Vegan Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcake

12 slices
45 min

Strawberry shortcake is the quintessential summer dessert. It’s fresh, full of fruit flavor, but sweet and rich at the same time. Today I’m making a light yet rich vegan brown sugar strawberry shortcake for all your summer dessert needs!

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the main ingredients

To make this easy dairy-free strawberry shortcake, you only need 8 main ingredients! This shortcake uses plant butter (I use either Earth Balance or Country Crock Plant Butter) and is topped with a sweet crunchy streusel topping.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Vegan Butter
  • Almond Milk
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Vanilla Extract

prep the strawberries

Before you make the shortcake, the first step is to prep the strawberries. You’ll want to mix them together with light brown sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Prepping the strawberries a few hours prior to when you plan on enjoying your shortcake allows the strawberries and sugar to marinate together. The sugar will help create a flavorful syrup that you can pour over the shortcake. I recommend covering the bowl and placing it in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably overnight.

tips & tricks

Making this vegan strawberry shortcake is actually really easy. Similar to shortbread, shortcake is made with cold vegan butter so make sure you pop your butter into the freezer or fridge prior to using it.

What is strawberry shortcake made of?

Strawberry shortcake is a summer dessert that consists of a sweet cake or biscuit that is usually topped with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. This recipe recommends topping the shortcake with coconut whipped cream!

Are shortcakes vegan?

Traditional shortcakes are not vegan because they use dairy based butter. However, plant butter bakes up almost identically to dairy butter! I promise you won’t even know this strawberry shortcake recipe is completely vegan.

Why do I need to use cold butter?

Cold butter helps create the flakey texture of shortcake! If the butter is room temperature or melted, the cake will be less biscuit like.

Vegan Brown Sugar Strawberry Shortcake
Recipe details
  • 12  slices
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 30 Minutes Total time: 45 min
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  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ packages strawberries, sliced thinly
  • 1 tsp lemon zest, optional
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Vegan Coconut Whip
  • 3 cups all purpose flour, (360g)
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp packed light brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tbsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 12 tbsp very cold salted vegan butter, diced
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cold vegan butter
  • Coarse granulated sugar

Prep the strawberries by mixing them together with the light brown sugar, lemon zest, and vanilla extract in a large bowl. Cover and place in the fridge for at least an hour, preferably overnight.
The Shortcake:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Using a pastry cutter, cut in the cold vegan butter. You may need to use your hands to incorporate the butter so the dough is a coarse crumbly texture.
Make a well in the center and add in the almond milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla.
Stir the wet into the dry until it forms a very thick batter.
In a separate small bowl, mix together the streusel topping ingredients (the flour, brown sugar, and butter) until they form a crumble.
Grease a 8” or 9” round cake pan. Spread the shortbread dough into the pan.
Sprinkle the crumble mixture on top. If using, sprinkle on some coarse granulated sugar.
Bake for 30 minutes until golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the middle of the cake.
Let cool before serving with the refrigerated strawberries and coconut whipped cream.
  • This shortcake is best served the first day.
  • Store in an air-tight container at room temperature for 2 days.
  • You can also freeze the shortcake by wrapping it tightly in plastic wrap.
Thank You Berry Much
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