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  1. a sweet cake containing aromatic seeds, usually caraway.
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Origin of seedcake

First recorded in 1565–75; seed + cake
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Examples from the Web for seed-cake

Historical Examples of seed-cake

  • Her mother had brought her a piece of seed-cake and a cup of milk with the cream on it.

    Life and Death of Harriett Frean

    May Sinclair

  • For a good man's head is not like a seed-cake that passes in the using.

  • The Duke of Pemberwell gasped, and nearly choked on his seed-cake.

    The Tigress

    Anne Warner

  • When Nina sat up again her seed-cake was gone and the duke was chuckling.

    The Tigress

    Anne Warner

  • Her husband shakes his head; and further adds, that they had seed-cake instead of plum-cake, and that it was all white wine.

    Sketches by Boz

    Charles Dickens

British Dictionary definitions for seed-cake


  1. a sweet cake flavoured with caraway seeds and lemon rind or essence
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Word Origin and History for seed-cake


1570s, from seed (n.) + cake (n.).

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