Easy Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is the perfect individual-sized summer dessert with loads of fresh strawberries, homemade whipped cream and tender biscuits!
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Total Time: 35 mins
Serves: 6 servings
closeup of strawberry shortcake on blue plate

What makes this strawberry shortcake the BEST is it’s flakey buttermilk biscuits, sweet homemade stabilized whipped cream, and fresh strawberries all of which comes together in less than 25 minutes!

two strawberry shortcakes on blue plates on a white background

Nothing says it’s summertime like strawberry shortcake! The best part is it could not be easier to make from scratch. Soft and fluffy homemade buttermilk biscuits with a sweet crispy crust bake up in less than 25 minutes. 

The fresh strawberry filling can be made in less than 5 minutes!

We’re even going to make our own whipped cream. All you need is a little powdered sugar, vanilla, and gelatin if you want to make stabilized whipped cream which holds up to the heat better. 

What Ingredients Do You Need For Strawberry Shortcake? 

ingredients for strawberry shortcake

Equipment

These tools will save you a lot of time and make this super easy. A kitchen scale, sharp metal cutter about 4″-5″ round, cheese grater, and a pastry brush. 

Why use a kitchen scale? Read more about using a kitchen scale for baking in this blog post. 

equipment for making strawberry shortcake

Protip – Use a kitchen scale to weigh all your ingredients in one bowl. Shred cold butter directly into the bowl for easy measuring and cleanup! 

How To Make Strawberry Filling

The strawberry filling is incredibly easy. So easy, there are only three steps. 

Protip – Use the freshest strawberries you can find. Locally grown strawberries will taste MUCH better than the ones at the grocery store (unless they are sourced locally). 

Step 1 – Cut off the tops of your strawberries then slice them into fourths (or smaller pieces if you desire). 

Close Up of Strawberry Slices on a Wooden Cutting Board

Step 2 – Place strawberries, lemon juice and sugar into a bowl and stir until sugar is evenly distributed onto the strawberries. 

sliced strawberries and sugar in clear bowl with wooden spoon

Step 3 – Walk away! The sugar will draw out the moisture from the strawberries and turn the juice into a thick syrup.  So easy! 

How To Make The Sweet Biscuits Step-By-Step

Strawberry shortcake would not be complete without the biscuits! Shortcake refers to the way butter is cut into flour and “shortens” the gluten to make a tender, fluffy “cake”.  

These biscuits are extra-large so they make the perfect-sized strawberry shortcake for one. 

Step 1 – Add in your flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl and whisk to combine.  

strawberry shortcake dry ingredients in a clear bowl with metal whisk

Step 2 – Place the whole bowl onto the scale and press the tare or zero button to remove the weight of the bowl. Make sure the mode is set to ounces. Start shredding in your COLD butter until you reach the right amount. 

shredding cold butter into dry ingredients on top of a scale

Step 3 – Toss the flour and butter together quickly to coat all the butter with the flour mixture. Quickly begin breaking the butter pieces into smaller pieces with your fingers until the mixture looks like chunky sand. 

butter and flour mixture for strawberry shortcake in clear blowl

Protip – If your hands are very hot, place them in ice water for one minute, dry them off quickly, and then rub the butter into the flour. You can also use a fork. 

Step 4 –  Combine the milk and lemon juice (or use buttermilk). Make a well in the center of your butter/flour mixture and add in your cold milk/lemon juice or buttermilk and lemon zest.

buttermilk in flour/butter mixture in clear bowl

Step 5 – Make a “claw” with one hand and begin mixing the flour into the milk until no dry flour remains. The dough will look chunky and rough, this is normal! 

mixing biscuit ingredients with hand

Step 6 – Dump the biscuit dough onto the counter and smoosh it together into a roughly round flat shape about 2″ tall. 

rough biscuit dough pressed together on a white countertop

Step 7 – Take half the mass of dough and fold it over onto itself. This will be really rough at first.

rough biscuit dough folded in half on white countertop

Push the dough down until it’s 2″ tall again. This is one “turn”. This is what develops layers of butter in our dough and causes them to puff up! 

Step 8 – Rotate the dough 45º and fold the dough over again and press down. This is turn 2. Repeat this step until you have made 4 or 5 turns. The dough will look slightly smoother and more combined after turn 5. 

biscuit dough folded in half

Step 9 – With a lightly floured rolling pin, roll the biscuit dough out until its about 1″ tall. 

biscuit dough rolled out on white countertop

Step 10 – Use your metal cutter to cut out your biscuits. I get about 4 biscuits.

Pro tip – Press your metal cutter straight down and lift straight up to keep your biscuit layers intact. If you twist at all, you will seal the layers shut and your biscuits won’t rise. 

biscuits cut out of dough

close up of raw biscuit to show layers

I press together the leftover dough to cut two more. They won’t be as pretty but they still taste good! 

metal cutter cutting out biscuits from leftover dough

Step 11 –  Arrange your biscuits onto a sheet pan with some parchment paper on top to prevent sticking. I leave about 1/4″ space between the biscuits to help them rise higher! Biscuits like to be close to each other. 

raw biscuits arranged on a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Step 12 – Whisk together your egg and 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the tops of your biscuits with the egg wash. This promotes browning. *see notes*

closeup of eggwash and pastry brush in clear bowl

Step 13 – Sprinkle the tops of the biscuits generously with sanding sugar or granulated sugar. 

Step 14 – Bake biscuits for 25-30 minutes or until they are golden brown on top. I use a thermometer to check the internal temp. Biscuits are done at 205-215ºF. No one likes under-baked biscuits. 

Place biscuits onto a cooling rack before assembly.

freshly baked biscuits on blue sheet pan

How To Make Stabilized Whipped Cream

Step 1 – Place the gelatin into the water and let it absorb while you make the whipped cream.

gelatin in cold water

Step 2 – Place your cold heavy whipping cream into the stand mixer with the whisk attachment. 

Step 3  – Whisk on medium until you’ve reached soft peaks and you’re just starting to see lines in the whipped cream. Add in your powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix on low until combined. 

whipping cream in stand mixer

Step 4 – Melt the gelatin in the microwave for 10 seconds. The gelatin should look clear. If it’s not, warm it for another 5 seconds. Don’t overheat it. Add in the tsp of heavy cream and stir lightly to combine. 

Step 5 – While mixin on low, pour in your gelatin and mix until you reach firm but smooth peaks. Not crumbly or chunky. 

close up of stabilized whipped cream

Protip –  Check out my stabilized whipped cream blog post to see more ways to stabilize whipped cream

Assembling The Strawberry Shortcakes 

Time to put our delicious strawberry shortcakes together! 

Step 1 –  I use a knife to split the biscuits in half. 

bottom half of sliced biscuit on blue plate

Step 2 – Scoop a big helping of those juicy strawberries onto your biscuit. All that syrup is going to soak into the biscuit and will taste amazing. 

strawberries being spooned onto half of a biscuit

Step 3 – You can use a piping bag with a 1M piping tip or just use a spoon to layer up some of your whipped cream on top of the strawberries.  

stabilized whipped cream being piped onto strawberries and sliced biscuit

Step 4 –  Place the other half of the biscuit on top and serve! 

strawberry shortcake on blue plates with ingredients in background

Because we have used stabilized whipped cream, you can make these strawberry shortcakes up to 24 hours ahead of time and place them into the fridge to be served later. 

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Easy Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is the perfect individual-sized summer dessert with loads of fresh strawberries, homemade whipped cream and tender biscuits!
5 from 2 votes
Print Rate
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 25 mins
Total Time: 35 mins
Serves: 6 servings
Calories: 961kcal

Ingredients

Sweet Buttermilk Biscuits

  • 20 ounces (567 g) all-purpose flour
  • 3 Tablespoons (3 Tablespoons) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon) baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons (2 teaspoons) salt
  • 6 ounces (170 g) unsalted butter cold, grated or cut into small pieces
  • 12 ounces (340 g) milk cold (or buttermilk)
  • 1 whole (1 whole) lemon zest
  • 1 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon) lemon juice
  • 1 large (1 large) egg for egg wash or you can use milk
  • 2 ounces (57 g) sanding sugar or crystal sugar for topping biscuits

Strawberry Filling

  • 20 ounces (567 g) fresh strawberries
  • 3 ounces (85 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon (1 Tablespoon) lemon juice (from the lemon above)

Stabilized Whipped Cream

  • 16 ounces (454 g) heavy whipping cream
  • 1 ounce (28 g) powdered sugar or more if you like sweeter whipped cream
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons (1 1/2 Tablespoons) cold water
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) powdered gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon (1 teaspoon) heavy cream

Equipment

  • Cheese grater
  • Kitchen Scale
  • pastry brush
  • 4" Metal Circle Cutter

Instructions

Strawberry Filling

  • Wash your strawberries and set aside 6 pretty ones for garnish. Cut the tops off. Slice the strawberries into 4-5 pieces depending on how big the strawberry is.
  • Combine the chopped strawberries with the sugar and lemon juice and stir. Set aside while you make your biscuits.

Biscuits

  • Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  • Combine your milk and lemon juice (or use buttermilk)
  • Grate cold butter into the dry ingredients (using a scale makes this very easy)
  • Toss the ingredients together to coat all the butter with the flour mixture
  • Make a well in the center of your dry ingredients and then add in the cold buttermilk and lemon zest. Pull the dry ingredients towards the center and then mix with your hands in the shape of a "claw" or fork until the dough forms a loose sticky ball. Do not over-mix.
  • Flatten the dough roughly with your hands or rolling pin to about 2" in height. Fold in half. This will be messy! Flatten dough once again.
  • Rotate your dough 45º and fold in half again. Repeat 5-7 times. If the dough becomes stretchy, place it in the fridge for 10 minutes to relax the gluten.
  • Use a 4" round biscuit cutter make your biscuits. Press striaght down and lift straight up. Do not twist.
  • Place the biscuits on a parchment lined sheet pan with about 1/4" of space in between the biscuits and brush with milk or egg wash on top. Do not brush the sides. Sprinkle with sanding sugar for extra crunch and sweetness if desired.
  • Bake at 375° F for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown. Rotate the pan half way through baking for even browning. Let them cool on a cooling rack.

Stabilized Whipped Cream

  • Add your gelatin to the cold water and allow it to absorb.
  • Add your heavy whipping cream to the bowl of your stand mixer with the whisk attachment. Mix on medium until you start to see lines appear in the surface.
  • Place the powdered sugar and vanilla into the whipped cream and mix on low until just combined.
  • Melt your gelatin in the microwave in 5 second increments until it appears clear. Add 1 teaspoon of cold heavy cream to the melted gelatin.
  • While mixing on low, pour in the gelatin mixture and mix until soft but firm peaks have developed. Do not over-mix or your whipped cream will look crumbly and broken.

Strawberry Shortcake Assembly

  • Split your biscuits in half with a fork or knife and place the bottom onto a plate.
  • Scoop a healthy portion of the strawberries onto the biscuit.
  • Pipe the stabilized whipped cream onto the strawberries with a 1M piping tip and piping bag (or you can simply spoon it on top)
  • Place the other half of the biscuit on top of the whipped cream. Add another dollop of whipped cream on top and a fresh strawberry! So pretty!

Notes

  1. You can use milk or water in place of egg wash
  2. Use a sharp metal cutter for the best layers. Press straight down and lift straight up.  Do not twist. 
  3. Grating your COLD butter directly into the flour mixture saves time and prevents the butter from melting into the flour. 
  4. Squish leftover dough together to make extra biscuits that look ugly but taste great!
  5. Bake biscuits close together for maximum rise 
  6. You can store pre-made biscuits in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 961kcal (48%) | Carbohydrates: 103g (34%) | Protein: 15g (30%) | Fat: 55g (85%) | Saturated Fat: 34g (170%) | Cholesterol: 203mg (68%) | Sodium: 1249mg (52%) | Potassium: 455mg (13%) | Fiber: 3g (12%) | Sugar: 28g (31%) | Vitamin A: 1971IU (39%) | Vitamin C: 2mg (2%) | Calcium: 227mg (23%) | Iron: 5mg (28%)