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Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade strawberry shortcake is a far cry from those round flavorless discs you buy at the grocery store. Discover how to make your own homemade strawberry shortcake in a few simple steps. Just add whipped cream and dig in! 

one strawberry shortcake with strawberries and whipped cream dessert on a white plate

You know those round yellow cakes you buy in the bakery of the grocery store with the indention in the middle? The kind that we call “shortcake”? Yeah, well they aren’t. They are short alright–short on flavor, short on texture, and they are missing the mark in a ton of ways.

My guess is if we left them on the counter for an unidentified length of time they would never mold. I could use them to hold my cookbooks open on the counter. Or as doorstops. Or to scotch the tires on the farm wagon.

And that worries me a little.

I’ve been making my shortcake for strawberries from scratch for a really long time. To me, it’s easier to whip this up. Takes like, um, 30 minutes. You only need one bowl and no mixer. It’s pretty much dump, mix and bake. For the pictures you see here, I baked a couple of round cakes in small ramekins. You can use a muffin tin if you would like, but the original recipe calls for an 8×8 pan and serves about 6 people–it’s just as easy to do it that way and cut squares.

a strawberry shortcake with topped with whipped cream and a strawberry with a bite taken out of it.

Tips for easy strawberry shortcake

  • Use a good whipped cream with yours. You can make it from scratch with a recipe like this one, or you can buy it in a spray can. I’m just not a fan of Cool Whip though. Even though we love it, there’s not a drop of real cream in that. It’s whipped oil. Boo.
  • Once you stop seeing pockets of raw flour in your batter, stop mixing. You don’t want to make strawberry shortcake bricks. Keep them tender and soft with gentle mixing.
  • Use any fruit you like with these little gems. Fresh peaches in summer, strawberries, blueberries. Yikes I love it. In the winter, you could even cook down some frozen fruit and pour it warm over the top of the cakes.

the steps for shortcake; cream butter and sugar, sift in dry ingredients, bake in a muffin tin or 8x8 baking dish

How to prepare the strawberries for your strawberry shortcake recipe

This is a snap. Wash your strawberries, and cut off of the leaves and stems. You can just cut a bit of the top off–that’s easiest. Then cut your berries in half or in slices depending on how large they are.

If you want to have some sweet juice to drizzle over your shortcake, put your berries in a  bowl and add a few tablespoons of sugar.

Let them sit about 15 minutes and they will release their own juice you can spoon over the cakes.

If you don’t want juice, you can toss the berries in some sugar and serve immediately, or leave off the sugar altogether.

Are you ready to dig in? Get started and then leave me a comment and let me know how you loved them!

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is a distant winner over the pre-made round yellow cakes you find in the grocery bakery. Making this cake will change your whole perspective on this spring treat!
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 10
Calories: 248kcal
Author: Rachel Ballard



  • Preheat the oven to 350, and lightly grease an 8x8 pan or 10 spaces on a muffin tin. 
  • Cream the butter and sugar with a spoon, beating well until the mixture is light and slightly fluffy. About 40 strokes around the bowl or so.
  • Add the buttermilk,eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Using a sifter sitting over the bowl, add the flour, salt, and baking powder to the sifter and tap the dry ingredients into the wet ones.
  • Mix with a spoon until no dry clumps of flour remain.
  • Bake 25-30 minutes for the 8x8 pan or 15-20 minutes for the muffin tin until the cake springs back and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Serve slightly warm with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.


Calories: 248kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 58mg | Sodium: 223mg | Potassium: 129mg | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 350IU | Calcium: 59mg | Iron: 1.1mg

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Recipe Rating

Sheila A Louis

Wednesday 7th of April 2021

This was easy and delicious. Baked in a round pan and it came out light, fluffy, and exactly what we wanted for our strawberry shortcake. Thanks for the recipe!


Saturday 27th of March 2021

Wow these are addictive! I copied another commenter and added a wee drop of almond extract along with the vanilla and a bit of orange zest and couldn't stop licking the bowl. It didn't need perking, it's delicious as is, but what a fantastic recipe to play with! They really are a faint reminder of the grocery store cups but a Million times better and how we always Want them to taste! The little additions matched my Cointreau spiked strawberries perfectly, already thinking of future tweaks with lemon or lime. Thanks for posting, I'll make these a ton!

Rachel Ballard

Sunday 28th of March 2021

Wonderful Abby!

Rachel Tyler

Friday 10th of July 2020

I see the butter should be softened - does the buttermilk need to be at room temp? Sorry, that might be a given.. Thanks for your help!

Rachel Ballard

Saturday 11th of July 2020

I never do Rachel ;)


Friday 10th of July 2020

Moist and delicious . Easy to follow recipe. Doesn’t disappoint!!


Thursday 9th of July 2020

Can I use Turbinado sugar instead?

Rachel Ballard

Thursday 9th of July 2020

Sure. Turbinado is still cane sugar. It may not dissolve as easily but it works. --Rachel