Easy Strawberry Shortcake


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Easy Strawberry Shortcake is made simple using homemade Bisquick biscuits. These individual desserts are simple, sweet, and delicious!

This homemade shortcake is perfect for special occasions- Christmas, Valentines, or Mother’s Day. For more easy strawberry desserts, give our Strawberry Pie Cupcakes or Strawberry Poke Cake a try!

Easy Strawberry Shortcake with biscuits

Easy Strawberry Shortcake

Homemade desserts have a charm to them that store-bought just can’t recreate. While I could run to Walmart, stop by the bakery section, and grab a Strawberry Shortcake, why would I when I can make my own easy in the kitchen? You might be confused– isn’t it hard to make Strawberry Shortcake at home? No- simple as that. Using a few tricks and tips, you too can make Homemade Strawberry Shortcake on your own. It’s the perfect dessert for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or even Christmas!

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Closeup of strawberry shortcake with biscuits

The first trick to remember with this dessert is “macerated strawberries.” These soft, syrupy strawberries make for the perfect Strawberry Shortcake filling and they’re worth the wait! Outside of that, you’ll want to make some homemade sweet biscuits. Finally, while you could use store-bought whipped cream, it’s better to just whip up some whipped cream from scratch. All of these ingredients and tricks are going to come together into the perfect shortcake dessert. Hope you love it!

Fork with homemade strawberry shortcake

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Ingredients for Homemade Shortcake

There are a few working parts in this recipe, so we’ll break things down into a few ingredient lists to make this easy. First, for our macerated strawberries, you’ll need…
  • Strawberries
  • Granulated White Sugar
For our homemade sweet biscuits, you’re going to use…
  • Flour
  • Bisquick
  • Sugar
  • Baking Powder – Make sure it’s as fresh as you have!
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Butter – Use cold butter that’s fresh from the fridge
  • Milk
  • Vanilla Extract
Lastly, for our from-scratch whipped cream…
  • Heavy Cream
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered/Confectioner’s Sugar
You’ll also want a bit of extra butter and powdered sugar for dusting your biscuits.

Ingredients for homade shortcake

How to make Strawberry Shortcake easy

Making Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes is easy! Here’s all you’ll need to do:
  1. Macerate your strawberries by covering them with sugar and letting them sit for several hours.
  2. Bake up a batch of sweet biscuits and whip up some homemade vanilla whipped cream.
  3. Assemble your shortcakes by layering your whipped cream and strawberries on your biscuits.

Sliced strawberries

These macerated strawberries will really make your shortcakes tastes special. Covering them in sugar and letting them sit really softens them up and draws some of the syrup out of the berries. Trust us- macerating them is worth it! If you’re pressed for time, you can optionally puree some additional strawberries and add those to the bowl with the rest.

Sugar added to strawberrie sin a bowl

Making Homemade Sweet Biscuits

Homemade biscuits can be daunting but we covered how to make Bisquick biscuits before in our Buttermilk Bisquick Biscuits post. We’re going to change the recipe up to make them into sweet biscuits for shortcakes. First, you want to make sure you thoroughly sift all of your dry biscuit ingredients- 3 passes through a fine-mesh sieve.

Sifting dry biscuit ingredients

Like we mentioned in the Buttermilk Biscuits recipe, you want to sift and mix your ingredients well to introduce air into the biscuits. That’s what gets you fluffy, perfect biscuits! So sift, sift, sift! If you want to be extra sure you’re adding air, make sure you’re whisking with a proper whisk.

Dry ingredients in a bowl with spoon

Once the dry ingredients are all mixed up, we can add in our butter. Pull your butter from the fridge, cut it into more manageable pieces, and dot it around your dry ingredients. Using something like a pastry cutter, start chopping the butter into the dry mix. Keep working it until small “pebbles” of dough start to form.

Cutting int he butter for shortcake biscuits

Add some vanilla extract to your milk. Just a bit of extra flavor!

Vanilla added to milk in a measuring cup

While stirring constantly, slowly stream that milk into your dry ingredients. Everything will start coming together into one, cohesive dough. Keep adding the milk until you have a workable dough- not too wet! We want it just dry enough to where it won’t stick to our hands.

Adding milk mixture to dry biscuit ingredients

Turn dough out onto a floured work surface, dust the top with flour and roll out to 1/2-inch thickness. Using something like a round cutter or a mason jar lid, cut out biscuit rounds.

Cutting the sweet biscuits for shortcakes

Transfer your biscuits to a baking sheet and let bake at 450 degrees about 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them- everyone’s oven is different and your biscuits might bake quicker or slower. They’re done when the tops are slightly browned. Pull from the oven, brush tops with melted butter, dust with powdered sugar, then set off to the side.

Sweet biscuits dusted with powdered sugar

Making Whipped Cream from scratch

While you might be able to use something like Reddi-Wip, we enjoy the taste of some homemade vanilla whipped cream for this recipe. It’s easy to make: just add our whipped cream ingredients to a large mixing bowl. Grab a hand mixer or- if you have one- use a stand mixer.

Homemade Whipped Cream ingredients in a bowl

We’re going to whip all of these together until mixed and firm peaks start to form. Once we have these stiff peaks, we’re going to transfer our whipped cream to a piping bag and set off to the side.

Homemade whipped cream for shortcakes

How to assemble Bisquick Strawberry Shortcake

Our strawberries are macerated and syrupy, our biscuits are baked, and our cream is whipped. Time to assemble our Strawberry Shortcake! First, break your biscuit in half with a serrated knife. Take about 1/8 of your strawberries and make a layer of them on your biscuit half.

Strawberries added to biscuits

Pipe a layer of whipped cream on top of your strawberries.

Whipped topping added to strawberries

Next, lay another layer of strawberries on top of that whipped cream.

Another layer of strawberries

Grab the other half of the biscuit and place it on top.

Biscuit top added

Finally, for a bit of garnish, pipe a small dollop of whipped cream on top and add a strawberry slice. Repeat with the rest of your biscuits and remaining strawberries and cream. Serve and enjoy!

Additional whipped cream and strawberry slice added to make shortcake

Tips for perfect Shortcake Biscuits

  • Use fresh baking powder/soda – These ingredients tend to lose their potency after they’ve been opened– baking powder especially. If your biscuits aren’t rising well, try using a fresh baking powder.
  • Be Gentle! – Overworking your dough will result in tough biscuits, which we don’t want! If your biscuits turn out tough, be a bit more gentle with the dough next time when you are adding the milk in.

Finished Strawberry Shortcake

How long will Strawberry Shortcake last in the fridge?

Individual cakes and desserts like these Strawberry Shortcakes can be a bit finicky. The first issue is the whipped cream: that cream will not stay light, fluffy, or stiff! The other ingredients, meanwhile, do have somewhat longer shelf-lives. While you can’t store these Strawberry Shortcakes in the fridge, you can store the macerated strawberries and the sweet biscuits in air-tight containers and keep them in the fridge. The biscuits will last for about a week while the strawberries will last about 3-4 days- though they may be a bit mushier than you’d like by then. When you’re in the mood for a shortcake, whip up some whipped cream, pull your biscuits and berries from the fridge, assemble and enjoy!

Strawberry Shortcake Biscuit on a fork

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake

By: Jen CIncyshopper
Easy Strawberry Shortcake is made simple using homemade Bisquick biscuits. These individual desserts are simple, sweet, and delicious!
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 12 minutes
Macerate Time: 2 hours
Servings: 4


Macerated Strawberries

  • 3/4 lb Strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup Sugar


  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Bisquick
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/8 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 2 tbsp Cold Butter
  • 3 oz Milk
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Powdered Sugar

Whipped Cream

  • 3/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • 5 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla


  • In a medium bowl, combine strawberries and sugar and toss to coat.
  • Refrigerate for at least several hours to allow syrup to develop.
  • If you do not have enough time, take several more strawberries, puree, and add to the bowl.
  • Preheat oven to 450.
  • In a large bowl, sift together the Bisquick, flour, baking soda, baking powder, sugar, and salt.
  • Cut butter into pats and add to dry ingredients.
  • Using a pastry cutter, cut in the butter until small "pebbles" are formed.
  • Add vanilla to milk.
  • Gradually pour in the milk while stirring with a spoon until just combined.
  • If the dough is too wet, add a little more flour, just until the dough is able to be handled.
  • Turn out onto a floured surface, dust top with flour, and form into just over 1/2" thickness.
  • Cut circular shape with a biscuit cutter, jar lid, or drinking glass. Dip cutter in flour as necessary to avoid sticking.
  • Place biscuits on a baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until tops are lightly browned.
  • Brush tops with melted butter and dust with powdered sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla.
  • Whip until firm peaks form.
  • Transfer to a piping bag and set aside.
  • Using a serrated knife, cut each biscuit in half.
  • Take about 1/8 of macerated strawberries and place them on each biscuit bottom.
  • Top each with whipped cream then add another layer of strawberries.
  • Place biscuit tops on top of each.
  • Pipe whipped cream on each and garnish with a strawberry.
  • Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Calories: 492kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 79mg, Sodium: 535mg, Potassium: 237mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 39g, Vitamin A: 876IU, Vitamin C: 50mg, Calcium: 186mg, Iron: 2mg
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Long pin collage with text Easy Strawberry Shortcake Simple, Sweet, & Delicious

Long pin collage with text Easy Strawberry Shortcake Simple, Sweet, & Delicious

Long pin collage with text Easy Strawberry Shortcake Simple, Sweet, & Delicious

About Jen Cincyshopper

A lover of food and frugal living. A wife to a wonderful hubby, momma to 5 fun kiddos. Welcome to my blog. You will find REAL TASTY RECIPES. Be sure to subscribe to my email list and follow me on social media, to never miss a recipe.

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  1. LOVE that this recipe includes Bisquick as the biscuit base. I am a disaster with homemade baked, so bring on the short cuts, Jen!

  2. This is such a great recipe. Hopefully my strawberry plants produce lots of strawberries so I can try this out. Thanks for sharing on SSPS, I hope to see you again next week. I will be featuring your recipe.