Strawberry Shortcake

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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!

Ready-to-eat Strawberry Shortcake with strawberry sauce being drizzled on top.

The Best Strawberry Shortcake

If I’m left to pick out a dessert, I’ll always go for chocolate (namely Chocolate Cheesecake), but after being married for 8 years to a fruity-dessert-obsessed husband (this apple pie is his favorite), 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.

Lemon zest and other dry ingredients being added to a bowl for Strawberry Shortcake.


  • Flour: Measured by spooning and leveling, not scooping.
  • Cornstarch: For softer biscuits.
  • Lemon or orange zest (Optional): Adds a fresh citrus flavor.
  • Sugar: For sweetness to your strawberry shortcake.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, and salt: Leavening agents and flavor enhancement.
  • Nutmeg (Optional): A hint of spice.
  • Heavy cream and buttermilk: Chilled, for richness and tanginess.
  • For the Strawberry Shortcake filling: We use strawberries, granulated sugar, heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla!

Butter being cut into the flour; wet ingredients being added to the dry for Strawberry Shortcakes.

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.

Dough cutter making a circle in the dough-- for the perfect biscuit.

Tips For Success

  • Keep Everything Cold: Chill flour, freeze cut butter, and use cold wet ingredients. Cold dough equals better biscuits.
  • Cut Biscuits Correctly: Press the biscuit cutter straight down without twisting for proper rise and firm edges.
  • Minimal Kneading: Stop kneading as soon as the dough comes together. Some lumps are fine and keep the dough cold.
  • Monitor Baking Time: Watch biscuits in the oven to avoid overbaking.
  • Rest Baked Biscuits: Let them stand on the sheet pan for 5 minutes after baking for complete cooking inside.
  • Fold Dough for Layers: Fold dough 4-6 times for flaky layers, but don’t confuse this with kneading.
  • Shape Dough by Hand: Avoid a rolling pin; hand-shape the dough into a rectangle.

Heavy cream and coarse sugar being added to the tops of these biscuits before being baked.

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.

Ready-to-eat Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream on top and a fork on the side of the plate.


  • Leftovers: Store cooled biscuits in an airtight bag in the fridge. Keep strawberries and whipped cream in separate airtight containers. Best if eaten within a day.
  • Freezing Biscuits: Wrap cooled biscuits individually in plastic wrap, then place in a freezer-safe bag or container. They can be frozen for 2-3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight and add your strawberry shortcakes toppings.

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Strawberry Shortcake

5 from 6 votes
The ultimate Strawberry Shortcake: 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!
Ready-to-eat Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream on top and a fork on the side of the plate.
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Strawberry Shortcake

Ready-to-eat Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream on top and a fork on the side of the plate.
5 from 6 votes
The ultimate Strawberry Shortcake: 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!
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
Chelsea Lords
Calories 503kcal



  • 1 pound fresh, washed strawberries tops removed and thinly sliced
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar


  • 1/2 teaspoon loosely measured lemon or orange zest, optional
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups white all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg, optional
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, COLD, cut into small cubes
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons heavy cream, cold, divided
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk, cold
  • 1-2 tablespoons white sparkling sugar optional

Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • PREP: 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.


Nutrition Facts

Calories: 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

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  1. 5 stars
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Strawberry Shortcake! I can’t wait to try the shortcake recipe! Homemade is BEST! Thank you!

  2. I was raised using the packaged shortcake. When I married, my mother-in-law showed me their secret recipe which uses a giant homemade biscuit sliced and covered with butter, then a layer of sliced strawberries covered in sugar. Place the top piece of biscuit on and repeat butter, strawberries, sugar then top it off by pouring a can of evaporated milk over entire dish. It is amazing
    I am excited to try this recipe on my family

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