- This article is about the specific Strawberry Shortcake that features in Kirby: Squeak Squad. For the simpler shortcake that appears as a standard food item, see Food.
|“||Today's yummy snack is a sweet, fluffy slice of strawberry shortcake! Time to dig in...||”|
— Part of the opening narration from Kirby: Squeak Squad
The Strawberry Shortcake (also referred to as Strawberry Cake or just Shortcake) is a particularly lavish slice of cake which first appeared in Kirby: Squeak Squad, where its disappearance serves as Kirby's sole motive to go adventuring in order to reclaim it from the Squeaks who stole it from him. He does not recover the cake until after defeating the game's final boss, when the leader of the Squeaks, Daroach, decides to return the cake to Kirby as an apology for all the trouble they caused.
The Strawberry Shortcake featured in Kirby: Squeak Squad is significantly more decorative than the standard shortcake seen in other Kirby games as a common food item. The base of this cake is made up of 6 layers. The bottom-most layer is made up of a mahogany crust, with the layer directly above it being made up of a lighter color. The layer on top of it is much larger, is white, and has slices of strawberry lain in a wave-like pattern across the bottom. The next layer is similar in size to the layers at the beginning of the cake, yet exhibits a dark brown color. The following layer is the same color as the third layer, yet is missing the red waves and is as large as the layer it rests on top of. The final layer is the same size as the one below it with a bright orange color. The top of the cake is topped with a white, fluffy frosting as well as a singular strawberry, two cinnamon sticks, and bright green leaves, all of which rest on top of the whipped cream, near the back of the cake.
In-game flavor text refers to the cake as "that scrumptious, berry-topped slice of mouth-watering goodness". Its most elaborate depiction can be found at the very end of the game, when it is added to the player's collection as the last piece of treasure.
Kirby: Squeak Squad
In Kirby: Squeak Squad, Kirby's entire motivation for adventuring is to get back the Strawberry Shortcake, which had been stolen from him by the Squeaks. As Kirby ventures through the world, there is not a single cut-scene where the narrator does not mention Kirby's thoughts on recovering the cake, regardless of what else may be happening in the story, and due to several misunderstandings, Kirby gets entangled with King Dedede and Meta Knight along the way. Kirby's desire for the lost cake is so strong, in fact, that whenever he is left alone for even a moment, he will fall asleep and dream of the cake. Kirby does not get his cake back until after he defeats Dark Nebula, and the Squeaks return it to him as an apology for the trouble they caused.
Kirby Star Allies
In Heroes in Another Dimension, the specific Strawberry Shortcake slice from Kirby: Squeak Squad appears as a food item at the end of Daroach's section in Dimension III. It also appears whenever Daroach is cooked by Cook Potluck. Despite its lavish appearance, the cake does not recover any more stamina than other food items.
- Kirby's obsessive desire for Strawberry Shortcake in Kirby: Squeak Squad is referenced in Kirby's Return to Dream Land's opening cut-scene, which depicts Kirby running away from King Dedede and Bandana Waddle Dee while holding a shortcake slice. Additionally, in the Kirby: Right Back at Ya! episode Kirby 3D, a shortcake placed on a remote-controlled toy car is used to lure Kirby into the castle where he is then attacked by a monster.
Names in other languages
Ichigo no shōtokēki