\ ˈkāk How to pronounce cake (audio) \
plural cakes

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

— see also take the cake


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


cakey \ ˈkā-​kē How to pronounce cake (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 The cake chunks might not be shaped like the iconic tree cakes but the price may give fans some extra cheer — each pint of the frozen treat costs $2.50. Sabrina Weiss,, 15 Oct. 2021 The fruit in Canje’s black cake has been fermenting for six months. Alyson Sheppard, Robb Report, 15 Oct. 2021 Orders are being taken for butter braid or cake rolls as a fundraiser for the North Olmsted Senior Center. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 13 Oct. 2021 But as the figure above shows, Ida was only the icing on the OPEC+ cake: the group’s planning and discipline reduced what were overflowing inventories last spring to slightly below normal now. Michael Lynch, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Portillo’s, the fast casual chain known for hot dogs, Italian beef sandwiches and cake shakes, aims to raise up to $405.4 million with its initial public offering. Lauren Zumbach,, 12 Oct. 2021 An orange KitchenAid mixer and a collection of vintage and reproduction jadeite bowls and glass cake plates amplify the original 1960s style. Eddie Ross, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Oct. 2021 Every season, a cake decorator, candy maker and pumpkin carver work together to create an incredible design. Katarina Avendano, Good Housekeeping, 10 Oct. 2021 After all, Kenny first arrived at the beach fully nude (although there’s still some debate about that), and there was a moment in the not-too-distant past when Mari threw her now fiancé’s birthday cake into a bonfire. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 8 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Withstanding up to 450ºF, the baking set can make anything from savory lasagna and roasted veggies to cake or a batch of cookies. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Oct. 2021 Coat the fruit lightly with flour before adding to muffin or cake batters to keep them from sinking. Susan Puckett, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 At the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., panda cub Xiao Qi Ji (SHIAU-chi-ji) received a delightful frozen fruitsicle cake his keepers made for his big day. Amy Eskind,, 25 Aug. 2021 The Downers Grove South graduate refused to eat or drink anything except for a stale slice of vanilla cake her cousin gave her six days earlier when Franklin left for the Olympics. Brian Cassella,, 9 Aug. 2021 The decorations include comedy and tragedy masks; king cakes with plastic covers and cake knives; a silhouette scene of a crowd of paradegoers waving to float riders; and draperies of purple, green and gold. Kadee Krieger | Contributing Writer,, 1 Feb. 2021 Mat George, a 26-year-old comedian known for his viral tweets about everything from Snoop Dogg to cake, died Saturday after being struck by a car in Los Angeles. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 20 July 2021 Maurcie has been shipping a lot of king cake this season, but the Ponchatoula isn't fit for delivery. Ian Mcnulty,, 8 Feb. 2021 It’s a Cherry MX board that doesn’t leave you wanting for travel, feedback or accuracy, which is something that can become an issue in time with other keyboards as the gunk and dirt cake up under the keys. Jon Martindale, Forbes, 15 June 2021

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First Known Use of cake


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


1583, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for cake


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

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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



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


\ 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


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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