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

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Friendly yellow roses dotted each table as guests took their seats to dine on crispy kale caesar salad followed by just-red-enough filet mignon, and ended with a berry shortcake. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Inside the Premiere for the Latest Binge-Worthy Scandal, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley," 4 Mar. 2019 Take up the challenge: Strawberry shortcake eating contest, anyone? Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "6 food festivals that offer a glimpse of Wisconsin specialties and local culture," 6 June 2018 Flavors include bananas foster and strawberry shortcake. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis burger restaurant keeps winning best burger awards," 28 June 2018 Highlights: Enjoy two days of unique foods and beverages infused with the fruit, such as strawberry slushies, shortcakes and strawberry brats. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Summer Guide June 17-23: Milwaukee area festivals and free concerts," 17 June 2018 The Hillstown Grange is holding a potluck dinner and strawberry shortcake event on Thursday, June 28. Courant Community, "Community News For The East Hartford Edition," 26 June 2018 Over 300 volunteers and 18,000 shortcakes will be available for 2018. Chris Sims, Indianapolis Star, "Here's the date for the Indy Strawberry Festival," 8 June 2018 The church's annual Strawberry Festival, which just celebrated its 53rd year, sells shortcakes topped with strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla ice cream to generate money for local nonprofit organizations. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "What you need to know about Indianapolis' Christ Church Cathedral that put Jesus in a cage," 3 July 2018 My pick for the holiday lies on the strawberry dessert spectrum — plump, juicy, fragrantly ripe scarlet berries piled in a tart shell or on shortcake with a cloud of cream. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "A Pie That Is but a Dream," 25 June 2018

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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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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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