noun \ˈkāk\

: a sweet baked food made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and other ingredients (such as eggs and butter)

: a mixture of food that has been shaped into a ball or a flat round shape and baked or fried

: something that is shaped like a rectangular block

Full Definition of CAKE

a :  a breadlike food made from a dough or batter that is usually fried or baked in small flat shapes and is often unleavened
b :  a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (as baking powder)
c :  a flattened usually round mass of food that is baked or fried <a fish cake>
a :  a block of compacted or congealed matter <a cake of ice>
b :  a hard or brittle layer or deposit
:  something easily done <after so much studying, the test was cake>
cak·ey \ˈkā-kē\ adjective

Examples of CAKE

  1. I made three cakes for the party.
  2. He blew out the candles on his birthday cake.
  3. a slice of chocolate cake

Origin of CAKE

Middle English, from Old Norse kaka; akin to Old High German kuocho cake
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Food Terms

Reuben, calamari, chuck, curry, edamame, foie gras, hummus, leaven, nonpareil, peel



: to cover something with an outer layer that becomes hard as it dries

: to become dry and hard


Full Definition of CAKE

transitive verb
:  encrust <caked with dust>
:  to fill (a space) with a packed mass
intransitive verb
:  to form or harden into a mass

Examples of CAKE

  1. The mud had caked on his boots.
  2. <shoes caked with dried mud>

First Known Use of CAKE


Related to CAKE


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