cake

noun
\ 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

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 \ adjective

Synonyms for cake

Synonyms: Noun

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

Synonyms: Verb

crust, encrust (also incrust), rime

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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

Meanwhile, Bennett, Julia and Jonah stayed with their grandparents, baking Amy a birthday cake and drawing pictures of themselves pushing her in a stroller. Amy Paturel, Good Housekeeping, "When People Ask Me How Many Children I Have, I Don't Know What to Say," 26 Dec. 2018 Josh continued to put a smile on her face all evening by unknowingly flying out Debby’s brother and sister-in-law to help celebrate their engagement dinner, which was complete with cake and festive balloons. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Debby Ryan and Josh Dun Are Engaged," 23 Dec. 2018 Transfer cake to a wire rack and let cool 10 minutes before inverting onto wire rack to cool completely. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Double White Chocolate Cake," 29 Nov. 2018 Accordingly, the product is designed to seem maximally non-threatening: single-serve and available in flavors like birthday cake and brownie. Angela Chen, The Verge, "Weed and luxury in Las Vegas," 15 Nov. 2018 The party seemed to have an overall butterfly theme, with the cake covered in red cascading butterflies. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Bella Hadid Celebrated Her 22nd Birthday with a Star-Studded Bash," 10 Oct. 2018 Last a dessert tray was wheeled by with delicious cakes and confections before coffee and tea was served. Marilyn Jones, Philly.com, "'Flying chefs' in business class," 6 July 2018 This model offers everything that the bestselling Duo does, plus settings for making cakes, eggs, and sterilizing. Betty Gold, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Instant Pot Models for You (and Your Budget)," 4 Jan. 2019 Photos emerged on Instagram of the couple cutting a tiered cake, with Liam in a tux and Miley in a white, off-the-shoulder dress. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "A Complete Timeline of Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth's Relationship," 27 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Nothing's sugar-coated — glitter-caked, maybe, but certainly not sugar-coated. Tyler Ford, Teen Vogue, "Jacob Tobia on Their Forthcoming "Coming-of-Gender" Memoir Titled Sissy," 29 Aug. 2018 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. Philly.com, "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

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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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cake

noun

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 \

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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