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Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

Fluffy and tender buttermilk pancakes drizzled with fresh strawberry syrup and topped with whipped cream. These Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes are the perfect way to celebrate the arrival of spring.

Stack of Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes topped with whipped cream.

I’ll take any excuse to turn a dessert into breakfast.  🙂

Thick Buttermilk Batter

I used my favorite buttermilk pancake batter which is hands down the best there is. It produces thick, but fluffy pancakes that are super buttery. It’s a recipe that I’ve made for years that was originally published in My Mother’s Southern Kitchen: Recipes and Reminiscences.

The batter will be thick and in order to cook it all the way through you will need to cook them on lower heat than you usually would cook pancakes or else the outsides will burn before the inside cooks. And be patient. Resist the urge to press down on the tops with a spatula.

Stack of pancakes covered in strawberry syrup.

But trust me when I say these are the best pancakes you will ever eat. Cooking with Gifs did a pancake recipe test and this one won  against two others. My super talented friend Consuelo made them for her blog Honey and Figs and took some gorgeous photos.

Add More Strawberries

If you want to go full force with the strawberries you could chop some strawberries or thinly slice a few and add them to the batter. Instead I just layered a few sliced strawberries between the cooked pancakes when I stacked them.

Doused in a fresh strawberry syrup that is perfectly sweet, these strawberry shortcake pancakes get plenty of strawberry flavor. And of course, it is practically mandatory to serve a dollop of whipped cream with strawberries. 🙂

Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes on plate with fresh strawberries in background.

Recommended Equipment

  • Fine-Meshed Strainer– a strainer is necessary to make the strawberry syrup. You don’t want any solid pieces floating in it.
  • Double Griddle– Cook lots of pancakes at once with a double griddle or pancakes on one side and bacon on the other.

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Stack of strawberry pancakes topped with whipped cream.

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Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes

The breakfast version of strawberry shortcake! Fluffy buttermilk pancakes drizzled with strawberry syrup and topped with whipped cream.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 30 minutes


  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 4 Tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1⅓ cups buttermilk
  • vegetable oil

Strawberry Syrup

  • 2 1/2 cups quartered strawberries
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 cup homemade or store bought whipped cream
  • sliced strawberries for garnish


  • Make Strawberry syrup first. Combine strawberries, 1 cup water, and 1 cup sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Boil 10 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 10 more minutes.
    Let cool some and then pour mixture through a fine-meshed strainer. press on the solids with the back of a spoon to get all the liquid out.
  • Make pancakes. Mix dry ingredients in large bowl.
  • Combine egg, butter, and buttermilk in medium bowl and whisk to combine well.
  • Add buttermilk mixture to dry ingredients and stir until combined, but not more than necessary. Batter should be thick, but you can add a little more buttermilk if desired.
  • Heat large nonstick griddle pan or large skillet over medium heat.
  • Place about ½ teaspoon of oil on pan for each pancake and using a measuring cup scoop batter and pour on top of oil using about ¼ to ⅓ cup batter for each pancake.
  • Flip when bubbles start to rise to top and continue to cook until batter cooks all the way through. These are hearty pancakes and the batter will still be gooey in the middle if not cooked long enough. Be sure to keep heat low enough so that pancakes do not burn.
  • To serve place sliced strawberries between pancakes as you stack them. Top with whipped cream and strawberry syrup.


Calories: 619kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: pancakes, strawberry

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Originally published March 20, 2014.

Disclosure: Spicy Southern Kitchen is an amazon.com affiliate.

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17 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake Pancakes”

  1. I think there’s a step missing in the syrup. You have cornstarch and water listed in the ingredients, but never in the directions. Looks delicious, though.

  2. Wow, this is a gorgeous stack of pancakes Christin! I love strawberry shortcake and am drooling over how thick and fluffy the pancakes are. I am totally on board any time I can have dessert for breakfast 🙂

  3. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    Ohhhhh wooooow, these pancakes would make a killer breakfast! What a wonderful stack!

  4. These look crazy good! I love strawberry shortcake, but if I can eat it for breakfast, that’s even better!

  5. Bam's Kitchen

    Super fluffy and calling my name. Love this idea for breakfast. For some reason we have tons of strawberries already in the markets so looking forward to trying this recipe this weekend for my hungry teenage boys. Have a super weekend. BAM

  6. The weekend is upon us and I’ve got pancakes on the brain. Seeing this, I need to up my game! They look very impressive…I need to get my hands on some good strawberries!!

  7. Christin, the strawberry shortcake pancakes look amazing! I love strawberries with my pancakes! 🙂

  8. Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner

    Haha, a woman after my own heart…breakfast into dessert…yes please!! These pancakes look devine. And wow are these pancakes fluffly! Loving that. 🙂

  9. Karen (Back Road Journal)

    What a wonderful way to start the day. I’ll be happy when beautiful ripe strawberries arrive in our market. The ones now are pale and have no sweet smell to them.

  10. This is kinda genius! Strawberry shortcake is one of the best desserts ever. I love that you made it into pancakes.

  11. Shashi @ http://runninsrilankan.com

    I am all for desserty breakfasts …err…breakfast for dessert or was that dessert for breakfast…GAH – these incredible, drool inducing photos have me drunk on strawberry shortcake goodness, I can hardly think straight!

  12. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    Why did I have to see these just after I finished eating my oatmeal. Now, what I thought was delicious is an utter letdown! I am obsessed with pancakes and these are the thickest ones ever! So gorgeous girl! Pinned

  13. Trevor aka The Burger Nerd

    Oh My Frick’in Goodness. Now this is TOOOTALLY unfair to have to wake up and see this post when all I have in front of me is some toast and coffee. That looks so amazing that it’s actually making me very angry!!! LOL. Thanks for sharing the recipe and torturous pics. 🙂

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