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

Indulge in a festive brunch starting at 11 a.m. at Del Frisco's Grille, complete with lemon ricotta pancakes and crab cake benedict. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "These 28 Restaurants Are Open on New Year's Day," 12 Dec. 2018 Order a basket of fried grouper and shrimp, crab cakes or clam strips and be prepared to make new friends (23 Ave D., 850-653-3222). Gully Wells, WSJ, "A Trip to the Florida of Yore," 12 Dec. 2018 Refrigerate cake until no longer tacky, 5 to 10 minutes. Anna Helm Baxter, Country Living, "Santa Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting," 7 Dec. 2018 SUBSCRIBE TODAY Ravenous Cafe earned a devoted following in the Pocket neighborhood and 4.5 stars on Yelp thanks to New American dishes such as crab cake sandwiches and seared duck breast. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "A popular Pocket restaurant is closing. Here's what a Selland chef wants to open in its place," 6 July 2018 Restaurants in Williams South Rims Wine and Beer Garage pairs a surprisingly eclectic menu that includes an eggplant portobello sandwich and spicy crab cakes with a full slate of wines and craft beers on tap. Roger Naylor, azcentral, "Arizona road trip: Williams has Route 66, Bearizona and cool summer fun," 15 June 2018 Regulars rave over the crab cakes, chicken pot pie, shrimp quesadillas and white chocolate and apricot scones. Michelle Newman, San Antonio Express-News, "Where to eat, shop and sleep in Comfort," 11 June 2018 All of our burgers can also be served as a 6-ounce crab cake instead. Randy Mcroberts, The Aegis, "New season, new fun, new food coming with IronBirds opener," 7 June 2018 For dessert, take advantage of the patriotic theme with an American flag cake, like this one from the Barefoot Contessa's Ina Garten. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Everything You Need to Plan the Perfect Memorial Day Party," 16 Apr. 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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