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 & Antonyms for cake

Synonyms: Noun

breeze, cakewalk, child's play, cinch, duck soup, picnic, pushover, roses, snap

Synonyms: Verb

crust, encrust (also incrust), rime

Antonyms: Noun

bear, beast, chore, headache, horror show, killer, labor, murder, pain, sticky wicket, stinker [slang]

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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

In addition to the cake, Prince Louis’ christening gown was also recycled. Maura Hohman, ajc, "Why Kate and William served 7-year-old cake at Prince Louis' christening," 11 July 2018 Cost: The two-tiered cake serves 46 and costs $36.98. Kellie Hwang, azcentral, "6 places for over-the-top, Instagram-worthy unicorn treats in Phoenix," 11 July 2018 This is the room in which the cake was displayed during the couple’s 2011 nuptials. Rebecca Angel Baer, Southern Living, "William and Kate Followed This Odd English Tradition at Prince Louis’ Christening," 9 July 2018 The cake was decorated with cream and white icing using the Joseph Lambeth technique. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton and Prince William Will Serve Their Wedding Cake at Prince Louis' Christening," 9 July 2018 In 2014, Vergara admitted that cakes are her ultimate guilty pleasure on an episode of Live! Madison Roberts, PEOPLE.com, "Sofia Vergara Celebrated Her 46th Birthday with a Cake That Matched Her Dress Exactly," 11 July 2018 Among its offerings is The Ron Bennington and features chocolate cake with peanut butter filling topped with ganache and crushed butterscotch. Erin Hegarty, Naperville Sun, "Molly's Cupcakes coming to downtown Naperville," 10 July 2018 The Topper The wedding cake was adorned with a six-inch three-dimensional replica of the couple, provided by DOOB 3D. The cake was chocolate with vanilla buttercream and covered in organic rainbow sprinkles. New York Times, "Side by Side and No Finish Line in Sight for Alexi Pappas," 6 July 2018 The menu rarely varied and included: A big bowl of chilled, shucked oysters at the base of a stairwell, yellow cake with white icing and silver bowls full of guacamole, McAllister’s own secret recipe. Carmina Danini And Melissa Fletcher Stoeltje, San Antonio Express-News, "McAllister remembered for her generosity, vitality," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 With caked-on makeup and drawn-on eyebrows, Gaby cut an imperious figure. Cindy Carcamo, latimes.com, "For many waiting in Tijuana, a mysterious notebook is the key to seeking asylum," 5 July 2018 The monster winter storm has caked southern states in rare and record-breaking levels of snow and ice — including areas that haven't seen snow in nearly three decades. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Trump’s break with Bannon over Wolff book shows the limits of loyalty," 4 Jan. 2018 Historically, the best natural source of saltpeter, the common name for potassium nitrate, has been from caves caked with bat droppings. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "O say can you see? The science behind the booms and blooms of Independence Day fireworks," 3 July 2018 Green eye shadow, pink blush caked on her cheeks, a pink lipstick that Mary would have never worn. Mike Newall, Philly.com, "Port Richmond makeup artist readies overdose victims for their 'last goodbye' | Mike Newall," 29 June 2018 Javier Mascherano, who played much of the second half with blood caked on his face, hugged every one of his teammates. Matthew Futterman And Andrew Das, New York Times, "Argentina Finds World Cup Salvation in Thriller Over Nigeria," 27 June 2018

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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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More Definitions for cake

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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