From Middle English cake, from Old Norse kaka (“cake”) (compare Norwegian kake, Icelandic/Swedish kaka, Danish kage), from Proto-Germanic *kakǭ (“cake”), from Proto-Indo-European *gog (“ball-shaped object”) (compare Romanian gogoașă (“doughnut”) and gogă (“walnut, nut”); Lithuanian gúoge (“head of cabbage”). Related to cookie, kuchen, and quiche.
- A rich, sweet dessert food, typically made of flour, sugar, and eggs and baked in an oven, and often covered in icing.
- A small mass of baked dough, especially a thin loaf from unleavened dough.
- an oatmeal cake
- a johnnycake
- A thin wafer-shaped mass of fried batter; a griddlecake or pancake.
- buckwheat cakes
- A block of any of various dense materials.
- a cake of soap
- a cake of sand
- Cakes of rusting ice come rolling down the flood.
- (slang) A trivially easy task or responsibility; from a piece of cake.
- (slang) Money.
- In North America, a biscuit is a small, soft baked bread similar to a scone but not sweet. In the United Kingdom, a biscuit is a small, crisp or firm, sweet baked good — the sort of thing which in North America is called a cookie. (Less frequently, British speakers refer to crackers as biscuits.) In North America, even small, layered baked sweets like Oreos are referred to as cookies, while in the UK, only those biscuits which have chocolate chips, nuts, fruit, or other things baked into them are also called cookies.
- Throughout the English-speaking world, thin, crispy, salty or savoury baked breads like these are called crackers, while thin, crispy, sweet baked goods like these and these are wafers.
- Both the US and the UK distinguish crackers, wafers and cookies/biscuits from cakes: the former are generally hard or crisp and become soft when stale, while the latter is generally soft or moist and becomes hard when stale.
- Dutch: kaak, cake (also keek, older also kaaks, keeks)
- Faroese: keks
- German: Keks
- Icelandic: kex
- Nauruan: keik
- Japanese: ケーキ (kēki)
- Norwegian: kjeks
- Swedish: kex
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- (transitive) Coat (something) with a crust of solid material.
- His shoes are caked with mud.
- To form into a cake, or mass.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
cake m (plural cakes)
- fruitcake (containing rum).
- quick bread (a smallish loaf-shaped baked good which may be sweet like an English cake or salty and with bits of meat. See insert).