Homemade Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Since I’m still seeing tons of nice strawberries around, I decided to pull my favorite strawberry shortcake recipe up out of the archives.  This was originally posted back in May of 2007 when I was still living in Sicily.

The strawberry shortcake I grew up eating was always assembled using those little yellow sponge cake cups that can be found right next to the strawberries in almost any grocery store in the country.  As a child, I thought those little prepackaged treats were wonderful topped with strawberries and freshly whipped cream. But after tasting homemade strawberry shortcake for the first time several years ago, I walked away from those little yellow cakes and never looked back.

Strawberry Shortcake

4 cups fresh strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and sliced
4 – 6 tablespoons sugar (adjust to suit your own taste)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
4 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
1/2 cup cold milk
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
whipped cream (I prefer the real thing)

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

In a medium bowl, stir together the strawberries and sugar.  Set strawberries aside to macerate while you prepare the shortcakes.  In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and sugar.  Using a pastry blender or your fingertips, and working quickly, cut or rub the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse crumbs.  Add milk and vanilla all at once to flour mixture and stir until just combined.

Using a large spoon, drop mixture into four equal piles on an ungreased baking sheet.  Bake 12 – 15 minutes at 425 degrees.  Remove biscuits to a rack and let cool for a few minutes.  To serve, split a warm biscuit in two, spoon 1/4 of the berry mixture over the bottom half (make sure you include lots of the juice), top with whipped cream and the other half of the biscuit.

  1. Nick (Macheesmo)

    That definitely looks better than the store sponge cake stuff which is cemented firmly in my childhood also as the number 1 way to make strawberry shortcake.

    That looks really good.

    4:56 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  2. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective

    I’m with you, those little packaged sponge cakes are a disaster! REAL berry shortcakes are my all-time favorite dessert! Yours looks just perfect! I have a variation on my site with cornmeal shortcakes. It’s a nice little textural twist.

    5:38 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  3. TheKitchenWitch

    Nicole, this recipe looks so similar to the strawberry shortcake that my beloved grandma, Henrietta, would make (only once a year as a special treat when the berries were running at their sweetest). I’m excited to make this for my girls this summer. Thanks for the memories and the recipe.

    5:45 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  4. Kelly

    I just picked strawberries from a farm and froze them. Would it be possible to use them in this recipe?

    7:08 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  5. Sara

    I’m probably one of the few people who didn’t like those little yellow sponge cakes as a kid. And shortcake biscuits were the one thing my grandma didn’t make well (though she makes the best pie in the area )…so I only started eating shortcake in the past few years! I’m always looking for new recipes to try to make up for lost time – I can’t wait to try this one.

    7:32 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  6. Nicole

    Kelly: I think fresh strawberries are best for shortcake. Thawed frozen strawberries have a different texture, so I prefer to use them in things that are blended or cooked.

    8:04 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  7. Dustin

    Throwback Thursday!!! Yay!

    10:00 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  8. Melinda

    Looks delicious! I have actually never had one of those spongecakes (thanks mom!) and, especially after reading this, probably never will. One quick comment/tip – there is a great recipe for shortcake on Epicurious that uses cream cheese. Just when you thought strawberry shortcake couldn’t get any better, it did. I would recommend trying it. 🙂

    11:07 am  Jul 1st, 2010
  9. Sandy

    NIcole, our store still has those little yellow sponge cakes. We never had them at home though. Mom made her own.

    Up here in New England, short cake is served like your recipe, and often the biscuits are served warm, and buttered. It is actually very good.

    1:13 pm  Jul 1st, 2010
  10. Georgia Pellegrini

    I adore this! I made this too the other day on my blog but I’m gonna try your biscuits next.

    3:59 pm  Jul 1st, 2010
  11. Michele

    I couldn’t resist… I loved the imagery and idea so much, I reposted (with credit, of course!)… see it here: http://www.chocolatepizzastilettolove.com/2010/07/its-holiday-weekend.html


    5:42 pm  Jul 1st, 2010
  12. Louise

    love the lighting on this photo, so classic-so delicious

    9:26 pm  Jul 1st, 2010
  13. Avanika (Yumsilicious Bakes)

    Lovee how this looks 🙂

    3:39 am  Jul 3rd, 2010
  14. Amy Young

    Wow that looks delicious. You take great photos! I’m definitely going to try this recipe.

    2:20 pm  Jul 3rd, 2010
  15. Bronwyn

    This recipe looks so easy. A must try – thanks!

    9:40 am  Jul 4th, 2010
  16. Delia

    No surprise with the strawberries being awesome right now that you put this up. I grew up with this kind of shortcake and this week, on Canada Day (July 1), which is also my wedding anniversary. I made a variation of this recipe on my barbecue on a beach on a lake in the southern interior of BC, just north of Spokane Wash. I shared it with 21 friends and family . Despite continuing cool temperatures, summer doesn’t get much better than that.

    9:24 pm  Jul 4th, 2010
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    I’ve always wanted to know how to make my own style of strawberry shortcake, and glad you had your recipe here.

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  18. Sarah

    Oh man. Growing up I thought strawberry shortcake was always made with angel food cake – because that’s what we were always served from Grandma. But then someone made me real shortcake. I will never go back. Your picture is good enough to eat.

    7:28 pm  Jul 8th, 2010
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  20. Ashley Carmichael

    My food stylist neighbor gave me an amazing recipe for strawberry shortcake when I came home with 8 gallons of fully ripe berries from a local u-pick farm. It called for a teaspoon of balsamic vinegar sprinkled on the sliced berries with the sugar. It recommended to let them sit for one hour while making the cakes. It added a perfect depth of flavor. Very, very good!

    9:07 pm  Aug 14th, 2010
  21. Melissa

    I was going to make this, then got a little confused. The ingredients say baking powder, but the instructions say baking soda – which one should I use? Thanks!

    2:42 pm  Mar 12th, 2011
  22. Nicole

    Melissa – It should be baking powder, not soda. I’m so sorry for the mistake in the recipe instructions – it has been corrected!

    11:10 am  Mar 15th, 2011
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  29. Katie VH

    Thanks for posting this–I was really struggling to find a shortcake recipe that didn’t require shortening. This is perfect and easy-even the kiddos could help.

    3:13 pm  Mar 29th, 2012
  30. MareeT

    This recipe looks delicious! I agree that you can definitely outgrow those little sponge cake shells!

    4:36 pm  Apr 26th, 2012
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    My hubby and I were looking for a dessert to follow-up a hideous meal. We were experimenting with something new and it was an epic fail. So we were ready for something really tastey for dessert and that’s when we came upon this recipe. It was divine. Thanks for sharing. We will definitely be making it again.

    6:43 pm  Apr 28th, 2012
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    If you add some Orange and lemon zest it makes it out of this world~! and for those of you who don’t know how to zest it’s where you grate the peel of the orange or lemon and it adds just the right amount of citrus.

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  42. Samantha

    These were so great but they were burned on the bottome but still pretty doughy that I had to put them back in the oven. What should I do differently?

    8:00 pm  Apr 20th, 2014
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    By far….thee best strawberry shortcake I have ever eaten. I had my 2 grand children for a few days while their mom was out of town. I decided to make them & my son (their dad) strawberry shortcake for dessert, after I came upon this recipe. When all three of them gave me thumbs up and requested seconds…..I knew I had a winner. My 4yr old grandson kept telling me that this was most delicious. I topped the whipping cream with a sprinkle of cinnamon. I was never a big fan of SS myself, but I am now, thanks to this recipe. Well done!!!!

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    Definitely the most amazing strawberry shortcake ever, will be making this again and again!

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  49. plasterer bristol

    This sounds absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing this recipe.


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  50. Panda

    I didn’t even know that there were little packaged shortcakes! Thanks, this was a lifesaver. I go to Indiana every year to visit my family, and my nana, (grandmother) had made the whole family shortcakes every year. My mom wasn’t there that year and my nana suddenly became very intent that I pass on the tradition of making shortcakes. She didn’t give me a recipe and I’m hopeless at improv, so here I am! Thanks again for this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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