A strawberry shortcake made from a classic butter cake recipe is sweet and perfectly dense. Top with fresh strawberries and whipped cream for the perfect summer dessert.
A friend and I were talking the other day about strawberry shortcake, she grew up on the biscuit-like shortcake and I had always had a more cake-y butter cake shortcake.
We also noted the grocery stores seem to sell a more sponge cake strawberry shortcake.
To each their own I guess, but if you grew up on a sad store-bought sponge or a plain ole biscuit I just feel sorry for you.
I know it’s not your fault your Grandma didn’t know how to make strawberry shortcake the right way. 😉
All sarcasm aside, I of course, think that the butter cake way is the best way. It is called strawberry shortCAKE right? Not strawberry shortbiscuit or shortsponge? Yes.
So now that I’ve cleared that up we can move on to learning how to make strawberry shortcake from scratch.
This buttery strawberry shortcake is sweet and the perfect density to pair with strawberries, whip cream and maybe even a little ice cream if you’re feeling crazy.
I tend to think the more strawberries the merrier; I want every bit to contain some of their sweet, juicy goodness.
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There is nothing quite like the taste of a ripe, local strawberry. (I told you how my first job ever was picking strawberries right?) I’m (hopefully) picking up fresh strawberries this weekend and I’m so excited!
To make your strawberry shortcake extra delicious pile on those berries and then don’t be afraid about adding lots of whipped cream to the top.
Part of me wants to tell you that I whipped my own cream, but girl, I do not have that kind of free time. My cream comes from a can, but for the love make sure it is actually made from milk, okay?
To make this recipe you may need…
Vintage Kitchen Cake Tin – You guys, I can’t EVEN with how adorable this cake tin is-super functional for cake storage and delivery, but could also be a cool storage container for anything kitchen related!
Wilton 9 inch Round Cake Pan – I’ve been using mine since I got them for my wedding!
Acacia Wood Cake Stand – My sister got this adorable wooden cake stand and I love it!
This is my Grandma’s Butter Cake recipe and the one my family has always used for our shortcake. Funny story though, the original recipe called for Crisco, not butter! They sure loved their Crisco back in the day….a butter cake, made from Crisco…..I die.
Anyways, I’m sure my Grandma won’t besmirch me putting real butter in the butter cake.
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This was also the recipe I used for the year I baked a cake for my Foods project in 4-H. I remember many a cake baked trying to get the brown on the top perfectly even with just the right amount of rounding at the top. I think I got a blue honor ribbon, but I seriously don’t remember.
Lots of early teenage angst wasted on baking the perfect cake.
I’m here to tell when it comes to cakes tasting good is better than looking good! And this cake does both!
Can you make strawberry shortcake ahead of time?
Sure! Just be sure to let it cool completely and wrap it well in plastic wrap to help prevent drying out. Don’t add the whipped cream or strawberries until you are ready to serve.
So make some of this simple strawberry shortcake ASAP, add a healthy heap of fresh strawberries, and a big swirl of whip cream and ENJOY. Grandma would be proud.
Strawberry Shortcake Recipe
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 1/8 cup sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 3/4 cup flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup milk
- Cream butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla with a blender on low-medium speed. Combine flour, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl. Alternate between adding flour mixture and milk to sugar mixture until well blended. Bake in well greased 9 inch round cake pan at 350 for 30 mins until lightly browned.
A butter cake strawberry shortcake–top with strawberries & whipped cream for the perfect summer dessert!
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