Classic Strawberry Shortcake

This strawberry shortcake recipe features homemade biscuits, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream served with fresh strawberry sauce and more berries. It’s our favorite summer dessert!

We have a patch of everbearing strawberry bushes in our yard, which means strawberry season lasts all the way through the first frost. (Everbearing plants produce berries for months, not just in June!) To say we eat a lot of strawberries is an understatement. We eat them straight off the plants, in salads, freeze them for winter, and of course, make a lot of desserts. 😋

Our favorite way to use fresh berries? Classic strawberry shortcake. I make mine slightly different in that I also add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the mix, but if you’re a strawberry shortcake purist you can skip that step and just use whipped cream. (Why though?!) A spoonful of tender shortcake biscuit, fresh strawberry sauce, and cool ice cream topped with whipped cream is pretty amazing!

🍓 If you’re a strawberry shortcake fan too, you might also like my strawberry shortcake ice cream, or these strawberry shortcake ice cream bars.

Bowls with shortcakes, strawberries, cream and strawberry sauce.

What You’ll Need

Strawberry shortcake is a simple dessert when you get right down to it. Here’s a quick overview of what you’ll need. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card for specific amounts.

  • Shortcake Biscuits – You can use my shortcakes recipe, or if you prefer you can buy pre-made shortcakes at the store.
  • Whipped CreamHomemade whipped cream or storebought, either works.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream – If I have bourbon vanilla ice cream in the freezer I usually use that because, bourbon. Otherwise I’ll use store-bought ice cream.
  • Strawberry Sauce – I do recommend making homemade strawberry sauce using fresh berries if possible. The flavor can’t be beat!
  • Fresh Strawberries – To layer in the strawberry shortcake and also add on top.

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

Are you ready to make the best strawberry shortcake ever? Here’s how to do it:

Prep Your Ingredients

  • Make the shortcake biscuits and strawberry sauce. (See my notes below, I recommend making these in advance.)
  • If you are using homemade ice cream, make that the day before.
  • Wash your strawberries, remove the tops and slice the berries.
  • If you are using homemade whipped cream, make that right before you begin assembling your strawberry shortcakes.

Assemble Your Strawberry Shortcake Dessert

  • For each serving of strawberry shortcake, slice a biscuit in half.
  • Place the bottom of the biscuit on the serving plate.
  • Top with strawberry sauce.
  • Place a few fresh strawberry slices on top.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Spoon another layer of strawberry sauce on top.
  • Place a few sliced strawberries on top of the sauce.
  • Add another layer of whipped cream.
  • Top with the remaining half of the shortcake.
  • Add whipped cream on top of the shortcake, plus a few slices of strawberry.
  • Drizzle more strawberry sauce on top of your shortcake, if desired. (I recommend this.)
  • Grab a spoon and dig in!
Spoon drizzling strawberry sauce over strawberry shortcake

Tips for the Best Strawberry Shortcake Ever

While this classic dessert is pretty easy to make, it never hurts to have a few tricks up your sleeve! Here are my top tips:

  • Make the sauce ahead of time. I highly recommend making the strawberry sauce in advance. The strawberry sauce is best in this dessert when it’s cold, so make it the day before and then store it in the fridge overnight. I honestly keep a jar of strawberry sauce in the fridge all summer long. It’s easy to make and we use it on everything from oatmeal to smoothies to ice cream.
  • Make the shortcakes ahead? I usually make these the day before too, but they don’t take very long and a warm biscuit is quite lovely in this dessert. So this one really depends on how much time you have on hand.
  • Want to use homemade ice cream? Since homemade ice cream will need to freeze overnight, make this in advance if you’re going the from-scratch route. I usually use store-bought ice cream for my shortcake dessert unless I already happen to have some ice cream sitting in the freezer.
  • Whipped cream can be homemade or store-bought. This is another area where you can make things easier and just use a can of your favorite whipped cream instead of going the from-scratch route. I like Cabot whipped cream for this dessert.
Strawberry shortcake on a plate with a fork and a bite taken out

Can I Store Extras for Later?

I don’t recommend storing an assembled strawberry shortcake for later, but you can certainly store the ingredients for later and then make more dessert when you’re ready. Store each of the components as follows:

  • Shortcake Biscuits: Store on the counter in an airtight container for up to 2 days. You can also store them in a container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Strawberry Sauce: Place in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week.
  • Fresh Strawberries: You can store extra sliced strawberries in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • Ice Cream: If you made homemade ice cream, that will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.

For the whipped cream, I don’t recommend storing extras for later. Homemade whipped cream needs to be used pretty soon after it is made.

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Classic Strawberry Shortcake

Classic strawberry shortcake dessert on a plate
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This strawberry shortcake recipe features homemade biscuits, whipped cream, and vanilla ice cream served with fresh strawberry sauce and more berries. It’s our favorite summer dessert!

  • Author: Rustic Family Recipes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Assemble
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

Instructions

To make in advance:

  • Vanilla ice cream: You can make it several days in advance, or use your favorite brand from the store.
  • Shortcake biscuits: These can be made the day before, or you can use store-bought.
  • Strawberry sauce: You can also make this a few days in advance and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

If you are using homemade whipped cream, make that right before you begin assembling your strawberry shortcake. Otherwise, just grab a can of your favorite canned whipped cream (I prefer Cabot).

Prep the strawberries. Cut off the green tops and then slice the strawberries. Set aside.

Assemble each serving of strawberry shortcake as follows:

  • Slice the biscuits in half. Place the bottom of a biscuit on a serving plate. 
  • Top with strawberry sauce.
  • Place a few fresh strawberry slices on top.
  • Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
  • Spoon another layer of strawberry sauce on top.
  • Place a few sliced strawberries on top of the sauce.
  • Add another layer of whipped cream.
  • Top with the top of the shortcake.
  • Add whipped cream on top of the shortcake and top with a few slices of strawberry.
  • Drizzle more strawberry sauce on top of your shortcake, if desired. (I recommend this.)

Grab a spoon and dig in!

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