\ 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
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The bouquet was put together by Westwood Flower Garden, and the cake was from Karma Baker, which specializes in vegan and gluten-free goodies. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, 16 June 2022 Flan con mezcal and tres leches cake are dessert options. Georgann Yara, The Arizona Republic, 16 May 2022 Carrot cake graces many an Easter spread, but this carrot cake is extra special thanks to that decadent brown butter-cream cheese frosting. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Like pineapples and Adirondack chairs, cake is another symbol linked to CNM: a nod to having it and eating it too. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2022 In addition to pancakes and pączkis, the king cake is a traditional Mardi Gras dessert that's just as anticipated as the beads. Skyler Caruso,, 26 Feb. 2022 Fudge cake is among the changing dessert offerings. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, 18 Feb. 2022 The cake was for someone seated behind them who was celebrating her ninth birthday. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 When Jenner pulled back it was revealed that the cake was just the skirt of a massive edible gown belonging to a Barbie doll, surrounded by even more containers of candy. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 16 Jan. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Since 2019, Reuters reports, Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile has been protected from disgruntled museumgoers—and now, cake—with high-tech, bulletproof, ultra-transparent glass. Antonia Mufarech, Smithsonian Magazine, 31 May 2022 As more dust continues to cake on, the InSight Mars lander is dying, its power supply slowly petering out. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 18 May 2022 Swirls of brown mud cake the lower walls of the home and tree roots infest the foundation of Brian Redfern’s evocative and foreboding set. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2022 The ice that caked the Polar Sea came from heavy freezing spray kicked up from turbulent water on a chilly day. Alaska Dispatch News, 29 Aug. 2017 Arnold (Francis Guinan), Isaac’s 58-year-old father, is caked in makeup and wearing a dress, topped with a clown’s wig. Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2017 It is caked with mud and grime, but an ornate design is nevertheless visible. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, 26 June 2017 When the Industrial Revolution caked British cities with soot, peppered moths’ light, speckled wings made them easy targets for predators. Carl Engelking, Discover Magazine, 15 Dec. 2016 See More

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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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\ 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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