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Easy Strawberry Shortcake For One

This Strawberry Shortcake recipe is the perfect size to satisfy a sweet tooth. One homemade buttery shortcake biscuit sliced in half and filled with sweet sliced strawberries and fresh whipped cream. Ready in minutes!

A strawberry shortcake filled with whipped cream and strawberries and dusted with powdered sugar on a plate with a bowl of whipped cream and a bowl of strawberries in the background.

There's something so satisfying about a recipe that you can make quickly, one that uses simple ingredients that are likely to be your pantry, and can be made with the freshest fruits of the season. This strawberry shortcake recipe is a perfect example. It's an easy dessert that you can enjoy soon after you decide to make it.

Easy Shortcake Recipe

This strawberry shortcake recipe is the perfect recipe to use when you have fresh strawberries on hand but it's also ideal if you want to make a peach shortcake or a mixed fruit shortcake.

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The shortcake is a made from scratch and is as easy to make as a homemade biscuit. The "biscuit" is slightly sweet with a hint of cinnamon and served with fresh, sliced strawberries and a hefty dollop of whipped cream.

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A plate of fresh sliced strawberries next to a white napkin and a yellow bowl of whole strawberries.


See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • flour
  • sugar
  • baking powder
  • baking soda
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • butter
  • milk
  • strawberries
  • whipped cream
  • powdered sugar (optional, for topping)

See below for other strawberry recipes.

How To Make Strawberry Shortcake

Follow these easy steps to make the best strawberry shortcake:

  1. To make the shortcake biscuit, begin by whisking together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon.
  2. Cut cold butter into the flour mixture until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs.
  3. Mix in milk and spoon onto a baking sheet. Shape into a circle.
  4. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Let the shortcake biscuit cool for 10 minutes.

How To Assemble Strawberry Shortcake

  1. Slice the biscuit in half.
  2. Spoon sliced strawberries on the bottom half and top with whipped cream.
  3. Top with the remaining biscuit half.
A strawberry shortcake filled with whipped cream and strawberries and dusted with powdered sugar on a plate with a bowl of whipped cream and a bowl of strawberries in the background.

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How To Make Homemade Whipped Cream

You can certainly use whipped cream purchased from the grocery store but homemade whipped cream takes just minutes to make and tastes so rich and wonderful.


  • heavy cream
  • sugar


  1. Pour 1/4 cup of cream and 1 to 2 teaspoons of sugar into a small mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk until the cream reaches soft peaks, about 2-4 minutes.

Ways To Use Leftover Strawberries

If you have any strawberries leftover from this strawberry shortcake recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

This delightful strawberry shortcake makes the perfect sized dessert (or even breakfast!) for one person. It's a family favorite with ingredients scaled down to serve one or two.

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Strawberry Shortcake For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Cool: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast/Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: biscuit, strawberry
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 498kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter , cold
  • 2 tablespoons milk (if dough appears too dry, add 1/2 tablespoon more milk)
  • 1/4 cup strawberries , sliced
  • whipped cream (*see notes)
  • powdered sugar (optional)


  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.
  • Cut cold butter into the flour mixture using either a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Pour in the milk and stir until just combined. Spoon onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat and shape into a circle.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes or until top is golden.
  • Remove from oven and cool for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, make the whipped cream if you are making it yourself.
    Pour the cream and the sugar in a small mixing bowl. Whisk just until the cream reaches soft peaks, 2-4 minutes. Store any unused portion in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Slice the biscuit in half, spoon sliced strawberries on the bottom half and top with whipped cream. Top with remaining biscuit half.
  • Dust top with powdered sugar, if desired.


Use either store bought or homemade whipped cream.
To Make Homemade Whipped Cream
Pour 1/4 cup heavy cream and 1-2 teaspoons of sugar into a small mixing bowl. Whisk just until the cream reaches soft peaks, about 2-4 minutes.
Homemade whipped cream will add approximately 220 calories to the calorie count of this recipe.


Calories: 498kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 643mg | Potassium: 370mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 760IU | Vitamin C: 21.2mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 2.9mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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11 thoughts on “Easy Strawberry Shortcake For One”

  1. I still haven’t tried it but will definitely today or tomorrow but I think for the heavy cream if you add the sugar to the cream while it is still liquid it won’t become thick so it’s best to whip up the heavy cream and once its thick add sugar. just telling yall

    1. Amy, I recommend adding the sugar with the cream to thicken. The cream will thicken up with the sugar added. If you add the sugar after the cream has thickened, you will taste the granules of sugar.

  2. 5 stars
    I adapted the recipe to make it gluten free and vegan. I used gluten free flour, vegan butter and almond milk. Used a little more than 2 tablespoons of milk. Turned out perfect! I cut it in half because the whole shortcake would have been too much for me at once. I am not a huge fan of whipped cream so didn’t make it. Definitely will make it again. Fast and easy to make for a great dessert!

    1. I’m so happy you loved the strawberry shortcake! Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.


  3. 5 stars
    A dessert I don’t have to share. WINNER! I love strawberry shortcake. Now I can make it anytime I want.

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my gosh, love this! SO often I just want ONE, and not make a huge batch of strawberry shortcake. What a great recipe for a great summer dessert!

  5. 5 stars
    There is nothing like homemade whipped cream and totally worth the extra effort, in my opinion! Strawberry shortcake is one of my favorite summertime desserts and this version looks fantastic! Perfect for nights when my husband is working late and I want something sweet all for myself!

  6. 5 stars
    Looks so delicious! I definitely whip homemade whipped cream for this beautiful cake 😀 Thank you for the recipe<3

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