cake

1 of 2

noun

plural cakes
1
a
: 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
2
a
: 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
cakey adjective

see also take the cake

cake

2 of 2

verb

caked; caking

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

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The star of the upcoming Velma series decorated a cake with a sweet salute to 2022. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 10 Jan. 2023 Los Angeles teacher James Zerbe’s homemade plane, with five pairs of wings stacked like a layer cake, collapsed on its first try. Patt Morrisoncolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 Jan. 2023 The bakers must put their own design on a logo cake. Olivia Mccormack, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2023 Snap up a cleansing cake from Luonkos for 33 euros (about $35). Elizabeth Paton, New York Times, 4 Jan. 2023 Co-owner Brown makes a rum cake that is a holiday staple in Jamaican culture. Dallas News, 3 Jan. 2023 But home cooks are still interested in the occasional project, too, such as the Thanksgiving spread from Modern Vegetarian columnist Amisha Gurbani or a summery celebration cake from former Repertoire columnist Jessica Battilana. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Dec. 2022 Basboasaa, a semolina cake soaked in sweet syrup, is another fan favorite. Zareen Syed, Chicago Tribune, 29 Dec. 2022 The patient celebrated a birthday, with staff bringing him a cake. Kay Lazar, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Dec. 2022
Verb
This quick bread scratches that cake itch without being quite so decadent. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 15 Dec. 2022 One of our testers noted that this product didn't cake under their eyes, even after hours of wear (perfect for canceling out those leftover Thanksgiving-stress dark circles!). Cai Cramer, Peoplemag, 28 Nov. 2022 But were the bowdlerizations of tacos and tres leches cake harmless fun gone awry, or a sign of more fundamental problems in the beloved reality competition series? Daniel Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 11 Oct. 2022 The lander looks off over the pieces around it, the dirt already starting to cover them as Mars’ windy storms continue to cake it onto the machine. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 20 Dec. 2022 The same wisdom applies to cake batter, Kimber says, when overmixing can yield tough, rubbery results. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 26 Sep. 2022 Rum is used in place of the water to give this spice cake a kick. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 30 Aug. 2022 The conversation flowed, and the men nibbled at slices of Turkish honey cake the victim jeweler had purchased for the table. Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2022 That, coupled with supply-chain backlogs and a move away from national brands to private-label goods, has left stores short of everything from coffee makers to cake knives, the people said. Suzanne Kapner, WSJ, 29 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English, from Old Norse kaka; akin to Old High German kuocho cake

First Known Use

Noun

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

Verb

1583, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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

Dictionary Entries Near cake

Cite this Entry

“Cake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cake. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

cake

1 of 2 noun
1
: a small piece of food (as dough or batter, meat, or fish) that is baked or fried
2
: a baked food made from a sweet batter or dough
3
: a substance hardened or molded into a solid mass
a cake of soap

cake

2 of 2 verb
caked; caking
1
: encrust
caked with dust
2
: to form or harden into a cake

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