“CAKE” comes from the Norse word “KAKA” • The Norse Cakes were probably made with walnuts, hazelnuts and honey. • (I have a recipe if you would like one)
“Cake” and “Kaka” are akin to Old High German, “KUOCHO”
Scotland is know as The Land of Cakes. It is famous for its oatmeal cakes. In Scotland (parts of Wales, and north of England), spec. a thin hard-baked brittle species of oaten-bread. Hence the name Land of Cakes (i.e. of oaten bread), applied (originally in banter) to Scotland, or the Scottish Lowlands.
There are fourteen references to “Cake” in The King James Version of The Holy Bible • Hosea 7:8"Ephraim mixes with the nations; Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over. • Ezekiel 4:12Eat the food as you would a barley cake; bake it in the sight of the people, using human excrement for fuel." • 1 Chronicles 16:3Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each Israelite man and woman. • 1 Kings 19:6He looked around, and there by his head was a cake of bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. • 1 Kings 17:12And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die. • 1 Kings 17:13Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small cake of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son. • 2 Samuel 6:19Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes. • 1 Samuel 30:12And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, his spirit came again to him: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. • Numbers 15:20Present a cake from the first of your ground meal and present it as an offering from the threshing floor. • Numbers 6:19" 'After the Nazirite has shaved off the hair of his dedication, the priest is to place in his hands a boiled shoulder of the ram, and a cake and a wafer from the basket, both made without yeast. • Leviticus 8:26Then from the basket of bread made without yeast, which was before the LORD , he took a cake of bread, and one made with oil, and a wafer; he put these on the fat portions and on the right thigh. • Leviticus 24:5And thou shalt take fine flour, and bake twelve cakes thereof: two tenth deals shall be in one cake. • Exodus 29:23From the basket of bread made without yeast, which is before the LORD , take a loaf, and a cake made with oil, and a wafer. • Judges 7:13And when Gideon was come, behold, there was a man that told a dream unto his fellow, and said, Behold, I dreamed a dream, and, lo, a cake of barley bread tumbled into the host of Midian, and came unto a tent, and smote it that it fell, and overturned it, that the tent lay along.
The commonly agreed upon modern definition of cake is a sweet baked food made from a dough or thick batter usually containing flour and sugar and often shortening, eggs, and a raising agent (as baking powder)
They can be extravagant… or simple
There are other foods that involve the word “Cake”, such as crab cakes and pancakes. + = Applied to other preparations of food, not of the nature of bread, made in the form of a rounded flattened mass; e.g. a fish-cake, potato-cake, pan-cake. (The last named has the characteristics of a cake in the original sense, except that it is cooked soft, eaten hot, and is reckoned not as bread, but as a kind of pudding).
There are cupcakes too… Robert Wilonsky of the Miami New Times says, (Reese) “Witherspoon's a sharp cupcake”. ??!!??
“Cake” can also be a verb. She caked that makeup on a little thick!
A Cake can be a substance, such as cotton-seed or linseed, compressed in a flat form and used for feeding cattle
Cake is referenced in many proverbs as well, such as… • You can't eat your cake and have it • every cake has its make, mate, or fellow • And if my Power Point presentation messes up then… my cake is dough: my project has failed to succeed.
“Cake” used to be a word to describe a stupid fellow. .dial. and slang. A foolish or stupid fellow. 1785GROSEDict. Vulgar Tongue, Cake or Cakey, a foolish fellow. 1847-78 in Halliwell. 1877PEACOCKN. Linc. Gloss. (E.D.S.) Cake, a silly person, especially one fat and sluggish. 1881EVANSLeicester. Was., Cake, a noodle.
There is even a band named “CAKE” (You have been listening to them!)