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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

4.86 from 27 votes
My strawberry shortcake recipe combines an incredible sweet biscuit, sliced strawberries flavored with real vanilla, and topped off with rich whipped cream.
Strawberry Shortcake

Hi Bold Bakers!

In my opinion, you have not lived until you’ve made my homemade strawberry shortcake recipe. All of us know what strawberry shortcake is, but unfortunately I bet many of you have never had the pleasure of tasting the real deal, let alone making it from scratch. Let’s fix that!

My strawberry shortcake recipe combines an incredible sour cream-based sweet biscuit, filled with macerated sliced strawberries flavored with real vanilla, and of course it’s all topped off with a generous dollop of rich whipped cream. This combination of flavors and textures is a one way ticket to fruity dessert heaven! Lets go!

What is a shortcake?

Strawberry shortcake is not just a vanilla cake with whipped cream and berries, its a delicate combination of a homemade sweet biscuit, fresh sliced fruit swimming in its own juicy syrup and homemade whipped cream. While the flavor of a strawberry shortcake has been interpreted and replicated into so many different kinds of desserts, this one is the real deal. There is something so special about all the parts of this dessert. Starting with my shortcake recipe which is made in one bowl and by hand.

What is the difference between a biscuit and a shortcake?

There is something so special about all the parts of this dessert, starting with my shortcake recipe, which is gives you all the secrets to making a perfect pillow of layered dough.

The shortcake itself is sweeter than a biscuit, and even more rich and moist that a scone thanks to grated frozen butter and creamy sour cream. Once the shortcake is baked, the outside has a sweet crust and the inside is tender and chewy. This is the perfect base for fresh whipped cream and sweet berries.

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How do you macerate fruit for Strawberry Shortcake?

Macerating fruit sounds fancy and complicated, but it’s really just a process of adding sugar and sometimes extra flavor to fresh fruit to draw out their natural juices and create a syrup or sauce.

To make the macerated strawberries in my strawberry shortcake recipe, I simply slice strawberries into thin slices and sprinkle over a bit of sugar. I mix the sugar through and add in the seeds from a fresh vanilla pod. After all this sits together and macerates (similar to marinates) what you’re left with is soft berries and a lovely pink vanilla scented juice.

When spooned over the freshly baked shortcakes and covered in cream, the berries and sauce give this dessert its signature strawberry shortcake flavor.

Will this work with other berries or fruit?

While classic strawberry shortcake obviously features sliced strawberries, you can absolutely add other seasonal berries and fruit to your liking. To do this, just be sure to add them in at the same time as macerating the strawberries. This will ensure they develop the same flavor and give off their lovely juice which will add to the sweet sauce.

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Strawberry Shortcake

4.86 from 27 votes
My strawberry shortcake recipe combines an incredible sweet biscuit, sliced strawberries flavored with real vanilla, and topped off with rich whipped cream.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins
My strawberry shortcake recipe combines an incredible sweet biscuit, sliced strawberries flavored with real vanilla, and topped off with rich whipped cream.
Author: Gemma Stafford
Servings: 8


For the Strawberries:

  • 2 cups (16oz/450g) fresh strawberries, quartered
  • 1/2 cup (4oz/115g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups (16floz/450ml) heavy whipping cream , whipped

For the Shortcakes:

  • 2 large eggs , lightly beaten
  • 1 cup (8oz/225g) sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups (13oz/380g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup (2oz/57g) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 cup (6oz/170g) butter , frozen


  • Combine strawberries, sugar, and vanilla bean (or extract). Stir well and let stand 2 hours.
  • Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until it reaches soft peaks. Cover and chill.
  • Whisk together eggs, sour cream, and vanilla until blended.
  • Combine flour, sugar, salt and baking powder in a large bowl. Using the large side of a grater, grate the frozen butter directly into the dry ingredients. Stir to coat in flour mix. Frozen, grated butter gives lovely soft, fluffy texture to your shortcake.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened and forms a ball.
  • On a floured surface gently press down your dough to 1 inch thick. With a round cutter (I used 4" wide, but you can use smaller) cut out your shortcakes.
  • Glaze the tops of the scones with milk. Bake at 400oF (200oC) for 18-20 minutes or until golden.
  • Split shortcakes in half horizontally. Spoon about 1/2 cup berry mix and juice onto each shortcake bottom; top each with a rounded spoonful of chilled whipped cream, and cover with tops. Dust the shortcake with icing sugar to decorate.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Shortcake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 137mg6%
Carbohydrates 36g12%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 150g167%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 500IU10%
Vitamin C 2.5mg3%
Calcium 40mg4%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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1 year ago

I made this yesterday and it was fabulous! I was worried and the shortcakes since I dont have much luck with anything that has to be rolled and cut, my husband suggested going to the store and buying premade shells. I dont like those premade shells so I decided to give this a go. I’m so glad I did, they turned out great!

Rosalie Brown
Rosalie Brown
2 years ago

Pat the dough into “1” what? Add the salt, when? How many does it make?

2 months ago

I just made this today and oh boy it came out soooo good.

2 months ago

Hi Gemma, I tried making it and it turned out great! I’m just wondering if it is normal that there is a sour aftertaste that stays in the tongue for a bit. Or I just miss a step in the process.

2 months ago

Hi Gemma: Do you sweeten the whipped cream after you whip it?

2 months ago

Hi Gemma..what is the substitute for eggs?

3 months ago

Hi Gemma, can I change the strawberries with another fruit ? If yes please suggest me some.. And I was wondering how can I store these , should I keep them in the fridge or freeze them ?

3 months ago

If selling a house, the owners should bake a batch of these prior to showing as they smell absolutely amazing when baking. The aroma that filled the house made our mouths salivate.

Leaps and bounds above anything bought or made from a mix. Worth the effort grating the frozen butter.

For a little decadence, I soaked the berries in a splash of Grand Marnier with a little sugar.

Another fantastic recipe. Thank you Gemma!

4 months ago

I baked these this morning for my cafe ! Absolutely amazing !

4 months ago

I found you browsing for recipes in Facebook and have been hooked ever since. Love your style and recipes, but this one is by far my favorite! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world!

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