\ 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


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

Other Words from cake


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 But the process of making quick bread is more like baking a cake, and the results are similarly moist, tender, and delicate for that reason. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 20 Nov. 2021 But in the case of a slightly less substantial object, a kinetic impactor could just shoot right through, like a bullet through a cake, blowing it into small but still dangerous chunks. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 18 Nov. 2021 Rahman selected Valentine’s Day, doing a cake with strawberry frosting and filling. Amy Drew Thompson,, 17 Nov. 2021 On this day 57 years ago, the Stamp Out Smog organization went to bat for clean air with a cake marking 21 years since smog was first detected in Los Angeles, according to the California Air Resources Board. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 17 Nov. 2021 Brandon gets a birthday cake … well, there’s a bit of drama. Nicholas Quah, Vulture, 17 Nov. 2021 Back inside, Michelle presented Brandon, 27, with a cake for his birthday and chatted with 29-year-old Martin, who complained about the high maintenance women in Miami. Dana Rose Falcone,, 16 Nov. 2021 The team celebrated with a huge cake with a large carrot sticking up from it for Chan’s horse co-star. Rebecca Davis, Variety, 11 Nov. 2021 These include kunefe, a cheese pastry; revani, a cake made with lemon, semolina and eggs; sarma, made from pistachio paste; and rice pudding. Susan Dunne,, 10 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All-Purpose Flour: Combine equal parts cake flour and bread flour for a similar texture. Shay Spence,, 15 Nov. 2021 Here are some great options that won’t flake or cake. Lindsey Ellefson, Glamour, 4 Nov. 2021 This is because matte lipsticks are drying and can cake around the blisters or scabs. Lindsey Ellefson, Glamour, 4 Nov. 2021 Withstanding up to 450ºF, the baking set can make anything from savory lasagna and roasted veggies to cake or a batch of cookies. Sanah Faroke, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Oct. 2021 Coat the fruit lightly with flour before adding to muffin or cake batters to keep them from sinking. Susan Puckett, CNN, 26 Aug. 2021 At the Smithsonian's National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., panda cub Xiao Qi Ji (SHIAU-chi-ji) received a delightful frozen fruitsicle cake his keepers made for his big day. Amy Eskind,, 25 Aug. 2021 The Downers Grove South graduate refused to eat or drink anything except for a stale slice of vanilla cake her cousin gave her six days earlier when Franklin left for the Olympics. Brian Cassella,, 9 Aug. 2021 The decorations include comedy and tragedy masks; king cakes with plastic covers and cake knives; a silhouette scene of a crowd of paradegoers waving to float riders; and draperies of purple, green and gold. Kadee Krieger | Contributing Writer,, 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of cake


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1583, 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


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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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