Perfect Strawberry Shortcake

This is the most delicious strawberry shortcake recipe we’ve ever made! We layer our buttery homemade shortcake with strawberries, whipped cream, and an irresistible strawberry syrup to make it extra delicious.

Best Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

These strawberry shortcakes are closer to an authentic shortcake than most recipes I’ve seen. The shortcakes have a buttery biscuit flavor with the most wonderful, tender, almost cake-like consistency (thanks to an egg in the batter). They are truly delicious and surprisingly simple to make!

We worked on this incredible strawberry dessert with Richard Hattaway, and we’ve all fallen head over heels for it. What I love most is the simple strawberry syrup, which we drizzle over the base of our shortcakes before adding whipped cream and fresh strawberries.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Key Ingredients

  • Strawberries: I use 2 pounds of fresh strawberries. A third of them are cooked with sugar to make a simple strawberry syrup. I drizzle this over the base of our shortcake before adding the whipped cream and strawberries.
  • Flour: I use all-purpose flour, but soft white wheat flour (like White Lilly, Martha White, and Bob’s Red Mill Fine Pastry Flour) is also excellent.
  • Baking Powder: I use 1 tablespoon of baking powder to make the shortcakes fluffy and tender. It’s also my secret for the best fluffy biscuits!
  • Sugar: I use sugar in three ways: in the shortcake batter, for the strawberry syrup, and to sweeten the whipped cream. Granulated sugar, cane sugar, or coconut sugar are fine.
  • Milk, Butter, and Egg: These are combined with flour to make the shortcakes tender and delicious.
  • Cream: I use cold heavy cream or heavy whipping cream to make the whipped cream topping.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade strawberry shortcakes have three parts: the shortcake, strawberries in syrup, and whipped cream. But don’t worry, they’re all super easy to make (I promise!).

The shortcakes are surprisingly simple, more like biscuits than cake. You’ll “cut in” cold butter to the flour mixture until it forms small butter crumbs. I like to use a pastry blender, but two knives or your fingers work just as well. These butter crumbs are key to creating tender, delicious shortcakes because they melt and puff in the oven. The same is true when making homemade biscuits.

For baking, you can drop spoonfuls of the batter directly onto a baking sheet or use English muffin rings for perfectly round shortcakes (see photo below). I even have a tip in the recipe for making one large, family-style shortcake that you can slice and serve like a cake.

Baking Shortcakes

While the shortcakes bake, you’ll make the strawberry syrup. Simply cook some of your strawberries with sugar until the sugar melts. Take it off the heat and gently toss with the remaining strawberries until they’re coated in the syrup, before popping them in the fridge to chill.

Strawberries in syrup and baked shortcake ready to assemble

Homemade whipped cream is easy and tastes much better than the canned stuff! Use a stand or hand mixer to beat heavy cream with sugar and vanilla until it’s thick and softly whipped. It only takes a few minutes.

Now for the fun part: assembling your shortcakes! Split the shortcakes in half, drizzle a spoonful of that delicious strawberry syrup over the bottom, and top with whipped cream, strawberries, the other half of the shortcake, more whipped cream, and even more strawberries. So good!

I can’t wait for you to try this strawberry shortcake recipe! For more strawberry recipes, take a look at our fresh strawberry cake or this incredible strawberry pie!

Perfect Strawberry Shortcake

  • PREP
  • COOK
  • TOTAL

This strawberry shortcake recipe is honestly so delicious! The secret to making it best is making the super simple strawberry syrup and drizzling some of it over the bottom of your shortcake before adding the whipped cream and strawberries. It softens the shortcake a bit and adds a lovely strawberry flavor.

For perfect rounds, I love using 4-inch English muffin rounds. If you do not have these in your kitchen, you can still bake the shortcakes freeform on the baking sheet. They spread a bit more than if you use the rounds, but they still work well! See our photo in the article showing me baking the shortcake batter in rounds vs. freeform on the baking sheet.

Makes 6

You Will Need

Shortcakes

2 ¼ cups (292g) all-purpose flour

1 tablespoon (12g) aluminum-free baking powder

1/4 cup (50g) sugar

1/2 teaspoon (2g) fine sea salt

3 tablespoons (42g) cold butter

1 cup (236ml) whole milk

1 large egg, lightly beaten

Strawberry Filling

2 pounds (907g) fresh strawberries, hulled and quartered

1 ¼ cups (250g) sugar

Whipped Cream

1 ½ cups (355ml) cold heavy whipping cream

3 tablespoons (38g) sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • Make Shortcakes
  • 1Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. If you have them, arrange six 4-inch English muffin rings on the sheet.

    2Whisk the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a mixing bowl.

    3Cut the cold butter into small pieces and work it into the flour mixture with a pastry blender, your fingers, or two knives until it resembles coarse crumbs.

    4Stir in the milk and egg until the batter just comes together.

    5Divide the batter evenly among the rings (about 4 tablespoons each). They will spread out, no need to spread them before baking. If you do not have the rings, spoon the batter in tall mounds directly onto the parchment paper and gently smooth the top.

    6Bake for 15 to 17 minutes, turning the baking sheet halfway through. Let the shortcakes cool completely before building and serving.

  • Prepare the Strawberries and Cream
  • 1While the shortcakes bake, prepare the strawberries. Place a medium bowl into the freezer to chill.

    2Place a third of the strawberries in a saucepan with the sugar. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, just until the sugar dissolves.

    3Pour the mixture into the chilled bowl, add the remaining strawberries, and refrigerate until chilled.

    4Use a stand mixer or electric hand mixer to beat the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until medium peaks form. Refrigerate until ready to assemble.

  • Assemble the Shortcakes
  • 1Slice each shortcake in half horizontally (like an English muffin). Place the bottom half on a serving plate, drizzle with a spoonful of strawberry syrup, then add a generous spoonful of whipped cream. Use a slotted spoon to add some of the strawberries on top of the cream, and then place the other half of the shortcake on top. Repeat with more whipped cream and strawberries.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Make one family-style shortcake: You can bake this batter in a parchment paper-lined 9-inch cake pan or cast iron pan. Add the batter and gently smooth the top, you do not need to spread it out all the way to the sides. The baking time should be similar, possibly requiring a few more minutes than the individual shortcakes. Allow to cook, cut in half horizontally, and build the shortcake as directed above, but build a family-style shortcake instead. Then, cut into the shortcake like a cake or pie for serving. It’s a little more messy, but it looks amazing on the table and is still just as delicious!
  • Measuring flour: Fluff the flour in its container, then gently scoop it into your measuring cup until slightly mounded. Level off the top with a knife for accurate measuring. For even more accuracy, use a scale and measure the flour by weight (in grams).
  • Removing shortcake from rings: Run a thin knife around the rings to loosen the shortcake.
  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. These are likely too high since you will have leftover syrup and this recipe is generous with the cream.
Nutrition Per Serving Serving Size 1 shortcake / Calories 620 / Total Fat 18.3g / Saturated Fat 10.9g / Cholesterol 81mg / Sodium 236.8mg / Carbohydrate 107.8g / Dietary Fiber 4.3g / Total Sugars 66.8g / Protein 9.2g
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
Inspired Taste Newsletter Signup
13 comments… Leave a Review
  • Monica July 1, 2024, 7:12 pm

    The strawberry shortcake… the absolute best!

    Reply
    • Adam July 1, 2024, 7:18 pm

      Yay! 🙂

      Reply
  • Excellent!!! June 30, 2024, 9:41 am

    This recipe reminds me of my grandmothers, it’s delicious!

    Reply
    • Adam July 1, 2024, 7:18 pm

      That is one of the best compliments a recipe can ever get. We are thrilled you love it 🙂

      Reply
  • Anita prosser June 29, 2024, 11:13 pm

    This strawberry shortcake is amazing! I really appreciate this web sight. You guys use real food and the clarity of the instructions in your recipes make it easy to create the best food Ive ever eaten. It’s like the love you infuse in the recipes comes out in the taste! Thank you for this website and your labor of love in creating it. Anita

    Reply
    • Adam July 1, 2024, 7:19 pm

      You made our day with this review and comment 🙂

      Reply
  • Isadora June 29, 2024, 4:25 am

    Hi from South Africa! just joined and started receiving your recipes. the website is super-user friendly and recipes thus far are fool-proof. Isidora

    Reply
    • Adam June 29, 2024, 10:13 pm

      Hi Isadora, We are so happy that you found us and thank you so much! 🙂

      Reply
  • Rosalinda Salcedo June 28, 2024, 8:24 pm

    This is absolutely amazing!! Love your recipe!! Strawberry shortcake is my absolute favorite dessert!! This is not too sweet and very light!!

    Reply
    • Adam June 28, 2024, 8:48 pm

      Yay! We are thrilled that you loved it 🙂

      Reply
  • Donna June 28, 2024, 7:43 pm

    This looks wonderful. Hope to make it soon! If you’re in a hurry you can get the giant flakey canned biscuits, dip them in melted butter and the coat in sugar. Bake as directed, slice in half and fill with the strawberries.

    Reply
  • Mila June 28, 2024, 6:28 pm

    The Perfect Strawberry Shortcake looks very yummy and easy to follow. We will certainly try it this strawberry season. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

    Reply
    • Adam June 28, 2024, 7:24 pm

      Thank you so much Mila. You are going to those this recipe 🙂

      Reply

Leave a Reply

Leave a Review

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Rate this recipe!

 

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you so much for waiting. First time commenting? Please review our comment guidelines. You must be at least 16 years old to post a comment. All comments are governed by our Privacy Policy & Terms.

Previous Post: Next Post: