Crumbly shortcake, heaps of fresh berries, and luscious whipped cream have made this dessert a classic. But as these recipes prove, cake and strawberry dessert recipes can be so much more than basic shortcake (although we have how-tos for that as well!). These strawberry shortcake recipes are all about celebrating summer's best fruit-filled dessert.

By Karla Walsh

Learn how to make shortcake in the classic way, then switch things up to serve a crowd, your cocktail party pals, and even state fair fans. (Yes, we're serving strawberry shortcake on a stick!) You'll want to add each of these warm weather treats to your summer recipe "must-make!" list.

1. Best Strawberry Shortcake

No matter how you slice it (or serve it), everyone loves strawberry shortcake desserts. This towering strawberry cake recipe will satisfy a family or party of six and requires zero kneading, rolling, or slicing. Try our lemon poppy seed, mixed fruit, walnut, or savory (with cheese and bacon!) twists if you're feeling adventurous.

Get the recipe: Best Strawberry Shortcake

2. Classic Shortcakes

Two dream teams make this from-scratch strawberry shortcake recipe stand out:

  • Cake flour + all-purpose flour for a light and fluffy texture
  • Butter + shortening for a flaky, rich crumble

Combine that just-like-Grandma-made shortcake recipe with homemade whipped cream and macerated berries and you have a recipe for dessert perfection.

Get the recipe: Classic Shortcakes

3. Strawberry Shortcake Ice Box Bars

Here’s how to make shortcake for a crowd—without the stress! Assemble these ice box bars, with layers of shortcake-flavored cookies, fresh strawberry sauce, and cloudlike whipped cream. Freeze for up to a month, then simply defrost the day before your big bash and top with additional whipped cream come party time.

4. Strawberry Mojito Shortcakes

Yes, you can eat strawberry shortcake on the go! This cocktail-inspired (there’s rum and mint in the mix!) slow cooker sweet comes together in a mason jar so you can easily pack servings for picnics or potlucks. Just tote whipped cream, lime zest, and mint sprigs in separate small containers to garnish immediately before serving.

5. Strawberry Shortcake on a Stick

Inspired by state fair food, this easy strawberry shortcake recipe can be yours in less than 45 minutes! Since the quick biscuits are cut into small bites, they bake nice and fast. While we call for frozen whipped dessert topping, if you have a few minutes, feel free to mix up your own!

6. Rosemary-Strawberry Shortcake Pizza

A little sweet (honey), a little savory (rosemary), and completely crowd-pleasing, this dessert pizza can be made in the oven or on the grill. Once the flatbreadlike strawberry shortcake cake recipe is ready, slice it into bite-size pieces and stack in a glass along with berries and cream for a portable parfait.

7. Strawberry Shortbread

Calling all cookie monsters! This almond-scented, bake sale-ready dessert features strawberry preserves both in the dough and in the powdered sugar glaze. Seek out preserves with smaller fruit pieces for the best results in these strawberry shortcake cookies.

Get the recipe: Strawberry Shortbread


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