Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

Indulge in every heavenly bite of this vegan strawberry shortcake, complete with layers of fluffy, tender shortcake, luscious vegan whipped cream, and juicy, ripe strawberries. It's fancy enough to wow guests yet incredibly easy to make. With just 20 minutes of active prep time, you can enjoy this irresistible vegan twist on a beloved classic!
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Vegan strawberry shortcake in a stack on a serving platter.
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I have no doubt you will love these vegan strawberry shortcakes! Layered strawberries, fluffy coconut cream, and spongy shortcakes can make your dessert dreams come true.

These sweet strawberry shortcakes are so pretty and delicious that they are worthy of a London tea party. Served in a flowery fancy dish on a spotless white embroidered tablecloth. Can you see it? Delightful!

But honestly, wouldn’t these be perfect for a dinner party with friends? Or even better, a beautiful sunny summer picnic. Just bring along the cream, strawberries, and shortcakes separately and assemble just before serving. Whether you’re planning a dinner party, vegan tea party, or a Mother’s Day brunch, these vegan strawberry shortcakes are a crowd-pleaser!

These beauties are easy-peasy to make, and your friends will be blown away. Guaranteed!

Why You’ll Love This Eggless Strawberry Shortcake

  • Completely Plant-Based: This vegan strawberry shortcake allows you to indulge guilt-free, making it easily without eggs or dairy!
  • Simple Preparation: Despite its impressive presentation, this dessert is surprisingly easy to make. With just 20 minutes of active prep time, you can whip up a delightful treat that wows your guests and brings a touch of elegance to any occasion.
  • Summertime Delight: Bursting with fresh and vibrant strawberries, this vegan strawberry shortcake captures the essence of summer. Whether it’s a Mother’s Day brunch or a sunny picnic, this dessert is the perfect celebration of the glorious berry season.

Key Ingredients And Substitutions

Strawberries – The star of the show! While strawberries are the classic choice, you can use other berries like raspberries, blackberries, or a combination. While fresh berries are preferred, frozen berries will also be delicious! See the below section title “How to use Frozen Berries in Shortcake” for directions.

All-purpose flour – Serves as the foundation of these vegan strawberry shortcakes, giving them their classic texture and allowing them to rise beautifully when baked. For a gluten-free version, you can use a gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.

Sugar – Contributes a beautiful golden-brown color to the shortcakes once baked and complements the richness of the coconut cream. We used granulated table sugar but coconut sugar can work as well.

Unsweetened non-dairy milk – Any unsweetened plant-based milk such as almond, soy, oat, or rice milk can be used interchangeably.

A glass measuring cup filled with non-dairy milk.

Coconut oil – Coconut oil adds richness and moisture to the shortcakes, creating a tender crumb. If you prefer a different oil, you can use melted vegan butter.

Full-Fat coconut milk – For a thick and fluffy coconut whipped cream, make sure to chill your can of coconut milk beforehand.

A top-down shot of canned coconut milk.

Mini Strawberry Shortcakes Option

Can you imagine cute little strawberry shortcakes?! I would totally make these for a birthday party and set them up in a tray on small paper dishes for people to serve themselves. This recipe makes 6 cakes, but if you venture into doing the miniature version, it will make many more. Just reduce the bake time for mini vegan strawberry shortcakes by 5-10 minutes to prevent over baking.

You can even change the strawberries for plump little raspberries, so they fit better in the miniature sizes. Or if you want to give them a bit more texture, you could add some grated coconut to the cream after fluffing it. So many possible variations of the same recipe and all so yummy and pretty!

Vegan strawberry shortcake on a serving plate, topped with whipped cream.

Do I Need a Standing Mixer?

Nope! Not at all. While a stand mixer (like this one) is handy to have when you bake often, we know they are crazy expensive. For the rest of us, we can just as easily use a hand mixer (like this one). You can even go old-school and whisk it by hand—but to get the whipped cream supper whipped and frothy and airy, you’ll ideally want an electric mixer of some sort.

I used to mix all my baked good by hand with a whisk, but let me tell you—getting an electric hand mixer was a total game changer. They are relatively inexpensive, can last decades, and you can even find them at thrift stores if you want to save more money (and do something nice for the planet).

How To Use Frozen Berries In Shortcake

Summer is my favorite season. The sun and warmth play a massive part in this, but another reason why I crave summer is fruit! Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries and all the other lesser-known berries out there are all in full bloom and, the best part, on sale. Heaven! But don’t think you have to wait for the fresh ones to arrive to enjoy their deliciousness, we are so spoiled with countless frozen berries year round and at super convenient prices. So take your pick and enjoy these beautiful fruits.

If you have a hard time finding any fresh berries to prepare this recipe or they are slightly out of your budget, then thaw some frozen ones, add the sugar and let them sit a bit until they get glossy (a bit like syrup). I promise the cake will turn out delicious!

How To Make These Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

Step 1: To begin, preheat your oven to 350°F (177°C). Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper or lightly greasing it with vegan butter or vegetable oil. Place your stand mixer bowl in the freezer to chill.

Step 2: In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons of sugar, sea salt, and cardamom until well combined. Add the almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla extract, stirring until a thick and sticky dough forms.

Step 3: Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces and drop them onto the prepared cookie sheet. Bake for approximately 30 minutes, or until the shortcakes are lightly golden brown. Once baked, remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.

Step 4: Meanwhile, in another medium bowl, stir together the strawberries and 1 tablespoon of sugar until well combined. Let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes to macerate. Once the shortcakes are cooled and the strawberries are macerated, remove the chilled mixing bowl from the freezer. Add the solid portion of the coconut milk, 1 tablespoon of sugar, and vanilla extract to the bowl.

Step 5: Using the whisk attachment on your stand mixer, beat the coconut milk on the highest speed until it thickens into a whipped cream-like consistency. This may take a few minutes, so be patient.

Whipped vegan cream in a mixing bowl.

Step 6: To assemble the shortcakes, slice each one in half horizontally. Spread a layer of the coconut cream on the bottom half, followed by a layer of macerated strawberries and another dollop of coconut cream. Place the top half of the shortcake over the strawberries and cream, and add one final dollop of coconut cream on top. Enjoy your delicious vegan strawberry shortcakes!

Make Ahead And Storage Tips

You can prepare the shortcakes and coconut whipped cream ahead of time. Store the shortcakes in an airtight container at room temperature and chill the whipped cream in the refrigerator. Assemble the dessert just before serving to keep the shortcakes fresh and the coconut whipped cream fluffy.

Serving Suggestions

  • If you have an abundance of strawberries this Fresh Strawberry Juice is the answer! It’s refreshing and sweet plus you can make a big pitcher of it in a matter of minutes to serve alongside your shortcakes.
  • Top your cakes with these Caramelized Bananas! They look fancy but only take 10 minutes to make!
  • Make it a chocolate-y shortcake but adding layers of this Silken Chocolate Pudding. You could use this instead of whipped cream!
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Vegan Strawberry Shortcakes

Author: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
5 from 8 votes
These strawberry shortcake stacks are such a great way to impress dinner guests. They look like they’re so complicated to put together, but we’ll let you in on our little secret: they’re super easy to make! Just pile the cake high with strawberries and some vegan cream.
Vegan strawberry shortcake in a stack on a serving platter.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pound strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup plant-based whipped cream, or homemade coconut whipped cream

Instructions

  • To prepare, preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease the pan (with vegan butter or vegetable oil). Put your stand mixer bowl in the freezer. 
  • In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons of sugar, sea salt and cardamom until combined. Add the almond milk, coconut oil, and vanilla, and stir until well combined. The dough will be thick and sticky. 
  • Divide the dough into 6 pieces and drop them onto the cookie sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, or until they are a light golden brown remove them from the oven and let them cool. 
  • In a medium bowl, stir the strawberries and 1 tablespoon of sugar together until combined. Let it stand for 30 minutes so the strawberries can macerate. 
  • Slice the shortcake in half and spread some of the coconut cream on the bottom. Add a layer of strawberries, a dollop of cream on the strawberries, the top of the shortbread over the berries and cream, and add one more dollop of coconut cream.

Nutrition

Calories: 277kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 445mg | Potassium: 262mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 47mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 3mg
Course — Dessert
Cuisine — American
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Reprinted with permission from The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook by Emily von Euw, Kathy Hester, Amber St. Peter, Marie Reginato, Celine Steen, Linda Meyer, and Alex Meyer , Page Street Publishing Co. 2018. Photo credit: Linda Meyer & Alex Meyer.

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9 comments
  1. 5 stars
    The perfect combination of ingredients in this divine plant based dessert!

  2. Okay now this is one for the books, I love strawberry shortcake! And I was looking for a decadent one like this

  3. 5 stars
    It was amazing! Highly recommended!!!

  4. 5 stars
    I’ve never made a strawberry shortcake before so I’m so pumped to try out this recipe! It looks amazing!!

  5. 5 stars
    I love love LOVE strawberry shortcakes and always thought they were really tricky to make but this recipe truly eases my nerves! I can already taste these…YUM!

  6. 5 stars
    My grandmother used to make these berry cakes for me growing up and they always remind me of her. Using freshly picked strawberries makes these cakes even more delightful, if it’s the right season. I’m also totally in love with this super rich, mouthwatering coconut cream! An exquisite dessert for any time of year.

  7. Beatriz Buono-Core says:

    5 stars
    I love how light and airy these Strawberry Shortcakes feel and look! These are a MUST for a British summer picnic in the park 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    I love a dessert that looks super-fancy and tastes divine but isn’t hard to make. This vegan strawberry shortcake ticks all the boxes!

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