Strawberry Shortcake, Gluten Free

Strawberry Shortcake, the classic summertime dessert, made with sun ripened strawberries piled on top of a buttery shortcake and finished with a large dollop of freshly whipped cream is a taste of heaven and this one is gluten free.

When I had strawberry shortcake growing up, it certainly wasn’t like the one I’m sharing with you today. No, back then it was made with pre packaged little sponge cakes that we bought at our local grocery store and, more times than not, the strawberries we used came from the frozen food section. We had it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream but I don’t ever remember having the dessert with real whipped cream. Our life was very simple and I had no idea that strawberry shortcake was served any differently until I had it in a restaurant years later.

Strawberry Shortcake, A Summertime Classic
Strawberry Shortcake, A Summertime Classic

Fast forward to last week. We were having a middle of the week impromptu dinner with our friends but I was given a challenge. Make a gluten free meal as one of our friends is being checked for an autoimmune condition. We served arroz con pollo along with a salad for dinner and strawberry shortcake for dessert.

Since my husband and I don’t need to eat gluten free, I didn’t want to buy a lot of special ingredients that I might not need again. I found a pre packaged gluten free scone mix and made scones as the base for the dessert. We all loved the dessert so I thought I’d share the recipe with you.

Strawberry Shortcake, Gluten Free 

 Preheat the oven to 375 degrees with the cooking rack placed in the top third of the oven.

  • 1 (13 oz.) bag Pamela’s Biscuit & Scone Mix*
  • ½ c. sugar plus a little more for sprinkling
  • 1 stick (8 Tbsp.) butter, very cold, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup milk (I used 1/4 c. milk plus 3/4 c. half and half) plus about 1 Tbsp. for brushing the tops
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla

Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking mat (Silpat) or parchment paper.

Combine the dry mix and sugar in a bowl. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal.  Do not overwork the dough. Add the milk then mix until the dough just comes together. Scoop onto a piece of parchment or cling wrap then gently pat into a round, about 1 to 1 1/2 inches high. (If dough is sticky, wet fingers help shape the dough.) Cut into 8 wedges with a knife and place on the prepared cookie sheet using a spatula. If you wish, brush the scones with a little cream and sprinkle with sugar before baking. Bake 20 to 24 minutes until the tops are cracked and just starting to brown. Remove from the oven and let rest on the baking sheet (they are very tender) for a few minutes then place on a wire rack to finish cooling.


  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, cleaned and quartered
  • 2 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Grand Marnier (optional)

Place clean and quartered strawberries into a bowl and sprinkle with sugar. Pour in the lemon juice and liqueur, if using, and stir. Let sit for several hours.

Whipped cream

  • 1 pint heavy whipping cream
  • 1 – 2 Tbsp. powdered sugar, or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a chilled bowl and whip with an electric beater until soft peaks are formed. Cover and chill until ready to use.

Place a scone on each dessert plate, top with strawberries and a dollop of whipped cream.


If you think you don’t have time to make dessert when you are entertaining friends, you might want to try this classic summertime dessert. In thirty short minutes, earlier in the day, I made the scones along with preparing the strawberries and whipped cream. All that was necessary, at serving time, was to place a scone on each plate, top with several spoonfuls of strawberries and their delicious juice, then add a dollop of whipped cream. During the winter, I could see making this dessert with pears poached in red wine.

These strawberry shortcakes are the perfect ending to a meal. Quick and easy to prepare, these buttery shortcakes topped with fresh fruit and whipped cream are delicious. I guess you could say…“summertime and the living is easy”.

Tell me, do you ever have spur of the moment dinners for your friends with only a couple of hours to prepare a meal? If so, do you make dessert from scratch, use packaged mixes or do you buy something ready made from your local bakery?

*I mentioned the scone mix that I bought but have not been compensated in any way. I was very pleased with this mix but I’m sure there are others like it on the market. I was happy that I could make our friend a gluten free dessert he could enjoy, without me having to buy lots of ingredients I might not use again. I’d definitely make gluten free scones again, even though my husband and I don’t have to worry about gluten in our diets. No one will ever know the scones are gluten free unless you tell them.

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148 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake, Gluten Free

  1. Perfect Summer dessert. My mom made her own Angel Food Cake, usually frozen strawberries and Cool Whip. So yes, the real thing, when done right, is very special.

    1. Hi Lea Ann, I certainly agree…it is perfect for summer. My mother changed to angel food cake later in life, I have a feeling it was so my father could have a bigger piece of dessert. 😀

      1. oh they are. And just a future note. I make a great sous chef if you ever need an assistance – snorts and oinks XOXO – Bacon

  2. I love this, Karen. We have several friends who are celiac and part of my desire to create gluten-free food is so they can enjoy every aspect of the meal or be able to participate when we have a potluck. So often, the limitation of their diet means they eat before they go out, which is sad. I like that you were able to accommodate your friend without having to buy special ingredients — the package mixes sure to help in that way. What a lovely summer dessert. 🙂

    1. Thank you Judy.. We enjoy having our friends over and it was certainly easy enough to prepare a meal that he could eat. The nice thing was that we all enjoyed meal…it was delicious.

  3. What a coincidence. My friend is having a birthday this week and I am going to make him a gluten free strawberry shortcake. He cannot eat any gluten. You came up with a great recipe.

    1. Thank you Ronit, for your kind comment. We entertain our friends often and if I can’t serve something I know he can eat, they will pass on dinner invitations. This gluten free dessert was delicious, I’ll definitely make it again.

  4. Great idea to use the scone mix for the biscuits! Brava! When I was growing up, we only had the biscuit variety of shortcakes. I love it!

    1. Thank you Penny, for your nice compliment and wish. Yes, summer has been nice so far…just have to get used to Florida’s heat. 🙂

    1. You gave me such a laugh Darryl, I think you are right…those cake cups do remind me of Twinkies and they probably do keep forever. My husband and I did a test with hot dog buns one time. They like Twinkies stayed soft and never got moldy after several months although we were not brave enough to taste test them. 😀

  5. This is beautiful Karen, perfect for entertaining. Funny thing, growing up we ate our strawberry shortcake exactly how you did. ……….

  6. A perfect dessert. It is good to have ideas for gluten and lactose intolerant guests these days. I have found lactose free whipping cream in the grocery store!

    1. Thank you Darlene. It really is nice to have new products available so that we can prepare meals for our guests who have dietary restrictions. I was happy to find the mix and the scones were terrific. I would use it again even though my husband and I have no problems with gluten.

    1. Hi Ray, I agree with you about the Grand Marnier…I absolutely love it in fruit desserts. Thank you for your nice compliment, it is much appreciated.

  7. I remember those store-bought sponge cakes. No very good, were they? Although at the time I didn’t know any better. This looks great — and although we eat gluten, we do have friends who can’t tolerate it. So it’s always good to have a GF option for a wonderful classic like this. Thanks!

    1. Hi John, I think that is it…we didn’t know any better as it was all that we had at home growing up. Thank goodness for new products coming on the market to use when you have guests that have dietary restrictions like our friend. I was pleasantly surprised with the scones I made, you would never know they were gluten free.

  8. Oh the memories….we sometimes bought the store sponge cakes but my mom make biscuits too….and cool whip and rarely whipped cream….but we grew the strawberries behind our garage. This is a recipe I will try as I am now growing strawberries too.

    1. Hi Donna, I’m sorry but I just noticed that my reply disappeared. I’m happy that my post brought back memories of your mom’s strawberry shortcake. I hope you will enjoy the recipe and thank you for your nice comment.

    1. Hi Boleyn, I was happy that I could prepare a dessert that my friend would be able to enjoy. Your mother’s version and yours sounds great.

      1. Thanks … I was pretty proud of myself when I looked at the flan/sponge cake base using my mom’s special cake pan. And the finished cake … I wished my mom was still alive to see it.

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment Sylvia. I know you can’t wait until your home is finished and you can start cooking in your new kitchen. All good things come to those that wait. 😀

  9. Gorgeous, Karen! Strawberry shortcake is my favorite summer dessert and I’ve missed it since having to start eating gluten-free. I’ve been making mini pavlovas with berries and cream as a substitute, which is quite good, but doesn’t compare to a buttery biscuit. I, too, grew up on the spongy cakes…loved them when I was little but can’t imagine eating one now!

    1. I appreciate your nice compliment, Hannah. I was very impressed with how the scones came out using this mix…no one would guess these aren’t made with wheat flour unless you told them. Perhaps one of the stores in your area carry this gluten free product.

  10. This looks delicious! 😃
    Have you ever tried summer pudding? It’s easy to prepare, contains lots of fresh fruit, and it’s one of my favourite desserts for this time of year. I wonder if you have it in the States?

    1. Thank you Grace, for your nice compliment. I know that summer pudding is a cold bread and fresh berry dessert that is very popular in England but I have not had it although I do know I would enjoy it.

  11. Yes Karen…this is indeed a lovely dessert…especially that strawberries are everywhere. Perfect summer dessert!
    Have a wonderful week 🙂

    1. I appreciate your nice compliment and wish Juliana, thank you. Yes, strawberries are in season and at a good price now…enjoy.

  12. This is a great use of strawberries, Karen! My mom always made her own shortcake and so do I. Yours sounds delicious and it was very nice of you to make this for your friend! Bet it was delicious!

    1. Hi Pam, I’m glad you like the dessert, thank you. Your mom sounds like she did it right and passed that along to you. Yes, our friend did enjoy the strawberry shortcake.

  13. Karen,
    What a lovely dessert and of course perfect for Summertime berries.
    My mother always made her own shortcakes from scratch too, they really are the best way to go!
    Have a wonderful rest of the week,

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish, Jemma…I hope you have a wonderful holiday weekend. I have to agree that shortcakes from scratch are delicious.

  14. The dessert looks beautiful. And it’s a favourite dessert of mine. I love how you prepared the strawberries. Isn’t it great the way these days, it’s so easy to make things GF. There are so many wonderful products on the market so you can just substitute and go ahead as normal xx

    1. Thank you Charlie, I’m happy to know that this is a favorite of yours as well. I din’t think I’d ever be buying products like this until our friend needed to go gluten free…the scones came out terrific.

  15. You just reminded me of how much I love and miss Strawberry Shortcake! We’re not bothered by gluten either, but too many carbs in general make the scales heavier for me. 🙂 Just bought a beautiful basket of strawberries and am craving for some biscuits. This looks awesome!!!

    1. I know what you mean about desserts and carbs MJ but sometimes you just need a meal that satisfies all your cravings. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  16. I grew up with the EXACT same strawberry shortcake. My daughter and I have made it with Angel Food cake since, once from scratch but the rest with store bought AFC. And always Cool-Whip, but fresh strawberries of course. I know I can make my own whipped cream from scratch but the daughter is just fine with store-bought so there it is. Thanks for posting such a lovely recipe and I am sure your friends are so happy to have enjoyed that gluten-free

    1. Hi Kathryn, It seems that we are not alone when it comes to the version of the shortcake we grew up with. I’m glad you like my recipe and yes, our gluten free friend was very happy with the dessert. They are coming for a 4th of July barbecue so I’ll have to come up with another dessert.

  17. Hi Karen–so nice to see another post from you. I thought you were having so much fun in your new digs that you forgot all about us-HA!

    I read something really interesting about folks going GF–seems in many cases, these same people have no problem eating flour in other countries, or Organic here in the States. I came across an article online that was saying that wheat is now being “killed off” for harvest with glyphosates and that is the problem with the flour now. I know switching to organic helped me.
    I hope your friend tests out ok. This might be of help to her. I’ll send you the link to the article if you’d like.

    Hope your summer is going well. I’m missing your travel posts too—hint hint.

    1. Thank you Susan, for your sweet comment. I think that you must have missed my broccoli and cauliflower salad recipe that I posted on the 18th. I had a post about the Epcot Flower and Garden festival that I was going to share but with all the awful events in Orlando, I decided to wait. October will be filled with our travels to Germany and Austria but I’ll be sure to take everyone on a little trip somewhere here in Florida soon.

    1. Hi Debbie, I’m happy that I have given you an idea of something you can serve to stepson the next time he comes to visit. My husband and I and our friends certainly did enjoy the strawberry shortcakes.

  18. I love impromptu dinners and have them quite often. I ‘m sure your friends appreciated this wonderful looking desert. Have fun on your travels to Europe. I’m in Switzerland recuperating from a wonderful wedding.

    1. Hi Gerlinde, I’m glad to hear you are like my husband and I…I think even our guests feel the same way with these kind of dinners. I hope you are feeling better and are enjoying your time in Switzerland. We won’t be heading to Europe until October…fall is our favorite time to travel there.

  19. This is such a wonderful idea for impromptu dinners with friends and family. I am embarrased to say, when those times happen in my home, my solution is ice cream and fro yo – but this is so much more delightfully delicious! Now I’ve gotta try Pamela’s Biscuit & Scone Mix.

    1. Hi Shashi, There is no reasoned to be embarrassed about serving ice cream at an impromptu dinner. The guests are usually so happy to just have a night out with friends where they don’t have to do the cooking. 😀 I was very impressed with how good the scones turned out. We all thought they were delicious and I would definitely use the mix again.

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Zaza. This is such an easy and delicious dessert…you definitely need to give it a try. 🙂

  20. You can’t go wrong with strawberries and whipped cream! I’ve always made Angel Food cake but a pre-packaged gluten free mix would be great for a couple of my friends who can’t tolerate gluten. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Jan, I’m happy that I could share this recipe. Up until now, I didn’t have the need to cook anything gluten free but this turned out delicious and our friends loved it…I’m sure yours would as well.

    1. Thank you Kelli, I’m happy that my post was helpful. This is the first time that I’ve prepared something that was gluten free and the scones turned out great. Maybe all mixes are good but what I liked about this particular one was the ingredient list…there wasn’t lots of strange ingredients in it so that is why I decided on it. 🙂

  21. I know what you mean. When I was a kid, we never had whipped cream that didn’t spray out of a can. I think my mom thought of cream as an extravagance, and of course if she had whipped her own, it’d’ve been by hand … so I can kind of see her point there. (Although when I need just a tiny bit of whipped cream, I love to whip it with a whisk, by hand, casually standing there pretending that I don’t think anyone’s watching, and when stiff peaks appear, I can’t tell you how many of my friends’ jaws drop, like I just performed a miracle. So then I just drop do a mic drop with the whisk.)

    1. Hi Jeff, I think you are right…my mother probably would have thought cream would be an extravagance as she watched where she spent her pennys. 🙂 It only takes a couple of minutes to whip cream, even when it is down by hand, so I’ll always make my own.

    1. Hi Katerina, I totally agree with you about all the options available now. If they are all as good as the mix I bought for the scones, then that is great for those who can’t eat gluten.

  22. That’s a great tip to use the gluten free scone mix. My mother always used Bisquick mix and I still use. My husband loves his strawberries so any cake with either ice cream or whip cream on top is fine with him as long as he gets his strawberries. Personally, I just have to have the whipped cream.

    Long ago though my younger sister was at my mother’s house when she served strawberry shortcake. I’m not sure that my sister has ever made anything from scratch so I was a little surprised when her daughter asked my mother if she could have the REAL whip cream on hers. My mother told her that it was real whip cream but my niece insisted and said “no don’t you have the REAL stuff that you squirt out of the can?”

    1. Hi Diane, I don’t usually mention products by name but I was really pleased with the scone mix and thought I’d pass it along to anyone who needs to eat gluten free. I love the story about your niece wanting the real whipped cream. 😀 Hope all is well and that summer in New England is a nice one this year. Florida is HOT…makes me yearn for our cottage on the lake in Maine.

    1. Hi Sarah, No telling how many of us have done a strawberry shortcut recipe…it is such a popular summer dessert. 😀 Thank you for your nice compliment, I think you will like the addition of Grand Marnier as it goes well with lots of fruit desserts.

  23. Love that this is gluten-free, Karen. I don’t need to omit gluten but many of my friends and relatives do. It looks absolutely perfect and delicious! My mom used to buy those store bought sponge cakes too…I thought they were heavenly at the time! lol

    1. Hi Robyn, My husband and I are like you and don’t need gluten free products but it is nice to have them available when we are entertaining friends that have problems with gluten. I know what you mean…actually, how could anything be bad covered in strawberries and cream. 😀

  24. Karen I love your innovative way of preparing a favorite gluten free. Your post brought back so many memories for me. I thought those little dessert cups were the greatest things ever when I was young. So you had yours with ice cream? How lucky can you get? Mine was just plain (probably frozen) strawberries and those cute little dessert cups. Happy July 4th to you and yours!

  25. Hi Southern, I’m happy to know that you enjoyed the post. It sounds like we both had similar food stories growing up. Thank you for your nice compliment and wish, I hope you have a nice holiday weekend as well.

    1. Hi Liz, I was pleased that I could make a dessert that was not only easy but delicious. Yes, our friend did enjoy the meal. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  26. I agree, strawberry shortcakes sure are the perfect ending to a meal. 🙂 Such a beautiful presentation, I’m motivated. Thank you for sharing, Karen! Happy July 4th!

    1. Thank you Amy for your nice compliment. I’m glad you liked my strawberry shortcake, I hope you will making your own soon. 🙂

  27. My mouth is watering. Our strawberries are just getting ripe in our neck of the woods. We met to buy some yesterday, but it didn’t happen. Luckily a friend invited me to pick in her garden. Glad to hear that you were up to the challenge of creating a gluten-free meal. Looks so good.

    1. Hi Kathy, How nice to have a friend that shared some of her bountiful crop with you. There is nothing quite as good as strawberries picked straight from the garden.

  28. My daughter-in-law needs to be gluten-free and I’m always loking for things that everybody will like. I know she misses wheat! She’ll be a willing guinea pig. Happy Fourth!

    1. Hi Rosemary, I was very pleased with the scones that I made from the gluten free mix. We all thought it was delicious and I hope your daughter in law enjoys it as much as we did.

  29. Very kind and thoughtful of you to accommodate your guest. This looks delicious for anyone. My sister has gluten-intolerance so I will be happy to share with her if I don’t find the time to make myself. Two weeks ago we went strawberry picking and froze some. Karen, your photo is magazine worthy. Jill at TeacupsandStitches

    1. Hi Jill, Thank you for your visit and lovely comment. I’m happy that you will be sharing this post with you sister. I appreciate you nice compliment about the photo…it’s so kind of you to say.

  30. Strawberry shortcake is such a classic! Sometimes I enjoy the challenge of making a meal for people with dietary restrictions, and I think the work is always appreciated. Your friend must have been thrilled.

    1. Hi Beth, I have to agree with you, I do think our guests appreciate it when we take their dietary restrictions into consideration when we invite them to dinner and our friend did enjoy his meal. Thank you for your nice comment.

    1. Hi Sheryl, I’m happy that I found a product that I could use that was gluten free as well as delicious. We did have a nice holiday, I hope you did as well.

  31. My dad stopped by with loads of strawberries yesterday, think I know what to do with them now. Love the recipe and the fact you made it gluten-free, it looks delicious!

    1. It is nice to meet you Petra, thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment…it is very much appreciated.

  32. Karen, your shortcake looks fabulous. It’s very kind of you to go to so much trouble with a special dessert for your friends. I would never guess it’s gluten-free (I have experience with gluten free meals cooked by a friend and frankly her cakes were awful every time…).
    I have never bought a cake mix, but if I had last-minute guests (with mobile phones, internet 24h a day, etc. it never happens any more), I guess I’d ask them to bring some chocolates (which are sold in every street here 😉 ). Seriously, I always ask for a bottle if guests ask what to bring, so I’d make prune&chocolate truffles (the quickest chocolate treat I know) or simply make a fruit salad, or both, if I have time. I do this quite often when I am too lazy too make a complicated dessert (or when I simply crave my truffles 😉 ).

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Sissi. I’m happy to now that you like the looks of the strawberry shortcake. I was worried about using an unknown product but the scones in this recipe were absolutely delicious. We often call friends in the late afternoon on the chance that they might not have any dinner plans. If they say they can come, I rush to the store for ingredients for dinner. I do remember your prune and chocolate truffles and I know I would be thrilled to have them for dessert. 🙂

  33. Strawberry shortcake is one of the best dessert ever, especially for summer meals. Making it with this gluten-free scone mix was so smart! I have an auto-immune condition and my niece was recently diagnosed with Celiac. My sister-in-law is scrambling to incorporate all the the sensible, gluten-free dishes into her family’s diet that she can! I will share this simple and smart dessert idea with her, Karen! Nice post.

    1. Hi Marcelle, I happen to agree with you about strawberry shortcake. Not only is it delicious but it is so easy to prepare. I was very pleased with the mix and we all thought the scones were great…I think anyone would be pleased with using the mix for this gluten free dessert. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

    1. Thank Susan, We did have a nice 4th, I hope you did as well. I was happy that I could make a dessert that our friend could enjoy as much as the rest of us did.

  34. My mom used to serve strawberry shortcake with those mini sponge cakes too. When my aunt made real shortcakes, we loved them! Yours reminds me of my aunt’s delicious dessert.

    1. Hi Kristi, I sounds like you had the best of both worlds between you mother and your aunt’s versions of strawberry shortcake. 🙂

  35. My mom never liked shortcakes, but always made a sponge cake for the strawberries. However, your shortcakes do look yummy and with real whipped cream…mmmm! I’d love a serving right now!

    1. Hi Kitty, A homemade sponge cake like your mother made sounds like a terrific base for strawberries. I’m glad you like the look of mine, thank you.

    1. Thank you for your compliment, Fida. Yes, I was happy to be able to offer a gluten free dessert to our friend, he did enjoy it.

  36. Strawberry shortcakes and summer…Is there a better combination? Gluten free meals can indeed be a challenge but you rock it!
    Hope your summer is going well.


    1. I appreciate your nice compliment Velva, thank you. I totally agree…I don’t think it would feel like summer unless strawberry shortcake was enjoyed at least once during the season.

  37. Although I only have one truly gluten free friend, I do stock the regular culprits to make gluten free flour (white and brown rice flour, corn flour, tapioca flour etc) because it seems there is always someone trying to avoid gluten at any given time. I like making my own flour because I can control the additives and preservatives, plus I need only make enough for that particular recipe. I started doing this years ago when gluten free products were not as common as they are today so I got into a groove. I will keep the scones you recommended on file because in a pinch, it’s always good to have a backup.
    Your strawberry shortcake looks wonderful and I’m sure everyone really enjoyed it, gluten free or not!

    1. I applaud you for your effort to ground your own flours Eva. With only a couple of hours to prepare a last minute meal, I was very happy to have found a gluten free mix that was delicious…we all enjoyed it.

  38. Sounds like a very successful, thoughtful impromptu dinner party! This strawberry shortcake looks wonderful. It’s great that it’s gluten-free so everyone could enjoy it. There’s nothing like good strawberries in season!

    1. Thank you Monica, for your nice compliment. When you have cleaned plates at the end of a meal, you know everyone enjoyed it…this was one of those.

  39. A lovely Summer dessert! I can make it this afternoon with the last of my home-grown fresh sweet strawberries from our garden! Yes! MMMM!

  40. My brother-in-law is gluten free so I always perk up when I see a recipe like this. The scones look really moist. It is such a beautiful dish, too! They have really come a long way with baking mixes if you were not even able to tell the scones were gluten free. I am going to pin this recipe so I have it on hand when my brother-in-law visits. Thanks so much, Karen!

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