\ˈkāk \

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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from cake


cakey \ˈkā-​kē \ adjective

Synonyms for cake

Synonyms: Noun

croquette, cutlet, fritter, galette, patty (also pattie)

Synonyms: Verb

crust, encrust (also incrust), rime

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Examples of cake in a Sentence


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


The mud had caked on his boots. shoes caked with dried mud
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Of course, not everyone dashes for a slice of divorce cake the day the judge signs the papers. Jessica Wakeman, Glamour, "10 Divorced Women on How They Spent Their First Single Night," 28 Nov. 2018 There's also an extensive menu, but your best bet is to head straight for pastry case and go for a slice of cake. Katie Lockhart, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Places For Coffee in Bangkok," 18 Oct. 2018 This type of cake was served at the wedding of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip, Prince Charles and Diana, and Prince William and Kate Middleton. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "All the Ways Princess Eugenie's Wedding Broke Royal Tradition," 12 Oct. 2018 After a cup of tea and a slice of cake in bed (surely), the newlyweds are reportedly expected to appear at a friend’s wedding in Surrey, England. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Birthday Holds a Special Meaning for the Queen Already," 1 Aug. 2018 His co-workers got him a 12-pak of Rolling Rock and a slice of German Chocolate cake. Paul Daugherty,, "Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds' CF Billy Hamilton is underrated as an offensive contributor," 5 July 2018 Distribute the remaining rhubarb on top of the cake. Maya Wilson, Anchorage Daily News, "This rhubarb almond coffee cake is a treat fit for any Alaska summer soiree," 21 June 2018 Park Avenue creates 73 different flavors of gooey butter cake, including banana split, blueberry and apple cinnamon. Kate Silver,, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018 The night included a mountain of a cake, shaped like the cover for Kanye's new album, ye. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kim Kardashian Got Blonde Hair As a Birthday Gift for Kanye West," 11 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

And that's understandable, because who would want to risk getting foundation caked around the gems' settings? Marci Robin, Allure, "We Talked to Artis About Those $25,000 Diamond-Encrusted Makeup Brushes It Just Launched," 12 Nov. 2018 Images in the news media and on social media showed people and villages caked in ash. Susan Hogan, Washington Post, "Volcano erupts in Guatemala, killing at least 25, injuring dozens more, officials say," 4 June 2018 Sitting down to eat together the girls all gave the salmon cakes a thumbs up, but not everyone was so sure about the sweet potato wedges., "Salmon cakes good, sweet potato wedges missing something," 2 May 2018 The next day, investigators found a knife and razor blades caked with blood, an empty prescription bottle for 120 Vicodin pills, and an empty 4-ounce bottle of children’s Benadryl in the trash, the Bucks County Courier Times reported. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Pennsylvania mom killed son, 2, with lethal dose of Vicodin in sippy cup: police," 19 Sep. 2018 That may explain the all-out finale, boy after boy (emphasis boy) sent out shirtless, chests caked in silver glitter, in a pair of sequined jeans. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "If He Can Make It Here, He’ll Make It Anywhere," 7 June 2018 The counters are cluttered, strewn with all the ingredients required to sustain an addiction—spoons caked with powder, pipes, papers, cigarette butts. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Use the rough ground coffee, not the fine ground, as the fine ground will cake up and prevent air and water from getting down to the roots of your plants. David Oblas, Good Housekeeping, "13 Really Weird Things Organic Gardeners Do That Actually Work," 29 Mar. 2017 Mud queen Molly was also caked with mud, thanks to the help of her sister, Mackenna Kofahl, who was crowned mud queen last year. Emma Tomsich, Detroit Free Press, "Mud Day attracts thousands to play dirty in metro Detroit," 10 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cake.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of cake


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


1615, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about cake

Statistics for cake

Last Updated

10 Dec 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for cake

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for cake



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 \

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.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on cake

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with cake

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for cake

Spanish Central: Translation of cake

Nglish: Translation of cake for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of cake for Arabic Speakers Encyclopedia article about cake

Comments on cake

What made you want to look up cake? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to make faulty or ineffective

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Find the Cousins

  • a-large-tree-with-many-branches
  • Which pair shares a common word ancestor?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!