This Strawberry shortcake recipe has golden flaky buttermilk biscuits that are topped with sweet juicy strawberries and homemade whipped cream. These sweet biscuits are easy to make and perfect for juicy strawberries and whipped cream.
Skip the box mix and make strawberry shortcake from scratch with only a few simple ingredients in about 20-minutes!
When it comes to strawberry shortcake, we prefer a biscuit base. No-fuss with these buttermilk biscuits are easy to prepare and are scooped onto a sheet pan, rather than rolling out and cutting with a biscuit cutter.
Strawberry shortcake is the perfect dessert for potlucks, church homecoming, BBQ and summer picnics. Especially during peak strawberry season! This is exactly how both my mom and grandma made strawberry shortcake!
Why this recipe works
- Uses simple ingredients that are readily available at most grocery stores.
- Let’s you control the ingredients. No added coloring or preservatives.
- No fancy kitchen equipment or biscuit cutter needed.
- Perfect for strawberry season for a simple to make summer dessert.
- Easy to make drop biscuits that are made with only a few ingredients.
What you’ll need
- All-purpose flour– Use whatever brand of flour you love.
- Sugar – Sweetens these shortcake biscuits and draws out the natural juices from the strawberries.
- Baking powder & soda – Leaving agents that will make these shortcake biscuits rise.
- Buttermilk – Adds moisture and flavor to the biscuits. Should your local store not carry buttermilk, you can make it at home by adding 1 teaspoon white vinegar or lemon juice per cup of milk.
- Strawberries – Fresh strawberries are ideal- cut them in half or quarters and sprinkle with sugar in a bowl. Adjust the sugar based on how sweet or tart your strawberries are.
- Whipped cream – We make our own with heavy whipping cream and sugar, but you can also use store-bought whipped cream.
Old Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake is made with items you likely already have in your pantry and full of strawberry flavor. It’s one of my favorite summer desserts!
For the filling, mix the strawberry slices with granulated sugar in a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. This will help draw out the natural juices in the strawberries. I know you’re gonna love strawberry shortcake recipe as much as we do!
How to make Strawberry Shortcake
Step 1: In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, melted butter and buttermilk until a soft dough forms. Drop by the spoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
Step 2: Bake in a preheated 425 degree F oven.
Step 3: Split shortcakes with a knife and place in shallow bowls. Fill with strawberries and whipped cream.
Strawberry shortcake can be prepped ahead of time. Fix the berries and refrigerate them overnight. Strawberry shortcake biscuits can be made in one bowl and takes about 12-minutes to bake.
Shortcake is like a biscuit or scone that is slightly sweet. Shortcake is a crisp, crumbly cake made from butter.
Shortcake is typically made with flour, sugar, baking powder or baking soda, salt, butter and milk or buttermilk. The butter is cut into the dry ingredients until it resembles cornmeal. Liquid is added just until moistened.
I love using fresh or frozen strawberries for Strawberry Fruit Bars, which are just like an Outshine bar and homemade Strawberry Ice Cream.
More Summer Desserts
- Blackberry Pie
- Blackberry Hand Pies
- Peach Hand Pies
- Cherry Hand Pies
- Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
- Orange Dreamsicle Cake
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- 4 cups strawberries halved or quartered
- ¼-1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter melted
- 1 ¼ cups buttermilk
- 1 pint heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
- Mix the strawberries with the sugar in a medium bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed. This will help draw out the natural juices in the strawberries.
- Using a hand mixer on high speed, beat the heavy whipping cream with sugar until you get stiff peaks. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator.
- In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt, melted butter and buttermilk until a soft dough forms. Drop by the spoonful onto a parchment lined baking sheet.
- Bake in a preheated 425 degree F oven for about 10 to 12 minutes or until golden brown.
- Split shortcakes with a knife and place in shallow bowls. Fill with strawberries and whipped cream.
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This was such an easy recipe to make and so delicious! So tasty that I will be making this recipe twice in the same week lol!
Jessica Robinson says
Glad to hear you enjoyed it!
Hi! I just made these and hope I can provide some insight for anyone looking to bake.
These were an awesome base, but they definitely lacked the hint of sweetness you’d expect from a strawberry shortcake. The sugar in the whip cream and strawberries couldn’t compensate for that lack. I would add probably 2x the amount of sugar into the biscuit recipe, and bake at 11 mins instead of full 12. the bottoms are hard to cut through, but other than that the texture and consistency are nearly perfect. I would also add maybe 1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla as well to biscuits.
One other thing: I would cut the strawberries even smaller (I quartered and still fun them to be too big) only because I’m not able to cut a full bite with the 1/4 strawberries. I would cut the quarters in half and that should be perfect. It’ll also make them stack a bit easier as well.
I’ll absolutely be using this recipe in the future with the slight adjustments above. Thanks for sharing!
Jessica Robinson says
Thanks for your feedback. This is a drop biscuit, traditional for strawberry shortcake, NOT a cake. This is how our family has made them for many years. It is NOT overly sweet because you are adding strawberries that are covered in sugar which end up having a nice sugary juice. Plus you have sweetness from whipped cream. Should you want something sweeter, you can certainly add more sugar to your strawberries and use store-bought whipped cream – which is loaded with sugar. You are welcome to cut strawberries up more if that is what you prefer. It’s really all about personal preference.
Geraline Batarra says
Such a old dessert recipe but it delicious and famous to everyone! I’d still love this flavor more than a new dessert recipes that are coming out.
Elle (CleverlyChanging) says
This recipe looks delicious. It also reminds me of my grandmother. My grandmother loved to cook and back. She grew up on a farm and use to make her own perserves and jam.
London Mumma says
Nothing old fashioned to me about these tasty looking strawberry shortcakes.
Kate Andrews says
Strawberry shortcake is my favorite summer time treat. It’s just so perfect for a hot night!
Amalia Silva says
Looks delicious and so easy to make! I will try it myself with your instructions for a little garden party I have coming up!
Hannah Marie says
Wow, looks like a sweet and delicious dessert. It is not too complicated to make I suppose. I would love to try and eat it after of course.
John Sallie says
That all looks delicious. I ate too much strawberry shortcake once as a youngster. I didn’t end well. lol
That looks absolutely hearty and delicious. I’d love to try it someday.
I love old fashioned strawberry shortcake. It brings me back to childhood. I will have to make this over the weekend, because now I am craving it!
Eboni Dixon says
This looks incredible! I don’t think I have ever tried this! It looks like the perfect summery dessert/treat!
Ann Snook-Moreau says
Yum yum! My family used to eat tons of strawberry shortcake in the summers. I can’t wait for strawberries to be in season again soon!
Jessica Robinson says
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy this strawberry shortcake recipe and it reminds you of your childhood!