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The Best Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

Summer is my favorite time of year for many reasons, and one of them is fresh strawberries and homemade strawberry shortcake.

Strawberry shortcake is an early summer treat for our family so I only make it a couple of times during the year. We like it best when the berries are local and ripe.

I haven’t always been a big fan of shortcake, mostly just a fan of strawberries. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve started enjoying it more.

Maybe it’s the whipping cream that has won me over? Either way, I’m going to share my absolute favorite super easy gluten-free strawberry shortcake recipe today.

easy gluten-free strawberry shortcake

There are two reasons I love this shortcake recipe:
1. The shape and texture of the shortcake mounds.
2. It is such an easy recipe to make.

So grab yourself some fresh strawberries like these beauties and let’s make a delicious treat!

Do I Have To Make This Shortcake Gluten-Free?

No, this recipe will be just as delicious made with regular all-purpose flour.

What If I Can’t Have Eggs Or Dairy?

No problem, this gluten-free strawberry shortcake recipe requires no eggs and it is easily made with or without dairy, nuts, soy, or corn products so it’s a great recipe for vegans too.  I just love that everyone in my family can enjoy this special treat.

I like to wash and cut, slice, or chop my fresh strawberries first just to get that task out of the way. Sometimes I sprinkle a few pinches of sugar over them. If you prefer a sugar free product like Splenda that works too.

The Ingredients You Will Need For This Strawberry Shortcake Are:

  • Gluten-free baking blends like King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure For Measure
  • Cornstarch or arrowroot for corn-free diets
  • Baking powder ~ corn-free if needed
  • Baking soda
  • Sugar or Monk Fruit Sweetener for a sugar-free shortcake
  • Salt
  • Butter or a non-dairy substitute like Earth Balance Sticks
  • Buttermilk ~ or this substitute; milk or non-dairy substitute and vinegar
  • Strawberries
  • Whipped Cream, Cool Whip, or a non-dairy substitute like Cocowhip.

Here is another recipe that has zero sugar and would work perfectly as a shortcake, Incredibly Flaky Biscuits, or my gluten-free version.


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The Best Gluten-Free Strawberry Shortcake

A quick and easy homemade shortcake recipe that is allergy-friendly, yet tender and delicious.
Prep Time7 minutes
Cook Time13 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 20 minute recipe, allergy-friendly, corn-free, dairy-free, dessert, easy shortcake, egg-free, gluten-free, gluten-free strawberry shortcake, vegan
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 264kcal


  • 2 cups gluten-free baking blend Like King Arthur Gluten-Free Measure For Measure or regular all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch or arrowroot for corn-free
  • 1 tbsp baking powder corn-free if needed
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp sugar or a sugar substitute like Monk Fruit Sweetener or Splenda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp cold butter or a non-dairy substitute
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk or this substitute; any milk or non-dairy substitute with 1 tbsp vinegar
  • Strawberries Rinsed and sliced or chopped
  • Whipped topping Regular or dairy-free


  • Preheat Oven to 425
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone liner.
  • In a large mixing bowl add flour, cornstarch or arrowroot, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Whisk to combine.
  • Cut butter into several small chunks, as this will be easier to mix in. Using a pastry blender cut butter into the dry mixture until pieces are the size of small peas and evenly incorporated.
  • Add buttermilk and gently toss dry mixture around with a fork until dough begins to stick together and form a ball. Be careful not to overmix if you are using regular all-purpose flour or your shortcakes will be tough instead of tender.
  • Cover your hands with a little flour and form 8 mounds. The texture will remain rough looking not smooth. Place mounds on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake 16 minutes for gluten-free shortcakes and about 13 minutes if you are using regular all-purpose flour (not gluten-free)
  • To serve shortcakes cut them in half and load them up with strawberries and whipped topping. Replace the top half and add more berries and whipped topping.


Homemade corn-free baking powder.
King Artur Measure For Measure Gluten-Free Flour   ~I have great results using this product for all my gluten-free baking.


Serving: 1Serving | Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 520mg | Potassium: 189mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 663IU | Calcium: 116mg | Iron: 1mg

easy gluten-free strawberry shortcake

This recipe was inspired by onceuponachef.com

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  1. 5 stars
    I’ve been making gluten free baked goods and biscuits for approx 14 years, I’m a licensed home baker. This recipe is the absolute best I’ve tried, 5 Stars! Thank you, Joanne’s Gluten Free Goodies LLC.

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Wow, that is a huge compliment thank you so much for the review! I like these shortcakes too, they really didn’t taste different than “regular” ones.

    1. Hi Harsha Sharma, Thank you so much, that is very important to me. I hope to be a helpful resource for folks. Here are a few gluten-free blogs you might check out are: Gluten-Free On A Shoestring, Gluten-Free Goddess, and Elana’s Pantry.
      Take care!

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