Old-Fashioned Shortcake Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Old-Fashioned Shortcake Recipe
  • READY IN 1 hr

Old-Fashioned Shortcake

Recipe by  

"This is a fabulous old fashioned recipe given to me by a friend. It was her mother's recipe and it is the best shortcake. It sops up all the juice and the touch of nutmeg sends it over the top. My very favorite recipe for strawberry shortcake!"

+ Recipe Box + Shopping List + Menu Print

Ingredients Edit and Save

Original recipe makes 1 8-inch cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat an oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). Grease an 8-inch baking pan.
  2. Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a knife or pastry blender until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Beat egg and milk in another bowl; stir into flour mixture until batter is just blended. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 15 minutes. Cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.
Kitchen-Friendly View

Reviews More Reviews

Most Helpful Positive Review
Jun 06, 2012

Good flavor! I omitted the nutmeg and I added 1 tsp of REAL vanilla. Note: the baking time/temp needs adjusted. I'd suggest lowering temp to 350 and baking longer. I followed the recipe (450/15) and it was really dark on the outside but the middle was still gooey.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Aug 04, 2013

ONLY reason this is getting a 3 star is because my worst fear came true. The oven to 450 degrees was too high - so it was golden and crispy on the outside and underdone in the center - I even tested with a toothpick, which came out clean (maybe it is my oven, but doubt it, I even baked it longer than recipe called for). JUST BEWARE so this doesn't happen to you, now I have to re-do and adjust to 375 or so.....

Apr 14, 2013

I followed the recipe exactly as written (though I did have to bake an extra 10-15 minutes before it was set in the middle) and this was a FANTASTIC shortcake recipe! We had guests over, and all 5 of us LOVED this recipe. Delicious (especially with some fresh made whipped cream - YUMM!)

Aug 26, 2012

I made this according to the recipe. It was wonderful. Softer than I expected, but it was great paired with the strawberries.

Jul 11, 2012

Exactly what I was looking for! This is an easy-to-make, tasty shortcake recipe! I followed the recipe exactly as it was stated, only change is that I added a 1/4 tsp. cinnamon & baked it at 350 (mainly because our oven over bakes too easily at higher temps). I will make this again!

Jun 09, 2015

I have used this recipe for two years now, every strawberry season. The only thing I change is I use cinnamon instead of nutmeg (My husband hates nutmeg. Hope to try it someday with it.), and I double the cinnamon. I have no problems with the baking time and temp as other reviewers have had. I think this is so good you can eat it on it's own. The only thing I would tell someone trying this for the first time is the recipe says to pour the batter into the pan. You can not pour this, it is a soft dough that you press into the pan.

Jul 27, 2013

I have made this several times. My husband and I love it. Best I ever ate!

Jun 26, 2014

This was so yummy. My son wanted strawberry shortcake for his birthday and this was perfect. Everyone loved it! We ran out of strawberries so some of us just poured a little milk over it and it was delicious. I took the advice of other reviews and baked it at 350 for 30 minutes, perfect! Great flavors, not to sweet and loved the nutmeg!


Rate This Recipe

Glad you liked it! Your friends will, too:


  • Calories
  • 327 kcal
  • 16%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50.1 g
  • 16%
  • Cholesterol
  • 52 mg
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 12.6 g
  • 19%
  • Fiber
  • 0.9 g
  • 3%
  • Protein
  • 4.4 g
  • 9%
  • Sodium
  • 483 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

See More

About the Cook

Subscribe Today!

In Season

Back To School Already?
Back To School Already?

Hard to believe, but many kids will be back in school at the end of the month. Get ready.

Cauliflower Recipes
Cauliflower Recipes

You won't believe all the things you can do with cauliflower. It's a great low-carb option.

Subscribe Today! Only $7.99
Subscribe Today! Only $7.99

Delicious recipes, party ideas, and cooking tips! Get a year of Allrecipes magazine for $7.99!

Related Videos

Buttermilk Strawberry Shortcake

See how to make strawberry shortcake with airy buttermilk biscuits.

Strawberry Shortcake

See how to make a top-rated, old-fashioned strawberry shortcake.

Glazed Doughnut Strawberry Shortcake

Split glazed doughnut layered with sweet strawberries and freshly whipped cream.

Recently Viewed Recipes

Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States