Definition of cake in English:
- Desserts, sweets, cakes, biscuits, and pastries are considered to be luxuries.
- Little chefs can bake a cake or delicious muffins in the two-shelf oven or store extra plates and bowls in the cupboard.
- Now she manages to control her feelings by avoiding sweet foods such as cakes, chocolate and even bananas.
- She would make treacle cakes, currant cakes and, of course, she'd make white soda cakes, potato cakes and boxty.
- 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.
- Quickly getting in, and grabbing the cake of soap and wash cloth lying nearby I get to work.
- To clean our teeth some of us used a cake of pink cleaner in a round aluminium tin.
- Once a family is ready to spare about two hours, they can easily make as many as 25 soap cakes.
verb[with object] Back to top
- Dried blood caked the front of the late king's clothes and the broken hand which still clutched his sword.
- 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.
- Glancing out the main window, she could see only a brown haze - the surface was caked with dust.
- Riders were arriving with red dirt caked on thick to their faces, with specks of dirt attaching themselves to each singular pore and whisker.
- 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.
This is a Scandinavian word and the first cakes were small flat bread rolls baked hard on both sides by being turned during the baking process—you can see the idea of a rounded flattened shape surviving in fishcake and potato cake. The word occurs in many common expressions as something pleasant or desirable. The phrase cakes and ale, for example, means ‘merrymaking, a good time’. It comes from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, when the roistering Sir Toby Belch says to the puritanical steward Malvolio: ‘Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?’ The idea behind the saying you can't have your cake and eat it is that you cannot enjoy both of two equally desirable but mutually exclusive things. The expression has been around since at least the mid 17th century. Let them eat cake is what Marie-Antoinette ( 1755–93), wife of Louis XVI ( 1754–93) of France, is alleged to have said on being told that her people had no bread. (The French word she is supposed to have used was brioche, not cake.) This story is good, but its authenticity is suspect—Louis XIV's wife is supposed to have said ‘Why don't they eat pastry?’ in a similar situation.
cakes and ale
- dated Merrymaking.Example sentences
- And once the world is made virtuous, will there be no more cakes and ale?
- The successful physician starves the first ten years, lives on bread and butter the second, and may have cakes and ale the third decade.
- This is the worst kind of destructive attitude - denying other people cakes and ale because you've never enjoyed them yourself.
a piece of cake
- informal Something easily achieved: I never said that training him would be a piece of cakeMore example sentences
- One easy transfer and a stop about a block from my hotel made it a piece of cake.
- Worth striving for, certainly, but no piece of cake for anyone to achieve.
- The third-graders found their words a piece of cake, flying through the final round.
take the cake
you can't have your cake and eat it (too)
- proverb You can’t enjoy both of two desirable but mutually exclusive alternatives.Example sentences
- The theory must sound good to corporate execs, but even in business you can't have your cake and eat it.
- I think you have just found out 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.
Words that rhyme with cakeache, awake, bake, betake, Blake, brake, break, crake, drake, fake, flake, forsake, hake, Jake, lake, make, mistake, opaque, partake, quake, rake, sake, shake, sheikh, slake, snake, splake, stake, steak, strake, take, undertake, wake, wideawake • fishcake • johnnycake • tipsy
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