- 1 [countable, uncountable] a sweet food made from a mixture of flour, eggs, butter, sugar, etc. that is baked in an oven. Cakes are made in various shapes and sizes and are often decorated, for example with cream or icing. a piece/slice of cake to make/bake a cake a chocolate cake a birthday cake (British English) a cake tin (= for cooking a cake in) (North American English) a cake pan see also angel food cake, Christmas cake, fruit cake, sponge cake, wedding cake See related entries: Sweets and desserts
- 2[countable] a food mixture that is cooked in a round flat shape potato cakes see also cattle cake, fishcake Word Origin Middle English (denoting a small flat bread roll): of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish kaka and Danish kage.Extra examples Everyone cheered as the bride and groom cut the wedding cake. He cut her a slice of cake. I blew out the candles on my birthday cake. Pour the cake mixture into a bowl. Pour the cake mixture into a greased and lined tin. She brushed some cake crumbs off her lap. Spread the cake with the butter cream. a box of cake mix a rich, moist fruit cakeIdioms to sell quickly or in great numbers
to have the advantages of something without its disadvantages; to have both things that are available
something extra and not essential that is added to an already good situation or experience and that makes it even better It’s an added bonus—the icing on the cake. (informal) a thing that is very easy to do
a share of the available money or benefits that you believe you have a right to Scotland is demanding a larger slice of the national cake.
(informal) to be the most surprising, annoying, etc. thing that has happened or that somebody has done