[ shawrt-keyk ]

  1. a cake made with a relatively large amount of butter or other shortening.

  2. a dessert made of short, sometimes sweetened, biscuit dough baked or split in layers, with a filling or topping of strawberries or other fruit.

Origin of shortcake

First recorded in 1585–95; short + cake

Words Nearby shortcake Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use shortcake in a sentence

  • She broiled ham of her own sugar-curing, creamed potatoes, served asparagus on toast, and made a delicious strawberry shortcake.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost | Gene Stratton Porter
  • For a moment the shortcake lies helplessly on its side like a jellyfish that the tide has left.

    Bizarre | Lawton Mackall
  • Directions for making such a shortcake are given in the accompanying recipe.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • "I've got a shortcake piano, but none of my family can play on it," he said, reflectively.

    The Emerald City of Oz | L. Frank Baum

British Dictionary definitions for shortcake


/ (ˈʃɔːtˌkeɪk) /

  1. a kind of shortbread made from a rich biscuit dough

  2. a dessert made of layers of shortcake filled with fruit and cream

Origin of shortcake

C16: from short (in the sense: crumbly)

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