What goes better with fresh strawberries than more strawberries? You can dress up this easy strawberry shortcake recipe by slicing and layering like I did in the photos, or serve it family style and let everyone help themselves.
We have several You Pick strawberry farms in our area, so we always make time to go picking fresh local berries. Locally grown berries from a farm or farmers market are best for any strawberry recipe. Find fresh berries near you at LocalHarvest.
This year we were talking to one of the farm workers, who has picked berries around the country. He said they always pick the berries green for shipping to supermarkets – never red. That's why supermarket berries lack flavor.
If you can't get fresh berries, use frozen berries. You'll want to keep them on the side until serving time, but frozen berries are still likely to be riper than store berries.
How to Make Strawberry Shortcake
This recipe is a biscuit style shortcake. You can bake it in two eight inch pans, spread it into two rounds on a baking sheet, or bake it as drop biscuits.
Simply stir together your dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking powder and salt), then cut in your lard or shortening.
Stir in milk until just blended, and then spread the dough in two greased 8 inch layer pans and bake.
You can't have strawberry shortcake without strawberries. For this recipe, I decorate with cut strawberries, and then serve with additional chopped or mashed berries. You'll need around 1 to 2 quarts of berries, depending on your preferred berry to cake ratio.
To make the strawberry topping, chop berries together using a potato masher or pastry blender. Add sweetener, and let rest for around 20 minutes.
This rest time will help the sugar to draw liquid out of the berries for your berry sauce. Thawed berries will be very juicy on their own.
For sweetened whip cream, whip the cream until soft peaks form, add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar or vanilla liquid stevia and whip until moderately firm. For strawberry whipped cream, I use freeze dried strawberry powder, cream, and powdered sugar.
Serve by cutting the cake into wedges and slicing in half horizontally (if desired), topping each piece with berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Alternatively, if feeding a crowd, you can berry and cream the entire cake or cakes and cut slices – your choice.
I've also had good results substituting Namaste Gluten Free Flour Blend to make a gluten free shortcake.
I used two pastry tubes with star tips to apply the sweetened whipped cream and strawberry whipped cream to the cake layers. To make it easier to fill the decorating tube, I prop it up in a large glass.
I have the 5 tip Classic Simple Good decorating set, which comes with pastry bags and tips. I used the closed star and open star tips to decorate the cake, alternating colors around the outside edge, and filling the center with strawberry whipped cream and sliced berries.
If you don't have a decorating bag and tips, you can use ziplock bags and cut off a corner, or apply the whipped cream with a spoon.
I find this decorating set to be quite handy, as the extra large tips make it quick and easy to apply whipped cream or frosting. You can also use the tips to pipe cream puff dough (and fill the finished puffs) and other pastries, or make drop dumplings.Print
Strawberry Shortcake with Strawberry Whipped Cream
Fresh strawberries, whipped cream, and an easy to mix cake combine with even more berries and whipped cream for an extra special treat.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 15 minutes
- Total Time: 35 minutes
- Yield: 12 servings 1x
- Category: dessert
For the Cake
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 3 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/3 cup lard or shortening
- 1 cup milk
For the Strawberry Topping
- 1 quart fresh or previously frozen strawberries
- 1/2 cup – 1 cup granulated sugar
For Sweetened Whipped Cream
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup powder sugar
For Strawberry Whipped Cream
- 1 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup freeze dried strawberry powder (about 1 cup freeze dried strawberries)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
1. Reserve some sliced fresh strawberries for decorating the cake, if desired.
2. Chop remaining berries together using a potato masher or pastry blender. Add sugar and let rest while you prepare the cake and whipped cream. This rest time will help the sugar to draw liquid out of the berries for your berry sauce. Thawed berries will be very juicy on their own.
1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Grease two 8 inch round pans or baking sheet.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Cut in lard or shortening with a pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
3. Stir in milk until just blended. Spread dough into prepared round pans, or drop by large spoonfuls on baking sheet.
4. Bake 12 to 15 minutes, until lightly golden brown on top. Cool finished cakes on wire rack.
Whip the cream until soft peaks start to form. Then add the vanilla extract and powdered sugar and whip until moderately firm.
Whip the cream until soft peaks start to form. Then add the strawberry powder and powdered sugar and whip until moderately firm.
If using whole freeze dried strawberries, pulverize one cup of berries in a blender or food processer. Sift out seeds with a fine mesh strainer, if desired, before using.
Serving the cake:
Serve by cutting the cake into wedges and slicing in half horizontally (if desired), topping each piece with berries and whipped cream.
Alternatively, slice both cake layers in half, and alternate layers of cake with layers of sliced berries and whipped cream. Serve with additional berry sauce. This can be prepped a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator, but the cake will soften in storage.
Refrigerate leftovers, if any, and use within 1-2 days for best quality.
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Working with Fresh Strawberries for you Strawberry Shortcake
Here are some tips to preserve the flavor and texture of your fresh strawberries.
- Use berries as quickly as possible after picking. They'll keep for a day or two on the counter, and a little bit longer in the refrigerator.
- Wait to wash berries until just before use.
- Gently rinse berries in a strainer with cool water.
- Pat berries dry with a towel before using them on your strawberry shortcake. Remove the caps only after you've dried the berries, as they protect the inside of the berry.
- Stuff berries in the produce bin of your refrigerator. Moisture is the enemy of fresh strawberries, and they can mold very quickly.
- Keep damaged berries next to good berries. Once one berry in a pile starts to go, the spoilage spreads.
- Store your berries in a tightly sealed container. Uncut berries with caps on will keep longer in an open bin with good air circulation.
Where Can I Get Freeze Dried Strawberries?
More grocery stores are starting to carry freeze dried fruit for snacking, so you might be able to find them in the produce department.
I ordered mine from nuts.com, which stocks way more than nuts. They have a TON of different specialty baking supplies, including a wide assortment of dried fruit and fruit powders.
I think you might be able to substitute 1/4 cup strawberry jam, pureed, for the strawberry powder, but I ran out of whipped cream so I couldn't test to see how well it holds up. If you try it, could you please let me know how well it works.
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Originally published in 2012, last updated in 2021.