Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe

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Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe – Awesome summer dessert made with crumbly biscuits that are filled with sweet strawberries and topped with homemade whipped cream.

top view of strawberry shortcakes topped with whipped cream and mint

Want to know how we celebrate the arrival of Spring?

Ta Daaaaahm! WITH Strawberry Shortcakes!

Easy Strawberry Shortcakes

This classic strawberry shortcake recipe has tender, homemade biscuits layered with sweet strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

This is how we welcomed the beautiful season of rebirth and renewal. The season that’s going to take away the winter blues and lead us on that path toward the long awaited sunshine of gorgeous summer days. ☀️ 

I am so excited to know that spring has finally arrived. Even if the weather outside is barely 40 degrees, I. don’t. care. It will get better. Soon.

assembling biscuits with strawberries and cream

The strawberries I picked up from the Farmers Market had to be used up somehow before they went bad, and the vote was between a strawberry trifle or a strawberry shortcake.

As you can see, the shortcakes won. The trifle can wait.

Besides, the strawberry trifle does not translate well on photos. I tried it once before and it was a disaster.

collage of step by step photos for how to make strawberry shortcakes

assembled strawberry shortcakes with homemade biscuits filled with whipped cream and macerated strawberries

HOW TO MAKE STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES

These strawberry shortcakes are pretty to look at and even better to eat.

  • I wanted to keep this recipe simple and traditional, thus, for the cakes, I made biscuits with a bit of flour, some cream cheese and orange zest. They are crumbly, slightly sweet, and all kinds of delicious. Yes, you can most definitely grab those yellow sponge-y store-bought rounds to make these shortcakes, but I prefer these buttery biscuit-like shortcakes.
  • The sliced strawberries sat in their juices with some sugar for about 30 minutes, but you can keep them in the fridge for up to 24 hours.
  • Then, there’s the whipped cream that comes out perfect each and every time BECAUSE, I chilled it for about 30 minutes before I whipped it with my mixer. That’s the secret – chill it before you whip it. 
  • FINALLY, we get to assemble the little cakes: Cut the biscuits in half. Then, top with some strawberries and a big ol’ dollop of whipped cream.
  • Cover with the other half of the biscuit. Add more whipped cream on top; garnish with sliced strawberries and fresh mint. 
  • Serve. OR refrigerate until ready to serve.

Three strawberry shortcakes desserts served on a pewter plate with a bowl of strawberries behind them

How to Make Ahead

  • Biscuits are best when just baked, but you can most definitely make the dough 1 day ahead. Store in the fridge until ready to use.
  • The strawberries can macerate for up to 24 hours in the fridge.
  • Homemade whipped cream can also be prepared a day in advance.

ENJOY!

Strawberry Shortcakes
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Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Refrigeration Time
30 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Awesome dessert with crumbly biscuits that are topped and filled with strawberries and whipped cream. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 286 kcal
Ingredients
For the Biscuits
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, cut in cubes
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon milk for brushing the tops
For the Strawberries
  • 1 1/2 pounds fresh strawberries , hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup sugar
For the Whipped Cream
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
Instructions
For the Biscuits:
  1. Preheat oven to 425.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and orange zest in a large bowl.
  3. Add in the cream cheese and mash it with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup of milk and form a dough.
  5. Flour hands and divide the dough into 8 balls.
  6. Place the dough balls 3 inches apart on a greased baking sheet or silpat.
  7. With a glass flatten the dough balls to 1/2 inch thickness and brush the tops with milk and sprinkle a bit of sugar on top.
  8. Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Take out the biscuits and allow them to cool down to room temperature.
  10. In the meantime prepare the strawberries.
For the Strawberries:
  1. Once you have cleaned and sliced them, take 1/3 of the strawberries and mash them with a potato masher.
  2. Add in the rest of the strawberries and pour in the sugar.
  3. Set aside for at least 20 minutes.
For the Whipped Cream:
  1. Meanwhile prepare the whipped cream by combining together the whipping cream, vanilla, and sugar.
  2. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. When chilled, beat the mixture until stiff peaks form.
For the Shortcakes:
  1. Assemble the shortcakes by cutting the biscuits in half.
  2. Place a tablespoon of the strawberry mixture on the bottom half of the biscuit and top with whipped cream.
  3. Cover with the top half of the biscuit, and top it with whipped cream and a few more strawberries.
  4. Serve immediately or put the cakes in the refrigerator until ready to use.
Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Shortcakes
Amount Per Serving (1 Shortcake)
Calories 286 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 9g45%
Cholesterol 57mg19%
Sodium 64mg3%
Potassium 303mg9%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 655IU13%
Vitamin C 50.3mg61%
Calcium 106mg11%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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51 Responses
  1. Gabby@foodchowdown

    I love your twist on Strawbery ShortCakes. I was just out in LA and had one of the best Strawberry ShortCakes ever at Toast. If only I had a bite of yours… 😉

  2. Imwaytoobusy

    I like the way you celebrate! These look amazing! My schedule has been crazy and I feel so out of the “blog loop”. You have great new recipes!

  3. Terra

    Gorgeous! I love that this recipe got kick off this wonderful time of the year. I am excited to make some shortbread soon, last year I made some with basil….YUM!
    Take care,
    Terra

  4. Kimberly(unrivaledkitch)

    I’m making these pronto! they are beautiful, i get side tracked for a week and come back and you’ve made a million things i want to eat all of them 🙂 I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  5. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    Oh my goodness does this make me excited for Spring to ARRIVE.

    Strawberry Shortcakes are such a wonderful blast from the past – I love your take on them.

    Thanks, as always for the lovely post, recipe and photography!!

  6. Celia

    You read my mind! I’ve been craving shortcake since strawberries started showing up in the store…Sadly, we aren’t getting local ones yet up here. Yours look so amazing and fresh.

  7. Claudia

    As a July baby – strawberry shortcake was always my birthday cake. Love the indivudal ones -a beautiful way to put spring on your table.

  8. Sandra@ Sandra's Easy Cooking

    I finally made it to your page..This looks so beautiful and delicious! Wow what a beautiful red color..I really love this one!

  9. Sprinkled With Flour

    These look like perfect strawberry shortcakes, and now I’m definitely in the mood for spring. I just want to take a huge bite now:)

  10. freshandfoodie

    These look awesome! Strawberry shortcake was my favorite dessert when I was a kid, but I don’t think I’ve had it in years. Now I have a craving!

  11. The Farmers Wife

    YUMMY!!! I love strawberry shortcake, and definitely do not make it often enough. I think these must be made as soon as I find some good strawberries!

  12. Shea

    LOVE your dough mix. Awesome recipe! I love serving strawberry shortcake to my family – best of both worlds; cake and fruit.

  13. Baking Serendipity

    This is the best way to welcome spring 🙂 Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite summer desserts and I am so excited to see it popping up on blogs again!

  14. Fran {The Flavorful Fork}

    I really shouldn’t be looking at this yummy looking dessert before dinner. My stomach is rumbling. I, too, am so excited that spring is arriving. This winter was a long and cold one. Happy Spring!

  15. Mateja

    Yum yum yum, can I please have one? These are simply wonderful, delicious, beautiful, and all th rest in superlatives! Thank you for sharing Kate 🙂

  16. Kimmy

    These are just beautiful… and mouthwatering. It makes me want to run home and defrost my strawberries from the summer and get to work!

  17. Elyse

    Aw I love these! They are so cute and look so yummy! Strawberry shortcake is definitely a great way to kick off spring… I just wish it would stop snowing where I am! Damn New England weather…

  18. Becky

    Your shortcakes are gorgeous. I love strawberries in any form, and strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing!

  19. Becky

    Your shortcakes are gorgeous. I love strawberries in any form, and strawberry shortcake is one of my favorites. Great pictures.

  20. kitchenarian

    Welcome Spring! I am ready for warm weather and some of this shortcake. It looks so delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

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