Featured Menu Item: Shortcake

To serve so many meals a day on a steamship naturally requires an immense number of dishes. These vintage menus featured Shortcake as a line item. Discover other dishes served and some creative names given to some of the food items. The graphics on many of the menus are pretty extraordinary.

Cake is cake, but the real shortcake is quite a different article. It is more like biscuit dough, only more shortening in it. If taken from the oven when well baked and brown, yet tender and crisp, separated into two parts, each covered with a liberal amount of partly crushed and sugared berries, then one laid on the other, and a good-sized pitcher of cream poured over the whole, it will make a shortcake to cause one's mouth to water for another taste of the delicious morsel shortly.

Shortcake Recipe


  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 2/3 cup milk


Mix and sift flour, baking powder, and salt; rub in shortening with fingertips; add milk, and mix well with a knife. Spread in two greased layer-cake pans, patting with the back of a tablespoon until pans are evenly filled. If individual shortcakes are preferred, roll, cut with a biscuit cutter, and bake quickly for about fifteen minutes; split and put filling between and on top—Bake in a hot oven for twelve minutes.

Vintage Menus That Included Shortcake

1925-05-20 SS Resolute Luncheon Menu

Menu Card., SS Resolute Luncheon Bill of Fare - 20 May 1925

Date: 20 May 1925

Steamship Line: United American Lines

Featured Entrée: Vienna Veal Steak

Featured Dessert: Mirabelle Short Cake

Includes: English and German Versions

1925-06-30 SS Bremen Daily Menu Card

SS Bremen Breakfast Bill of Fare Card 30 June 1925

Date: 30 June 1925

Steamship Line: North German Lloyd

Featured Entrée: Roast Leg of Mutton

Featured Dessert: Currant Ice Cream

1925-07-02 SS Bremen Daily Menu Card

SS Bremen Breakfast Bill of Fare Card 2 July 1925

Date: 2 July 1925

Steamship Line: North German Lloyd

Featured Entrée: Chicken Poulette

Featured Dessert: Pineapple Ice Cream

Includes: Music Concert Program



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