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 It’s like a mouthful of strawberry shortcake but without the plate and fork. Los Angeles Times, "Strawberry shortcake for a socially distant Fourth of July," 2 July 2020 Sprinkle each shortcake with about ½ tablespoon of the remaining sugar. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Socializing on the Fourth of July? What event pros know to make your party safer," 30 June 2020 Those will include rules for the cookoff and for how patrons receive portions of the festival’s giant strawberry shortcake. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Strawberry Festival is back on— and set for July Fourth weekend," 11 June 2020 Customize it to your heart’s content—the recipe on the website includes several variations, including pecan praline, strawberry shortcake, Mississippi mud, grasshopper, and hummingbird cookies. Southern Living, "Your Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever Is Made in a Cast-Iron Skillet," 27 May 2020 Organizers will meet next week to discuss the future of the event, which serves strawberries, ice cream and homemade shortcakes to raise money for grants awarded throughout the year, for 2020. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Looking forward to your favorite Indiana festival? Coronavirus may be changing your plans," 15 May 2020 The Franklin festival featuring live music and strawberry shortcake slated for May 22 is rescheduled for July 31. Chris Sims, The Indianapolis Star, "Looking forward to your favorite Indiana festival? Coronavirus may be changing your plans," 15 May 2020 Pelletier and his tablemates at Zip’s, an old-school diner in Dayville that’s been serving up three-egg omelets and strawberry shortcake since the Eisenhower administration, said Trump is doing a fine job. Christopher Keating,, "In Connecticut’s Trump country, a divide over impeachment," 27 Sep. 2019 The 22-year-old actress posted her hair transformation to Instagram, likening the new bright copper-blonde colour to strawberry shortcake. Megan Decker,, "Ariel Winter Says Goodbye To Modern Family With A Drastic Hair Change," 27 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of shortcake

1594, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Jul 2020

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“Shortcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of shortcake

chiefly US : a dessert made with a rich cake that is served with sweetened fruit on top


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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