strawberries, oranges, orange zest and whipped cream on top on biscuits on a pale wood background

Strawberry shortcake is easily the best spring and summer dessert for those who love strawberries. It’s simple to make, refreshing and has just the right sweetness. To build a traditional strawberry shortcake you need a cake or biscuit base, fresh berries and a topping.

Follow these simple steps to make a traditional strawberry shortcake.

Choose Your Base

You can’t go wrong with any kind of base. It’s your personal preference whether you decide on something sweeter like vanilla cake or something not so sweet like a homemade biscuit. Desserts like thick sugar cookies or a flavored sweet bread work as well. Your base should just be able to support the load of strawberries and added toppings.

5 biscuits in a baking pan and 2 biscuits each on a square white plate with a few scattered strawberries on a light wood background

Add Your Berries

Strawberries are typically at season’s peak January to March and you can learn more about choosing and storing them in our recent blog. Slice up your berries and top with sugar for additional sweetness if desired. You can also include a variety of berries such as blueberries and raspberries for extra flavor.

3 biscuits each on a white square plate. Two are topped with strawberries, oranges and orange zest on a light wood background

Pick Your Topping

Whipped cream and Cool Whip are the most popular choices when it comes to topping your strawberry shortcake. As a garnish, drizzle juice from your strawberry over the whipped cream. You won’t be disappointed!

3 biscuits each on a square white plate topped with strawberries, oranges and orange zest and whipped cream with strawberries scattered on a light wood background


Looking for a spin on the classic strawberry shortcake recipe? Our Aprons team created a few delicious takes on this dessert.

Berry Shortcake

raspberries, strawberries and whipped cream on shortcake on a circular white plate on a white lace surface

Strawberry Vanilla Shortcake in a Jar

Shortcake, strawberries and whipped cream in 3 glass jars next to a spoon on a light marble background

Homemade Strawberry Shortcakes

Strawberries and whipped cream sandwiched between two pieces of shortcake on a circular white plate

Strawberry-Orange Shortcake

Strawberries and oranges topped with whipped cream on shortcake, sitting on a floral plate




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