\ 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


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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cakey \ ˈkā-​kē How to pronounce cakey (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 Rudy carries a small box with funnel cake and french fries. Longreads, "Kissed a Girl," 7 Nov. 2019 Beyond the Duchess supporting the bakery's powerful mission, Meghan has also reportedly enjoyed their cakes, most recently for her 38th birthday in August 2019. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Meghan Markle Kept it Casual in Jeans and a Crisp Button Down For a Visit to Luminary Bakery," 1 Nov. 2019 Diners with a connection to the Midwest will be drawn to the restaurant for its customer favorites like its chocolate cake, served in a diner atmosphere with booths and nostalgic decorations. Austin Fuller,, "Popular Chicago restaurant Portillo’s is coming to Disney area," 9 Oct. 2019 Photos of the bride and groom looking crazy in love while cutting their cake made its rounds online. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Luvvie Ajayi Is Officially A Married Woman," 30 Sep. 2019 Your cake will taste just as good but your seasonal fall baking Instagram post might take a blow. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "This One Rule Separates Good Baking Apples From The Losers," 26 Sep. 2019 The piece de resistance was her lavish, four tiered cake with metallic embellishments. Vogue, "Priyanka Chopra Threw Nick Jonas the Most Over the Top Birthday Party in Chicago," 18 Sep. 2019 But Democratic presidential hopefuls want to eat their cake and have it. Fortune, "Do U.S. Democrats Have a Better China Strategy?," 14 Sep. 2019 What separates them from your standard layer cakes is their pillowy, spongy texture, made with twenty paper-thin crepes stacked between blankets of light pastry cream. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Antoni Porowski, Bella Twins bring latkes, laughs to USA TODAY Wine & Food Experience in NYC," 8 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Mahaney traipsed around in the dark, photographing buildings and cars caked with layers of snow. Coralie Kraft, The New Yorker, "Life in Alaska During the Round-the-Clock Darkness of Polar Night," 29 Sep. 2019 Carroll played a video showing white gunk caked on parts of the inside of a lateral, the pipe that connects the restaurant’s plumbing to the city’s sewer main. Daily Pilot, "Costa Mesa Denny’s gets heat over sewage spills," 23 Sep. 2019 The wind had sucked leaves from the trees, and a layer of mud was caked everywhere. Los Angeles Times, "Puerto Rico scandal stirs anger and memories of the difficult days after Hurricane Maria," 28 July 2019 Their boots and waders caked in gray mud, the anglers watched the surface for the telltale torpedo shape and silvery sides of a fresh coho. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Early birds get the silvers at this roadside fishery near Anchorage," 16 Aug. 2019 The ducklings were mud-caked but are now safe. Reunited with their mother, the family waddled on their merry way, quacking and cheeping their appreciation. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "That’s quack-tastic! Metro Transit officers rescue 8 ducklings from storm drain," 6 July 2019 Galaxy’s Edge, lovingly grime-caked and even tangled with power lines of its own, recognizes that Star Wars is about such moments of recognition. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Star Wars Park Is a Space-Junk Fantasy," 5 June 2019 The leftover soot that cakes firefighter uniforms is considered a carcinogen, according to the National Cancer Institute. Julia Fair,, "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

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First Known Use of cake


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


1615, 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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The first known use of cake was in the 13th century

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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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