[ shawrt-keyk ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌkeɪk /


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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British Dictionary definitions for shortcake

/ (ˈʃɔːtˌkeɪk) /


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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