Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Nothing says summer like Strawberry Shortcake.  Fresh sweet strawberries piled high on a sweet homemade buttermilk biscuit and topped with vanilla ice cream. What more could you ask for in a summertime dessert?!

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Strawberry Shortcake on a plate and topped with ice cream

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake

I think we all have that one thing in life that no matter when and where you see it, you immediately think of those childhood summer memories. For me, what never fails to bring back everything I loved about summer as a kid, is strawberry shortcake. 

This easy strawberry shortcake recipe is that perfect backyard bbq, summer pool day, late-night sleepover kind of dessert. With freshly baked warm drop biscuit shortcakes and deliciously juicy sweet strawberries, this combo screams summer. 

Make a batch to share with friends, or hide it away to enjoy all on your own, no matter how to serve it, you’ll be obsessed no matter what!

Strawberry Shortcake with vanilla ice cream

What is Strawberry Shortcake? 

Strawberry shortcake is a popular dessert made with a sweet cake or biscuit and sliced strawberries that are mixed with sugar for a sweet and juicy mixture that’s like no other. 

You’ll sometimes see recipes that use shortcake biscuits that are cut and shaped, but this recipe is made with simple drop biscuits that are equally as delicious, twice as easy. 

The shortcakes are split and bottoms are covered with a layer of strawberries, juice, and whipped cream. The top is replaced, and more strawberries and whipped cream are added onto the top. 

Strawberry Shortcake on a plate

How To Make Homemade Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberry shortcake is that classic dessert everyone should be making in the summer. There are no excuses to be made for not making this recipe because it’s just that easy. Just grab a few simple ingredients, get mixing, and in no time you’ll have a party-ready dessert. 

(full printable recipe at the end of this post)

Just slice the strawberries and place them a medium bowl. Use a potato masher to mash strawberries slightly. Add a little powdered sugar and mix. Cover and chill. Preheat oven and line a baking sheet with parchment, or spray a pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, stir together Bisquick, buttermilk, sugar, orange juice, and zest until combined. Drop batter in 1/3 cup scoops about 2-inches apart onto a pan. Mix an egg with a little water and brush on dough. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.

To assemble, simply, use a knife to split warm shortcakes then fill with strawberries and top with ice cream or whipped cream and more strawberries.

Tips For Picking Good Strawberries

To make this recipe truly as good as it can get, it all starts with picking out the right strawberries. Since the strawberries are the main focus, if your berries are bad, unfortunately, the whole dessert will be bad. No one want’s that, so let me give you a few tips on how to pick out the best strawberries.

  • If possible, try to buy local or organic produce at your local grocery store or farmers market. These local and organically grown strawberries will be the best quality. 
  • If the strawberries are white or green at the top the aren’t ripe enough, so move on from those. 
  • Look for a deep red coloring. This means there will be a more intense flavor. 
  • Make sure the strawberries all look firm and solid. If any are starting to wrinkle it means the bunch is going bad, and won’t be nearly as good. 

Strawberry Shortcake bite on a fork

Strawberry Shortcake Topping Ideas

Top with homemade whipped cream. It only takes a few extra minutes, tastes so good, and is way cheaper than the canned stuff. For my favorite boozy whipped cream recipe, check out the bottom of this Chocolate Bread Pudding with Raspberry Sauce

Need to cool down on a hot summer day? Add some vanilla ice cream! Or jazz it up with your favorite fun flavor like cookies and cream, or chocolate brownie! 

Make it a triple berry dessert and add two of your favorite berries like raspberries and blueberries. 

To give this a chocolate-covered strawberry shortcake vibe, drizzle some chocolate sauce on top. 

How to Store Strawberry Shortcake

If you want to store this strawberry shortcake for later, you’ll want to make sure you store everything separately. Don’t store them assembles or you will end up with a soggy mess. 

Store the strawberries in one airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. Then you’ll place your shortcake in an airtight container or ziptop bag and place them on the counter. Don’t store them in the refrigerator as they will get dried out. 

Once ready to enjoy, just assemble according to the direction in the recipe card below. For best results, I suggest consuming within 2-3 days as the drop biscuits do not stay fresh long. 

Strawberry Shortcake with ice cream

These Are The Perfect Summer Strawberry Recipes! 

Crustless Fresh Strawberry Pie – A simple Fresh Strawberry Pie with jello is the perfect skinny dessert. Just four guilt-free ingredients and you have a delicious low-carb crustless jello pie.

Strawberry Ice Cream – made with fresh strawberries. Plus, this is a completely no-cook recipe! You will love the bright, fresh strawberry flavor of this ice cream!

Strawberry Gooey Butter Cake With Oreo Cookie Layer – A simply delicious dessert bar with an unexpected Oreo cookie layer. If you are a fan of strawberries and gooey butter cake recipes, you will love this easy dessert recipe.

Honey Lime Strawberry Sauce – Keep a jar of this easy strawberry sauce in your fridge this summer. It is the perfect fruit topping for ice cream, waffles, or cheesecake.

Strawberry Moscow Mule – a traditional Moscow Mule with vodka, ginger beer, and lime, that gets fresh strawberries and basil muddled into the mixture. It’s the best cocktail out there for Summer and you should probably be drinking one over the weekend. 

Strawberry Lemonade Iced Tea – A delicious combination of lemonade and iced tea blended with fresh strawberries. Quick and easy to make, this drink would be great for summertime parties or gatherings of any kind.

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Tools Used to Make This Easy Strawberry Shortcake Recipe:

Glass Mixing Bowl Set: Everyone should have a good set of mixing bowls in their kitchen. This set is my favorite because the variety of sizes means I always have exactly what I need available. 

Potato Masher: This one might seem weird for a dessert recipe but just trust me. A potato masher is great for smashing strawberries and extracting the juices. I never make strawberry shortcake without it now!

Baking Sheet: Once I started using these aluminum baking sheets, I was in love. They are a great large size that will fit the needs of any recipe you might be making. 

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes

Nothing says summer like Strawberry Shortcake.  Fresh sweet strawberries piled high on a sweet homemade buttermilk biscuit and topped with vanilla ice cream.

Ingredients

Strawberries

  • 2 1/2 lbs fresh strawberries, hulled
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar

Biscuits

  • 2⅓ cups Bisquick Baking Mix
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 large egg, beaten

Optional

  • Ice cream or whipped cream
  • fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

  1. Slice strawberries and place them a medium bowl. Use a potato masher to mash strawberries slightly (you want some mashed and some to remain intact). Add powdered sugar and mix. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  2. Preheat oven to 450° F. Line a baking sheet with parchment, or spray pan with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, stir together Bisquick, buttermilk, sugar, orange juice, and zest until combined. Drop batter in 1/3 cup scoops about 2-inches apart onto pan. Mix egg with 1 tablespoon water and brush on dough. Bake 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  4. To assemble: Using a knife, split warm shortcakes. Fill with strawberries and top with ice cream or whipped cream and more strawberries.

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