use wet ingredients straight from the fridge. The colder your dough, the better your biscuits will be. When cutting biscuits with a biscuit cutter press the cutter straight down — don’t swivel, shimmy, or shake it! This is important for how they rise. It creates firm edges in the dough that hold together. Go easy on the kneading. As soon as the dough comes together — STOP. A few bumps and lumps are good (really!). Remember, we want to keep the shortcake dough as cold as possible. The more you have your hands on the dough, the softer the butter will become. Watch the bake time. Keep an eye on your biscuits while they’re in the oven so they don’t overbake. Let baked biscuits stand. Once you pull out the biscuits from the oven, let them stand on the sheet pan for about 5 minutes without breaking into them. The residual heat and steam ensure the insides are fully baked through. For the best flaky layers in the shortcakes, we’ll fold the dough over itself multiple times (4-6 times); don’t skip this step! This is different from kneading. Don’t use a rolling pin. It will flatten your dough too much; instead, use your hands to work the dough into a rectangle. Use in-season strawberries. I don’t recommend using frozen or out-of-season strawberries for this recipe. For best flavor and texture, fresh is best. Shortcake FAQs What happens when you put sugar on strawberries? This process is called macerating — when you soften food by soaking it in a liquid. To macerate strawberries, we don’t add a liquid, but use sugar instead. The water from inside the strawberry and the sugar added on top combines on the outside of the fruit to cause the strawberries to soften and yield a syrup. Can you macerate strawberries overnight? While you can macerate strawberries overnight, I prefer and recommend making them the same day. If you are making them the night before, be sure to cover tightly and store in the fridge. That’s a long time for the berries to be sitting. Storage While we prefer these strawberry shortcakes the same day they are made, you can store leftovers. Package the (completely cooled) biscuits in an airtight bag and place them in the fridge. Store any leftover strawberries and whipped cream separately in airtight containers in the fridge. Leftovers are best eaten within a day. Can you freeze biscuits that are already baked? Yes! Wrap the completely cooled biscuits individually in plastic wrap, place in a freezer-safe bag or container, and then freeze. They should last for 2-3 months in the freezer. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight. Strawberry Shortcake variations Fold some lemon curd into the whipped cream for lemony shortcakes. For a large strawberry shortcake recipe, simply double quantities in the recipe card (to make 12). For strawberry shortcake made with Bisquick®, follow the recipe below for whipped cream and strawberries and the Bisquick recipe for biscuits. Try a different berry! Replace the strawberries with another berry you love such as raspberries or blackberries. Love balsamic vinegar? Try adding a touch to the macerated strawberries for a sweet-savory touch. More amazing dessert recipes Oatmeal Cookies (or Caramel Oatmeal Cookies) Carrot Cake best ever! Vanilla Cheesecake Bars with a berry sauce Fruit Tart miniature and delicious! 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Course Dessert Cuisine American Keyword strawberry shortcake, strawberry shortcake recipe Prep Time 1 hour Cook Time 15 minutes Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes Servings 6 strawberry shortcakes Calories 503kcal Author Chelsea, highly adapted from Taste of Home IngredientsStrawberries1 pound fresh, washed strawberries tops removed and thinly sliced3 tablespoons white sugarShortcakes1/2 teaspoon loosely measured lemon or orange zest, optional1/4 cup granulated sugar2 cups white all-purpose flour1 tablespoon cornstarch1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional1 tablespoon baking powder1/4 teaspoon baking soda3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt6 tablespoons unsalted butter, COLD, cut into small cubes1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream, cold, divided1/3 cup buttermilk, cold1-2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar optionalWhipped Cream1 cup heavy whipping cream3 tablespoons powdered sugar1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract InstructionsPREP: Measure out flour and place it in the fridge. Cut butter into small cubes and place in freezer. It's very important that the ingredients are as cold as possible.STRAWBERRIES: Thinly slice (cleaned, completely dried, and stems removed) strawberries. Place in a large bowl and add in 3 tablespoons sugar. Stir and set aside. Stir occasionally as you prepare the rest of this recipe.SHORTCAKES: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside. In a small bowl, add the 1/4 cup lemon or orange zest* and sugar. Rub the zest and sugar together with your fingers until the zest is broken down, fragrant, and ingredients are well integrated. (*Skip this step if not adding zest)Combine the (cold from the fridge) flour, cornstarch, sugar with zest, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl and mix to combine. Remove the frozen, cubed butter from the freezer and put right on top the dry ingredients. Using a pastry blender, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. (If you don't have a pastry blender, use two butter knives). Make a well in the center of this bowl.Pour 1/2 cup heavy cream and 1/3 cup buttermilk (straight from the fridge) into the well of prepared dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon to gently stir until combined. Do not overmix or overwork this dough.Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and use your hands to gently work the dough together. (If it's too sticky, add a little more flour, avoid adding too much more flour, as you'll get dense biscuits)Once the ingredients have formed a ball, fold the dough in half over itself. Gently flatten the dough to a wide rectangle (see picture) (flatten using hands, never a rolling pin). Rotate the dough 90 degrees and fold in half again. Flatten with your hands again. Fold in half, flatten, rotate the dough. Repeat this process for a total of 4-6 times, being careful to not overwork the dough or make it too warm. It should always remain as cold as possible.Now, flatten the dough to 1-inch thick and lightly dust a 2 and 3/4-inch round biscuit cutter with flour. Making close cuts, pressing the biscuit cutter straight down into the dough (don't twist or swivel it) and then place the cut out biscuit on the prepared baking sheet.Repeat until you have cut out as many biscuits as possible and place them less than 1/2-inch apart on a prepared baking sheet. Once you have cut as many biscuits as possible out of the rectangle of dough, gently re-work the dough to 1-inch thickness to get out another biscuit or two until you have 6 biscuits.Brush with additional 2 tablespoons heavy cream and sprinkle generously with white sparkling sugar (or use granulated sugar if you don't have any). Place the pan with the biscuits in the fridge for 20 minutes.Bake in a preheated oven at 425 degree F for 15-20 minutes or until tops and bottoms of shortcakes are a light golden brown and shortcakes are cooked through. Remove from the oven and let stand (without breaking them apart) for 5-10 minutes.WHIPPED CREAM: Combine 1 cup heavy cream, 3 tablespoons powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large bowl.Using an electric mixer, beat ingredients on low speed until combined. Gradually increase the speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. Watch carefully to avoid over-beating, which will cause the cream to break.ASSEMBLY: Slice the cooled shortcakes in half (fine if they are still warm, just not hot) and place the bottom half (cut side up) on a plate. Top with a generous spoonful of whipped cream, strawberries, and the other half of the biscuit. Spoon a little bit of whipped cream on top of the top biscuit. Serve as soon as assembled. Video Nutrition FactsCalories: 503kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 604mg | Potassium: 247mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 1001IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 210mg | Iron: 2mg We do our best to provide accurate nutritional analysis for our recipes. Our nutritional data is calculated using a third-party algorithm and may vary, based on individual cooking styles, measurements, and ingredient sizes. Please use this information for comparison purposes and consult a health professional for nutrition guidance as needed. DID YOU MAKE THIS RECIPE? I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or leave me a comment below.