Gluten Free Country Strawberry Cakes recipe

Gluten Free Country Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe

Gluten Free Country Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe


There has never been a better time to be a strawberry lover! Here in Florida strawberries are selling for as low as 4 pounds for $5.00. Needless to say, I have stocked up.

My kitchen looks like a strawberry festival gone wild. There is jam on the stove (found here –  it contains no pectin and no granulated sugar), gluten-free strawberry pies in the fridge, chocolate covered strawberries everywhere, and, of course, gluten-free strawberry shortcakes.

At the heart of this recipe are the shortcakes themselves. Cornmeal gives them texture and an old fashioned country feel and the hint of lemon zest provides just the right contrast to the sweet batter. For easy portioning and pretty presentation, bake these cakes in muffin tins. My hubby has been eating the shortcakes slathered with jam as well as having a couple topped with whipped cream and macerated berries. It is hard being the spouse of a food blogger.

For best results use very finely milled rice flours which will result in a much more refined texture and taste.  Alternatively, substitute the white rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch and xanthan gum for ¾ cup of all purpose gluten-free flour as long as the flour contains xanthan or guar gum. If your all purpose gluten-free flour does not contain xanthan or guar gum, the just keep the xanthan gum in the recipe.


Gluten Free Country Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe


6 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 ¼ cup granulated sugar – use divided
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt
Zest and juice of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup yellow corn meal
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon white rice flour
3 tablespoons potato starch (not potato flour)
1 tablespoon tapioca starch
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
2 tablespoons cornstarch
¼ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 pound fresh strawberries, hulled and sliced
1 cup heavy cream


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8 large (not jumbo) muffin tins with gluten-free non-stick cooking spray.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and 1 cup sugar on high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Turn the mixer to medium and add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Scrape the sides and bottom of the mixing bowl well. Add the yogurt, lemon zest and vanilla extract and mix well.

In a separate mixing bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, white rice flour, potato and tapioca starches, xanthan gum, cornstarch, salt and baking soda. Turn the mixer on low and gradually add the flour mixture to the butter mixture. Mix until just blended. Scrape the bowl well to finish combining the ingredients and divide the batter evenly between the prepared muffin tins. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown, springy to the touch and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 5 minutes then remove to a wire rack to finish cooling.

While the shortcakes are baking, mix the strawberries, lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of sugar together and let set.

Whip the cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar until soft peaks form.

To serve, cut each shortcake in half, spoon a little of the juices that have accumulated in the strawberries onto the bottom half. Top with whipped cream, then strawberries and finally the top of the shortcake.


This Gluten Free Country Strawberry Shortcakes Recipe serves 8

The views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely the blog owner’s. This blog accepts free manufacturers’ samples and forms of cash advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. Affiliate links may be included in this post.


Disclaimer: All nutrition facts on Simply Gluten Free are meant only as a guide and may differ depending on product brands used or ingredient substitutions. Some errors may occur, so you are encouraged to confirm the recipe’s ingredient and nutrition suitability for your own diet.
Have you tried this recipe? Give it a star rating and let us know your thoughts in the Ratings & Reviews section below.
Tags: Celiac Gluten-Free Gluten-Free Recipes Recipe Shortcake Strawberries
Previous Post

Gluten Free Strawberry Jam Recipe

Next Post

Gluten Free Dairy Free Apple Cinnamon Zeppole Recipe

  1. Charlotte
    April 16, 2010

    Morning! These look delicious, gotta buy the starches, but then I'm definitely going to try these, perfect for an English afternoon tea in the garden
    Thanks for sharing, have a good day, hopefully without emergencies or burnt shoes today ;o)
    love Charlotte X

  2. gfe--gluten free easily
    April 16, 2010

    Those look absolutely scrumptious, Carol! I like Charlotte's idea to have them for tea, too. Might have to add these to the menu for our May support group meeting where we'll be having tea as our meal. :-)


  3. Jeanine
    April 16, 2010

    These look great, Carol! We have strawberries on sale this week, so I think we'll be giving these a try. Beautiful pictures!

  4. Tasty Eats At Home
    April 16, 2010

    Oh wow, this looks amazing.

  5. DavePR
    April 16, 2010

    There is a strawberry festival coming up around where I live and I am keeping this recipe in mind till then! Also, Kinnikinnick makes an all purpose Celiac flour as well!

  6. Aubree Cherie
    April 18, 2010

    My mouth is watering, whoa! I LOVE strawberry shortcake and haven't had any since going gluten free. This looks so tasty but also too beautiful to eat! :)

    ~Aubree Cherie

  7. Kalinda
    April 19, 2010

    Just pointing out that the recipe as written doesn't say when to add the corn meal. (Although, admittedly it's pretty easy to figure out.)

  8. Simply...Gluten-free
    April 20, 2010

    Thanks Kalinda! I have corrected the error in the recipe.

  9. The Short (dis)Order Cook
    April 22, 2010

    Your timing is perfect. With strawberry season coming in a few weeks I have been thinking about shortcakes and I am also trying to be more committed to going gluten-free because my husband's health problems have been worse lately. I was thinking, "HOw can I make a really good gluten-free shortcake?" You did a very good job of answering my question!

  10. Pingback: Gluten Free London Broil with Balsamic Onion Marmalade Recipe | Simply Gluten Free

  11. Pingback: Strawberry Shortcake Cupcakes | Recipe | Simply Gluten Free

  12. Pingback: Gluten-free London Broil with Balsamic Onion Marmalade | Gluten Free

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *