cake

noun
\ 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

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 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 Before Aziz and Sima arrived that evening, the couple prepared rice and lentils for dinner and had tea and cake on hand. Annie Hylton, The New Yorker, "The Parisians Housing Refugees During the Pandemic," 13 Apr. 2021 Cajeta, a caramel sauce traditionally made with goat’s milk, can be drizzled over ice cream or pancakes, spread on thin cookies, and used to make tres leches cake or for dipping fruit. Washington Post, "Learn to make cajeta, a Mexican confection with multilayered sweetness and history," 12 Apr. 2021 Be sure to save room for the apple cider mini doughnuts, funnel cake or one of the other housemade treats. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, "The 5 best things our food writers ate in the Twin Cities this week," 9 Apr. 2021 German chocolate cake sold out Wednesday following the vice president’s visit, said Stephanie Hart, owner of the beloved bakery located in the Park Manor neighborhood. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, "After Kamala Harris’ visit sparks ‘bakery vs. border’ debate, Brown Sugar Bakery gets caught in the crossfire," 9 Apr. 2021 In addition to the more common presets, this pressure cooker can also cook eggs, steam vegetables, make yogurt, and bake cake. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Pressure Cookers for Dinner in Minutes," 6 Apr. 2021 Last month, Cuoco commemorated her Golden Globes defeat with a photo of herself indulging in pizza, cake and champagne while rocking a tiara. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, "Kaley Cuoco jokes about SAG Awards loss to Catherine O'Hara by watching 'Schitt's Creek' in bed," 6 Apr. 2021 Its pages will teach you to make beef cheek tagine, harissa prawns, Persian mulberry pudding cake and more. Jeremy Repanich, Robb Report, "The 11 Best New Cookbooks to Buy This Spring," 5 Apr. 2021 This easy-to-make ice cream cake is almost too cute to eat—almost. Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, "Mortarboard Chocolate Chip Ice-Cream Cake," 29 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Place the bombe, cake side down, on a large rimmed baking sheet. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 This Latin American grocery and bakery introduced its own cross-cultural king cake a few years back and its been a perennial favorite. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Here are 16 king cakes to lift New Orleans spirits through this strange Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 In the morning, Rachel goes to the bridge to talk to Captain Lee about her issues with Francesca, cake aside. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Below Deck Season-Finale Recap: Just Desserts," 16 Feb. 2021 The approach has made the plain king cake Adrian’s perennial best seller. Ian Mcnulty, NOLA.com, "Here are 16 king cakes to lift New Orleans spirits through this strange Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 Transfer to a wire rack and let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes. Judy Walker, NOLA.com, "Holiday baking with Willa Jean chef Kelly Fields starts with recipes from grandma's kitchen," 8 Dec. 2020 Cake and wine is the move at Goddess and Grocer, where folks can get a giant slice of rainbow, carrot or Oreo cake with a bottle of brut or rosé together for $35. Adam Lukach, chicagotribune.com, "Stress eat your way through Election Day with 10 restaurant specials and comfort food picks," 31 Oct. 2020 And for the first time in its history, legendary Los Angeles bakery Porto’s will start shipping its Milk’N Berries cake nationwide this year. Washington Post, "Tres Leches Cake," 28 Sep. 2020 The ghosts of those doubters are eating a large helping of crow — or perhaps cake. Gary Kamiya, SFChronicle.com, "How Golden Gate Park ended up in the Outside Lands," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for cake

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

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22 Apr 2021

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“Cake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cake. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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 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

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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