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Syllabification: cake
Pronunciation: /kāk

Definition of cake in English:


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
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.1An item of savory food formed into a flat, round shape, and typically baked or fried: crab cakes
More example sentences
  • 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.
1.2A pancake: buckwheat cakes
1.3A flattish, compact mass of something, especially soap: a cake of soap
More example sentences
  • 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.
bar, block, brick, slab, tablet, lump


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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): a pair of boots caked with 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.
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
More example sentences
  • 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.


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


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 cake
More 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

Surpass or exceed all others: of all the hard-hearted women, she takes the cake
More example sentences
  • 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.
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.

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