Definition of cake in English:

cake

noun

  • 1An item of soft, sweet food made from a mixture of flour, shortening, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and often decorated.

    ‘a carrot cake’
    [as modifier] ‘cake pans’
    ‘a mouthful of cake’
    • ‘Now, go take advantage of being the birthday girl and have a big piece of cake for me.’
    • ‘At first I needed the coffee to get me over the shock of the price of the cake.’
    • ‘Lauren paused to start on the biggest piece of chocolate cake we'd ever seen.’
    • ‘There was a small cake decorated with whipped cream and chocolate.’
    • ‘If you really want to delight your guests, send them home with a cake of their own - a copy of the recipe attached to the top.’
    • ‘Their wedding cake was a sheet cake decorated to look like a hockey arena.’
    • ‘Petite, buttery madeleines are nothing more than moist little cakes baked in a pan with shell-shaped indentations.’
    • ‘There were speeches and the cutting of an anniversary cake.’
    • ‘I've experimented with baking cakes with these flours, and the result is remarkably grainy and indigestible.’
    • ‘Home-made jams, biscuits, cakes, sweets and marmelades are ideal presents for those with a sweet tooth.’
    • ‘Headteacher Lisa Tudor said the rule even applied to children bringing in birthday cake from home to share.’
    • ‘Desserts, sweets, cakes, biscuits, and pastries are considered to be luxuries.’
    • ‘Gâteaux Bretons are larger cakes made of rich better, poured into a cake mold, scraped with a fork, then baked until golden brown.’
    • ‘Then they started to hit out, and we seemed to lose the will to win - perhaps it was something the opposition put in the cream cake they'd given us for tea.’
    • ‘In fact, it is a genuine snack spot with scones, teacakes, cakes and biscuits being the staple fare.’
    • ‘The large Christening cake was cut and divided up.’
    • ‘While baking the cakes and galettes I started cooking dinner.’
    • ‘To begin with, it was all puddings and cakes and sweets, and I would make fudge, toffee, nougat.’
    • ‘Food consisted of bagels, speciality savouries, pastries and cakes.’
    • ‘Little chefs can bake a cake or delicious muffins in the two-shelf oven or store extra plates and bowls in the cupboard.’
    • ‘Christmas is a few days away and it is time for choirs and concerts when you are not baking cakes and decorating your Christmas tree.’
    • ‘Now she manages to control her feelings by avoiding sweet foods such as cakes, chocolate and even bananas.’
    • ‘The candles on the 30th birthday cake were lit and blown out, the cake was cut and shared and the real Gala began.’
    • ‘Using tea instead of water in the recipe gives the honey cake a nice foundation and added depth of flavor.’
    • ‘Processed foods such as cakes, cookies, mayonnaise, and corn chips contain hydrogenated oil.’
    • ‘Once the mixture is smooth, spread it over the cake and decorate with thyme flowers.’
    • ‘Now if someone offered me a cream cake I would turn it down and it's no hardship.’
    • ‘And using buckwheat honey gives the sweetness a full bodied taste, something not often found in most sweet cakes.’
    • ‘We shared a slice of cake and it proved to be a light and refreshing way to round off the meal.’
    • ‘The carrot cake was delicious and then there was a cheesecake - not what I had asked for.’
    gateau, kuchen
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    1. 1.1 An item of savory food formed into a flat, round shape, and typically baked or fried.
      ‘crab cakes’
      ‘buckwheat cakes’
      • ‘Don't confuse suet cakes with similarly shaped seed blocks.’
      • ‘She would make treacle cakes, currant cakes and, of course, she'd make white soda cakes, potato cakes and boxty.’
      • ‘Kadhi, a savory curry of curds and fried cakes made from pulses, is a popular dish.’
      • ‘Then again there was the place where the woman of the house gave you something for the road, such as a cake of bread or a pot of jam and the boss would give you a few shillings to spend on the way home.’
      • ‘Your genuine latke is a cake of grated potato and a little onion, bound with an egg and fried in oil.’
      • ‘Once all the mix is filled, shape them like cakes and shallow fry in vegetable oil or clarified butter until crisp and golden on both sides.’
      • ‘These roots were ground, then boiled to make soup or shaped into cakes and stored for later use.’
      • ‘Season, form into six round cakes, and sear on both sides until golden brown, about five minutes.’
      • ‘Flake some on a green salad, mix some into a pasta salad, or shape some into salmon cakes.’
      • ‘Press spoonfuls of the prawn paste into small patties or flat cakes.’
      • ‘This should be eaten with Paputtu, made with broken rice rava, sprinkled with grated coconut and steamed into a flat cakes cut into diamond shapes.’
      • ‘To serve, spoon three small amounts of mushroom cake on to warm plate.’
      • ‘They do the eggs runny here, which I like, and the potato cake is surprisingly light.’
      • ‘I chose lightly spiced spinach and chickpea potato cake served with basmati rice, mint yoghurt and mango chutney.’
      • ‘Fred's paternal side of the family is German and he suddenly had a hankering for these potato cakes his grandmother made him when he was a child.’
    2. 1.2 A flattish, compact mass of something, especially soap.
      ‘a cake of soap’
      • ‘The fire blazed on the open hearth and sometimes the baker as it was called was hanging over the fire with a cake of bread being baked.’
      • ‘The cake was made of lotus root with pellets of chicken, shrimp and pork and invariably tea.’
      • ‘Taking a complete change of clothes and a cake of soap, I head down to a secluded part of the small river, leaving Marissa to gather wood for our fire.’
      • ‘We once picked up what looked like a cake of cheese, about a foot in diameter.’
      • ‘Come spring the snow compacts under its weight like a fallen cake.’
      • ‘They used a mixture of cake gelatine, powdered sugar, food colouring and permitted flavours, to create flat ‘sheets’.’
      • ‘Quickly getting in, and grabbing the cake of soap and wash cloth lying nearby I get to work.’
      • ‘Just as I came upon it I got a flashback of Enrique beading it up with a cake of wax - it happened only minutes ago, I saw him do it!’
      • ‘The Neem seed has good demand in Tamil Nadu as its oil extract is used in preparation of soaps, pesticides and medicines while its cake is used to raise horticultural crops.’
      • ‘With careful planning, as the following examples show, you can have your cake of soap and spaciousness too.’
      • ‘Our driver deserves another mention here for the never-ending supply of sticky snowball cakes on our return journey to Munich airport.’
      • ‘She sprints toward the river's edge, and with a wild and desperate leap, hops onto a cake of ice floating in the river.’
      • ‘These books circulated images of famous paintings, calligraphy and antiquities, as well as designs for such utensils as ink cakes and ink stones.’
      • ‘Father used to bring home cakes of ‘Vinolia White Rose’ soap, which had a mild but wonderful fragrance.’
      • ‘She had dropped the cake of soap and bent to retrieve it.’
      • ‘Here, you get open shelves instead of a wardrobe, white plastic chairs, and a bathroom with a tiny cake of medicinal soap besides a wash-basin the size of a large saucer.’
      • ‘Once a family is ready to spare about two hours, they can easily make as many as 25 soap cakes.’
      • ‘He then ducked as Ulf chucked a cake of soap at him.’
      • ‘A single careless move and a cake of packed snow skidded away from beneath me.’
      • ‘To clean our teeth some of us used a cake of pink cleaner in a round aluminium tin.’
      bar, tablet
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verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1 (of a thick or sticky substance that hardens when dry) cover and become encrusted on (the surface of an object)

    ‘a pair of boots caked with mud’
    • ‘Dried blood still caked the back of his hair, making his scalp itch.’
    • ‘His cloak, though black, was badly worn, and his boots were caked in mud.’
    • ‘He stood tall and he looked as though he had stopped traveling for his boots were caked with fresh mud.’
    • ‘He was built for speed but at the same time had an elegance that shone even through the dirt caking his lackluster body.’
    • ‘It didn't look like it had been used in ages, dust and dirt caked the inside, there were even some dead insects in it.’
    • ‘His display was certainly tidier and more reliable than the mud that was still caking the course yesterday, as the sun dried out the greens, but succeeded only in making the well-trodden walkways reek to high heaven.’
    • ‘But, as I walk through here, the mud that is caked and the flotsam and jetsam.’
    • ‘Frozen mud is caked on their boots and trousers, evidence of their late night rides.’
    • ‘Sweat beaded across his brow and caked his sides under his fatigue shirt.’
    • ‘His soft leather boots were caked with mud as he pulled them off, and his new canvas smock and pants were heavy with rain.’
    • ‘They were caked in thick grey dust and could only use candlelight and the terrible cries of the injured as their guide.’
    • ‘‘I'm Becki,’ said a girl whose hair and clothes were caked in mud and whose hands were clenched into pudgy fists.’
    • ‘Penny said: ‘My bike's low to the ground, so I'll be caked in mud when I come out the other end.’’
    • ‘She looked down at her own clothes, which were caked with mud.’
    • ‘Wallet's face and clothes were caked with mud but he said he had not given up hope of finding his family.’
    • ‘Glancing out the main window, she could see only a brown haze - the surface was caked with dust.’
    • ‘Grae's boots were caked in mud when they finally reached Lake Arath.’
    • ‘‘It was caked in mud all over the roof and it looked like it had been rallying or something,’ he said.’
    • ‘Dried blood caked the front of the late king's clothes and the broken hand which still clutched his sword.’
    • ‘By this time, I was breathing hard, the sweat caking my body.’
    cover, coat, encrust, plaster, spread thickly, smother
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    1. 1.1[no object] (of a thick or sticky substance) dry or harden into a solid mass.
      ‘the blood under his nose was beginning to cake’
      • ‘We dismounted at a final waterfall to wash off some of the dust caked onto our faces.’
      • ‘It seemed to fit among the spots of dried mud caked on her hand and under her fingernails.’
      • ‘I turned the locket over, seeing there was a red substance caked onto the smooth backing.’
      • ‘They had brown and greenish substance caked on it which was not very appealing to Vaius.’
      • ‘Riders were arriving with red dirt caked on thick to their faces, with specks of dirt attaching themselves to each singular pore and whisker.’
      • ‘The sun streamed through the dust caked on the skylight giving a gray green cast to the empty room.’
      • ‘Her blonde hair was beginning to grow black roots and her face had so much foundation and powder caked on that you couldn't see the skin.’
      • ‘The metal glove was cracked and broken, and caked with a dark substance.’
      • ‘The assortment of dirt and other substances were a permanent fixture on her feet, often caked on by the harsh Egyptian sun.’
      • ‘I was afraid that I was going to leave tracks, but luckily the mud caked on the shoes from the other day was gone.’
      • ‘The alligator had silvery-white ice caked around its lower body, so it couldn't move.’
      • ‘She could feel the mud caking on her skin and she began to itch all over.’
      • ‘Even still, if the snow does melt, there will be corrosive salt caked on the roads to eat away at me wheels.’
      • ‘She could barely budge it, she assumed because of all the dirt caked onto it.’
      • ‘His eyes were a dull green color, but that was all that was visible beneath the dirt and blood caked on his face.’
      • ‘I left the battlefield with ancient mud caked to the bottom of my shoes.’
      • ‘He clasped his right arm tightly; red blood caked on a fresh cut.’
      • ‘I always get a ribbing at work when I turn up and my car has mud caked on it up to the windows!’
      • ‘His arm looked wounded with a bit of dried blood still caked on.’
      • ‘There was moss and dirt caked into the cracks, but there was a seam of some sort, vaguely in the shape of a rectangle.’
      clot, congeal, coagulate, thicken
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Phrases

  • cakes and ale

    • dated Lively enjoyment.

      • ‘And once the world is made virtuous, will there be no more cakes and ale?’
      • ‘This is the worst kind of destructive attitude - denying other people cakes and ale because you've never enjoyed them yourself.’
      • ‘Britain once had its days of cakes and ale, and a week which began with a day off.’
      • ‘Traditionally celebrated after the main crop had been harvested, Harvest Home was, according to one historian, an annual event characterized by cakes and ale and hang the cost.’
      • ‘The successful physician starves the first ten years, lives on bread and butter the second, and may have cakes and ale the third decade.’
  • a piece of cake

    • informal Something easily achieved.

      ‘I never said that training him would be a piece of cake’
      • ‘So as long as you possess inner peace, are touched by genius and have the bravery of a lion, then closing the deal is a piece of cake.’
      • ‘Getting a table at his restaurant would be a piece of cake, rather than a three-month wait.’
      • ‘One day a friend had said he'd gotten a little bit rich gutting salmon in Alaska - and it was a piece of cake.’
      • ‘If you have a horse to carry them for you, it's a piece of cake.’
      • ‘Worth striving for, certainly, but no piece of cake for anyone to achieve.’
      • ‘I have to keep in mind that I lost 50 pounds my senior year in college, so this is a piece of cake.’
      • ‘Okay, so bits of the tale are a bit scary but compared to what most kids see these days it's a piece of cake (no pun intended).’
      • ‘When it comes to managing a full time job and performing, Stefan reckons it's a piece of cake.’
      • ‘It's a piece of cake for his students to outplay those older teachers of the school who also come to learn Go at his class, Liu said.’
      • ‘For a man who has climbed to the summit of Mount Everest, taking part in Sligo's Walking Week must have been a piece of cake.’
      • ‘OK, so arriving there by road is a pain but once you've entered the terminal building it's a piece of cake.’
      • ‘One easy transfer and a stop about a block from my hotel made it a piece of cake.’
      • ‘I'm a computer tech and I can tell you that hacking into the vote tabulations would be a piece of cake.’
      • ‘If he had encountered a challenge like this in his early years, Magellan would surely have found Cape Horn a piece of cake.’
      • ‘It's hardly comforting to learn this same public servant now views the venture as a piece of cake.’
      • ‘The straps slid off easily, and from there the rest was a piece of cake.’
      • ‘An easy trouble-free week where you can't put a foot wrong and whatever you undertake turns out to be a piece of cake.’
      • ‘It wasn't a piece of cake, but it honestly wasn't hard and I was fully operational by the second day.’
      • ‘We were scared and you were doing it like it was just a piece of cake.’
      • ‘The media makes it seem like a piece of cake to just up and marry and all of a sudden you're a citizen, which is also not true.’
      • ‘And both are a piece of cake - like playing Snap fast, a game at which, fortunately, I excel.’
      • ‘The third-graders found their words a piece of cake, flying through the final round.’
      • ‘Now in the middle of it, it's not exactly a piece of cake, and you don't always feel good, believe me.’
      easy task, easy job, child's play, nothing, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, sinecure
      breeze, doddle, walk in the park, picnic, money for old rope, money for jam, cinch, sitter, kids' stuff, cushy job, cushy number, doss, cakewalk, pushover
      duck soup, snap
      bludge, snack
      a piece of old tackie
      a piece of piss
      snip
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  • take the cake

    • (of a person or incident) be the most remarkable or foolish of their kind.

      ‘of all the hard-hearted women, she takes the cake’
      • ‘Two reporters - I believe from New York - took the cake today.’
      • ‘In terms of pop cultural cuteness, this takes the cake!’
      • ‘What really takes the cake is that for once in my life I have found someone who gets me.’
      • ‘On a day of jaw-dropping antics, this one possibly took the cake.’
      • ‘The below situation was the one that took the cake for me.’
      • ‘However, this latest episode surely takes the cake.’
      • ‘You know what, Larry, you guys really take the cake.’
      • ‘Of all his ploys, that takes the cake.’
      • ‘Everybody has a different horrifying story, but mine takes the cake.’
      • ‘What took the cake, however, was a release during election time.’
  • you can't have your cake and eat it (too)

    • proverb You can't enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives.

      • ‘Well, I'm sorry, you can't have your cake and eat it.’
      • ‘Besides, you can't have your cake and eat it - either the author, and therefore the process of creation, is irrelevant in reader response theory or it isn't.’
      • ‘Pundits say you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
      • ‘Who ever said you can't have your cake and eat it lied.’
      • ‘As the saying goes, you can't have your cake and eat it.’
      • ‘The theory must sound good to corporate execs, but even in business you can't have your cake and eat it.’
      • ‘My feeling is that you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
      • ‘Apparently they're right you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
      • ‘Well as they say, you can't have your cake and eat it too.’
      • ‘I think you have just found out that you can't have your cake and eat it too!’

Origin

Middle English (denoting a small flat bread roll): of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish kaka and Danish kage.

Pronunciation:

cake

/kāk/