short·​cake | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkāk How to pronounce shortcake (audio) \

Definition of shortcake

1 : a crisp and often unsweetened biscuit or cookie
2a : a dessert made typically of very short baking-powder-biscuit dough spread with sweetened fruit
b : a dish consisting of a rich biscuit split and covered with a meat mixture

Examples of shortcake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Locally foraged strawberry shortcake from Ella's in Westerly, Rhode Island. Globe Staff,, 15 July 2022 The sight of a child’s hamburger being ferried through the snug dining room is as happy-making as Preserve’s stellar strawberry shortcake, robed in a combination of cream cheese and whipped cream and glinting with gold leaf. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 20 June 2022 At the roots of her hair lays a hint of strawberry shortcake pink, which then transforms into more of a vibrant color at the ends. Chelsea Avila, Allure, 15 June 2022 This riff on strawberry shortcake features a lemony cornmeal cake baked in a cast-iron skillet. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 4 June 2022 Contests range from pie eating and best strawberry costume to a strawberry shortcake competition, Strawberry Film Festival and stein holding. Linda Mcintosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2022 Sisters Joann Daniels and Celestine Chaney had left Daniels’s nearby home to stop into Tops for ingredients to make a shrimp dinner and homemade strawberry shortcake. Silvia Foster-frau, Washington Post, 17 May 2022 Strawberry Festival with Strawberry Wine and strawberry shortcake. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, 10 May 2022 Strawberry shortcake, a festival tradition, will also make its return to the fair. Eddie Morales, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of shortcake

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shortcake was in 1594

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“Shortcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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short·​cake | \ ˈshȯrt-ˌkāk How to pronounce shortcake (audio) \

Kids Definition of shortcake

: a dessert made usually of rich biscuit dough baked and served with sweetened fruit

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