- a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring.
- a flat, thin mass of bread, especially unleavened bread.
- pancake; griddlecake.
- a shaped or molded mass of other food: a fish cake.
- a shaped or compressed mass: a cake of soap; a cake of ice.
- Animal Husbandry. a compacted block of soybeans, cottonseeds, or linseeds from which the oil has been pressed, usually used as a feed or feed supplement for cattle.
- to form into a crust or compact mass.
- to become formed into a crust or compact mass.
- a piece of cake, Informal. something easily done: She thought her first solo flight was a piece of cake.
- take the cake, Informal.
- to surpass all others, especially in some undesirable quality; be extraordinary or unusual: His arrogance takes the cake.
- to win first prize.
Origin of cake
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Examples from the Web for cake
The Stollen was paraded through the city of Dresden, and later an appointed “Stollen girl” cut the cake.
Now, it is the most traditional and celebrated Christmas cake in Germany—and definitely not associated with fasting.
He had a special knife designed to cut the dense loaf, and a ceremony to precede cutting the cake.
Now both breweries are fighting to retain their half of the cake.House of the Witch: The Renegade Craft Brewers of Panama
November 30, 2014
And aside from doing the requisite things needed to seize the majority, there was icing on the cake, too.For Conservatives, Liberal Tears Taste Sweet
November 5, 2014
Its texture is practically the same as that of the other cake.
They should be applied to the cake in the same way as icings.
Only the whites of the eggs are used, and so the cake is white in color.
It is used for the icing of cake or the making of French candies.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Mom Beck had stepped into the pantry for more eggs for the cake she was making.The Little Colonel
Annie Fellows Johnston
- a baked food, usually in loaf or layer form, typically made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and eggs
- a flat thin mass of bread, esp unleavened bread
- a shaped mass of dough or other food of similar consistencya fish cake
- a mass, slab, or crust of a solidified or compressed substance, as of soap or ice
- have one's cake and eat it to enjoy both of two desirable but incompatible alternatives
- go like hot cakes or sell like hot cakes informal to be sold very quickly or in large quantities
- piece of cake informal something that is easily achieved or obtained
- take the cake informal to surpass all others, esp in stupidity, folly, etc
- informal the whole or total of something that is to be shared or dividedthe miners are demanding a larger slice of the cake; that is a fair method of sharing the cake
- (tr) to cover with a hard layer; encrustthe hull was caked with salt
- to form or be formed into a hardened mass
Word Origin and History for cake
early 13c., from Old Norse kaka "cake," from West Germanic *kokon- (cf. Middle Dutch koke, Dutch koek, Old High German huohho, German Kuchen). Not now believed to be related to Latin coquere "to cook," as formerly supposed. Replaced its Old English cognate, coecel.
What man, I trow ye raue, Wolde ye bothe eate your cake and haue your cake? ["The Proverbs & Epigrams of John Heywood," 1562]
Originally (until early 15c.) "a flat, round loaf of bread." Piece of cake "something easy" is from 1936. The let them eat cake story is found in Rousseau's "Confessions," in reference to an incident c.1740, long before Marie Antoinette, though it has been associated with her since c.1870; it apparently was a chestnut in the French royal family that had been told of other princesses and queens before her.
c.1600, from cake (n.). Related: Caked; caking.