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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: 252 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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snmckey User ID: 1512292 270316
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2017

"Tried this with strawberries in the cake and then again with blueberries. Both were delicious!"

xxcskier User ID: 1136353 248718
Reviewed May. 28, 2016

"Like other reviewers my cooking time was also longer. For me it took about 40 minutes. This was easy, excellent and elegant for a casual BBQ! I will be making this again very soon!"

Loiscooks User ID: 3656565 226625
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."

thomsmom User ID: 2041371 121389
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"

rebelwithoutaclue User ID: 4288906 211726
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."

Psychojoe User ID: 1708527 119494
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."

randcbruns User ID: 828588 177551
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."

1bigdog6767 User ID: 7753757 172759
Reviewed Apr. 7, 2014

"can I rework the recipe Im Diabetic?"

AoiOiran User ID: 7347267 108395
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."

terriann290 User ID: 7325431 111164
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."

ktbaby22 User ID: 6749039 173080
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!"

bktenn User ID: 5229331 129176
Reviewed Jun. 17, 2012

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

joy cooking User ID: 5576389 105798
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!"

DarLynn4706 User ID: 6637169 191894
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!!"

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 119493
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!"

momoftlra User ID: 6071920 129175
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!"

waaf User ID: 283938 188799
Reviewed Apr. 2, 2011

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

mkfrazier User ID: 4922365 119491
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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