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.

1585–95; short + cake Unabridged
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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
[C16: from short (in the sense: crumbly)]

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Each group will receive one small strawberry shortcake shell and a plastic knife.
Delicious strawberry shortcake will be served during the afternoon break.
Lord shortcake absentminded peer obsessed by his enormous collection of goldfish.
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