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noun cake pronunciation in British English /keɪk/ 
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singularcake
pluralcakes
  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] a sweet food made by baking a mixture that usually contains sugar, eggs, flour, and butter or oil

    a chocolate cake

    a birthday/wedding/Christmas cake

    a piece/slice of cake:

    Would you like a slice of cake?

    make/bake a cake:

    She was making a cake for Peter's birthday.

  2. 4

    the cake

    used for talking about something that must be shared among several people or organizations, especially an amount of money
    a slice of the cake:

    They're worried that their slice of the cake is going to get smaller.

    divide/cut the cake:

    They had to agree on ways of dividing the cake.

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