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An Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Updated on March 1, 2016
Strawberry Shortcake
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A Favorite Dessert Treat

A good strawberry shortcake has to be everyone's favorite dessert. Whether it's a basic dessert for a family meal, a dessert for a tea or shower, or a decadent, sinfully rich treat for a very special occasion, you can't go wrong with strawberry shortcake.

A strawberry shortcake recipe doesn't have to be difficult or time consuming to be good. My mother's strawberry shortcake was as simple as they come, but it was delicious! She didn't actually use a recipe.

Here are the instructions for

Mother's Strawberry Shortcake

  1. 1 one-egg cake
  2. 1 pint of whipping cream, whipped, sweetened and flavored with a bit of vanilla
  3. 1 pint of strawberries, washed, sliced, sprinkled with sugar and allowed to sit until juice forms in the bowl

Bake the one-egg cake in an eight inch square pan. I'll include a recipe for a one-egg cake below. Cool the cake in the pan, remove from pan and slice in half to form two layers. Assemble at serving time. Spread whipped cream over the top of one layer, then spoon half the strawberries and juice over this. Place the second layer over the top of the whipped cream and berries. Place the remaining whipped cream over the top, then add the remaining berries and juice.

Recipe for Simple One-Egg Cake

  1. 1 3/4 cups flour
  2. 1 1/4 cups sugar
  3. 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/3 cup butter
  6. 1 cup milk
  7. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  8. 1 egg

Method: Combine flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Set aside. In a second bowl, mix together the sugar and butter. When well mixed, at the egg and mix until light. Add milk and dry ingredients to the batter alternately, one third at a time. Blend. When batter is moist, pour into prepared eight in pan and bake at 350 F for about 45 minutes or until tester comes out clean.

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Slice of Strawberry Shortcake
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A Recipe for Traditional Strawberry Shortcake

Traditionally, strawberry shortcake is made with a biscuit-like base. The recipe below is for a this type of traditional dessert.

Incidentally, you are not limited to using strawberries in a shortcake. Try this recipe with other fruit, such as raspberries, blackberries, pineapple or peaches.


  1. First, set aside about a dozen large strawberries to be used as decoration. Wash, hull and slice remaining strawberries. Add 1/4 cup of sugar and let sit to form juice.
  2. To make the dough, sift the dry ingredients together, including the 2 tsp of sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the hard butter until it is the size of small peas. Add milk, mixing quickly until the flour is moistened. Press dough into a ball. Pat it out on lightly floured board until it is 3/4 of an inch thick. Cut in rounds with floured three inch cutter, then bake on an ungreased cookie sheet at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for eight or nine minutes. Remove from pan and allow to cool.
  3. Whip cream, adding the 2 tbsp sugar while whipping. Fold in vanilla.
  4. To assemble, slice the biscuits in half, buttering if desired. Spoon some whipped cream on the bottom half, and cover with a few strawberries. Place top half over this, sandwich style. Add more whipped cream and garnish with strawberries.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar, white
  • 1/2 cup butter, hard
  • 2/3 cup milk, cold
  • 1 quart strawberries
  • 1/2 pint whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sugar, white
  • 2 tbsp sugar, white
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Cook Time

Prep time: 45 min
Cook time: 9 min
Ready in: 54 min
Yields: 6 servings

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    • nightcats profile image

      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver

      Hi Vondre. Glad to know the cake turned out well. I'll be sure to check your free cakbe book. Not that my waistline needs any more cake recipes!

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      June Campbell 9 years ago from North Vancouver

      17 pounds of strawberries! I am SO envious of you.

    • Linda Ruth profile image

      Linda Ruth 9 years ago from Peterborough, NH

      Very timely, as we just picked 17 pounds of strawberries and are trying a new strawberry shortcake recipe every night. The easiest shortcake might be using the refridgerated biscuits for the cake--but this might be the yummiest.

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      Party Girl 9 years ago

      One hub to help you lose weight and then this one to put it back on again (think I prefer the cake bit - that is why I put the weight on!)

    • BarbaraMay profile image

      BarbaraMay 9 years ago from Canada

      Scrumptious! You take the cake!

      On second thought, maybe I will... :-)

    • nightcats profile image

      June Campbell 10 years ago from North Vancouver

      Of course you do! We all love strawberry shortcake! :-)

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      Research Analyst 10 years ago

      I love strawberry shortcake.