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 The classic strawberry shortcake is built on a biscuit, one made with plenty of butter, which gives it a tender, crumbly texture. Beth Dooley Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 Anthany and Kayla Garcia were leaving the Swirled Frozen Treats next door to Kroger with cups of strawberry shortcake ice cream. Peter Jamison Washington Post, Star Tribune, 6 July 2021 Peaches will be the main attraction at the Ellington Farmers Market on Aug. 14 at the Peach Festival, where peach shortcake will be served., 2 July 2021 Strawberry shortcake is an easy and quick dessert to make—except for the rolling and cutting of the individual biscuits, which inevitably leads to sticky, floury hands and a countertop to match. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 24 June 2021 This streamlined recipe eliminates that step with a single biscuit layer, baked in a square baking pan and just as tender and flaky as a shortcake should be. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, 24 June 2021 Annual Strawberry Festival in Greenfield Enjoy a bowl of strawberry shortcake with ice cream. Serena Puang, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2021 Stop by Monument Circle for strawberry shortcake, while ingredients last. Serena Puang, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2021 Meals include choice of quiche (pancetta goat cheese, mushroom, and spinach; or spinach, roasted red pepper caramelized onion, and white cheddar), chicken salad with mini croissants, fruit salad and strawberry shortcake. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 3 May 2021

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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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26 Jul 2021

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“Shortcake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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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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