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Lemon-Berry Shortcake

This simple lemon shortcake is tender and not overly sweet. Enjoy this summertime classic with a generous layer of whipped topping and berries. —Meryl Herr, Overland Park, Kansas
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 1-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9-in. round baking pan.
  • In a large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk egg, buttermilk, melted butter, lemon zest, lemon juice and vanilla. Add to dry ingredients; stir just until moistened. Fold in 1 cup strawberries. Transfer to prepared pan.
  • Bake 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • For topping, toss berries with lemon juice and sugar. To serve, spread whipped topping over cake. Top with berries.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 252 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 245mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (19g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.

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  • millsapm
    Apr 19, 2020

    Turned out wonderful!

  • snmckey
    Aug 3, 2017

    Tried this with strawberries in the cake and then again with blueberries. Both were delicious!

  • zegunism
    Jul 14, 2017

    No comment left

  • xxcskier
    May 28, 2016

    Like other reviewers my cooking time was also longer. For me it took about 40 minutes. This was easy, excellent and elegant for a casual BBQ! I will be making this again very soon!

  • Loiscooks
    May 20, 2015

    Great recipe. The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of sugar-I used slightly less than 1/3, and it was sweet enough. I added blueberries along with the strawberries for the cake. We used sliced strawberries and real whipped cream for the topping. This was delicious.

  • thomsmom
    Jul 11, 2014

    For 1bigdog6767 I think you can use Equal or I know there is another product whose name I cannot remember, sorry - maybe another viewer knows, but it is a sugar substitute made for cooking/baking. I have seen it at Ralphs (Krogers) supermarkets, Good luck

  • rebelwithoutaclue
    Jul 4, 2014

    Great and easy recipe. It does not over power you but it does satisfy you. If you don't have or want to buy buttermilk, just pour your milk into a measuring cup and add 1 tea of white vinegar. Let sit for 5 min and now you have buttermilk. You should use whole milk. This took at least 45-50 min to bake.

  • Psychojoe
    Jul 3, 2014

    This is our favorite strawberry dessert. I've made it several times every year for a long time and it gets lots of compliments.

  • randcbruns
    Jun 20, 2014

    This is a very simple dessert recipe that my family really enjoys. I love the extra tang the buttermilk adds to this cake. This really highlights the lemon flavor. You can't beat the combination of lemon and strawberries. YUM! It really reminds you of summer all year round.

  • 1bigdog6767
    Apr 7, 2014

    can I rework the recipe Im Diabetic?