Looking for a twist on the classic strawberry shortcake recipe? Try this delicious balsamic strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream! The sweet and tangy flavor of balsamic vinegar adds a unique touch to this classic dessert, and the homemade whipped cream is the perfect finishing touch. Whether you're looking for a new summer dessert or a twist on a classic favorite, this recipe is sure to be a hit!


For the shortcake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 pint fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced

For the whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined.
  2. Add the chilled butter to the flour mixture and use a pastry blender or your fingers to cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse sand.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, egg, and vanilla extract. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  4. On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough a few times until it comes together. Roll out the dough to about 1/2 inch thickness and cut into rounds using a biscuit cutter or a glass.
  5. Place the shortcakes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool.
  6. While the shortcakes are baking, prepare the strawberries. In a small saucepan, heat the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved. Add the sliced strawberries and toss to coat. Let cool.
  7. In a large mixing bowl, whip the heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract until stiff peaks form.
  8. To assemble the shortcakes, split them in half and spoon the balsamic strawberries onto the bottom half. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and place the top half of the shortcake over the cream.
  9. Serve immediately and enjoy!


  • If you don't have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by adding 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup of milk and letting it sit for 5 minutes.
  • For a more intense balsamic flavor, you can reduce the balsamic vinegar in a saucepan over medium heat until it thickens and becomes syrupy.
  • This recipe can also be made with other berries such as raspberries or blackberries.


This balsamic strawberry shortcake with homemade whipped cream is a delicious and unique twist on a classic dessert. The sweet and tangy flavor of the balsamic strawberries pairs perfectly with the fluffy shortcake and creamy whipped cream. Try this recipe out for your next summer gathering or family dinner, and you're sure to impress!

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