CAKE (yes, [[{{My Nayme Is}} capitalized]]) is an American AlternativeRock band from Sacramento, California. They currently consist of John [=McCrea=] on vocals, Vince [=DiFiore=] on trumpet, [[{{AwesomeMcCoolName}} Xan McCurdy]] on guitar, Gabe Nelson on bass, and Paulo Baldi on drums.

They are well-known for their heavily distinctive style, caused primarily by [=John McCrea=]'s detached vocal style and their use of brass. Also, their every single song is about 1) a Girl, 2) a Car, 3) the Devil, or more likely 4) two or more of those subjects at the same time (e.g. "Satan is My Motor" which is about all three).

They have a famously large geekdom fanbase, and their hit "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" was the appropriately chosen theme song to cult TV show ''{{Series/Chuck}}'', which is where a lot of their more recent fans will have become familiar with them. Their other first hit, "The Distance", boosted the sales for their album ''Fashion Nugget''.


[[folder: Their discography consists of the following: ]]

* ''Motorcade of Generosity'' (1994)
* ''Fashion Nugget'' (1996)
* ''Prolonging The Magic'' (1998)
* ''Comfort Eagle'' (2001)
* ''Pressure Chief'' (2004)
* ''B-Sides And Rarities'' (A compilation of covers and live versions of existing songs) (2007)
* ''Showroom of Compassion'' (2011)
!!They provide examples of:
* BadassBoast: "I am an opera singer/I will sing when you're all dead/I sing the mountains crumbling apart/I sing what can't be said."
* BadassLongcoat: "Short Skirt/Long Jacket".
* BreakupSong: "Wheels" and "Never There".
* ClusterFBomb: The chorus of "Nugget".
* CoverVersion: [[ A staple of them]]. "The Guitar Man" is CoveredUp for quite a few people.
* DeathRow: The protagonist of the music video for "Long Time" is sentenced to this, along with his monkey friend. They spend the entire video trying to escape the van taking them to the site of execution.
* {{Determinator}}: Taking a literal interpretation, "The Distance" is about a race car driver trying to finish a race he lost long ago.
* ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: "Italian Guy" is about, well, an Italian guy.
* FluffyCloudHeaven: The video for "Sheep Go to Heaven".
** There's also a FireAndBrimstoneHell in the same video.
* IWantSong: Again, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket".
* LongRunnerLineup: Type 2, ever since Paulo Baldi joined in early-2004.
* LyricalColdOpen: "Reluctantly crouched at the starting line/Engines pumping and thumping in time..."
* MostWritersAreWriters: "Shadow Stabbing" is often applied to writing-themed media (such as the crossword documentary "Wordplay"). If anything, any writer can sympathize with the narrator's nervous attempt to finish his writing.
* MusicIsPolitics: "Comfort Eagle" can be interpreted as this, complete with comparing the music business to a CorruptChurch.
* NeoclassicalPunkZydecoRockabilly: CAKE goes all over the place.
* NiceHat: John [=McCrea=] in the "Sheep Go To Heaven" video gains one, as the band ascends to heaven (literally). A bird flies by and drops a trendy chapeau onto his head.
* PerishingAltRockVoice
* PrecisionFStrike: Their "ironic" cover of "I Will Survive" changes "...that stupid lock..." to "...that fucking lock...". Gloria Gaynor, who is a devout Christian, said that this is why their cover was her least favorite.
* RealSongThemeTune: As mentioned above, "Short Skirt/Long Jacket" was the theme song to ''{{Series/Chuck}}''. A sped-up instrumental version of "Italian Leather Sofa" was also used as the theme to ''WesternAnimation/MissionHill'', and is one of the few pieces of licensed music left in tact for the DVD.
* ResistanceIsFutile: ''Comfort Eagle''. "Resistance is useless. [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment It is useless to resist it.]]"
* RunningGag: '''OHHH, YEAH! ALL RIGHT!''' In about three songs on every album (Including B-Sides and Rarities).
* SelfDeprecation: "Sheep Go to Heaven" makes a reference to "bold marquees with stupid band names". Coming from a band called CAKE, it's either this or HypocriticalHumor.
* SingleStanzaSong: "Race Car Ya-Yas".
* SpokenWordInMusic: "Mr. Mastodon Farm".
* StopAndGo: "Short Skirt / Long Jacket".
* WarIsHell: "I Bombed Korea".
--> ''I'm not a hero, I'm not a movie star / I've got my beer, I've got my stories to tell / But they won't tell you what it's like in Hell''.
* WordSaladLyrics: Their lyrics are frequently vague, non-sequitur-y, and/or full of strange imagery. "Nugget" is pretty much the epitome of this trope.
* WordSaladTitle: All albums but ''Prolonging the Magic''.