cake

noun
\ 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

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 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

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

The co-owners focus on cutting cakes and dessert tables which are popular trends. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C. Adams Bakery owners want to open a dessert bakery in Wauwatosa," 21 June 2019 To celebrate its 50th year in business, Joyview will be hosting a barbecue Saturday from noon-4 p.m. with sliders, hot dogs, kielbasa, cake and ice cream . Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Joyview Meat in Redford celebrates 50 years of sausage making," 21 June 2019 Jack put his know-how to use by staging a mock ceremony for a fake couple (with a cake and guests and everything). Maria Yagoda, PEOPLE.com, "Scavenger Hunts, Hot Dogs & Home Depot: 14 of the Most Over-the-Top Proposals," 20 June 2019 Yet, there’s now a whole new world for funnel cake fans to explore at the French Quarter Funnel Cakes and Churros eatery. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, "California’s Great America: 5 best things to eat at the park," 19 June 2019 Co-workers posed for pictures, shared a cookie cake and said their goodbyes. USA TODAY, "Mural for missing women, ‘Jedi’ cremations, MRI party: News from around our 50 states," 18 June 2019 Proud moms Kourtney Kardashian and Kim Kardashian West posted numerous videos to their Instagram stories that highlighted the party’s colourful treats, including ice cream, unicorn cakes from Flour Shop, and tons and tons of candy. Alexis Reliford, refinery29.com, "North West & Penelope Disick’s Candy Land Birthday Was A Sweet Dream — Literally," 18 June 2019 But, a quince isn’t just about the flashy party, the decadent cakes and fancy dress. Thalia Juarez, baltimoresun.com, "A glimpse into a centuries-old tradition celebrated in Baltimore's Latino communities," 10 June 2019 On Ashley’s 21st birthday in November 2017, her family had a party with candles, cake, and a poster scrawled with heartsick entreaties to please come home. Eric Ogden, Marie Claire, "The Invisible Victims," 10 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Until my mid twenties, the bulk of my exposure to blush came from caking on deep pinks and orange-reds for dance performances. Glamour, "This Charlotte Tilbury Blush and Highlighter Duo Gives the Most Natural Glow," 5 Apr. 2019 The plane, first designed in the 1960s and modernized three times, is caked with successive generations of technology superimposed on each other. Daniel Michaels, WSJ, "The Risks of Marrying ‘Smart’ Technology With ‘Dumb’ Machines," 22 Mar. 2019 Use a wire brush and a sanding sponge to remove flaking paint, rust, and caked-on dirt. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Buy an Old Vise and Bring It Back From the Dead," 3 Jan. 2019 Its gardens paved for parking, its murals caked with grime, its wires fraying and its circuits in every way overloaded, the palace had become a firetrap. Jane Kamensky, WSJ, "‘The Library Book’ Review: The People’s Palace," 11 Oct. 2018 For months, children playing outside or waiting for a handout from passing Iraqi troops had faces caked with soot. Washington Post, "The Islamic State’s toxic farewell: Environmental sabotage and chronic disease," 7 Mar. 2018 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

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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 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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