- a small cake of compacted yeast for baking or the like.
- a cake or sweet bread containing yeast as a leavening agent.
Origin of yeast cake
First recorded in 1785–95
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Examples from the Web for yeast cake
“Mother, I forgot all about the yeast-cake,” she confessed miserably.Peggy in Her Blue Frock
Eliza Orne White
Dissolve the yeast-cake in a quarter of a cupful of lukewarm water.
We tried all sorts of schemes to get rid of this yeast-cake nuisance, and finally adopted Harold's "curled bread" project.The Library of Work and Play: Electricity and Its Everyday Uses
John F. Woodhull
Set it aside until lukewarm; then add a yeast-cake, or a cupful of liquid yeast.
Another Biddy, engaged by a friend of ours, having to make a yeast-cake, put it under her bed-clothes 'just to plump it a bit.'Town Life in Australia
R. E. N. (Richard) Twopeny
- mainly US and Canadian living yeast cells compressed with starch into a cake, for use in baking or brewing
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