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 icing on the cake is that the Lakers will still have some cap space to work with come July 1, so their big summer could just be starting. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "Trade Grades: Lakers Get Top Marks After Finally Acquiring Anthony Davis," 15 June 2019 Watching them practice each day and experiencing the agony of defeat along with the joy of victory was icing on the cake. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati dads talk about coaching their high school sons: 'I learned to be a better dad'," 14 June 2019 The icing on the cake is the console's SSD, which will be used as virtual ram. Brittany Vincent, Popular Mechanics, "The Next Xbox Is Coming⁠—and So Are These 5 Long-Awaited Games from Microsoft," 11 June 2019 So, again, when those things align it’s just like icing on the cake. Nigel Smith, PEOPLE.com, "Hadestown Tony Nominee Amber Gray on Raising Babies While Performing 8 Shows a Week on Broadway," 5 June 2019 Advertising The Quool Charge pad was the icing on the cake for me. Jim Rossman, The Seattle Times, "Cases and mounts aim to keep your phone protected and close at hand," 29 Mar. 2019 In some ways, this makes the climate benefits icing on the cake to me. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Getting around the Bay Area with Chanell Fletcher," 21 Dec. 2018 The ability to play some Switch games as well is just icing on the cake. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Hands-on: Switch’s NES controllers offer unmatched old-school authenticity," 13 Dec. 2018 This Netflix original about a bakeshop owner who heads to a far-off land for a baking competition, meets her doppelgänger, and—the icing on the cake—wins the heart of a prince. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "13 Christmas Movies You Can Watch on Netflix Right Now," 30 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The leftover soot that cakes firefighter uniforms is considered a carcinogen, according to the National Cancer Institute. Julia Fair, Cincinnati.com, "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 On Wednesday morning, as many as six inches of snow and 0.5 inches of ice caked portions of north Florida, southeast Georgia and coastal South Carolina. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "Historic ‘bomb cyclone’ unleashes blizzard conditions from coastal Virginia to New England. Frigid air to follow.," 4 Jan. 2018 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

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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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