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Celebrate sunny days with my homemade strawberry shortcake—a perfect blend of juicy fresh strawberries, rich buttermilk biscuits, and whipped cream.

Plates of Strawberry Shortcake.

Tender, sugar-crusted biscuits filled with macerated strawberries and rich whipped cream, strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts during the spring and summer months. To truly elevate this classic American dessert, it’s essential to make each element from scratch. So yes, say goodbye to store-bought pound cake and Cool Whip—there is simply no substitute for homemade biscuits and real whipped cream!

If the idea of making homemade biscuits seems daunting, don’t worry—my recipe is simple and foolproof. It requires just one bowl and, instead of the traditional rolling and cutting method, it calls for shaping the dough into free-form balls. This approach not only simplifies the process but also gives the biscuits a wonderful craggy texture, perfect for creating nooks and crannies that soak up the strawberry juices without ever becoming soggy.

“These are the strawberry shortcakes of my childhood that I have been trying to recreate for decades!! The slightly sweet, craggy biscuits, sweet berries and whipped cream brought back a flood of memories.”

Tamara

What You’ll Need To Make Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake ingredients including baking powder, baking soda, and cornstarch.
  • All-purpose flour: Provides the structure for the biscuits, serving as the base of the dough.
  • Cornstarch: Used alongside flour to soften the proteins, yielding a more tender biscuit.
  • Baking powder and baking soda: Leavening agents that help the biscuits rise, making them light and fluffy.
  • Granulated sugar: Sweetens the biscuit dough, strawberries, and whipped cream.
  • Cold butter: “Cut” into the biscuits so that when baked, the cold pieces create steam pockets that rise, leading to a flaky, rich texture. Using unsalted butter allows you to control the saltiness of the biscuits.
  • Buttermilk: Adds a slight tang and moisture to the biscuit dough, contributing to the tender texture and rich flavor. If you’d rather not buy a whole carton for this recipe, see my post for how to make buttermilk using milk and lemon juice or vinegar.
  • Turbinado sugar: Sprinkled on top of the biscuits before baking, providing a sweet, crunchy crust.
  • Strawberries: The fruit component of the dish, offering fresh, juicy sweetness and vibrant color.
  • Seedless raspberry jam: Enhances the strawberries with additional sweetness and gloss, adding depth to the berry flavor.
  • Heavy cream: Whipped into cream for filling the shortcake, adding a rich, luxurious element to contrast with the freshness of the berries and the texture of the biscuits.
  • Jump to the printable recipe for precise measurements

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1: Make the Biscuits

Begin by making the biscuits. These are a lightly sweetened version of my Southern-style biscuits. True Southern biscuits typically call for White Lily flour, a low-protein flour primarily available in the southern US states that makes for ultra-tender, melt-in-your-mouth biscuits. I can’t find White Lily flour easily where I live, so my secret is to add a little cornstarch to the flour to get the same effect.

Dry ingredients in a glass bowl.

In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, and salt.

Whisk in a bowl of dry ingredients.

Add the pieces of cold butter.

Pieces of butter in a bowl of dry ingredients.

Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized clumps of butter within.

Hand rubbing butter into dry ingredients.

It should look like this.

Butter rubbed into dry ingredients to create pea-sized clumps.

Add the buttermilk. (Note: If you’d rather not buy a whole carton of buttermilk for this recipe, it’s easy to make your own. Simply add 2-1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Then add milk to the 3/4-cup line and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly curdled and thickened.)

Buttermilk and dry ingredients in a bowl.

Stir with a rubber spatula until the dough comes together into a sticky, shaggy mass. Do not overmix.

Spatula in a bowl of shortcake dough.

With lightly floured hands, form the dough into 8 craggy-looking balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. (They should be bigger than golf balls but smaller than tennis balls.) Don’t worry about making them perfect — it’s better if they are a little rough around the edges. Sprinkle the tops with the turbinado sugar.

Shortcake dough topped with turbinado sugar.

Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until the biscuits are golden. Set aside to cool.

Shortcakes on a lined baking sheet.

Step 2: Prepare the Strawberries

While the biscuits cool, prepare the strawberries.

Potato masher in a bowl with strawberries.

Put one-third of the berries in a medium bowl and, using a potato masher or a fork, mash them into a chunky purée.

Potato masher in a bowl of pureed strawberries.

Mix in the remaining berries, along with the raspberry jam and granulated sugar.

Bowl of unmixed fruit and sugar.

Let the berries sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until saucy.

Spatula in a fruit and sugar mixture.

Step 3: Prepare the Whipped Cream

Meanwhile, make the whipped cream. In an electric mixer or by hand, whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form, then sprinkle the sugar over the cream and beat until soft peaks return. Do not overbeat.

how to make whipped cream

Step 4: Assemble

Using a serrated knife, split the biscuits in half horizontally and transfer the bottoms to 8 dessert plates. Spoon about three-quarters of the macerated berries and their juice evenly over the biscuit bottoms. Let some of the berries spill out onto the plate. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and cover each with a biscuit top. Spoon more berries and cream over each shortcake and serve immediately.

Strawberry Shortcakes on small plates.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can strawberry shortcake be made ahead of time?

Strawberry shortcake must be assembled right before serving, but you can prepare parts of the recipe ahead of time to ease your cooking process. The unbaked biscuits can be refrigerated for up to one hour before you plan to bake them. For longer storage, you can freeze the unbaked biscuits for up to three months. When ready to bake, you can bake them directly from the freezer, just remember to add a few extra minutes to the usual baking time.

The whipped cream can be made a few hours before serving. If you do so, remember to under-beat it slightly at first. Keep the under-beaten cream covered in the refrigerator, and before serving, give it a final whip by hand to achieve that soft, pillowy consistency.

The strawberries should be prepared fresh and not made ahead, as they lose texture and flavor if they sit too long after being sliced and macerated.

How should I store leftovers?

Strawberry shortcake is best enjoyed the day it’s made. However, if you have leftovers, store the components separately. Biscuits can be kept at room temperature for up to two days, and the macerated strawberries and whipped cream should be refrigerated and used within one day. Assemble them just before serving for the best texture and flavor.

Can I use frozen strawberries to make strawberry shortcake?

I don’t recommend using frozen strawberries for this recipe. If fresh strawberries are not available, consider waiting until they are in season for the best results, or use a different fresh fruit that is in season.

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Celebrate sunny days with my homemade strawberry shortcake—a perfect blend of juicy fresh strawberries, rich buttermilk biscuits, and whipped cream.

Servings: 8
Prep Time: 40 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 55 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Biscuits

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled-off
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into ½-inch chunks
  • ¾ cup buttermilk (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons turbinado sugar

For the Strawberries

  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • 3 tablespoons seedless raspberry jam
  • ½ cup granulated sugar

For the Whipped Cream

  • 1½ cups heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar

Instructions

For the Biscuits

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and set an oven rack in the middle position. Line a 13x18-in baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda, granulated sugar, and salt.
  3. Add the pieces of cold butter. Use your fingertips to rub the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs with pea-sized clumps of butter within. Add the buttermilk and stir with a rubber spatula until the dough comes together into a sticky, shaggy mass. Do not overmix.
  4. With lightly floured hands, form the dough into 8 craggy-looking balls and place on the prepared baking sheet. (They should be bigger than golf balls but smaller than tennis balls.) Don't worry about making them perfect -- it's better if they are a little rough around the edges. Sprinkle the tops with the turbinado sugar. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes, until the biscuits are golden.

For the Strawberries

  1. Put one-third of the berries in a medium bowl and, using a potato masher or a fork, mash them into a chunky purée. Mix in the remaining berries, along with the raspberry jam and granulated sugar. Let the berries sit at room temperature for about 10 minutes, until saucy.

For the Whipped Cream

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (or beaters), whip the heavy cream until soft peaks form. Sprinkle the granulated sugar over the cream and beat until soft peaks return. Do not overbeat. (Alternatively, the whipped cream can be beaten by hand in a deep mixing bowl with a whisk.)

To Assemble

  1. To assemble the shortcakes: Using a serrated knife, split the biscuits in half horizontally and transfer the bottoms to 8 dessert plates. Spoon about three-quarters of the macerated berries and their juice evenly over the biscuit bottoms. Let some of the berries spill out onto the plate. Top with a generous dollop of whipped cream and cover each with a biscuit top. Spoon more berries and cream over each shortcake and serve immediately.
  2. Note: If you’d like to make your own buttermilk, check out the easy method here.teaspoons of lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Then add milk to the ¾-cup line and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes, or until slightly curdled and thickened.
  3. Make Ahead: The unbaked biscuits can be refrigerated for up to 1 hour before baking. They can also be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze: place the unbaked biscuits on a baking sheet, cover with plastic wrap, and freeze until solid. Remove the firm biscuits from the freezer, place in an airtight bag, and store in the freezer. Bake the biscuits directly from the freezer, allowing a few extra minutes baking time. The whipped cream can be made a few hours before serving but err on the side of under-beating. Store it covered in the refrigerator and give it a final whip by hand to get it to a pillowy consistency just before serving. The strawberries cannot be made ahead.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (8 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 strawberry shortcake
  • Calories: 565
  • Fat: 32 g
  • Saturated fat: 20 g
  • Carbohydrates: 67 g
  • Sugar: 35 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 6 g
  • Sodium: 533 mg
  • Cholesterol: 100 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • This recipe was excellent!! Super easy also. Biscuits were sweet and not dense. Better than bisquick. Strawberries with jam held up really well also. Much better than a $12.00 dessert if ordered in a restaurant. Don’t do instagram or would show you a picture.

    • — Lottie on March 26, 2024
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  • This shortcake is unbelievable! So delicious, Everyone i cooked for loved it. Easy to make it as well.

    • — Erinc Bahceci on December 16, 2023
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  • This is the BEST recipe for biscuits. Made this for my husband’s 60th birthday celebration as strawberry shortcake is his favorite. I grew up with pound cake and angel food cake; he grew up on store bought biscuits. That all changed when we ate this version of strawberry shortcake. Only tweek I made was using peach jalapeno jam instead of raspberry because it’s what was in the refrigerator, and added some homemade vanilla to the whipped cream. Next time it will be strawberry shortcake, hold the strawberries. These biscuits are divine!! I’m not really a baker, but this recipe was easy to follow and easy to do. Can’t wait to use them for breakfast sandwiches.

    • — Mary Ellen Oyer on July 10, 2023
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  • This was perfect for July 4th! The buttermilk biscuits were a nice touch. Looking forward to making this delicious dessert again.

    • — Val on July 5, 2023
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  • Delicious!!

    • — Becket on July 5, 2023
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  • Everything I make from your cookbooks and blog come out wonderfully. This is tender, flaky, with just the right amount of sweetness. So good. Thank you so much for all of the recipes. The photos with each step and the ingredients are incredibly helpful!

    • — Kathy O on July 4, 2023
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  • Made it tonight for our family vacation. Just perfect. Easy preparation with the craggy dough ball and elegant presentation by slicing in two and layering berries and cream. Thank you for your reliable recipes.

    • — Esbmom on July 3, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn, I always love your recipes which is why I’m so excited to try to make this one. I’ve always wanted to make strawberry shortcake but feared it lol. I have 2 questions…1) can I halve the recipe? It’s only the 2 of us and I fear most of it would end up going to waste and 2) I highly doubt this but can you freeze it? Thanks!

    • — Judy on June 28, 2023
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    • Yes, you can definitely halve the recipe and you can freeze the biscuits (unbaked). See the bottom of the recipe for specific freezer-friendly instructions. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on June 29, 2023
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      • So I made the berries mixture and now we’re not ready to eat dessert for another hour or so. Can I just put a cover on them and refrigerate them?

        • — Judy on July 1, 2023
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        • Hi Judy, I’m weighing too late to help, but that should’ve been fine. Hope you enjoyed!

          • — Jenn on July 3, 2023
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  • Hi Jenn, can the recipe be doubled? I am hosting a Strawberry Shortcake Social for 18 people. These sound yummy and look very appealing. Looking forward to trying it. Will send pic.

    • — Pat MacLean on June 19, 2023
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    • Sure — I hope everyone enjoys!

      • — Jenn on June 20, 2023
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  • I’ve had this dessert countless times and this recipe was perfection!

    • — Katie on June 18, 2023
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  • This is absolutely THE BEST shortcake recipe ever.

    • — Norma on June 11, 2023
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  • These are the strawberry shortcakes of my childhood that I have been trying to recreate for decades!! The slightly sweet, craggy biscuits, sweet berries and whipped cream brought back a flood of memories. The recipe is perfect. My family, who did not grow up eating shortcakes made from strawberries freshly picked in Pungo, Va., could not get over how good they were. Thank you!!

    • — Tamara M. on June 5, 2023
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  • I make these strawberry shortcakes yesterday for my birthday. Absolutely delicious! 😋

    • — Nancy on June 2, 2023
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  • I didn’t even want to put anything on the biscuits. Oh my goodness they are so. good.

    • — Sydney on May 29, 2023
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  • Hi there!

    Thanks for such an awesome recipe! It tasted great!

    • — Michelle Schmaldienst on May 22, 2023
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  • Thank you for providing me with the means of capping of the long weekend (in Canada) with the ideal bbq dessert! The only modification I made was to add custard from your fruit tart recipe. It was summer on a plate!!

    • — Kathryn Shaw on May 22, 2023
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  • I took my kids strawberry picking for Mother’s Day and made this for dessert. Awesome! The biscuits were very easy and everything came together like a dream. This is a keeper!

    • — Sandy on May 15, 2023
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