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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
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Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

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In our farmhouse kitchen, I grew up helping my mom make soup and pies. My husband's a doctor, and we live on a "hobby farm" here in the Skagit Valley. Through the years, we've raised everything from turkeys to horses. Right now, there are steers in the pasture. Larry and I have four children. The eldest was married last summer...the youngest is finishing kindergarten!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:9 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 9 servings


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Whipped cream
  • 1-1/2 quarts fresh or frozen strawberries, sliced


  1. In a bowl, cream sugar and shortening. Add egg and vanilla; beat well. Combine dry ingredients and add alternately with milk to the creamed mixture. Spread in a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack.
  2. Cut into nine servings. Split each serving horizontally and fill with whipped cream and strawberries. Replace top of cake; garnish with more berries and a dollop of whipped cream. Serve immediately. Yield: 9 servings.
Originally published as Strawberry Shortcake in Country Woman May/June 1991, p33

Sweet White Wine

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

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Reviewed May. 11, 2015

"Hands down, this is the best shortcake I have ever tried. It was light and fluffy and had good flavor. I served it for Mother's day and everyone was raving about it. This one is a keeper. I did toss the berries with some sugar to form a little sauce but other than that I stuck to the recipe. You can't fail with this one."

Reviewed Apr. 17, 2015

"The picture does not represent the recipe at all. Those are not just plain strawberries, but a glaze. There are no instructions to make the glaze. Also, the post from the recipe author doesn't say a thing about the recipe, just about her family. I found that odd and not helpful at all."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"Too dry, dense. I wouldn't make again.."

Reviewed Sep. 8, 2014

"This was delicious and so easy to make! I had berries that needed used, and we live a good 20 minute drive to the nearest store, so I wanted to find a recipe for shortcake that I might already have all the ingredients for. This worked great! My 4-year old helped and she loved it too! We didn't have whipped cream, but I had tried to make a Swiss meringue buttercream frosting a few weeks ago that I was kinda disappointed when it turned out tasting EXACTLY like whipped cream. So we made that for our whipped cream and it worked perfect! And for those complaining about not having a recipe for a strawberry glaze, I think you are crazy lol all we did was cut up our fresh berries first, sprinkled them with some sugar, put a lid on the bowl, and stuck it in the fridge while we worked on everything else. 45 minutes to an hour later, we've got nice sweet juicy strawberries with sugary juices left in the bowl. Perfect for drizzling between our layers and on top. We even threw some extra berries around our shortcake (bc we love love love strawberries) and it was perfect! Nice cold berries, not too sweet, just perfect! Keeping this one on the fridge to make whenever we've got berries needing used! Oh, and the Swiss meringue buttercream recipe we used is from Ron Ben-Israel, on the food network website. Try it!"

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2014

"Best shortcake every!! I sprinkle a little sugar over the warm cake when it comes out of the oven!"

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