Green’s Dictionary of Slang

cake n.1

[characteristics of the foodstuff]

1. senses based on the lit. or fig. ‘softness’ of the foodstuff.

(a) [late 18C–19C] (also cakey) a fool; a stupid police officer.

(b) [early 19C; 1920s–30s] (US/US gang) a dandy, a fop; youths who wore stylish wide-bottomed trousers.

(c) [1960s+] (US campus) anything easy, simple [underlined by piece of cake under piece n.].

(d) [1980s+] (US campus) a weak person.

2. that which is sweet or ‘good enough to eat’.

(a) [1900s–60s] (orig. Aus.) a prostitute.

(b) [1920s+] (US black) the vagina [note cites 2011, 2014 for recent popularization].

(c) [1930s+] (US black) an attractive woman.

(d) [1990s+] (US campus) the female posterior.

3. senses based on shape and size.

(a) [1950s+] (orig. US) usu. in pl., the female breasts.

(b) [1970s+] (US) usu. in pl., the buttocks.

(c) [1990s+] (drugs) a round disc of crack cocaine.

In compounds

cake shop (n.)

[1950s–60s] (Aus.) a brothel.

In phrases

cake out (v.)

[1920s–30s] (US) to dress in a rakish manner.

off one’s cake (adj.) (also off one’s bap, off one’s cakes)

1. [late 19C+] crazy, insane.

2. intoxicated by drugs.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

cake and wine (n.)

[late 19C-1940s] (US prison) bread and water.

cake basket (n.)

[1920s] (US) a limousine.

cake cutter (n.)

1. [1940s+] (orig. US black) one who short-changes a customer; thus cake cutting, short changing.

2. [1980s] a long-pronged comb.

cake-eater (n.) (also cakie, cookie-chewer) [1910s+] (US)

1. a self-indulgent or effeminate young man.

2. an effete young man who attends smart tea parties and charms old ladies.

3. any wealthy young man, a playboy.

4. as a joc./affectionate term of address.

cakehole (n.) (also dough-hole)

1. [1940s+] the mouth; usu. in imper. shut your cakehole!

2. [1970s+] (Aus./Irish) the anus.

cakes-and-coffee (adj.)

[1930s] (US) basic, fundamental.

In phrases

— and cakes

in the context of money/income, a small amount, change.

bake a cake and call me cookie (v.)

[1940s] (Aus. teen) quasi-interrog. phr. used for empahsis.

cake is dough [the image is of a cake mixture failing to rise in the oven]

[mid-16C+] one’s project has failed, one’s plans have not worked out.

hurry up the cakes (v.) (also hurry up one’s cakes)

[mid–late 19C] (US) to go quickly.

take the cake (v.)

see separate entry.