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Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Best Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

For a dazzling summer dessert, you can’t beat juicy strawberries and fresh whipped cream over homemade shortcake. “My father added even more indulgence to this recipe by buttering the shortcake," notes Shirley Joan Helfenbein of Lapeer, Michigan.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:4 servings


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 teaspoons cold butter, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Cut in 1/4 cup butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, combine egg and half-and-half; stir into crumb mixture just until moistened.
  • 2. Spread batter into a 6-in. round baking pan coated with cooking spray, slightly building up the edges. Bake at 450° for 13-15 minutes or until golden. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack.
  • 3. In a small bowl, beat whipping cream, confectioners' sugar and vanilla until soft peaks form. Cut cake horizontally into two. Soften remaining butter. Place bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with butter. Top with half of strawberries and cream mixture. Repeat layers of cake, strawberries and cream. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 420 calories, 28 g fat (17 g saturated fat), 140 mg cholesterol, 471 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 7 g protein.

Reviews for Best Strawberry Shortcake

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Reviewed Mar. 22, 2016

"Just perfect, baked up golden and was the right amount of not too sweet. Great for 2 people!"

Reviewed Aug. 7, 2011

"Crispy on outside and fluffy in the inside. Very easy and quick. Perfect for 4 people!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.