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->''"Ladies! Gentlemen! Everybody stop what you're doing for a sec. I have gained access to a cake!!"''
-->-- '''T-Rex''', ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''

Cake -- the ultimate reward. Seriously, it seems like in games one of the standard rewards you can give someone, other than gold, XP or power stars, is cake. It's sweet, it's lovely, it's something you normally only get at birthdays and weddings [[BreadEggsMilkSquick and it]] TastesLikeDiabetes. The perfect way to shrug off the stresses and worries of saving the world — cake.

Can overlap with TheCakeIsALie, as long as the promised reward is cake.

And, of course, ever since the release of ''The Orange Box'', the appearance of this Trope makes it [[DeadHorseTrope inevitable]] that somebody will reference ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'''s promises of cake.

Compare FoodAsBribe. If someone stole your cakes, then [[AndThatsTerrible That's Terrible]].

[-''[[PromotionalConsideration This Trope page was supported by the]] [[Wiki/SCPFoundation Society For Cake Promotion]]''-]

[--Warning: Stress relieving properties of cake are stated for dramatic purposes only. Overconsumption of cake may lead to obesity, increased likelihood of cardiovascular disease, Type-2 diabetes, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking the accumulation of pink frosting on the tip of your nose.]]--]
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!!Examples

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* One rather dark ad for Chips Ahoy showed a talking, child-sized cookie at a child's birthday party, wearing a pointy hat, singing and everything. He asks where the cake is. She tells him there is no cake. Oh.
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unrgBTWjM_U And here it is.]] If it is removed, just look up "Chips Ahoy Commercial Birthday" (without quotes).
** For a real scare, listen but don't watch, and imagine it's a person and not a cookie.
* Around 2000, AOL was running ads touting how improved the service was. In one ad, an AOL user brings a homemade cake into a cubicle-style office to thank the person responsible. The whole office becomes suddenly awake, with one woman peering from behind a wall saying "I smell cake!"
* The classic Hostess comic book ads taught a generation of readers that [[FantasticAesop any supervillain can be distracted and immobilized by tossing them some yummy Hostess brand snack cakes.]] It's surprising the heroes don't use this useful trick more often! [[TearJerker Of course, Hostess is gone now...]]
** See also, the DeliciousFruitPies page.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In the ''Manga/KOn'' manga/anime, many of the club members or the teacher in charge of them are bought off or motivated by cake.
* ''Manga/{{Yotsuba}}'': When Yotsuba attends Fuka's school's festival, she is told they'll have cake. There ''is'' cake, but Yotsuba is far from impressed on learning it's '''pound''' cake. Attempts to rectify this by giving her a crepe are only partially successful.
* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'': When Madoka can't think of anything to use her wish on, [[IfWeGetThroughThis Mami suggests cake.]]
** ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagicaTheMovieRebellion'': [[spoiler:The reason Nagisa (read:[[HeroKiller Charlotte]]) accompanies Ultimate Madoka in saving Homura's soul is because she was told there would be cheese. The Cheese Is Mami]]. [[spoiler:When Homura remakes the world, she makes sure Nagisa gets more than her share of cheese]].
* In ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', Bibidi is only able to control Buu by giving him cake.
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[[folder:Card Games]]
* The card game ''TabletopGame/{{Chrononauts}}'' features fabulous [[http://www.wunderland.com/LooneyLabs/Chrononauts/Mysteries.html#1 German Black Forest Cake]] from the 1939 New York World's Fair. (Germany was invited but [[WorldWarII was kinda busy at the time]].) The cake is distractingly tasty.
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[[folder:Comedy]]
* Creator/EddieIzzard's "Cake or Death" routine.
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin's "Refrigerator Man" routine, including the mystery of "meat cake".
* Creator/JimGaffigan has a whole sequence on the power of cake, how cake can bring enemies together, how pancakes are mysteriously considered wholesome breakfast food, etc.
-->"It's Bill's birthday."\\
"Yeah, I hate that guy."\\
"There's cake in the conference room."\\
"Well, I should say hello."
* Whereas for Creator/BillCosby, even chocolate cake is a wholesome breakfast food.
-->"Eggs! Eggs are in chocolate cake! And milk, oh goody! And wheat! That's nutrition!"
* Swedish comedian [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johan_Glans Johan Glans]] has a routine about how he's realised that he's getting old. One of the things that made him realise that was apparently that, when arriving at parties, he has started asking the host if there will be cake.
* Creator/PattonOswalt's "Sky Cake" bit.
* Creator/MitchHedberg wishes that long hair didn't connote "drug user", but something else, like "an extreme longing for cake".
-->"Mothers telling their daughters, 'Don't bring the cake-eater over here anymore. He smells like flour. Did you notice how his eyes widened when he found out your birthday was fast approaching?'"
* Greg Behernedt refers to his love of cake several times:
-->"I will go anywhere if you say the phrase 'there might be cake.' Not even a definite... there ''might'' be cake, and I'm there. I would go to the Department of Motor Vehicles, register somebody else's boat in Spanish, a language I do not speak, without ID -- for cake."\\
"I'm getting married in a couple weeks. Wanna know why? CAKE! There's a human-sized cake at the end! Haven't you been listening? CAKE!"
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* This line delivered by Volstagg in a ''[[ComicBook/TheMightyThor Thor]]'' comic, upon arriving with a handful of other Asgardians at the Broxton City Hall, shortly after Asgard was relocated there (it's even quoted in Marvel Database):
-->"Excuse us... but we heard... we heard there was cake, and, well... what unfortunate day's events are not made gladder by cake?"
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Sonic Bastardized'' (by Website/Fireball20XL), episode 4 starts with Peach narrating: "Dear Sonic, Please come to the castle. I baked a cake for you. Peach. ([[BlatantLies And NOT Eggman]])"
-->'''Eggman:''' [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough Yes, I'm sure he'll buy that.]]
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[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/SouthParkBiggerLongerAndUncut'':
-->'''Eric Cartman:''' Tell them we'll have punch and pie.\\
'''Kyle:''' We're not going to have punch and pie.\\
'''Cartman:''' More people will come if they think we have punch and pie!\\
'''Kyle:''' (''typing'') Punch and pie.
:: And then later, two of the kids attending leave when they find out that there isn't any (Cartman was supposed to get it, but Kenny's haunting made him unable to).
-->"We were to understand there'd be pie and punch."
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the SoBadItsGood Hulk Hogan vehicle ''Film/SuburbanCommando'', intergalactic bounty hunter Shep Ramsay adapts to the suburban lifestyle with a mix of grievous bodily harm and property damage... but it's all against assholes, and is thus rewarded with cake. Shep is initially confused that Earthlings eat the stuff, but then tastes it and promptly wolfs it down.
* In ''Film/OfficeSpace'', Milton claims that at a previous birthday party (at which there was cake, but at which he did not receive cake), he was told that he would receive cake at the next party. That party occurs in the movie, and there is cake, but Milton does not receive any cake.
* In ''Film/StargateContinuum'', O'Neill expects this as a reward for killing the last of the Goa'uld.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Sort of the TropeNamer: ''I Was Told There'd Be Cake'' -- the chronicles of one woman's attempts to meet various unmet expectations, petty annoyances, imponderables and absurdities with only the occasional promise of cake at a wedding or somesuch.
* In the children's book ''Big Max'' by Kin Platt, the King of Pooka Pooka offers Big Max a room full of rubies, a room full of emeralds, or a room full of gold for finding Jumbo, his prize elephant. When Jumbo is found, though (he was at his birthday party), all Big Max asks for is a piece of the birthday cake.
* Cake was the reward in ''The Poky Little Puppy'', too.
* Cake is totally an obsession (and TrademarkFavoriteFood) in ''Literature/StephaniePlum''.
* From the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novel ''Discworld/NightWatch'': [[foldercontrol]]

[[folder: There is no more time, even for cake. For you the cake is over. You have reached the end of cake. ]]

* From the ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' novel ''The Woman Who Died A Lot'':
-->"I agree it's complicated," I said with a shrug. "[[TrappedInTVLand Working in fiction]] does give one a somewhat tenuous hold on reality, but it's not the hold that's tenuous -- it's the reality: Which reality? Whose reality? Does it matter anyway? And will there be cake?"\\
"And was there?"\\
"Was there what?"\\
"Cake."\\
"Generally speaking, yes."
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BoyMeetsWorld'': This is how Mr. Feeny and Cory convince Shawn to take Fenny's [=SAT=]. Prep course
-->'''Feeny:''' (''at Cory's urging'') Well, I suppose there could be... cake, or something.\\
'''Shawn:''' Really? Cake?\\
'''Feeny:''' (''scowling''): I don't ''know''.\\
(''cut to a scene later with everyone studying in the class room... with Shawn eating cake'')
* In one episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Sam promises an entire office department of employees cake in order to lure them to a conference room where he could distract them with a motivational speech while Michael and his newest client break into a supervisor's office to hack a computer.
* On the ''Series/{{Community}}'' ChristmasEpisode "Abed's Uncontrolable Christmas", the only reason Pierce takes part in Abed's therapy session is because they're serving cookies.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Victory of the Daleks", the Doctor holds the Daleks at bay with the TARDIS self-destruct device. When the Daleks figure out that the "Self Destruct" was just a biscuit all along, the Doctor says "Alright, it's a Jammy Dodger -- but I was promised tea!" The reference being that the Daleks had previously been posing as domestic robots. One had indeed offered him tea. Made even funnier, that when prior to that, the Doctor was attempting to beat the "Ironside" into admitting it was a Dalek. The Dalek answers the beating with, "You do not require tea?"
* On ''Series/EverybodyLovesRaymond'', a flashback to Ray and Debra's dating years has Marie learning that they plan to have sex, so she lures the family priest to Debra's apartment by promising him lasagna. When it becomes clear what's going on, he snaps "Is there even a lasagna here?"
* On ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', when Sylar kills a woman who can detect lies on her birthday, her colleagues enter her office with presents to find Sylar with blood all over his hands and a delightful smile on his face as he asks [[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Cake?"]]
* While temporarily in charge of ''TheOffice'', Jim decides to celebrate all the office birthdays for the year on one day to cut down on expenses. The plan unravels when everyone demands their own favorite type/flavor of cake for "their" birthday portion. Except for Creed, who wants cobbler instead.
** Played with in an early episode where Michael promises a surprise . He spends the whole day trying to find something cool to do (one trip involves taking an elevator down a mine shaft asking the owner of he could have a game of lazer tag down there.) His search turns up nothing so he returns to the office with Ice-cream sandwiches. His underlings aren't impressed. Stanley hopes this isn't the surprise he promised.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''[='s=] Jack O'Neill frequently mentions cake, and has invoked this Trope by name at least once.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Creator/AdamWest is asked to appear at Jack's birthday party, and after the party ends prematurely, disappointedly proclaims "[[AdamWesting I was told I'd get a meal]]"
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[[folder:Music]]
* "If I knew you were coming, I'd have baked a cake, baked a cake, baked a cake..."
* "Someone left the cake out in the rain, I don't think that I can take it, 'Cause it took so long to bake it and I'll never have that recipe again... [[BigNo OH NOOOOOOO!]]"
* Cibo Matto's "Birthday Cake"
* The Wobblies (Industrial Workers of the World) song ''[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Preacher_and_the_Slave The Preacher and the Slave]]'': “You'll get pie in the sky when you die [That's a lie!]”
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/SuperMarioBros''
** ''VideoGame/SuperMario64'': Mario saves the Princess for what must be the billionth time and what does he get? A bag of gold? [[Theatre/{{Chess}} 2^64-1 grains of rice]]? Grotesque sexual favors? No, cake. Cake that he was already going to get before saving the Princess... but that's enough. Apparently it's also enough for [[VideoGame/SuperMarioSunshine being framed for a crime you didn't commit]] and then saving the Princess. (Naturally, Webcomic/VGCats [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=245 has something to say about that.]])
*** One interesting fact: While this game predates ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' (the TropeNamer for TheCakeIsALie) by several years, a similar situation happens at the beginning; Mario is invited to the castle by a letter promising cake, when he arrives, Bowser has kidnapped Peach and taken over the castle. At least Peach ''does'' make cake at the end in this case.
** ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'' has Peach inviting Mario to her castle via a letter asking if he'd fancy watching shooting stars, whilst eating cake.
** Even [[spoiler:Bowser]] himself gets one at the end of ''[[VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory Mario & Luigi: Bowser's Inside Story]]''. A bit of a CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming for the game.
** In ''VideoGame/SuperMarioRPG: Legend of the Seven Stars'' the cake is a two-part boss that tries to stop your party as they are ready to leave Marrymore. And then Booster comes and eats the boss cake just as the battle winds down because "you have to eat cake at a party".
** At the very beginning of ''VideoGame/NewSuperMarioBrosWii'', the Koopalings kidnap Peach by [[TrojanHorse ambushing her from within a huge cake]] and then trapping her with it.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMario'', [[PunnyName Tayce T.]] gives you a cake for returning her frying pan. You also have to bake a cake for an extremely fat Shy Guy.
*** Or you could use the cake she gives you to the Shy Guy, but all to the same effect.
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', two of the sidequests[[note]]introduce Goom Goom to a potential girlfriend and introduce the president of the Luigi fan club to "Luigi"[[/note]] have cake -- the Couple's Cake and Choco Cake, specifically -- as a reward.
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' uses the big contrast between the hell that Chell is expected to perform through and the pettiness of the reward of Cake as humor. It exaggerates this pettiness with the [[spoiler:RoomFullOfCrazy]]'s over-dramatic exclamation of "TheCakeIsALie", and sends up the concept of video games rewards in general. The whole cake thing came about in development, when the team sat down to decide what philosophy the game would be based around. After a while of thinking, someone suggested, "A lot of people like cake."
* ''[='=]VideoGame/SplosionMan'' has a cake hidden in every non-boss level. 47 cakes in all. Getting every last one them nets you the achievement "[[BlatantLies Not a Portal Reference]]".
* Cakes are rare healing items (that give a boost to both MP and HP) in ''VideoGame/MapleStory''. They can be bought from certain shops, and are very rare drops from cake-based enemies.
* In ''VideoGame/MonsterRancher 2'', your monster is rewarded with cake and a song on its birthday. If memory serves, it relieves stress and fatigue a fairly small amount while raising its weight. In at least one other game in the series, cake is a regular item with similar properties.
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims 2: University'', the Cow Plant uses a blatantly-fake-but-admittedly-tasty-looking piece of cake as a lure for Sims. When one of them grabs for it, the plant eats them. Then the owner of the plant can milk it and drink the dead Sim's life essence (which extends their own life).
* In ''VideoGame/MegamanZX'', if you speak to a certain NPC on your birthday (which is recorded in the DS' system memory), she'll give you a cake. It's an expendable item in your inventory that recovers about 8-10 bars of life.
* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', there is a hard-to-get recipe for "Delicious Chocolate Cake". Getting the recipe and baking the cake earns the achievement "The Cake Is Not A Lie".
* Stated word for word by Sten during one of the possible endings of ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''.
-->"Where is the cake? I was told there would be cake. TheCakeIsALie."
* Most ''VideoGame/HarvestMoon'' games have some sort of holiday that centers around handing out cake (or baked goods of some sort). In ''Magical Melody'', this occurs on Valentine's Day. Your character can give out pieces and you will be given pieces by people who like you enough.
* Cake can be found randomly in levels in most ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' games.
** Each stage of ''VideoGame/Kirby64TheCrystalShards'' (except for boss battles) ends with the characters having a nice picnic, and you play a little minigame where VideoGame/{{Kirby}} can pick up some extra items. This includes a slice of cake that heals some of Kirby's health.
** In ''VideoGame/KirbySqueakSquad'', a stolen piece of strawberry shortcake is Kirby's entire motivation.
* In ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'', a random villager will give you a cake on your birthday. It is apparently one of the few furniture pieces that raises your feng shui wherever it is placed.
* [[http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Cake Cake]] was added to ''VideoGame/{{Minecraft}}'' in Beta update 1.2 to celebrate the game winning [[http://www.indiedb.com/games/minecraft Indie of the year]]. It's the most complicated food recipe[[note]]3 milk, 2 sugar, 1 egg, and 3 wheat per cake.[[/note]] in the game, but the resulting cake can heal [[http://www.minecraftwiki.net/wiki/Category:Food 90% of your health bar]], and you can eat one-sixth of it at a time so you don't need to wait until you're on the verge of dying to ensure that you don't waste any of its healing potential. When beta 1.8 was released, a HungerMeter was added and all food items affected that instead of health. Each slice of cake restored 1 point of hunger, up to 6 in total. Cake became a bit impractical because of it.
* In ''VideoGame/RuneScape'''s Thanksgiving 2011 holiday event, Turkey Protest, one of the turkey attendees seems to find the protest boring and is only present because he was told there would be cake.
* In ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' games, cakes usually have very rewarding cost-to-profit ratio (not to mention being a good recovery item by itself). In ''Atelier [[UnfortunateNames Viorate]]'', you can fill your [[AnEntrepreneurIsYou shop]] with cakes and then go adventuring without much worries about your finance.
* ''VideoGame/FatPrincess'' focuses on this trope somewhat indirectly. While cakes are not exactly rewards, they are helpful in grabbing, serving and fattening your hostage princess so she's slowed down in escape.
** The Red Princess' story-mode in ''VideoGame/PlaystationAllstarsBattleRoyale'' plays this completely straight: once the cake supply started to get low, the princess ventures off to new lands (aka, the other Playstation worlds) in search of more cake [[note]]based on her rivalry and ending cutscenes, she's somehow been mildly successful[[/note]]. Some of her battle quotes have her wondering why there isn't any cake involved in the fight, or when the other fighters will be having a snack break.
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[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation''
** In the review for ''[[http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/1595-God-of-War-III God of War III]]'', he uses the victory cake to describe the end result of an easy win against Chronos.
-->''The actual challenge of the fight is basically "Go here, then here, then QuickTimeEvent then win. Then cake".''
** In his review of ''VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy2'', he decides that "cake" must be a metaphor for sex, or Mario and Bowser wouldn't be so excited by the prospect of getting some from Peach.
* ''WebAnimation/HomestarRunner'', from Marzipan's Answering Machine: "[[RunningGag You said you'd bake us a cake!]]"
* In ''[[Machinima/FreemansMind Chell's Mind]]'', Chell decides that GLaDOS/Hallie is lying to her immediately after being told about the [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} title cake]], but still fantasizes about Black Forest cake many times.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0238.html "You Try Rhyming 'Assassin'"]], where Elan lures people out of the inn by promising pudding. Continued in [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0242.html "Chekov's Law Realized"]].
* ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'': [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/010402c An anniversary requires it.]]
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' mob violence is completely legal, as long as the guy who organized the lynching buys everyone else ice cream.
* [[http://images.encyclopediadramatica.com/images/7/7d/Doublenigger.jpg "Where is the cake, Eggman?"]]
* ''Webcomic/NerfNow'', [[http://nerfnow.com/comic/380 The Cake]]
** Similarly, Webcomic/VGCats' [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=245 "Baked Goods"]]
* What reward does a Webcomic/GirlGenius desire for the drudgery of being a despot? [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20130410 Cake.]]
* In ''TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'' all aliens, ninjas, and the like seem to love Bob's homemade cheesecake.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Sarah sarcastically [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2012-04-13 asks if cake would be her reward]] for cooperating with Tedd and performing the test he has devised.
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* A characteristically off-color FourChan meme ([[http://encyclopediadramatica.se/Double_nigger view at your own risk]]) uses a similar line.
* Another meme from FourChan, [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/get-the-cake "delicious cake"]], involves a drawing of "you", "delicious cake", and some obstacle keeping you from it. Repliers are expected to draw in a solution using MSPaint. The release of ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' complicated these threads somewhat...
* The ''Webcomic/HyperboleAndAHalf'' entry "The God of Cake".
* In Brazil, one meme is "Fica, vai ter bolo" ("Stay, there will be cake"), is a riffi on the usual quip to someone leaving a birthday party early), sometimes over tragedies or downright disturbing images.
* The Wiki/SCPFoundation treats this a little differently with [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-871 SCP-871]] -- if you eat the cake, and eat it well enough, your reward is more cake ''and'' [[Creator/EddieIzzard not-death.]] It is important to eat the cake, [[GreyGoo lest it overwhelm the world with its deliciousness.]] In addition, there is [[http://scp-wiki.wikidot.com/scp-157 SCP-157]], where the cake really is a lie. At the SCP Foundation, the cake eats you...
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'': When Stewie Griffin and Olivia are PlayingHouse, he complains that they have a "sexless marriage"; he thinks sex [[IsItSomethingYouEat is some kind of cake]].
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'': The kids' lure to get people to join LaResistance.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', when convincing her father to talk to her mother, Lisa lies and tells Homer that Marge has made cake for him. And Homer still had to be told in the end there's no cake.
* ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''
** Cake is the focus of a string of related episodes, wherein the KND enact various absurd plots to secure the Delightful Children from Down the Lane's lavish birthday cake -- which the Delightfuls not only refuse to share with any other children, but cruelly torture them by forcing everyone to watch them eat it.
** In another episode, the Delightfuls became Fourth Grade presidents by promising Woodrow Wilson, the kid in charge of counting the votes, a slice of their cake. However, the episode wasn't about the cake, which was only mentioned when Wilson confessed his wrongdoing to Numbuh One.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'', after the namesake character's father decided to make a cake for a theme party in his class, the resulting [[ForeignQueasine unusual-looking cake]] turns out to be a hit with the class, especially Mr. Ratburn. As Arthur gets his dad to keep making cakes for various events in order to make himself more popular, a RunningGag occurs as Mr. Ratburn appears at wherever cake may be present with the pretense of bringing a reading list for students. It gets to the point that he randomly appears at Arthur's house unprompted just for a chance to eat cake.
-->"Oh. Are you having cake?"
:: This even leads to Arthur [[TheCakeIsALie lying about his mom making cake just to get Mr. Ratburn away from his room.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/XiaolinShowdown'': With pudding cups.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents''
** There's a popular restaurant called Cake 'N' [[BaconAddiction Bacon]].
** In the episode where Timmy Turner decided to run for President of the Student Council, Co-Presidents Tad and Chad offered a huge cake to [[FoodAsBribe sway the voters into their side]]. It backfired on them as everyone who ate of the cake became too sick to attend school during voting day. The only people at school that day were Timmy and Principal Waxelplax, the latter of whom said she was only there because she's frosting intolerant.
* The ''WesternAnimation/RegularShow'' episode "Free Cake" is all about Mordecai and Rigby trying to get chocolate cake. They finally convince Benson to throw a birthday party for Skips, but in trying to get Skips [[spoiler:they inadvertedly interrupt a ritual that Skips needs to perform to live forever. When ThePowersThatBe threaten to drain away Skips' lifeforce, Mordecai is forced to give them the chocolate cake in exchange for letting Skips live.]] In the end, they get cake, [[spoiler:only it's vanilla.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/{{SpongeBob SquarePants}}'' episode "Band Geeks", Squidward organizes a band by setting up fliers all over town, promising free refreshments. At the first meeting, Mr. Krabs asks "When do we get to the free food?"
* In ''WesternAnimation/JackieChanAdventures'', Jackie tries to convince Tohru to make a HeelFaceTurn, with the offer of free donuts in Sector 13 as part of his pitch. When Tohru ''does'' make his turn following a YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness, Tohru says he's helping them because he was told Section 13 had free donuts.
* In ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' episode 'Headhunter', it's revealed that the only reason people came to the re-opening of the Mystery Shack's wax museum was because there was an offer of free pizza with admission.
-->'''Grunkle Stan:''' ...That was a typo. ''GOOD NIGHT, EVERYONE!'' (''flees via {{smoke out}}'')
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'', the title character is promised some cake if he goes to a party. When he doesn't get any, he says [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} "The cake was a lie!"]]
* In ''ClassOfTheTitans,'' presumably taking a nod from an actual [[GreekMythology Greek myth,]] one of the only ways to distract Cerberus is with cake. He loves cake. The heroes are amazed to learn this.
* In RugRats , the babies think a wedding is just a big party with a giant cake. In one episode, when Tommy and Chuckie's families get invited to a place where several weddings and receptions are being held at once, the kids spend most of the episode wandering around looking for the cake.
* In ThePenguinsOfMadagascar , as part of King Julien's Day's festivities, there's a baking contest to make the official cake for the party. As Julien himself says, even if they can have the party without the cake, it wouldn't feel right.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* As any college student (or high school student) will tell you, the easiest way to get people to show up to an event is by providing free food.
** [[http://www.phdcomics.com/comics/archive.php?comicid=39 "It surrounds us. It binds all things. It flows through us. It gives us life."]]
** ''Especially'' the marching band. "If you come to this extra practice to help the freshmen, I will buy you all pizza" "WE ARE SO THERE."
* Let's be honest. It is the main reason guys go to weddings. That and [[AllMenArePerverts bridesmaids]].
* There is a popular [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/giggyscakes/3014014895/ cake design]] that features the Grim Reaper and the caption "Relax... I'm just here for the cake."
* One message that can be found in fortune cookies is "A nice cake is waiting for you."
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