\ 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

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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 Pierce top of cake several times with a wooden skewer. Lyda Jones Burnette, Country Living, "Chocolate Tres Leches Cake," 6 May 2021 Place 3 slices of banana on top of each cake and tap down with a spatula to adhere. Nicole Hvidsten, Star Tribune, "4 Mother's Day brunch ideas to impress mom, from the adventurous to the classic," 5 May 2021 To unmold, apply the gentle heat of a low open flame to the bottom and sides of cake. Alastair Gale, WSJ, "The U.S. Navy’s Not-So-Secret Recipes for Cheesecake and ‘Ronnie Burgers’," 29 Apr. 2021 Half of the cake dedicated to Texas A&M and the other half to the Pittsburgh Steelers, which are Scott's favorite teams. Madison Roberts,, "Ree Drummond's Daughter Alex Reveals Her Mom Is the 'Mastermind' Behind Her Wedding Menu — Get All the Details," 28 Apr. 2021 Bright flower petals deftly placed on top of the cake delivered a subtle perfume. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, "Alebrije Bakery delivers fancy, beautifully done Mexican pastries to your door, San Antonio, so the conchas come to you," 27 Apr. 2021 Somehow, in the afterglow of that performance, holding that slice of cake with my face on it, however, things finally started to click. Sameer Gadhia, Rolling Stone, "Young The Giant’s Sameer Gadhia: Rock Music Must Unearth Its Diverse Roots," 27 Apr. 2021 In a separate trip to Chicago, Harris spoke about vaccines and ate a slice of cake at a local bakery — which drew some backlash from conservatives. Lawrence Richard, Washington Examiner, "Harris has gone 18 days without a news conference since migration oversight role," 11 Apr. 2021 Instead of a cake, there were three Dutch cheeses in graduated sizes. Elizabeth Mccracken, The Atlantic, "The Irish Wedding," 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Place the bombe, cake side down, on a large rimmed baking sheet. Washington Post, "A festive baked Alaska to end your night in a blaze of glory," 28 Dec. 2020 This Latin American grocery and bakery introduced its own cross-cultural king cake a few years back and its been a perennial favorite. Ian Mcnulty,, "Here are 16 king cakes to lift New Orleans spirits through this strange Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 In the morning, Rachel goes to the bridge to talk to Captain Lee about her issues with Francesca, cake aside. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Below Deck Season-Finale Recap: Just Desserts," 16 Feb. 2021 The approach has made the plain king cake Adrian’s perennial best seller. Ian Mcnulty,, "Here are 16 king cakes to lift New Orleans spirits through this strange Mardi Gras," 8 Feb. 2021 Transfer to a wire rack and let cake cool in pan for 15 minutes. Judy Walker,, "Holiday baking with Willa Jean chef Kelly Fields starts with recipes from grandma's kitchen," 8 Dec. 2020 Cake and wine is the move at Goddess and Grocer, where folks can get a giant slice of rainbow, carrot or Oreo cake with a bottle of brut or rosé together for $35. Adam Lukach,, "Stress eat your way through Election Day with 10 restaurant specials and comfort food picks," 31 Oct. 2020 And for the first time in its history, legendary Los Angeles bakery Porto’s will start shipping its Milk’N Berries cake nationwide this year. Washington Post, "Tres Leches Cake," 28 Sep. 2020 The ghosts of those doubters are eating a large helping of crow — or perhaps cake. Gary Kamiya,, "How Golden Gate Park ended up in the Outside Lands," 4 Sep. 2020

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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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16 May 2021

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“Cake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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


\ 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


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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