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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Deft unexpected touches abound — like a dessert of strawberry shortcake, encased in a perfect cube of white chocolate. Rand Richards Cooper,, "Review: M/BAR in Mystic turns out premium eats and brims with brashness and flair," 12 July 2019 And there on the counter sat a tray of freshly baked, golden brown shortcakes. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "These Strawberry Shortcakes Have Only 10 Ingredients," 11 June 2019 Food includes hamburgers, hotdogs, strawberry shortcake, sundaes and baked goods. Daily Southtown Staff, Daily Southtown, "Church news: Strawberry Fest planned in Palos Heights, more," 10 June 2019 There will also be strawberry shortcake eating contest. Annie Alleman, Lake County News-Sun, "Rainy spring will delay start of season for some Illinois berry farms," 6 June 2019 It was revealed this week that the Pasadena Strawberry Festival's epic strawberry shortcake now has a new local sponsor responsible for creating its signature dish. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Pasadena Strawberry Festival's epic shortcake gets a new sponsor," 9 May 2018 The fruity Yankee Doodle Dandy mixes sweet cream ice cream with strawberries and shortcake, topped with flavored berry whipped cream and a drizzle of strawberry sauce. Leeanne Griffin,, "Capital Ice Cream Opens On Capitol Avenue In Hartford," 7 June 2018 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

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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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