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Lemon-Berry Shortcake Recipe

Lemon-Berry Shortcake Recipe

This simple lemon shortcake is tender and not overly sweet. Enjoy this summertime classic with a generous layer of whipped topping and berries. —Meryl Herr, Overland Park, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping


  • 1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9-in. round baking pan.
  • 2. In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk egg, buttermilk, melted butter, lemon peel, lemon juice and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Fold in 1 cup strawberries. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • 3. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • 4. For topping, toss berries with lemon juice and sugar. To serve, spread whipped topping over cake. Top with berries. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 252 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 42 mg cholesterol, 245 mg sodium, 40 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.

Reviews for Lemon-Berry Shortcake

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Reviewed May. 20, 2015

"Great recipe. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar-I used slightly less than 1/3, and it was sweet enough. I added blueberries along with the strawberries for the cake. We used sliced strawberries and real whipped cream for the topping. This was delicious."

Reviewed Jul. 11, 2014

"For 1bigdog6767 I think you can use Equal or I know there is another product whose name I cannot remember, sorry - maybe another viewer knows, but it is a sugar substitute made for cooking/baking. I have seen it at Ralphs (Krogers) supermarkets, Good luck"

Reviewed Jul. 4, 2014

"Great and easy recipe. It does not over power you but it does satisfy you. If you don't have or want to buy buttermilk, just pour your milk into a measuring cup and add 1 tea of white vinegar. Let sit for 5 min and now you have buttermilk. You should use whole milk. This took at least 45-50 min to bake."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2014

"This is our favorite strawberry dessert. I've made it several times every year for a long time and it gets lots of compliments."

Reviewed Jun. 20, 2014

"This is a very simple dessert recipe that my family really enjoys. I love the extra tang the buttermilk adds to this cake. This really highlights the lemon flavor. You can't beat the combination of lemon and strawberries. YUM! It really reminds you of summer all year round."

Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"can I rework the recipe Im Diabetic?"

Reviewed Jul. 22, 2013

"I love this recipe. The cake was very easy to make. Next time I will try the recipe with other berries. Thanks a lot for sharing it."

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2013

"Loved it, but it does take a lot more time to bake. It needed at least an hour. Otherwise very yummy. It reminded me of the shortcake I used to make as a girl."

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2012

"Everybody loved this!! It was gone within a few hours of making it! The texture is perfect and just enough flavor without being too sweet. Planning to make it again this weekend!"

Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

"Can I use 2% milk instead of buttermilk?"

Reviewed Jun. 11, 2012

"I spread a layer of lemon curd on the cake, then the berries, and the whipped topping on top. It was great!"

Reviewed May. 30, 2012

"Made this twice now.. first time with raspberries added to batter, 2nd time with blueberries. Then I put a mixture of strawberries, blueberries & raspberries on top of the whipping cream for the main dessert; however, this is also good for a light snack as is. Thanks so much for posting.. definitely a keeper!!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"This recipe is wonderful! The moist shortcake combined with the lemon and berries is just bright! I added some blueberries to the batter with the strawberries and allowed guests to top with berries and whipping cream as they desired. When I want more than just plain shortcake for company, I'll make this!"

Reviewed Jul. 8, 2011

"Simple to make! The only thing better than eating it was the fresh smell while I made it! Summer in a mixing bowl. Absolutely delicious and I so am making it again!"

Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

"not to sweet and able to make several ways with an assortment of different berries"

Reviewed May. 2, 2010

"This is a flavorful shortcake that's not too sweet, but satisfies the sweet tooth. Easy to prepare, but watch your baking time. It may require more time to bake, depending on your oven."

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

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