A cake is a baked dessert that's often topped with frosting or decorations. For many people, it's not a proper birthday without a birthday cake.

Most cakes are made with flour, fat, a sweetener, and something to make the cake rise — like eggs or baking powder. You might prefer denser, richer cheesecakes or tiny, delicate cupcakes, or even a savory version made of potatoes and vegetables. If someone says, "Well, that takes the cake," they're expressing their surprise at something, and if you say, "That exam was a piece of cake," it as easy as eating a piece of cake.

Primary Meanings of cake

baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
small flat mass of chopped food
form a coat over
Full Definitions of cake

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

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applesauce cake
moist spicy cake containing applesauce
a small cake leavened with yeast
birthday cake
decorated cake served at a birthday party
made with sweetened cream cheese and eggs and cream baked in a crumb crust
chiffon cake
very light cake
chocolate cake
cake containing chocolate
coconut cake
cake containing shredded coconut in batter and frosting
coffee cake, coffeecake
a cake or sweet bread usually served with coffee
crumb cake
cake or coffeecake topped with a mixture of sugar and butter and flour
a thick soft cake with a porous texture; cooked on a griddle
small cake baked in a muffin tin
Eccles cake
a flat round cake of sweetened pastry filled with dried fruit
a rich cake containing dried fruit and nuts and citrus peel and so on
any of various rich and elaborate cakes
sponge cake
a light porous cake made with eggs and flour and sugar without shortening
bridecake, wedding cake
a rich cake with two or more tiers and covered with frosting and decorations; served at a wedding reception
white cake
cake made without egg yolks
spice cake
cake flavored with spices
cake flavored with ginger
pound cake
rich loaf cake made of a pound each of butter and sugar and flour
layer cake
cake having layers held together by a sweet filling and usually covered with frosting
rich cake usually covered with cream and fruit or nuts; originated in Austria
petit four
small (individual) frosted and ornamented cake
prune cake
moist cake containing prunes that have been made into a puree
jumbal, jumble
small flat ring-shaped cake or cookie
a sponge cake baked in a ring mold
Boston cream pie
layer cake filled with custard
skillet cake, upside-down cake
batter baked atop a layer of sweetened fruit then turned upside down so fruit is on top
honey cake
a spicy cake partially sweetened with honey
marble cake
made of light and dark batter very lightly blended
rich and delicate Italian sponge cake
seed cake, seedcake
a sweet cake flavored with sesame or caraway seeds and lemon
any of various small cakes or cookies often served with tea
biscuit, cookie, cooky
any of various small flat sweet cakes (`biscuit' is the British term)
small cake in the form of a ring or twist or ball or strip fried in deep fat
battercake, flannel cake, flannel-cake, flapcake, flapjack, griddlecake, hot cake, hotcake, pancake
a flat cake of thin batter fried on both sides on a griddle
pancake batter baked in a waffle iron
rock cake
a small cake with a hard surface said to resemble a rock
Victoria sandwich, Victoria sponge
a cake consisting of two layers of sponge cake with a jelly filling in between
baba au rhum, rum baba
a baba soaked in rum
a coffee cake flavored with orange rind and raisins and almonds
devil's food, devil's food cake
very dark chocolate cake
Christmas cake
a rich fruitcake (usually covered with icing and marzipan) and eaten at Christmas
a fruitcake (sometimes covered with almond paste) eaten at mid-Lent or Easter or Christmas
angel cake, angel food cake
a light sponge cake made without egg yolks
Swiss roll, jellyroll
thin sheet of sponge cake spread with jelly and then rolled up to make a cylindrical cake
Madeira cake, Madeira sponge
a rich sponge cake with close texture; intended to be eaten with a glass of Madeira wine
a small sponge cake with a synthetic cream filling
tea biscuit, teacake
flat semisweet cookie or biscuit usually served with tea
Sally Lunn
a flat round slightly sweet teacake usually served hot
dog biscuit
a hard biscuit for dogs
butter cookie
cookie containing much butter
spice cookie
cookie flavored with spices
almond cookie, almond crescent
very rich cookie containing ground almonds; usually crescent-shaped
square or bar of very rich chocolate cake usually with nuts
ginger nut, ginger snap, gingersnap, snap
a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
chewy cookie usually containing almond paste
a cookie made of egg whites and sugar
small finger-shaped sponge cake
anise cookie
cookie made without butter and flavored with anise seed
molasses cookie
very spicy cookies sweetened partially with molasses
oreo, oreo cookie
chocolate cookie with white cream filling
raisin-nut cookie
cookie filled with a paste of raisins and nuts
refrigerator cookie
dough formed into a roll and chilled in the refrigerator then sliced and baked
raisin cookie
cookie containing raisins
fruit bar
cookies containing chopped fruits either mixed in the dough or spread between layers of dough then baked and cut in bars
sugar cookie
cookies sprinkled with granulated sugar
oatmeal cookie
cookies containing rolled oats
Toll House cookie, chocolate chip cookie
cookies containing chocolate chips
fortune cookie
thin folded wafer containing a maxim on a slip of paper
gingerbread man
gingerbread cut in the shape of a person
a rounded lump of dough that is deep-fried and served as hot bread
donut, doughnut, sinker
a small ring-shaped friedcake
cruller, twister
small friedcake formed into twisted strips and fried; richer than doughnuts
French fritter, beignet
a deep-fried, yeast-raised doughnut dusted with confectioners' sugar
small quantity of fried batter containing fruit or meat or vegetables
buckwheat cake
a pancake made with buckwheat flour
buttermilk pancake
a pancake made with buttermilk
blini, bliny
Russian pancake of buckwheat flour and yeast; usually served with caviar and sour cream
blintz, blintze
(Judaism) thin pancake folded around a filling and fried or baked
French pancake, crape, crepe
small very thin pancake
german pancake, pfannkuchen
puffy mildly sweet lemon-flavored egg mixture sprinkled with confectioners' sugar and served with jam or a wine or fruit sauce
latke, potato pancake
made of grated potato and egg with a little flour
Belgian waffle
thick sweet waffle often eaten with ice cream or fruit sauce
coffee ring
ring-shaped coffeecake with fruits or nuts and often iced
a small thin crisp cake or cookie
granola bar
cookie bar made of granola
thin unleavened pancake made from cornmeal or wheat flour
Type of:
baked goods
foods (like breads and cakes and pastries) that are cooked in an oven

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

a small flat compressed cake of some substance
Type of:
a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)

n small flat mass of chopped food

fish ball, fish cake
a fried ball or patty of flaked fish and mashed potatoes
codfish ball, codfish cake
usually made of flaked salt cod and mashed potatoes
Type of:
a particular item of prepared food

v form a coat over

Type of:
cover, spread over
form a cover over

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