\ 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


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 cakey (audio) \ 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


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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Staff from schools and community members will vie for the best cakes made by local bakers. Houston Chronicle, "SL Fort Bend Calendar 091819," 16 Sep. 2019 The company is now seeking full repayment for the cakes. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Deliveryman allegedly stole 1,020 cakes worth $90K from upscale New York bakery," 10 Sep. 2019 The effort will fail: A majority-minority citizenry is already baked into the demographic cake. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: Ronald Reagan, the diversity president," 8 Sep. 2019 Look out for a seasonal fruit dessert, like the baked apricot custard, and the orange chiffon cake with goat cream cheese filling and a chocolate frosting, courtesy of Brian’s mother. Grace Wong,, "In-house smoked brisket stars at new Flat & Point in Logan, plus more restaurant openings," 22 Aug. 2019 Chan draws upon sake, cocktails, and wine to match everything from the oysters with fig vinaigrette and horseradish to the red bean mochi cake for dessert. Fortune, "Vancouver Is a Haven for Cheap but Delicious Tasting Menus," 18 Aug. 2019 This 2016 Limestone Kabinett from Keller [$22], in the Rheingau region of Germany, would be delicious alongside the cake. Adam Sachs, ELLE Decor, "Take Your Lunch to Work in Style with a Portable Japanese-Style Lunch Box," 15 Aug. 2019 Treat yourself to Cake Bake Shop Marble floors, a unicorn, big chandeliers, pretty pink roses and, of course, all of the cake! Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "10 things to do and try in Hamilton County before summer ends," 24 July 2019 There are some unassuming, excellent wine bars in the arches too—ask about the plat du jour and of course the vermouth, at Vermuteria, then move along for a glass of petit manseng and a slice of olive cake with cherry compote at The Drop. Vogue, "Where to Stay and Eat in London’s Renewed King’s Cross Neighborhood," 16 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The wind had sucked leaves from the trees, and a layer of mud was caked everywhere. Los Angeles Times, "Puerto Rico scandal stirs anger and memories of the difficult days after Hurricane Maria," 28 July 2019 Their boots and waders caked in gray mud, the anglers watched the surface for the telltale torpedo shape and silvery sides of a fresh coho. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Early birds get the silvers at this roadside fishery near Anchorage," 16 Aug. 2019 The ducklings were mud-caked but are now safe. Reunited with their mother, the family waddled on their merry way, quacking and cheeping their appreciation. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "That’s quack-tastic! Metro Transit officers rescue 8 ducklings from storm drain," 6 July 2019 Galaxy’s Edge, lovingly grime-caked and even tangled with power lines of its own, recognizes that Star Wars is about such moments of recognition. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 The leftover soot that cakes firefighter uniforms is considered a carcinogen, according to the National Cancer Institute. Julia Fair,, "Retired Covington firefighter dies from melanoma cancer," 25 June 2019 Javier Jaén The footprints are still there, the striped tread of Neil Armstrong’s boots, caked into dust. New York Times, "Fifty Years Ago We Landed on the Moon. Why Should We Care Now?," 14 June 2019 The Energy Department also has stopped work on another major plant — which is over budget and far behind schedule — to handle the high-level radioactive sludges that often cake the bottom of the tanks. Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times, "Washington state, pushing Trump administration, wants more say in Hanford cleanup," 5 June 2019 Not to mention that caked-on foundation often creases, leaving a far-from-flawless texture. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 2019

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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

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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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