Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry Shortcake | #recipe

I am still consuming fruit like a mad woman, and I’m especially loving the sweet strawberries this summer. I haven’t eaten them as much in recent years as I did when I was a kid, and I’ve sort of fallen in love with them all over again. I can remember my mom filling a bowl with fresh strawberries for my sister and I, and we’d just eat and eat. Sometimes she’d throw on a sprinkle of sugar if they weren’t super ripe, or we’d dip them in whipped cream. In an attempt to eat more strawberries and more whipped cream, AND some biscuits, I decided last week that I needed strawberry shortcake.

(Did anyone else that grew up in the 80’s LOVE Strawberry Shortcake, the character? I was infatuated with her, and that’s the first thing I think of anytime I hear “strawberry shortcake”!)

Strawberry Shortcake | #recipe

Usually I would just throw some strawberries and whipped cream on a split biscuit and call it a day, but I saw this version with macerated strawberries on Epicurious and it sounded even better. Smooshy strawberries that are soft and not hard to cut with a fork? Strawberry juice that soaks into the biscuits? Sold and sold. I used my favorite buttermilk biscuit recipe and fresh whipped cream, left the strawberries to macerate for an hour, and then enjoyed the most amazing strawberry shortcake I’ve ever eaten. Actually, I enjoyed more than one, but that’s neither here nor there.

Your summer deserves these shortcakes!

Strawberry Shortcake | #recipe

One year ago: Blueberry Buckle
Two years ago: Homemade Butterscotch Sauce
Three years ago: S’mores Cupcakes and Peach Cobbler
Five years ago: White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies
Six years ago: Hearty Whole Wheat Bread
Seven years ago: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Strawberry Shortcake

Yield: 12 servings

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

Fluffy buttermilk biscuits are topped with macerated strawberries and fresh whipped cream.


For the Biscuits:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ cup unsalted butter, chilled, cut into small pieces
¾ cup buttermilk

For the Strawberries:
5 pounds strawberries, hulled and quartered (about 15 cups)
1 cup granulated sugar

For the Whipped Cream:
1½ cups heavy cream (or heavy whipping cream)
4½ teaspoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1. Make the Biscuits: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (do not grease your baking sheet).

2. Place the flours, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl or the workbowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade. Whisk together or process with six pulses.

3. If making by hand, use a pastry blender or your fingertips to quickly cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal with a few slightly larger butter lumps. If using a food processor, distribute the butter evenly over the dry ingredients. Cover and process with twelve pulses.

4. If making by hand, stir in the buttermilk with a rubber spatula or fork until the mixture forms a soft, slightly sticky ball. If using a food processor, remove the cover and pour the buttermilk evenly over the dough. Process until the dough gathers into moist clumps, about eight pulses.

5. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and quickly form into a rough ball. Be careful not to overmix. Pat the dough into a ¾-inch-thick circle. Cut out the dough rounds with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Push together the remaining pieces of dough, again pat into a ¾-inch-thick circle, and cut out several more dough rounds. Place the biscuits on the prepared baking sheet.

6. Bake until the biscuit tops are light brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Remove baking sheet to a wire cooling rack while the strawberries are prepared.

7. Prepare the Strawberries: Place the strawberries and the sugar in a large bowl and stir to combine. Let sit for 5 minutes, then use a potato masher to gently press on the strawberries (do not mash them). Let stand for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.

8. Meanwhile, Make the Whipped Cream: Pour the heavy cream, sugar and vanilla extract into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Turn the mixer to medium speed and whip to soft peaks, about 3 to 4 minutes.

9. Assemble the Strawberry Shortcakes: Split the biscuits in half, top with some of the strawberries, and then top with the whipped cream.

(Recipe adapted from Epicurious)


26 Responses to “Strawberry Shortcake”

  1. Shannon @ Lizzy Lu on July 15, 2014 at 1:40 am

    First one to comment!! This looks super tasty, but really just want to give you a HUGE congrats! I’ve been a follower since the beginning of time, and couldn’t be happier to see your sweet family grow. Can’t wait to follow along!


  2. Kristen on July 15, 2014 at 3:27 am

    Heh the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of your post was the character. My sister and I loved her as kids. Our room was decorated with Strawberry Shortcake (except for the Rainbow Brite table). Plus she had the Strawberry Shortcake doll and I had Lemon Merengue (who actually smelled lemony). Wow talk about bringing up some old memories!

    However childhood memories aside, this looks so refreshing! I need to go get some strawberries


  3. janet on July 15, 2014 at 6:35 am

    I grew up with the doll too. Loved her and all her friends. I had the bedding set for years 🙂

    I love strawberries! My favorite way to eat them is in yogurt. Yum!!

    Have a beautiful day!!


  4. Laura @ Raise Your Garden on July 15, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Nothing beats fresh strawberries on fresh biscuits for dessert in the summer. Bring on the strawberry shortcake!

    Did you know that those strawberry shortcake dolls are worth a mint now? I wanted my daughter to play with mine and my mom doesn’t want her too because she’ll destroy them? How about my Little Ponies….The Littles or Woodsies….remember those? WE have an awesome toy museum near us called the Strong Museum those shows off all these fun toys. =)


    • Michelle on July 15th, 2014 at 8:33 am

      I totally had My Little Ponies, too! One of my other favorites as a kid 🙂


      • Diana on July 15th, 2014 at 11:53 am

        I am a HUGE My Little Pony Fan and collector! Just got back from the big My Little Pony Fair and Convention in Tennessee! I did have a few Strawberry Shortcake dolls and friends back in the day but now just a room full of ponies 😉 Love the recipe by the way! I think I might try adding a touch of vanilla to the biscuits and a tad more sugar and see what that is like… 😀


  5. AndreaL on July 15, 2014 at 9:08 am

    Congratulations to you and your CCC on your big news! I was so excited when I saw your post yesterday. Lots of exciting things happening for you 🙂

    I cannot wait to try this recipe. Sometimes I get so tired of trying shortcake and it’s an actual sweet cake rather than a biscuit. This simply looks delicious!


  6. Cally on July 15, 2014 at 9:25 am

    This looks delicious! I was obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake as a kid. My whole room was covered in her. My room always smelled really good. I loved introducing my little girl to her! We love walking through the toy aisle smelling all the dolls. 🙂 We just went to see one of the new SS shows they had as part of a summer program at the local theater. Maybe you will get to introduce your little girl to SS, too. 🙂 So excited for you!


  7. Heather on July 15, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Yum! What a wonderful summer sweet! I too loved Strawberry Shortcake (the 80s character) when I was a kid 🙂


  8. Lauren Hughes on July 15, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    This looks amazing – I am going to try this recipe on the weekend for sure! Shame I am allergic to strawberries 🙁 xo


  9. Lindsay on July 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    I loved Strawberry Shortcake as a kid too, although Apple Dumplin’ was my favorite. My mom saved some of our Strawberry Shortcake dolls and almost 30 years later, they still smell like strawberries.


  10. Lynne on July 15, 2014 at 1:20 pm

    Just like my mom always made (except that her biscuit was a bit sweeter and she baked it in a cake round and cut it into triangles to serve). I confess that I was never much of a fan of strawberry shortcake, but I would have the macerated strawberries with just the whipped cream. Yum.


  11. Molly - Doughvelopment on July 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Love strawberry shortcake, both the character and dessert!
    I’ve been infatuated with macerated berries this summer! So, juicy!


  12. Vanessa Musquiz on July 15, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    My room was Strawberry Shortcake! Loved those dolls !


  13. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake on July 15, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    This looks like a fabulous summer dessert! And I loved the Strawberry Shortcake character when I was little!


  14. Linda on July 15, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Love fresh strawberries and will eat them for lunch.


  15. JessB on July 15, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    Congrats! Hope you are eating organic ones since the conventional ones are one of the most sprayed fruits…gotta look out for the little one!


  16. Cheryl on July 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    I ADORE strawbery shortcake. It’s probably my favorite non-chocolate dessert! This sounds delicous and I love, love, love how georgous your pictures are!

    I am also thrilled to hear about your the new expantions you’ll be making (starting with your belly, then in your home!) – CONGRATULATIONS and best wishes for the next few months. I’ll be following to see where the cravings may lead you! HUGS


  17. Angelyn @ Everyday Desserts on July 15, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I LOVE strawberry shortcake – this looks delicious!!


  18. Katarzyna on July 15, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    This looks beyond delicious as is, but I can’t help but wonder how much MORE delicious it would be with the addition of, say, Grand Marnier…I just may have a project for tonight 😉

    Love your site, by the way! All of your recipes are fabulous


  19. Janice on July 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    First — my wish for happiness for you, Michelle, & your CCC as you welcome your new bundle of love! God bless you all! Enjoy each & every moment — times has a way of “flying by”!
    Next, could you post CCC’s blog about drinks. I thought I saved that email … It is out there on the cloud somewhere!?!? Thanks so much!!


    • Michelle on July 15th, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Hi Janice, Thank you so much! His website is Unfortunately, I had to stop sampling a few months ago! I hope you enjoy it! 🙂


  20. dina on July 16, 2014 at 9:13 am

    a wonderful classic!


  21. Trish on July 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Congratulations! I was wondering if your craving for fruit might have been related to something or other! 😉 I can attest that strawberries macerated in Grand Marnier is fabulous! And if I have leftovers (accidentally on purpose) I stir them into my yogurt for breakfast the next day.


  22. Ream on July 16, 2014 at 4:19 pm

    Oh! Congratulations!!!


  23. Arthur in the Garden! on July 21, 2014 at 3:24 pm



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