How to Make Strawberry Topping for Shortcake

By Lori A. Selke

Start to Finish: 20 minutes to an hour

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Servings: 4

Difficulty Level: Easy

Properly speaking, the sliced and sweetened strawberries that top a shortcake are macerated strawberries. The berries are sprinkled with sugar, which draws out the water from the fruit to make a light syrup. The strawberries' texture also changes, getting softer.


  • 3 cups strawberries
  • 1/4 cup white sugar


Gently rinse the strawberries and make sure they are free of dirt and rot.

Hull the strawberries and slice them into quarters over a bowl to catch any juice.

Sprinkle the sugar over the strawberries and gently stir.

Let the strawberries sit undisturbed for at least 15 minutes and up to one hour. The longer you let them sit, the fuller the flavor is.

Serve the strawberries at room temperature. Strawberries can be prepared ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to one day; return them to room temperature before serving for best flavor.