Make-Ahead Strawberry Shortcake

Strawberries are in season and these strawberry desserts will help you use up all your fresh berries. From strawberry shortcakes to strawberry pudding, there is a recipe for everyone!

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Make-Ahead Strawberry Shortcake is super simple to make and amazingly delicious to eat. I used Bisquick sweetened with sugar to produce the shortcakes that are layered with a strawberry spread, whipped cream and juicy strawberries to produce an unforgettable dessert.

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What Is A Shortcake?

In the US, a shortcake typically refers to a sweet biscuit that has somewhat of a crisp, crumbly texture. Generally, the biscuit is leavened with either baking powder or baking soda.

Shortcake gets its name from an old English cooking definition of “short”. The term “short” dates back to the 16th Century and refers to something that was crisp because of the addition of butter.

Making Strawberry Shortcake Ahead of Time

Strawberry Shortcake generally contains three separate components: (1) the shortcake; (2) strawberries; and (3) whipped cream.

In order to preserve the freshness of Strawberry Shortcake, it’s best to put it together right before serving. However, the shortcake can be baked ahead of time and stored in an air-tight container. Also, the strawberries can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated. Finally, the whipped cream can be made several hours before serving and refrigerated.

Ingredients for Strawberry Shortcake

As previously mentioned, Strawberry Shortcake has three different components.

The Shortcake: Bisquick or other biscuit mix, granulated sugar, butter and milk come together to make the shortcakes.

The Strawberries: The combination of fresh strawberries and granulated sugar produces a subtle sweetness in the strawberries. For an added boost to the strawberry flavor, I like to spread Strawberry Just Fruit or strawberry preserves on the bottom of the shortcakes.

The Whipped Cream: The whipped cream contains not only heavy cream, but also some confectioners’ sugar for an added sweetness and stability. In a pinch, you could also use Cool Whip!

Ingredients for Strawberry Shortcake

Steps in Making the Strawberry Shortcake

There are three basic components that go into making this delicious dessert. These components are (1) preparing the strawberries; (2) making the shortcake; (3) making the whipped cream.

Preparing the Strawberries

I rinsed, dried and hulled the strawberries. Then I sliced the strawberries into ¼-inch slices.

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Next, I sprinkled the sugar on the strawberries. I stirred to combine everything and refrigerated the strawberries until I was ready to assemble the Strawberry Shortcake

Sugar attracts water. Adding sugar to the strawberries causes the liquid to leach out of the fruit. By doing this, you are not only sweetening the strawberries, but also removing excess moisture from the fruit.

Sugar on strawberries in a bowl.

Making the Shortcake

Step 1: Making Shortcake Dough in Food Processor

First, I added the Bisquick and sugar to the bowl of my food processor fitted with a steel blade. Then, I pulsed the processor several times to ensure that the two ingredients were mixed.

Next, I added the milk and melted butter to the food processor and pulsed the processor 5 or 6 times until a shaggy dough formed.

Adding butter to food processor

Step 2: Kneading Dough

I dumped the shaggy dough onto a floured surface and kneaded it several times to form a cohesive ball.

Strawberry shortcake dough.

Step 3: Rolling and Cutting the Dough

I rolled the dough to ½-inch thickness. Then I cut 3 ½-inch circles. Basically, this is the same way that you cut biscuits.

I gathered up the uncut dough and repeated the process. I was able to cut six circles from the dough, but ended up only using four for the Strawberry Shortcakes. The other two were used for a different purpose.

I placed the cut circles on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Cutting the dough for the shortcake.

Step 4: Sprinkling Sugar on Cut Dough

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I brushed the tops of each shortcake with some heavy cream. Then, I sprinkled sugar on the top.

Sprinkling sugar on top of unbaked shortcakes.

Step 5: Baking the Shortcake

I baked the shortcake in a preheated 425°F oven for 10 to 12 minutes until they were golden brown. I removed them from the oven and allow then to cool.

Since I was making the Strawberry Shortcake ahead of time, I placed the cooled shortcakes into a Ziploc bag for later use.

Shortcake out of the oven

Making the Whipped Cream

Before making the whipped cream, I put the bowl that I was going to use and the beaters in the freezer for about 5 minutes. This causes the fat globules in the cream to emulsify faster and stay emulsified longer.

I beat the cream on high speed until it was foamy. Then, I gradually added the confectioners’ sugar. I continued beating the cream until soft peaks formed.

Putting the Strawberry Shortcake Together

Right before serving, I cut the shortcakes in half. Then, I spread the Strawberry Simply Fruit on the bottom (Photo 1). Next, I piped some whipped cream on top of the Simply Fruit (Photo 2).

After that, I placed some strawberries on top of the whipped cream (Photo 3). Finally, I placed the top of the shortcake on the strawberries and piped additional whipped cream on the top (Photo 4). For a garnish, I placed a strawberry and some mint leaves on the top.

The Make-Ahead Strawberry Shortcake was absolutely delicious. With its buttery, slightly sweet and crunchy shortbread topped with delicately sweetened strawberries and whipped cream, the Strawberry Shortcake was a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. Yum!

Strawberry Shortcake

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Other Strawberry Desserts

If you’re a fan of strawberry desserts, you should check out these delicious recipes:

  • Strawberry Ice Cream
  • No Churn Roasted Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Strawberries and Cream Popsicles
  • 3-Ingredient Strawberry Smoothie
  • Santa Hats

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