cake

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.

Definitions of cake
  1. noun
    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
    baba
    a small cake leavened with yeast
    birthday cake
    decorated cake served at a birthday party
    cheesecake
    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
    crumpet
    a thick soft cake with a porous texture; cooked on a griddle
    cupcake
    small cake baked in a muffin tin
    Eccles cake
    a flat round cake of sweetened pastry filled with dried fruit
    fruitcake
    a rich cake containing dried fruit and nuts and citrus peel and so on
    gateau
    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
    gingerbread
    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
    torte
    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
    savarin
    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
    genoise
    rich and delicate Italian sponge cake
    seed cake, seedcake
    a sweet cake flavored with sesame or caraway seeds and lemon
    teacake
    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)
    friedcake
    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
    waffle
    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
    babka
    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
    simnel
    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
    Twinkie
    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
    brownie
    square or bar of very rich chocolate cake usually with nuts
    ginger nut, ginger snap, gingersnap, snap
    a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger
    macaroon
    chewy cookie usually containing almond paste
    kiss
    a cookie made of egg whites and sugar
    ladyfinger
    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
    doughboy
    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
    fritter
    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
    wafer
    a small thin crisp cake or cookie
    granola bar
    cookie bar made of granola
    tortilla
    thin unleavened pancake made from cornmeal or wheat flour
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    baked goods
    foods (like breads and cakes and pastries) that are cooked in an oven
  2. noun
    a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
    synonyms: bar
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    tablet
    a small flat compressed cake of some substance
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    block
    a solid piece of something (usually having flat rectangular sides)
  3. noun
    small flat mass of chopped food
    synonyms: patty
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    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
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    dish
    a particular item of prepared food
  4. verb
    form a coat over
    synonyms: coat
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    cover, spread over
    form a cover over
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