What does cake mean?

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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word cake.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. cake, barnoun

    a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)

    "a bar of chocolate"

  2. patty, cakenoun

    small flat mass of chopped food

  3. cakeverb

    baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat

  4. coat, cakeverb

    form a coat over

    "Dirt had coated her face"


  1. cakenoun

    A rich, sweet dessert food, typically made of flour, sugar and eggs and baked in an oven, and often covered in icing.

  2. cakenoun

    A block of any of various dense materials.

  3. cakenoun

    A trivially easy task or responsibility; from a piece of cake.

  4. cakenoun


  5. cakeverb

    Coat (something) with a crust of solid material.

    His shoes are caked with mud.

  6. Etymology: From cake, from kaka (compare Norwegian kake, Icelandic/Swedish kaka, Danish kage), from kakan, from gog (compare Lithuanian gúoge ‘head of cabbage’). Related to cookie.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CAKEnoun

    Etymology: cuch, Teutonick.

    You must be seeing christnings? do you look for ale and cakes here, you rude rascals? William Shakespeare, Henry VIII.

    My cake is dough, but I’ll in among the rest,
    Out of hope of all, but my share of the feast. William Shakespeare, Taming of the Shrew.

    The dismal day was come, the priests prepare
    Their leaven’d cakes, and fillets for my hair. John Dryden, Æn.

    There is a cake that groweth upon the side of a dead tree, that hath gotten no name, but it is large and of a chesnut colour, and hard and pithy. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist. №. 552.

    Then when the fleecy skies new cloath the wood,
    And cakes of rustling ice come rolling down the flood. John Dryden, Virgil, Georg. i. l. 418.

  2. To Cakeverb

    To harden, as dough in the oven.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    This burning matter, as it sunk very leisurely, had time to cake together, and form the bottom, which covers the mouth of that dreadful vault that lies underneath it. Joseph Addison, on Italy.

    This is that very Mab,
    That plats the manes of horses in the night,
    And cakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,
    Which, once-entangl’d, much misfortune bodes. William Shakespeare.

    He rins’d the wound,
    And wash’d away the strings and clotted blood,
    That cak’d within. Addison.


  1. Cake

    Cake is a flour confection made from flour, sugar, and other ingredients, and is usually baked. In their oldest forms, cakes were modifications of bread, but cakes now cover a wide range of preparations that can be simple or elaborate, and which share features with desserts such as pastries, meringues, custards, and pies. The most common ingredients include flour, sugar, eggs, fat (such as butter, oil or margarine), a liquid, and a leavening agent, such as baking soda or baking powder. Common additional ingredients include dried, candied, or fresh fruit, nuts, cocoa, and extracts such as vanilla, with numerous substitutions for the primary ingredients. Cakes can also be filled with fruit preserves, nuts or dessert sauces (like custard, jelly, cooked fruit, whipped cream or syrups), iced with buttercream or other icings, and decorated with marzipan, piped borders, or candied fruit. Cake is often served as a celebratory dish on ceremonial occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. There are countless cake recipes; some are bread-like, some are rich and elaborate, and many are centuries old. Cake making is no longer a complicated procedure; while at one time considerable labor went into cake making (particularly the whisking of egg foams), baking equipment and directions have been simplified so that even the most amateur of cooks may bake a cake.


  1. cake

    A cake is a sweet baked dessert typically made from ingredients such as flour, sugar, eggs, and butter or oil, often combined with other ingredients like fruits, nuts or flavorings to create different varieties. It is often served at special occasions like birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries and can be layered or single-layered, often frosted with icing and can be filled with jam or cream.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cakenoun

    a small mass of dough baked; especially, a thin loaf from unleavened dough; as, an oatmeal cake; johnnycake

  2. Cakenoun

    a sweetened composition of flour and other ingredients, leavened or unleavened, baked in a loaf or mass of any size or shape

  3. Cakenoun

    a thin wafer-shaped mass of fried batter; a griddlecake or pancake; as buckwheat cakes

  4. Cakenoun

    a mass of matter concreted, congealed, or molded into a solid mass of any form, esp. into a form rather flat than high; as, a cake of soap; an ague cake

  5. Cakeverb

    to form into a cake, or mass

  6. Cakeverb

    to concrete or consolidate into a hard mass, as dough in an oven; to coagulate

  7. Cakeverb

    to cackle as a goose

  8. Etymology: [OE. cake, kaak; akin to Dan. kage, Sw. & Icel. kaka, D. koek, G.kuchen, OHG. chuocho.]


  1. Cake

    CAKE is an American alternative rock band from Sacramento, California. Consisting of singer John McCrea, trumpeter Vince DiFiore, guitarist Xan McCurdy, bassist Gabe Nelson and drummer Paulo Baldi, the band has been noted for McCrea's sarcastic lyrics and deadpan voice, DiFiore's trumpet parts, and their wide-ranging musical influences, including country music, Mariachi, rock, funk, Iranian folk music and hip hop. Cake was formed in 1991 by McCrea, DiFiore, Greg Brown, Frank French and Shon Meckfessel, who soon left and was replaced by Nelson. Following the self-release of its debut album, Motorcade of Generosity, the band was signed to Capricorn Records in 1995 and released its first single, "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle", which hit number 35 on the Modern Rock Tracks music chart and was featured on MTV's 120 Minutes; French and Nelson then left the band, and were replaced by Todd Roper and Victor Damiani. Cake's second album, 1996's Fashion Nugget, went platinum on the strength of its lead single, "The Distance". Following a tour of Europe and the United States, both Brown and Damiani announced they were leaving Cake, which led to speculation about the band's future; McCrea eventually recruited Xan McCurdy to take over on guitar, and persuaded Nelson to return.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cake

    kāk, n. a piece of dough that is baked: a small loaf of fine bread: any flattened mass baked, as pan-cake, &c., or as soap, wax, tobacco, &c.: a thin hard-baked kind of oaten-bread—whence Scotland is styled the 'Land of Cakes:' fancy bread, sweetened: a composition of bread with butter, sugar, spices, currants, raisins, &c., baked into any form—plum-cake, tea-cake, wedding-cake.—v.t. to form into a cake or hard mass.—v.i. to become baked or hardened.—adj. Cak′y.—Cakes and ale, a phrase covering vaguely all the good things of life.—To take the cake (slang), to carry off the honours, rank first. [Scand. kaka; cog. with Ger. kuche, Dut. koek.]

Rap Dictionary

  1. cakenoun

    Money, bread, dough, paper, etc. Round here niggas get found upside down/over the money the money the money the money the cake -- Lloyd Banks (Cake)

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  2. CAKE

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CAKE

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cake is ranked #50275 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Cake surname appeared 416 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cake.

    93.5% or 389 total occurrences were White.
    4% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cake' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3978

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cake' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1334

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cake' in Nouns Frequency: #1165

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cake in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cake in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of cake in a Sentence

  1. Kevork Altounian:

    If luck was a chick, seducing it towards me would have been a piece of cake! Yet who knows… it would have just been a one night stand and that would have just been it!!!

  2. Bill Cosby:

    Looking at the incarcerated, these are not political criminals, these are people going around stealing Coca-Cola. People getting shot in the back of the head over a piece of pound cake! Then we all run out and are outraged: 'The cops shouldn't have shot him.' What the hell was he doing with the pound cake in his hand?

  3. Richard Milhous Nixon:

    It's a piece of cake until you get to the top. You find you can't stop playing the game the way you've always played it.

  4. Mark Silverstein:

    There’s no law that says that a cake-maker has to write obscenities in the cake just because the customer wants it.

  5. Miguel de Cervantes:

    You cannot eat your cake and have your cake.

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