Definition of cake in English:

cake

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Pronunciation: /keɪk
 
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noun

  • 1An item of soft sweet food made from a mixture of flour, fat, eggs, sugar, and other ingredients, baked and sometimes iced or decorated: a fruit cake [as modifier]: a cake shop [mass noun]: a mouthful of cake
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    • 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.
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  • 1.1 (the cake) British The amount of money or assets available to be divided up or shared: you have not received a fair slice of the education cake
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    • The corporate sector could not be securing a bigger part of national income cake too.
    • Now, there are three or four other independents looking for a share of the cake.
    • Fellow Namibians let's be fair to each other and share the national cake equally.
  • 2An item of savoury food formed into a flat round shape, and typically baked or fried: a starter of goat’s cheese and potato cakes
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    • 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.
  • 2.1A flattish compact mass of something, especially soap: a cake of soap
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    • 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.
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verb

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  • 1(Of a thick or sticky substance that hardens when dry) cover and become encrusted on (the surface of an object): his clothes were caked in mud
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    • 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.
    Synonyms
    cover, coat, encrust, plaster, spread thickly, smother
  • 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
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    • 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.
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Phrases

cakes and ale

dated Lively enjoyment: the gardener’s life, as a rule, is not all ‘cakes and ale’
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  • 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 cake
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  • 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.
Synonyms
easy task, easy job, child's play, nothing, five-finger exercise, gift, walkover, sinecure
informal breeze, doddle, walk in the park, picnic, money for old rope, money for jam, cinch, sitter, kids' stuff, cushy job/number, doss, cakewalk, pushover
North American informal duck soup, snap
Australian/New Zealand informal bludge, snack
South African informal a piece of old tackie
British vulgar slang a piece of piss
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sell like hot cakes

British informal Be sold quickly and in large quantities: T-shirts and posters are selling like hot cakes
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  • The book, sold like hot cakes as it could quench the thirst of many people in their own language.
  • Fresh rice and urad batter is available everywhere and it sells like hot cakes.
  • Although it sold like hot cakes, the car itself wasn't the greatest thing to ever turn a wheel.

take the cake

see take the biscuit at biscuit.
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  • Two reporters - I believe from New York - took the cake today.
  • You know what, Larry, you guys really take 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: the king wanted to have his cake and eat it—to marry Mrs Simpson and to remain on the throne
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  • 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.

Derivatives

cakey

adjective
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  • Viv and Sarah had a chocolate cakey thing which had the most lovely chocolate sauce, all rich and bitter, but the whole thing was very very rich, even for someone as chocolate pudding obsessed as myself.
  • On birthdays, one of us would bake a cake (usually carrot or chocolate), and when the slabs of sweetness went around the gathering on paper napkins, a bass voice would pipe from the corner ‘No thanks, I'm not really a cakey kind of person’.
  • And of course, mint tea and sticky cakey things.

Origin

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

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