One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A charge made by a restaurant for serving a cake that they have not supplied themselves.‘they told me I was welcome to bring a birthday cake and there would be no cakeage’as modifier ‘the standard cakeage rate in Melbourne was $3.50 a head’
- ‘Restaurateurs who charge cakeage argue they're justified in doing so because they have to present the cake and do the clearing up and washing up afterwards.’
- ‘Not only that, they had a cake which we usually charge for cakeage.’
- ‘Zero in on the venues most suitable, and then enquire about the nitty-gritty such as whether they charge cakeage, allow you to bring in your own alcohol etc.’
- ‘Large groups are easily accommodated, but a cakeage fee of $1.50 per head will be charged to birthday revellers.’
- ‘But they have no reason to underpay when they charge corkage and cakeage which is usually dearer than the grog or cake.’
- ‘It is not exactly in the party spirit but London restaurants have started charging cakeage for diners who want to bring their own birthday cakes to meals.’
- ‘A group of diners at a birthday bash were given the okay to bring in a cake but the waiter failed to mention there would be a $3 a person cakeage charge.’
- ‘Paying cakeage of $3 or more per slice when taking your own birthday torte to a restaurant is much less popular.’
- ‘You can have your cake and eat it – but only if you pay cakeage for the privilege.’
1990s (originally Australian): from cake + -age, on the pattern of corkage.
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