—n. 1. a sweet, baked, breadlike food, made with or without shortening, and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring.
2. a flat, thin mass of bread, esp. unleavened bread.
3. pancake; griddlecake.
4. a shaped or molded mass of other food: a fish cake. 5. a shaped or compressed mass: a cake of soap; a cake of ice. 6. Animal Husb.a compacted block of soybeans, cottonseeds, or linseeds from which the oil has been pressed, usually used as a feed or feed supplement for cattle.
7. a piece of cake,Informal.something easily done: She thought her first solo flight was a piece of cake. 8. take the cake,Informal. a. to surpass all others, esp. in some undesirable quality; be extraordinary or unusual: His arrogance takes the cake. b. to win first prize.
—v.t. to form into a crust or compact mass.
—v.i. to become formed into a crust or compact mass.