Easy Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

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Preheat your oven for the fastest and freshest recipe for Easy Strawberry Shortcake topped with pillowy homemade whipped cream and plenty of sliced berries.

Easy Strawberry Shortcake on blue plate with wooden bowl filled with strawberries and more shortcakes on a blue plate in background.

When I lived in New York City, Peter Luger Steakhouse held the top spot on my restaurant bucket list. And it took living in the city for four solid years until I finally scored a reservation and made my way from Manhattan to Brooklyn to take on the holy grail of steakhouses.

Shortcake biscuit dough on floured cutting board with circular shapes cut out.

The thick-cut bacon. The sizzling steaks. The stellar strudel. Sure, it all lived up to the massive hype. But allow me to provide an insider’s take on the real star of the Peter Luger Show: the schlag!

Round shortcake biscuits on nonstick baking sheet being brushed with heavy cream.

You read that correctly. S-C-H-L-A-G. Rhymes with fog. Tastes like sugary clouds of heavy cream whipped to pillowy perfection.

Luger’s serves every dessert with a side of schlag, which pairs well with pie, cake, strudel, and I’m venturing to say cardboard and/or wallpaper.

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And that is what inspired this recipe for Easy Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream.

Imagine a one-bowl biscuit recipe that yields buttery, flaky shortcakes perfect for halving and stuffing with freshly sliced strawberries, and of course, mountains of DIY whipped cream (a.k.a. schlag).

Easy Strawberry Shortcakes with homemade whipped cream on blue plate with small wooden bowl filled with fresh strawberries in background.

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Easy Strawberry Shortcake with Whipped Cream

Preheat your oven for the fastest and freshest recipe for Easy Strawberry Shortcake topped with pillowy homemade whipped cream and plenty of sliced berries.
Author: Kelly Senyei
5 from 3 votes
Easy Strawberry Shortcake on blue plate with wooden bowl filled with strawberries and more shortcakes on a blue plate in background.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 servings


For the shortcakes:

  • 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups heavy cream, plus additional for brushing on shortcakes
  • 2 teaspoons decorative sanding sugar (optional)

For the whipped cream:

  • 1 cup chilled heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 3- inch circular cookie cutter (optional)


Make the shortcakes:

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F with a rack in the middle. Lightly butter a baking sheet.
  • In a small bowl, stir together the sliced strawberries with the sugar. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Stir in the heavy cream just until a dough forms. Gather the dough into a ball and knead it on a lightly floured surface one to two times. (Don't over-knead the dough or your biscuits will be tough.)
  • Roll out the dough until it's 1/2-inch thick. Using the cookie cutter, cut out 8 shortcakes and transfer them to the baking sheet. (Alternately, you can trim the sides of the dough into a square and then, using a sharp knife, cut the dough into 8 square shortcakes.)
  • Brush the tops of the shortcakes with additional heavy cream and then sprinkle them with the sanding sugar (optional). Bake the shortcakes until golden, 15 to 20 minutes, and then transfer them to a rack to cool.

Make the whipped cream:

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk the heavy cream, sour cream, sugar and vanilla extract on high speed until soft peaks form.

Assemble the shortcakes:

  • Slice the shortcakes in half and then sandwich the strawberries and whipped cream inside them.
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Calories: 422kcal, Carbohydrates: 39g, Protein: 5g, Fat: 27g, Saturated Fat: 16g, Cholesterol: 98mg, Sodium: 180mg, Potassium: 357mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1075IU, Vitamin C: 42.7mg, Calcium: 134mg, Iron: 1.9mg


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Shortcake recipe adapted from Gourmet.


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  1. Can you make whipped topping up ahead of time and keep it in the fridge. How many days do you think it will last?

    1. Hi Denise! Homemade whipped cream will last up to a day or two in the fridge. To make it ahead, beat it less stiff than you ultimately want it to be, cover the bowl and refrigerate. When ready to serve, use a wire whisk to stiffen the whipped cream and re-incorporate any liquid that has accumulated at the bottom of the bowl.

  2. These brown way too quickly on the bottom. My oven temperature is fine because I’ve checked. Is there a reason for this? I don’t care for overly brown and crispy biscuits.
    Thank you.

    1. Hi Marie – There are several factors that may have attributed to this, such as how the heat circulated in your oven, if you baked the shortcakes in the top half of the oven (so the bottom of the pan was away from the lower heating element), and what type of baking sheet you used. 

  3. Do these freeze? My daughter wants strawberry shortcake at her wedding reception and she lives in D.C. (I live in Missouri.)

    1. Hi there Anne! I’ve never tried freezing them so I’m not certain how they’d be once thawed. Let me know if you try a test batch! And congrats to your daughter on her upcoming wedding! :)

  4. I’m about to make these for Valentine’s Day. I thought I’d use a large heart-shaped cookie cutter for the shortcakes.

  5. I made this for an adult birthday party. It was easy and quick. Everyone loved it, especially the ‘birthday girl’ who had requested strawberry shortcake instead of a typical birthday cake.

    I assembled one strawberry shortcake for the guest of honor and put a tall birthday candle in it. We sang Happy Birthday to her, then the guests were invited into the kitchen to assemble their own. I told them to go ahead and grab a plate or a bowl, and a fork, and showed them how to build their own. They enjoyed the activity and devoured their individual cakes with relish, even fighting over the left overs!

    I made two adjustments to the recipe/instructions:
    1. I omitted the sour cream from the whipped cream. I might try it someday but I had never had whipped cream with sour cream in it before that I know of, and didn’t want to take a chance.
    2. After kneading the dough, instead of rolling it and using a cookie cutter, I spread the dough out on a board with my fingers into a rectangular shape, then sliced the dough into 8 rectangles. I did this because it was faster and easier. Plus I liked the look of a more rustic shaped cake. Some of the rectangles were more symmetrical than others, and they were not all exactly the same size. No one seamed to mind. In fact, some of the party-goers chose the smaller, less symmetrical cakes for their own personal strawberry shortcake.

    In short, this recipe, with my minor modifications, was a success all around. This recipe is definitely a keeper!

  6. It all smells amazing! Was wondering if you could prepare the shortcakes the day before or would it be better to make the components then assemble the day after? Thanks!

    1. 5 stars
      I forgot to pick up angel food cake, so googling I went! This recipe was the winner. It halved beautifully for 4 pieces. I added a bit of cinnamon and vanilla with the square cut from the comments. If you’ve never had cinnamon with strawberries, you should try it!

  7. I’ve been wanting to make strawberry shortcake lately. Love the sweet crunch of that sparkly sugar on top!

  8. What a classic and just perfect for the season, we are overrun with strawberries right now.

  9. I just sort of fall apart when I look at your blog – it’s beautiful and I love the photos most of all!

    Thanks for your comment and I’m obsessed with your book! :)

  10. I’m flying to New York tomorrow and was just trying to think of the places I’d promise myself I’d eat at next time I was in town, and I totally forgot about that place! BTW, If you’re around tomorrow night for drinks, let me know!

  11. YUM. YUM. YUM. These look delicious. And although I’m not a huge fan of steakhouses, I am now so intrigued by this one!

  12. Beautiful idea now that it’s strawberry season, Kelly. Homemade biscuits are the best. I used to work in a small cafe where whipped cream was chilled heavy cream whipped. Nothing else added. Your way or mine, pile it on thick. Yummy!

  13. Yum, this sounds so good! Love that sugar topping. And strawberries? I’m on board! Lovely post…

  14. This looks delicious. perfect for this time of year when all my berries are getting ready for harvest!

  15. Fabulous idea, Kelly! Cream Biscuits really do make Strawberry Shortcake faster and so much easier to prepare…no cutting in of the butter or shortening, since cream has just enough fat to make scrumptious homemade biscuits! Love this for summer! Pinning to group boards! xo

  16. I love strawberries and love strawberry shortcakes! I was just craving some of this the other day. Funny thing is I first fell in love with Strawberry Shortcake (the doll…back when I was a little girl in the 80’s, with the original before they mutated her into an unrecognizable character) before I was ever introduced to the actual dish. And I loved it as much as I used to love the doll.

  17. I want to make strawberry shortcakes for my daughter’s birthday party. Can I quadruple this recipe, or do you think I’d be better off making multiple smaller batches?

    1. Hi Liz! I would plan on making 4 single batches, as the amount of dough will too much to handle otherwise. Bit you can use the same bowl, so cleanup should be a minimum!

  18. These look gorgeous! This is one of my husband’s favorite desserts, so I know he would love this!

  19. I went to Peter Luger’s a couple years ago for my dad’s birthday. We *still* rave about that bacon! On another note, these shortcakes look absolutely divine!

  20. I can’t wait for strawberries to be in season in Mi. Your recipe looks very similar to how I grew up eating strawberry shortcake. We would sometimes have it for dinner when i was a kid. You ate what was coming out of the garden and if it was strawberries, well then that’s what we had! Fun times ; )

  21. Luger’s was always my dad’s favorite steak place so it will always hold a special place in my heart, although I’ll probably never go back again given that i no longer eat meat! I seem to have missed out on the schlag the past few times I went…but thankfully I can make this at home! Gorgeous!

  22. MMM I have never made strawberry shortcake- looks like I should! And yay for getting into the steakhouse I will have to try next time I am in NYC or have my best friend set it up for when I am there next! I love going to nyc and always make it a foodie trip- you are so lucky to be around so many amazing places to eat!!!!

    1. Yes, absolutely make plans to eat at Luger’s! But remember to call a month in advance (at least).

  23. This looks so good! Strawberry shortcake is the perfect dessert for this time of year!

  24. Strawberry shortcake is my jam! And those biscuits look so fluffy.

  25. This is the perfect summer dessert as far as I’m concerned. Lovely!

  26. These are amazing, Kelly! I love the sugar on top of the shortcakes. This screams summer to me!

  27. This looks delicious! I’ve been looking for a good shortcake recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  28. Peter Luger’s is also on my restaurant bucket list. These shortcakes look amazing. I just bought a biscuit cutter and may need to make these to break them in!

  29. These bars look so beautiful, delicious and perfect for spring/summer entertaining. Lovely recipe, Kelly! Thanks for sharing.

  30. Those shortcakes are beautiful! And I’ve heard that steakhouse is like trying to get into heaven…only a select few are chosen :) Congrats on making it in!

  31. Geez this is just perfect. I’d kill this with a cold glass of Chard in the middle of Central Park on a sunny Thursday afternoon… ;)

  32. Oh man, I’m just about to go to bed and all I could think about is having a bite of this shortcake…