Strawberry Shortcake


This strawberry shortcake is the classic, sweet biscuit-style shortcake — not the pound cake variety. The cake is sliced in half and layered with juicy strawberries and whipped cream for a delicious summertime treat.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 8-inch round cake

Strawberry shortcake is a classic summertime treat. It's loaded with fresh, bright flavors (and it's quick and easy to make). This delicious strawberry shortcake recipe will be your new go-to for all your strawberry dessert needs. Be sure to click that save button — you'll come back to this recipe for years to come.

What Is In Strawberry Shortcake?

This strawberry shortcake is made entirely from scratch. However, you probably already have most of the ingredients in your pantry. If not, here's what you'll need to add to your grocery list:

  • Strawberries: Of course, a strawberry shortcake needs strawberries. This recipe calls for three pints of fresh strawberries.
  • Sugar: You'll use white sugar for both the strawberries and the shortcake.
  • Flour: This strawberry shortcake is made almost like biscuits, so you'll need 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour.
  • Baking Powder: Baking powder helps the shortcake rise.
  • Salt: Just a hint of salt adds a depth of flavor to the shortcake.
  • Shortening: Shortening is a classic shortcake ingredient, but reviewers say they've also had success using butter instead.
  • Egg: One egg binds the dough together.
  • Milk: Your milk of choice will keep the dough moist.
  • Whipped Heavy Cream: Homemade whipped cream tops this cake.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's what you can expect when making this strawberry shortcake.

  1. Prep the berries: Slice the strawberries and cover them with white sugar.
  2. Make the batter: Combine the dry ingredients, then cut in the shortening until the mixture is crumbly. Add the egg and milk and stir until combined.
  3. Bake the cake: Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until golden brown.
  4. Assemble the strawberry shortcake: Cut the cake in half. Top the bottom layer with half the strawberries, then replace the top of the cake. Top the cake with the remaining berries and whipped cream.

How to Store Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is best enjoyed immediately after assembling. So, if you want to prep the cake beforehand, you should bake the shortcake and then stop there. Wrap the shortcake in storage wrap and store in the fridge until you're ready to assemble it with the strawberries and whipped cream.

Strawberry shortcake doesn't make great leftovers because after a few hours the shortcakes will be soggy.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Awesome, everyone loved it! It baked to a beautiful golden color! I added lemon zest on top for garnish. It was light but dense enough to soak up all that strawberry juice, delicious," raves Angela Mae.

"Just like my mom used to make: biscuity, sweet but not too sweet, nice and dense. Unless I find her recipe, this is the one I'll use from now on," says tangerine jellybean.

"I have never made a strawberry shortcake before, and was really impressed by how easy this recipe is. The results were awesome, and although we didn't have room, we devoured this light but heavenly dessert between only five of us," according to hot mama. "I was worried about making this, as it was not strawberry season, but letting the strawberries sit in the sugar seemed to ripen them up beautifully."

Editorial contributions by Bailey Fink


  • 3 pints fresh strawberries

  • ½ cup white sugar

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons baking powder

  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • cup shortening

  • 1 egg

  • cup milk

  • 2 cups whipped heavy cream


  1. Slice the strawberries and toss them with 1/2 cup of white sugar. Set aside.

    Overhead of sliced strawberries mixed with sugar in a bowl.

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  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Grease and flour one 8-inch round cake pan.

    Overhead of a greased, white, baking dish.

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  3. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons white sugar and the salt. With a pastry blender cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the beaten egg and milk.

    Overhead of a flour mixture in a bowl with beaten eggs in a well in the center.

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  4. Stir mixture until just combined.

    Overhead of flour and egg mixture stirred together in a glass bowl.

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  5. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

    Flour mixture spread evenly in a baking dish.

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  6. Bake at 425 degrees F (220 degrees C) for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool partially in pan on wire rack.

    Baked dough resting on a wire cooling rack.

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  7. Slice partially cooled cake in half, making two layers.

    Baked dough sliced in half and resting on a wooden cutting board.

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  8. Place half of the strawberries on one layer and top with the other layer. Top with remaining strawberries and cover with the whipped cream.

    Overhead of cake dough covered in strawberries and whipped cream.

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  9. Enjoy!

    high angle looking down into strawberry shortcake with a slice missing to see the inside layers, garnished with cream


Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
21g Fat
55g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 10g 48%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 55g 20%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 23g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 79mg 395%
Calcium 209mg 16%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 305mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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