Last modified on June 27th, 2018 at 3:17 PM

Homemade Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

This homemade easy strawberry shortcake recipe is incredible! Soft and sweet cake piled with strawberries and whipped cream. You’ll always get asked for this recipe!

Close-up of homemade easy strawberry shortcake on a blue plate.

Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite desserts – in any form! I love it when it’s made with pound cake, angel food cake, homemade cakes, anything. But my favorite way to make it is with these traditional biscuit-like shortcakes. My easy strawberry shortcake recipe is pillowy and rich and the perfect accompaniment to ripe summer strawberries and fresh whipped cream.

Mixing dry ingredients for easy homemade strawberry shortcakes.

This easy strawberry shortcake recipe has been a favorite I’ve gradually changed over the years to this current version. I love the tiny addition of almond extract, it gives the cakes a slight twist that’s fantastic when paired with the strawberries.

Adding butter to the easy homemade strawberry shortcakes.

Now, with the dough in this easy strawberry shortcake recipe, I’m going to have to ask you to trust me. You’re going to think I’m crazy and that these shortcakes will never bake up right but I promise they will turn out. The dough is going to be very crumbly and it won’t come together when you are finished adding all the ingredients, only when you press it together.

Adding cream to the homemade easy strawberry shortcakes.

Crumbly easy homemade strawberry shortcake dough.

It should all be evenly wet and the size of pea gravel after you mix everything together. You’ll actually shape it with your hands quickly into a ball {it should stick together mostly in a ball}, and then flatten it to about 1 1/2 inches thick on the baking sheet. If you do need to add more liquid, that’s fine, just don’t overdo it!

Shaping strawberry shortcakes on the sheet tray.

Don’t skip spreading cream and sprinkling the sugar on top of the shortcakes in this easy strawberry shortcake recipe, it gives them a delicious and beautiful edge that makes them so delicious!

Spreading cream on top of the easy homemade strawberry shortcakes.

Again, when baking the homemade strawberry shortcakes, I’m going to have to ask you to trust me. You’ll question my sanity and wonder if the cakes are even cooked through. But again, I promise they are and it will change your life if you just take them out when the timer beeps!

Shortcakes will bounce back when gently pressed with your finger when they are done.

The homemade shortcakes won’t be browned, but the sugar on the top of the cakes will be crisp and the tops of the cakes will be slightly cracked. If you’re really concerned about them not being done, just stick a toothpick in one and it should come out clean or with a few crumbs.

Adding sugar to the strawberries for easy homemade strawberry shortcake.

To make the strawberries, I just mix in a little bit of sugar and stir – so easy! I do this first before I even make the shortcakes, so they have time to sit and get juicy.

Pouring cold cream into a cold bowl to whip for homemade strawberry shortcakes.

I always stick my bowl in the freezer for a bit before I whip cream. It makes the process go faster and the cream whips up better! The thickest, heavy whipping cream you can buy works best for homemade whipped cream.

Sheet tray with homemade shortcakes next to a bowl of strawberries and a made easy strawberry shortcake.

I mean, how delicious does that look??? It doesn’t get much better than that in the summertime!

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Easy Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

This easy homemade strawberry shortcake recipe is incredible! Pillowy soft and sweet cake piled with strawberries and whipped cream. You'll always get asked for this recipe!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword easy strawberry shortcake, easy strawberry shortcake recipe, homemade strawberry shortcake
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 556 kcal
Author Longbourn Farm • Alli Kelley


For the Shortcakes

  • 2 cups flour AP
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter cold and sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream see note
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cream for top of cakes
  • sugar for sprinkling top of cakes

For the Strawberries

  • 1 pint strawberries hulled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sugar

For the Whipped Cream

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Shortcakes

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Sift flour and baking powder together. Combine well with sugar and salt. 

  3. Cut in the cold butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Add extracts and 1/2 cup of the cream. Stir together, a fork works well for this. 

  5. Gradually add more cream until the mixture resembles pea gravel and can be easily pressed together but isn't too wet. 

  6. Shape dough into shortcakes, I find this is most easily done right on your lined or greased sheet pan. The cakes should be about 3 inches across and 1 inch thick, the recipe makes 7-8 shortcakes. 

  7. Avoid over-handling the dough, this will make it tough.

  8. Brush the tops of the cakes with the remaining cream. 

  9. Sprinkle sugar on the top of each cake.
  10. Bake for 10 minutes, until the sugar, is crisp and the tops start to crack. The cakes will look underdone but trust me! Pull them out so they don't overbake. 

For the Strawberries

  1. Combine the sliced strawberries and sugar.

  2. Mix and set aside to macerate for at least 30 minutes.

For the Cream

  1. If time allows, chill the bowl you'll be whipping the cream in for at least 30 minutes. This allows everything to stay cold and come together better.

  2. Combine cream, sugar, and vanilla extract and whip until soft peaks form.

To Assemble the Shortcakes

  1. Slice shortcake in half. 

  2. Spread a thin layer of whipped cream on the bottom. 

  3. Add a generous amount of strawberries on top. 

  4. Spread with more whipped cream. 

  5. Place top on the cake and add more whipped cream if desired. 

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

You will not be using all of the cream at once, you may only need 3/4 of a cup. It will depend on your altitude and the weather. 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 360
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 40g 62%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 137mg 46%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Potassium 280mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 30.2%
Vitamin C 42.7%
Calcium 11.2%
Iron 9.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Reply
    January 4, 2018 at 4:34 PM

    Such a fun presentation for a delicious dessert!

  • Reply
    July 20, 2016 at 3:07 PM

    I knew we were kindred spirits. I, too, LOVE strawberry shortcake in any form. I often choose it for my birthday dessert. This way looks delightful!

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