a cake made with a relatively large amount of butter or other shortening.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of shortcake

  • But Polly sobbed on, nor could she be induced to eat the piece of shortcake she had wanted.

  • You shall have your shortcake if there is a berry within five miles.

    The Wall Between

    Sara Ware Bassett

  • "We'll bring it to Violet," agreed Mr. Cordyce, resuming his shortcake.

    The Box-Car Children

    Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • "I'd like to see the cucumber," said Benny, pausing in the middle of his shortcake.

    The Box-Car Children

    Gertrude Chandler Warner

  • Make the shortcake, dear girl, not so much for me, as for Norris here.

British Dictionary definitions for shortcake



a kind of shortbread made from a rich biscuit dough
a dessert made of layers of shortcake filled with fruit and cream

Word Origin for shortcake

C16: from short (in the sense: crumbly)
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Word Origin and History for shortcake

also short-cake, 1590s, from short (see shortening) + cake (n.).

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