Best No Fail Strawberry Shortcake Pinterest Challenge

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Today, let’s make a summer family favorite recipe, with a twist. Learn how to make the best no fail strawberry shortcake Pinterest Challenge recipe.


Welcome to this month’s Pinterest Challenge, with a twist!

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If you are new to the Pinterest Challenge, here’s the skinny (which is an odd term, considering the twist this month)!

Our lovely host, Cindy from County Road 407, chooses a photo each month to inspire a group of blogging buddies (that’s us). We take the photo, put our own spin on it and share it with β€˜the world’ (that’s you).

The Pinterest Challenge Twist

The Pinterest Challenge usually involves home decor or a home decor project.

However, this month, Cindy put a little ‘spin’ on the challenge!

The Pinterest Challenge for July is all about recipes! And what’s even better, we are sharing all kinds of strawberry recipes!

easy no fail strawberry shortcake in aqua bowl on tile counter with blue coffee cup

If you are visiting here from Kristin’s blog at White Arrows Home, welcome-welcome! I’m looking forward to trying out her sweetn-n-salty recipe for sure!

Be sure to keep reading and take a look at all TWELVE recipes from today’s blog hop.

The Inspiration for the Best No Fail Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Today’s inspiration photo comes to us from Lucinda Hershberger and her wonderful photo portfolio.

easy no fail strawberry shortcake pinterest challenge strawberries in colander on wood crate

This photo makes you just want to run out to your local produce stand and make a yummy strawberry somethin’, right?

Well then, let’s make a yummy dessert! The best no fail strawberry shortcake recipe!

How to Make Strawberry Shortcake from ‘Scratch’

So, if you’ve been around My Wee Abode for any time, you know that recipes on this blog are few and far between.

After all, MWA is about big inspiration for small home living, not necessarily recipes.

But, every once in a while, my blogging buddies decide to do a recipe hop. So, when I join in a recipe blog ‘party’, of course I go to my family favorites.

Like our family-favorite holiday nutmeg cookies or the best lemon cream cheese pie you ever hope to make!

Since it’s summer, it just made sense to introduce you all to my family’s favorite seasonal dessert, strawberry shortcake.

easy no fail strawberry shortcake in aqua bowl on tile counter with bowl of strawberries on the side

So, let’s get to it, shall we?

What You’ll Need for the Best Strawberry Shortcake

My ‘secret’ ingredient for our favorite shortcake is Original Bisquick!

I know, I know. You may THINK it’s not a secret. But, there’s a little extra sumpin’-sumpin’ that I add which pumps up the classic shortcake recipe from Betty Crocker. Read on to find out this tip, and one or two six more!

easy no fail strawberry shortcake pinterest challenge supplies for recipe

You will need:

  • Fresh strawberries (how much depends on who you’re feeding!)
  • ORIGINAL Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix
  • Sugar
  • Milk (I use whole milk, but you can use whatever you have on hand)
  • Butter
  • Heaving Whipping Cream
  • Salt
  • Parchment Paper
  • Cookie Sheet

The complete recipe card is at the end of this post with all the measurements and details. You can print it or view it on your smart phone, tablet, or computer.

How to Make Shortcake That Doubles as a Scone

This shortcake recipe is so good, we often use these yummy biscuits as a breakfast scone, too! (It’s been requested more than once at our church breakfast potlucks.)

Lots of people like to use angel food cake as the first layer to their strawberry shortcake, but for me, it just ends up too soggy.

The Betty Crocker shortcake recipe (with our family spin), ‘holds-up’ to the strawberries and the juice/sauce of this dessert. I think you’ll love it as much as we do!

Gather Your Ingredients

For the shortcake you will need the Bisquick, sugar, and butter (photo 1 and 3). Be sure to melt your butter (photo 2). Using the microwave makes this step easy, just keep an eye on it so it doesn’t ‘explode’.

The photos for this recipe are for a double recipe, and it makes about a dozen 3-4″ shortcake biscuits.

Tip #1:
You don’t have to EXACTLY measure out the Bisquick (photo 3).
A little over the amount does the trick! You’ll see why in a bit.

ingredients and steps for making the best strawberry shortcake

Mixing Ingredients for No-Fail Shortcake Biscuits

easy no fail strawberry shortcake pinterest challenge supplies for recipe

Take a fork and mix together the sugar and Bisquick (photo 4).

Tip #2:
Here’s the biggie, y’all! When you make this family-fave shortcake recipe, use 1.5 times the sugar! Yep… you want to add another 1/2 more of the sugar that is called for in the classic recipe. So, with this recipe, you would normally use 6 tablespoons of sugar. But, to make this just a little-bit sweeter, add 9 tablespoons.
This added sugar will make your shortcake-scones moister, too!

Now you can add your melted butter (photo 5)!

Tip #3:
Use ALL your melted butter and stir in with a fork until moistened with butter.

Now it’s time to add the milk (photo 6)!

Tip #4:
You don’t have to use all your milk. Just pour it in a splash at a time and mix in with fork. When large lumps start to form…

Knead the dough into a ball in the bowl. The dough should not be sticky, at all. If you need more milk, add a bit more and continue to knead until all the Bisquick is ‘worked into’ the dough (photo 7).

ball of dough in blue bowl

Separate the dough ball into smaller balls, about 2-2.5 inches across, then flatten to bake (photo 8).

biscuit dough on parchment paper and cookie sheet

After about 12 minutes in the oven, you’ll have these golden-brown beauties!

easy no fail strawberry shortcake finished shortcake on cookie sheet
Parchment paper keeps the bottoms from getting too brown!

How Do You Prepare Strawberries for the Best Strawberry Shortcake?

While your shortcake is baking in the oven, you can quickly prepare your strawberries.

Remove the stems from the strawberries. I use a butter knife and ‘dig-out’ the stem. Mom always taught me that cutting the stems off cuts off strawberry that can be used in the recipe. And, because I’m a good daughter, I still use Mom’s technique!

Rinse the strawberries and drain them well. Then slice them into a bowl (photo 9).

strawberry collage with steps for preparing strawberry shortcake

This is three large boxes of strawberries. So I added about 1/2 cup of sugar and stirred it in. This macerates the berries and creates a ‘sauce’ (photo 12).

strawberry slices and juice in a bowl with black serving spoon

Tip #5:
This is another biggie, and a first for our family recipe that knocked it out of the park. You see that salt shaker in the background of photo 11? Well, adding just a pinch of salt (I just lightly sprinkled it in… not even 1/8 of a teaspoon) heightens the taste of the strawberries in a big way!

Have you all noticed that I’m using my vintage Pyrex bowls? Well, my sister was kind enough to let me use her kitchen for this post, and my niece left me a little gift sitting against my Pyrex Cinderella bowl…

vintage pyrex bowl with matching pin on tiled counter

It’s an enamel pin! Isn’t it adorable?! Thanks, again, Bekka-boo!

Whipping Up the BEST Whipped Cream for Strawberry Shortcake

In my opinion, making whipped cream from ‘scratch’ is the only way to top off a wonderful strawberry shortcake recipe. What do you think?

Making homemade whipped cream is super easy. Just mix until you get the consistency you want!

easy no fail strawberry shortcake whipped cream in metal bowl and whisk

Mix in sugar to taste, and you’re done.

A ‘clotted’ cream consistency is my fave. I mix until the whipped cream BEGINS to create a lumpy look and has a pale yellow color (photo 14). Be careful! Don’t mix until you get butter! πŸ˜‰

Tip #6:
To get the fastest and best results for whipped cream, use HEAVY whipping cream, a metal bowl, and a whisk attachment on your mixer (photo 13).
Trust me, this tip is a game-changer!

Assemble the Best No-Fail Strawberry Shortcake Pinterest Challenge Recipe

Putting together this delicious strawberry shortcake is super easy!

Break apart the shortcake into a bowl, then add the strawberries, and finally a big(ger) dollop of whipped cream!

assembly of strawberry shortcake collage in aqua bowl

Tip #7:
(Whoa, there are a lot of tips!) Breaking apart the shortcake as the first layer gives a bit of a nod to strawberry cobbler! Same type of texture, but not soggy!

The Best No Fail Strawberry Shortcake Pinterest Challenge Recipe

Now, add a cup of coffee, and maybe a wee bit more whipped cream, and you’re all set!

easy no fail strawberry shortcake in aqua bowl on tile counter with bowl of strawb

So, are you ready to give our family’s recipe a try??? What tips do you have for your family’s strawberry shortcake dessert?

Now, be sure to hop on over to my dear friend Michelle’s blog, Thistle Key Lane. You’ll love her photos and her REAL strawberry and almond scones will know your socks off!

And check out ALL the wonderful recipes listed below! (The recipe card is right underneath the links to my blogging buddies blogs.)

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Best No Fail Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Best No Fail Strawberry Shortcake Recipe

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Family favorite seasonal dessert that's easy to make! Strawberry Shortcake!



  • 4 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1/2 cup sugar, (more or less to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • 2 1/3 cups Bisquick
  • 6 Tablespoons sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup milk (or less)


  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar (more or less to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Heat oven to 425 degrees.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the sliced strawberries, sugar, and salt. Fold together and refrigerate.
  2. Stir mixture every 15-30 minutes until macerated.


  1. Combine dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Add all the melted butter, pouring around the mixture. Then add about half of the milk. Mix together with a fork.
  3. Continue to add milk a little at a time until dough is moist, but not sticky.
  4. Form dough into biscuits, about 3.5 inches around and 1 inch high and place on ungreased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes or until slight golden brown on the top.


  1. In a medium size bowl, combine all ingredients and whip until desired consistency. If you want a 'clotted' texture, mix until a creamy yellow tint appears and watch for the beginnings of a curdled look.

Assemble all finished ingredients together in a bowl or on a plate. Add crumbled shortcake, then strawberries, and top with whipped cream! Enjoy!


  • Be sure to taste your strawberry mixture, as well as your whipped cream, to ensure there is enough sugar.
  • When mixing the dough, I often use my hands at the end to form a dough ball. This tells me if the Bisquick is incorporated well, and prevents the dough from getting sticky with too much milk.
  • If the dough seems sticky, add a bit more Bisquick and knead.
  • If you use a metal bowl and the whisk attachment for your mixer, your cream will whip-up in a snap (vs. a glass or plastic bowl).

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  1. Hi Julie, I love a little “hack” in my recipes. I am adding Bisquick to my grocery list to make this shortcake!
    Great tutorial! laura

  2. So GREAT tips for making this classic dessert. I always make whipped cream, but never whipped it quite so thick. I’m going to try your suggestion.

    I’ve pinned this AND followed you on Pinterest!

    Niky @ The House on Silverado

    1. Thanks, Michelle! Yep… crumbling it a bit is the only way to go… unless you just each the shortcake with cream and plum jam. There is that! πŸ˜‰

  3. THESE WERE SO DELICIOUS! I keep thinking about them! Your photos came out so well Aunt LaLa! Yay!

    1. Thanks, Boo! I’m SO glad you enjoyed the dessert! It’s definitely worth it when those you love are blessed! Thanks for the encouragement, too! Hugs!

    1. We’re twins, Janet! I actually used angel food the other day because I was being lazy… I was reminded why I don’t use it. (Ew) πŸ˜‰

  4. We often make waffles and pancakes with Bisquick, so I need to try this recipe sometime! It looks so delicious! Also, I totally agree with you on the whipped cream part. Wish we lived closer so I could come over and taste this yumminess! πŸ˜‰

    1. Yep… we always use BQ for pancakes and waffles! I wish we were closer, too! We would, at the very least, be having coffee together!

  5. Julie, as we would say in the South, β€œ ain’t nothing wrong with Bisquick!” I think this shortbread sounds delicious, exactly what in season strawberries need. The whipped cream doesn’t hurt either.

  6. Good ole Bisquick! I used to use it a lot back in the day and always loved it. I have some in my pantry as we speak! I will definitely make this and use your tip of a little salt on the strawberries! I would never thought to do that!

    PS Thank you for linking up to my Centerpiece Wednesday Linky party!

    1. Yep… Bisquick was a staple in our home as I grew up, and raising my kids. Now, I don’t keep it in MWA because it’s too tempting to make things that will contribute to my quarantwenty… five. πŸ˜‰ Always love linking at your party, girl!

    1. Thanks, Amber! I need to get the gf biscuit mix for my daughter… which one do you use? My daughter is both gluten and dairy intolerant, as well! Not sure she would be ‘happy’ with substitutes… but, we’ll see. πŸ˜‰

    1. Thanks, Carol… Yes, love my vintage Pyrex, and the aqua serving bowls make the strawberries ‘pop’, too! πŸ˜‰

    1. Yes! I’m going to try your whipped cream the next time I make these! AND, I bought the icing tool, as well!

  7. Julie, this looks DELICIOUS and I can’t wait to try it out. We will be featuring your Strawberry Shortcake starting this Wednesday on the Creative Crafts Linky Party! Have a great week!
    Creatively, Beth

    1. LOL! Yeah… I’m all for ‘real’ shortcake, even if it’s using a pancake mix as the base! πŸ˜‰

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