verb (used with object), caked, cak·ing.
verb (used without object), caked, cak·ing.
- cake eater,
- cake flour,
- cake kidney,
- cake makeup,
- 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
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|Jeff Campagna|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And aside from doing the requisite things needed to seize the majority, there was icing on the cake, too.
If Rose baked a cake for a wedding supper, this did not militate in the least against her eligibility as a guest of the occasion.Otherwise Phyllis|Meredith Nicholson
When a cake is thoroughly baked it shrinks from the sides of the pan.New Royal Cook Book|Anonymous
And I took a cake over to Peg, Grace was forced to interrupt to make known.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong|Lillian Garis
I am going to see my grandmother, and carry her a cake and a little pot of butter from my mother.The Book of Fables and Folk Stories|Horace E. Scudder
The meal being obtained, it was mixed with a large or small quantity of water, as mush or cake was desired, and cooked.Three Years in the Sixth Corps|George T. Stevens
Word Origin 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.
see eat one's cake and have it, too; flat as a pancake; icing on the cake; nutty as a fruitcake; piece of cake; sell like hot cakes; slice of the pie (cake); take the cake.