cake

noun
\ ˈkāk How to pronounce cake (audio) \

Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 (such as baking powder)
c : a flattened usually round mass of food that is baked or fried a fish cake
2a : a block of compacted or congealed matter a cake of ice
b : a hard or brittle layer or deposit
3 : something easily done after so much studying, the test was cake

cake

verb
caked; caking

Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : encrust caked with dust
2 : to fill (a space) with a packed mass

intransitive verb

: to form or harden into a mass

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Other Words from cake

Noun

cakey \ ˈkā-​kē How to pronounce cakey (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for cake

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of cake in a Sentence

Noun I made three cakes for the party. He blew out the candles on his birthday cake. a slice of chocolate cake Verb The mud had caked on his boots. shoes caked with dried mud
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For dessert, there’s a range of sweets like sour cream cake with praline glaze and sweet potato pie. Beth D'addono, NOLA.com, "Shermond Esteen Jr. opens Nonno's Cajun Cuisine & Pastries on North Claiborne Avenue," 12 Oct. 2020 This is the bonus round, the meteorological icing on the cake. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "One of the Best Weeks of 2020 for MN? Tropical Storm Delta Develops," 5 Oct. 2020 It’s not a particularly pretty dish, but when a few of those noodles cling together in one thick stack — like a tiny crepe cake quivering on the end of your fork — it’s just perfection, in both flavor and comfort. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Nood Awakenings: Discover some of the 407′s apex carbs," 30 Sep. 2020 Like a three-layer cake, 5G comes in bands: low, mid and high. Washington Post, "The 5G lie: The network of the future is still slow," 8 Sep. 2020 This feature allows geologists to date volcanic ash flows that are interspersed with layers of sedimentary rock like a prehistoric layer cake. Scott Hershberger, Scientific American, "How Do Scientists Determine the Ages of Human Ancestors, Fossilized Dinosaurs and Other Organisms?," 4 Aug. 2020 Some are chewy and soft, like savory funnel cake, while others are crisp on the outside and fluffy within. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "Rhode Island Clamcakes—Yes, Crisp Clam Doughnuts—Are the Perfect Taste of Summer," 10 June 2016 The school is the icing on the cake for the community that was awarded the Best Amenity Center in the nation last year by the National Association of Home Builders. Mustang Lakes, Dallas News, "New Prosper ISD elementary school opens in Celina community," 20 Sep. 2020 How much powdered sugar do the girls shake on the cake? Joan Elovitz Kazan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Treats symbolize hope for sweetness as Jewish community prepares for a socially distant Rosh Hashanah," 12 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The ghosts of those doubters are eating a large helping of crow — or perhaps cake. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "How Golden Gate Park ended up in the Outside Lands," 4 Sep. 2020 Fields, who owns the Willa Jean bakery in New Orleans, shares authoritative recipes for strawberry rhubarb hand pies, cornbread pancakes, and two-day-to-make coconut cake. Kate Krader, Bloomberg.com, "Biscuits Emerge as The Summer’s Key to a Better Sandwich," 27 Aug. 2020 Use a little melted chocolate to adhere to cake pop. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Halloween Cake Pops," 30 July 2020 Let cake cool 15 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Olive Oil-Clementine Cake," 14 Nov. 2019 Who doesn’t love chocolate, more chocolate ... and cake! cleveland, "Ranking 8 Fenik’s Frozen Custard flavors," 3 Aug. 2020 Save any remaining frosting to help stick spiders and webs to cake. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spiderweb Cake," 30 July 2020 In a medium bowl, sift together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Mini Chocolate Chip Sandwiches," 14 Nov. 2019 Palm oil can be found in up to half of all products currently on grocery store shelves in the U.S. and Europe, from cookies, crackers and cake mixes to soap, laundry detergent and many popular cosmetics brands. Washington Post, "Malaysian palm oil giant hit with forced labor allegations," 8 July 2020

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First Known Use of cake

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cake

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse kaka; akin to Old High German kuocho cake

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Time Traveler for cake

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The first known use of cake was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

18 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cake. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for cake

cake

noun
How to pronounce cake (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

cake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

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

cake

noun
\ ˈkāk How to pronounce cake (audio) \

Kids Definition of cake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a baked food made from a sweet batter or dough chocolate cake
2 : a usually flat round piece of food that is baked or fried a crab cake rice cakes
3 : a substance hardened or molded into a solid piece a cake of soap

cake

verb
caked; caking

Kids Definition of cake (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : encrust His clothes were caked with dust.
2 : to become dry and hard The mud had caked on her boots.

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