Real Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade strawberry shortcake made with fresh, local strawberries and real whipped cream is a classic summertime dessert that we look forward to every year.

strawberries and whip cream on biscuit on plate on dock with lake
The taste of summer!

For best results, make this strawberry shortcake with freshly picked strawberries, real whipped cream and homemade biscuits. It’s simply irresistible and relatively easy to make – cut strawberries, whip cream, bake biscuits then assemble.

strawberry shortcake
Fresh strawberries, whipped cream on a biscuit.

There are three key parts to this dessert that are all easy and straight forward to make. Strawberries mixed with honey or liqueur is part one. Real whipped cream with sugar and vanilla is part two. And a simple sweet biscuit is the third. Put them all together and you have these gorgeous individual sized strawberry shortcake desserts.

strawberry shortcake

If you’re having an informal party, you can let guests assemble the shortcakes themselves – tons of fun – just make extra of everything!

Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Thanks to Tam Anderson of Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm in Bon Accord, Alberta for the inspiration behind this recipe. It’s her idea to add a little Grand Marnier to the strawberries – brilliant!

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5 from 2 votes

Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

A classic summertime dessert made with a lightly sweetened drop biscuit, fresh strawberries and homemade whipped cream. Delish!
Prep : 30 mins
Cook : 20 mins
Total Time: 50 mins
Servings: 8


  • Topping/Filling
  • 4-5 cups Strawberries fresh
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 Tbsp Grand Marnier optional
  • 1 cup Whipping Cream at least 35% fat
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • Drop Biscuit
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Baking Soda
  • 2 Tbsp Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1/3 cup Butter cold
  • 1 cup Buttermilk*


  • Slice strawberries and mix with honey and liqueur (if using). Set aside to draw out juices.
  • Beat whip cream with sugar until stiff peaks form. Set aside in fridge.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F (230°C).
  • In medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar and salt.
  • Cut in butter until mix resembles crumbs. Make a well in the center.
  • Add buttermilk to dry mix. Stir until just moistened. Overmixing can lead to tough biscuits.
  • Drop dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet into 8 equal mounds. Leave 1 inch between.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until golden.
  • Slice biscuits in half. Layer with strawberries and whipped cream, top with top of biscuit and add more strawberries and whipped cream. Be sure to get all the juices from the strawberry bowl – drizzle it on the bottom layer of the biscuits or use it on top as a drizzly garnish.


*Buttermilk Substitute – pour 1 Tbsp lemon juice in a measuring cup, add enough milk to make 1 cup. Stir and let sit for 5 minutes.
Read How to Make Whipped Cream for more tips and detailed instructions.
Biscuits are best eaten fresh. If you can’t eat them all at once, freeze them after they’ve cooled. Pull them out of the freezer and bake in 300°F oven for 5 to 10 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

Calories: 383kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Sodium: 378mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Iron: 2mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: shortcake, strawberry, strawberry shortcake, whipped cream

Strawberry Shortcake or Strawberry Cream Puffs?

We’ve been having a very difficult and heated debate in our house about which we prefer best – strawberry shortcake or strawberry cream puffs.

It has required much taste testing. A good excuse to get fresh local strawberries.

We made these strawberry cream puffs as finger food for Canada Day celebrations. They were a big hit at the party.

strawberry cream puffs
strawberry cream puff

Let’s face it, both are amazing! No one is going to frown or say no to whichever of these desserts is offered – certainly not my family. But here’s what we have concluded:

  • For a sit down dessert we prefer this strawberry shortcake. We love that classic combination and when you have a plate and fork you can load up on strawberries and whipped cream and not worry about things getting gooey.
  • For a more delicate finger food to serve at a stand up gathering, the mini strawberry cream puffs are perfect. They’re easy to handle and just require a couple of bites.
  • For either one fresh strawberries and real whipped cream are key ingredients!

Do you have a preference?

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    1. Thanks for your vote, Donna! I agree, how can you not have strawberry shortcake when there are fresh strawberries?!

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