patty cake

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A drawing of children playing patty cake.


patty cake (countable and uncountable, plural patty cakes)

  1. (uncountable) A children's clapping game, played while reciting a rhyme about baking a cake.
  2. (countable, Australia) A cupcake or fairy cake.
    • 2012, Sophie Boswell, Breaking Loose: An Australian Story
      When his task was completed we'd lie on the freshly mown lawn, watch clouds heap themselves towards heaven, listen to Carmen, and wait for Mamie's patty cakes to come out of the oven.