When you combine the rich flavor of chocolate with the sweetness of strawberries, you get an irresistible dessert that's perfect for any occasion. This chocolate strawberry shortcake recipe takes things to the next level with homemade whipped cream and fresh strawberries.


For the shortcakes

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the whipped cream

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the topping

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the chilled butter into the flour mixture until it resembles coarse sand.
  4. Add the buttermilk and vanilla extract to the bowl and stir until just combined.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it gently until it comes together.
  6. Use a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter to cut out 6 to 8 shortcakes, depending on the size you prefer.
  7. Place the shortcakes onto the prepared baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until they are cooked through.
  8. While the shortcakes are baking, prepare the whipped cream by combining the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  9. In a separate bowl, toss the sliced strawberries with the granulated sugar until they are coated.
  10. When the shortcakes are done, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes.
  11. To assemble, slice each shortcake in half horizontally and place a dollop of whipped cream on the bottom half. Add a layer of sliced strawberries on top of the whipped cream and place the top half of the shortcake on top.
  12. Repeat with the remaining shortcakes and serve immediately.


  • For a more intense chocolate flavor, you can add a handful of chocolate chips to the shortcake dough.
  • If you don't have buttermilk, you can make a substitute by mixing 1 cup of milk with 1 tablespoon of white vinegar or lemon juice and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • To make the shortcakes in advance, you can freeze them after they have cooled and then thaw them in the refrigerator before assembling.
  • Garnish with additional sliced strawberries and chocolate shavings for an extra fancy touch.


This chocolate strawberry shortcake recipe is a decadent dessert that's sure to impress. With its rich chocolate shortcakes, homemade whipped cream, and fresh strawberries, it's a dessert that's perfect for any occasion. Give it a try and see for yourself how delicious it can be!

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