|1.||a baked food, usually in loaf or layer form, typically made from a mixture of flour, sugar, and eggs|
|2.||a flat thin mass of bread, esp unleavened bread|
|3.||a shaped mass of dough or other food of similar consistency: a fish cake|
|4.||a mass, slab, or crust of a solidified or compressed substance, as of soap or ice|
|5.||have one's cake and eat it to enjoy both of two desirable but incompatible alternatives|
|6.||informal go like hot cakes, sell like hot cakes to be sold very quickly or in large quantities|
|7.||informal piece of cake something that is easily achieved or obtained|
|8.||informal take the cake to surpass all others, esp in stupidity, folly, etc|
|9.||informal the whole or total of something that is to be shared or divided: the miners are demanding a larger slice of the cake; that is a fair method of sharing the cake|
|10.||(tr) to cover with a hard layer; encrust: the hull was caked with salt|
|11.||to form or be formed into a hardened mass|
|[C13: from Old Norse kaka; related to Danish kage, German Kuchen]|
"What man, I trow ye raue, Wolde ye bothe eate your cake and haue your cake?" ["The Proverbs & Epigrams of John Heywood," 1562]
Cakes made of wheat or barley were offered in the temple. They were salted, but unleavened (Ex. 29:2; Lev. 2:4). In idolatrous worship thin cakes or wafers were offered "to the queen of heaven" (Jer. 7:18; 44:19). Pancakes are described in 2 Sam. 13:8, 9. Cakes mingled with oil and baked in the oven are mentioned in Lev. 2:4, and "wafers unleavened anointed with oil," in Ex. 29:2; Lev. 8:26; 1 Chr. 23:29. "Cracknels," a kind of crisp cakes, were among the things Jeroboam directed his wife to take with her when she went to consult Ahijah the prophet at Shiloh (1 Kings 14:3). Such hard cakes were carried by the Gibeonites when they came to Joshua (9:5, 12). They described their bread as "mouldy;" but the Hebrew word _nikuddim_, here used, ought rather to be rendered "hard as biscuit." It is rendered "cracknels" in 1 Kings 14:3. The ordinary bread, when kept for a few days, became dry and excessively hard. The Gibeonites pointed to this hardness of their bread as an evidence that they had come a long journey. We read also of honey-cakes (Ex. 16:31), "cakes of figs" (1 Sam. 25:18), "cake" as denoting a whole piece of bread (1 Kings 17:12), and "a [round] cake of barley bread" (Judg. 7:13). In Lev. 2 is a list of the different kinds of bread and cakes which were fit for offerings.
in general, any of a variety of breads, shortened or unshortened, usually shaped by the tin in which it is baked; more specifically, a sweetened bread, often rich or delicate.
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