How To Make the Easiest Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

updated Aug 13, 2022
How To Make Easy Strawberry Shortcake

You can’t let June pass by without at least one serving of strawberry shortcake! This recipe focuses your efforts on a super-simple shortcake and homemade whipped cream so that those ruby berries can really shine.


Prep25 minutes

Cook15 minutes to 20 minutes

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Strawberry Shortcake
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For me, the moment that marks the beginning of spring isn’t when I spot the first cherry blossoms or pack away my winter coat — it’s when I bite into my first strawberry of the season.

Homemade strawberry shortcakes are the very best way to showcase the freshly picked, super-juicy spring berries. This simple recipe is quick to whip together and lets the naturally sweet strawberries shine. Here’s how to do it.

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Why Make This Strawberry Shortcake?

  • It boasts the best, easiest biscuits. The drop biscuits used in this recipe let you skip the kneading, cutting, and re-rolling often found in shortcake recipes. Instead, you’ll stir together the dough with a fork and your fingers, then scoop mounds onto a baking sheet — taking all of five minutes.
  • It makes smart use of your ingredients. Lemon zest flavors the biscuits, while the juice is used to macerate the berries (and balances their natural sweetness). Heavy cream is used for whipped cream and stirred into the biscuit dough to make them ultra-tender. Granulated sugar draws the juices out of the strawberries, and sweetens the biscuits and cream.
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What’s the Best “Shortcake” for Strawberry Shortcake?

“Short” is an English word meaning to make crisp with fat (such as butter or lard). While shortcakes these days take on many forms — from those yellow sponge-y store-bought rounds to fluffy cake-like layers — I prefer crisp and buttery biscuit-like shortcakes (which, it seems, may be the most traditional, too).

The lemon-scented drop biscuits featured in this recipe are super tender on the inside (thanks to the heavy cream), and crisp and golden on the outside (thanks to the small pieces of cold butter in the dough). They’re a far cry from the dry, bland shortcakes you might be used to — and they pair perfectly with the super-juicy strawberries and fluffy, barely sweet whipped cream.

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Can I Macerate the Berries in Advance?

Yes! Macerated strawberries can be covered and refrigerated up to 24 hours before serving. The longer they sit, the more their flavors will concentrate and intensify. They’ll also get softer and release more juices, so you may want to use a slotted spoon to scoop the berries onto the biscuits to avoid a soggy shortcake. Macerated strawberries are also delicious spooned over ice cream or stirred into yogurt or oatmeal for breakfast.

Although the biscuits are best eaten warm, you can make the dough a day in advance and store in the fridge until ready to bake. (You can make whipped cream in a day in advance, too — you may want to briefly re-whisk before assembling.)

To serve, spoon strawberries over the bottom half of a warm biscuit, top with whipped cream, and finish with the top biscuit half. Or, really go for it and add another layer of cream and berries.

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How To Make Easy Strawberry Shortcake

You can’t let June pass by without at least one serving of strawberry shortcake! This recipe focuses your efforts on a super-simple shortcake and homemade whipped cream so that those ruby berries can really shine.

Prep time 25 minutes

Cook time 15 minutes to 20 minutes

Serves 8

Nutritional Info


For the strawberries:

  • 2 pounds

    strawberries, rinsed, stems removed, and quartered

  • 1/4 cup

    granulated sugar

  • Juice of 1 medium lemon (2 to 3 tablespoons) — zest the lemon first, and reserve the zest for the biscuits

For the biscuits:

  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon (about 1 tablespoon)

  • 1/4 cup

    plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar, divided

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled

  • 1 tablespoon

    baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt

  • 8 tablespoon

    (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 1/4 cups

    cold heavy cream

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 1/2 cups

    cold heavy cream

  • 2 tablespoons

    granulated sugar


  • 2

    large mixing bowls

  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Stand mixer or hand mixer


  1. Macerate the berries. Combine the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice in a large bowl and toss to combine. Set aside to macerate while you make the biscuits.

  2. Begin the biscuits. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and heat oven to 400°F. Place the zest and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a large bowl. Rub between your fingertips until the sugar is aromatic.

  3. Add the dry ingredients. Add the flour, baking powder, and salt and stir with a fork.

  4. Add the butter. Add the butter and use your fingers to rub the butter into the flour mixture until it forms pea-sized pieces.

  5. Add the cream. Drizzle in the cream and mix with a fork until combined. (Dough will be sticky.)

  6. Form into mounds. Form the dough into 8 large, tall mounds using a large spoon or ice cream scoop and space 2 inches apart on the prepared baking sheet (the taller the mounds of dough, the easier they will be to slice in half).

  7. Sprinkle with sugar. Sprinkle the top of the biscuits with remaining 1 teaspoon sugar.

  8. Bake the biscuits. Bake until the bottoms of the biscuits are deeply golden and the tops are lightly brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

  9. Whip the cream. Combine the heavy cream and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and beat on medium-high speed just until stiff peaks form (do not overwhip), about 90 seconds. (Alternatively, use a large bowl and an electric hand mixer.)

  10. Assemble the shortcakes. Split the biscuits in half crosswise. Spoon strawberries over the bottom half and top with a dollop of whipped cream. Finish with the top biscuit.

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