Strawberry Shortcake with Blueberries

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If I'm picking one summer dessert to have for the rest of my life, hands down it's a Strawberry Shortcake with Blueberries!

10 Strawberry Shortcakes with blueberries and whipped cream sitting on top of parchment paper on a wooden table.

Why I Love This Recipe

This incredible Strawberry Shortcake recipe is equal parts gorgeous and delicious and it really can't be beat. Plus they are patriotic, without being complicated or fussy, for the upcoming 4th of July celebrations!

These all start with the base layer: homemade biscuits. The biscuits get sliced in half and then topped with a big dollop of freshly whipped vanilla infused chantilly cream. Next, pile on the macerated strawberries and blueberries. And then finally top it with the rest of the biscuit and grab a fork and knife. It's my idea of the perfect summer dessert. These would go perfectly with just about any summer menu and come next week on 4th of July, you can 100% guarantee that I'll be polishing off two or three of these poolside!

8 Strawberry shortcakes topped with whipped cream and blueberries sitting on some parchment paper next to a bowl of whipped cream.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Individual ingredients for this recipe seperated into individual prep bowls.  Ingredients consists of Strawberries, baking powder, salt, lemon zest, vanilla extract, milk, blueberries, sugar, Powdered sugar, and butter.
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Kosher Salt
  • Unsalted Butter
  • Lemon Zest
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Heavy Cream
  • Powdered Sugar

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake

A bowl full of sliced strawberries covered in sugar.

Step 1: Combine the sliced strawberries and sugar in a large bowl and set aside for at least 2 hours until the strawberries are juicy.

A food processor full of dry flour.

Step 2: Combine the flour, lemon zest, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds until everything is evenly combined.

A food processor after the butter and dry ingredients are mixed together.

Step 3: Add the butter and pulse for 20-30 seconds until the butter is cut into small pea sized chunks.

A baking try with 9 balls of dough.

Step 4: Remove the dough from the food processor and divide it into 9 equal portions, about 3 ounces each. Form each portion of dough into a biscuit about ¾ inch thick. Transfer the biscuits to a baking sheet lined with parchment and chill for 20 minutes in the fridge. Bake at 425ºF for 18-20 minutes.

A bowl full of sugar marinated strawberries and blueberries

Step 5: Before serving, toss the marinated strawberries with the blueberries.

A stand mixer with a bowl full of whipped cream.

Step 6: Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla bean until medium stiff peaks form and then set aside.

A bowl full of sugar marinated strawberries and blueberries next to a bowl full of whipped cream, next to a baking sheet with baked biscuits.

Variations and Substitutions

Here's the deal with shortcakes - you can use any fruit to mix this up!! Peaches would be fantastic in summer as would nectarines. Cherries would be glorious too. Basically any fruit that you can macerate would work. Macerate just means to let it sit in sugar and develop a bit of a juice!

Tips and Tricks

The biggest take away for making an Incredible Strawberry Shortcake is this

1: chill your butter before mixing it into the dough.

2: then CHILL the biscuits before baking. This will help them not spread too much!

FAQs

What is strawberry shortcake vs regular cake?

A shortcake is less of a cake batter and more of a biscuit batter! It's easier in my opinion too!

How do you cut strawberries for shortcake?

Depending on the size of the strawberry I will either half them (if they are small), or slice them into about ⅓ inch slices! That lets them macerate quickly!

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Strawberry Shortcake with Blueberries

Author: Gaby Dalkin
4.9 from 12 votes
Strawberry Shortcake with Blueberries is the dessert recipe of summer! Simple, delicious and festive!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 9 people

Ingredients
  

For the Shortcakes

  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons cold unsalted butter cut into small pieces
  • 1 ½ cups heavy cream
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Strawberries + Blueberries

  • 1 pound strawberries tops removed and sliced
  • cup white sugar
  • 1 pint blueberries

For the Cream

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions
 

For the Biscuits

  • Combine the flour, lemon zest, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a food processor. Pulse for 30 seconds until everything is evenly combined.
  • Add the butter and pulse for 20-30 seconds until the butter is cut into small pea sized chunks.
  • Combine the cream and vanilla in small bowl.
  • Add the cream mixture to the food processor and combine for 30 seconds until you have a dough.
  • Remove the dough from the food processor and divide it into 9 equal portions, about 3 ounces each. Form each portion of dough into a biscuit about ¾ inch thick.
  • Transfer the biscuits to a baking sheet lined with parchment and chill for 20 minutes in the fridge.
  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake until the biscuits are medium golden brown, 18 to 20 minutes.

For the Strawberries + Blueberries

  • Combine the sliced strawberries and sugar in a large bowl and set aside for at least 2 hours until the strawberries are juicy.
  • Before serving, toss the marinated strawberries with the blueberries

For the Cream

  • Whip the heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla bean until medium stiff peaks form and then set aside.

To Assemble

  • Slice the biscuits in half and place the bottom half in a bowl. Top with a large spoonful of the fruit and a large dollop of the cream. Place the other half of the biscuit on top and serve immediately.

Notes

You can make the biscuits early in the day or the day before a party. Then assembly comes together quickly after your dinner is done.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 731kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 500mg | Potassium: 258mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 1863IU | Vitamin C: 36mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 3mg
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Photography by  Matt Armendariz // Food Styling by Adam Pearson // Recipe by What's Gaby Cooking

56 Comments

  1. Making this family favorite dessert for the 4th of July! I’ve made this numerous times and served to several crowds and everyone LOVES it. Seriously to die for.

  2. I have made this recipe three times in the last few weeks! Everyone loves this recipe! It feels like the perfect summer dessert (although strawberry shortcake is always a good idea!). Thank you Gaby for a fantastic recipe!

  3. Hi Gaby- does the cream and vanilla in step 4 go in with the rest of the dough or is that just for topping ?

    1. the directions and ingredients are both separated by portion of the recipe. So step 4 is the heavy cream for the biscuits. The other heavy cream and sugar is separate further down the recipe

  4. 5 stars
    Fantastic shortcake recipe! The cakes themselves turned out super fluffy and light, and made 10 large shortcakes. The vanilla whipped cream was a nice addition as well, since that's typically an afterthought. Recipe was super easy to follow and not difficult at all, thanks Gaby!

  5. Hi Gaby, I am confused. The powdered sugar with the cream is that icing sugar or extra fine fruit sugar? Please advise. Thank you!

    1. the powdered sugar + heavy cream = the whipped cream topping. No other sugar in that portion of the recipe than the powdered sugar listed

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