Help understanding these cake puns from a CNN Student News video



The paragraph below is cited from November 10th, starting at 9:39. Here is the transcript.

Some might say it looks a little un-oven, or that its expression's a little frosty. But it's a cake artist's bread and butter and there's no getting a round the fact that it's one sweet sculpture, no ifs, pans or butter about it. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS where puns are a piece of cake.

I don't get the pun. (I've checked the dictionary, still don't get it.)

Please explain it to me, thank you.

Jasmine Kuo

Posted 2016-11-10T06:58:55.113

Reputation: 1 443

Your link doesn't point to the article you cite, so I don't have any context, but the sentence is full of puns. Everything is a reference to cake. – Mr Lister – 2016-11-10T07:13:51.513

It does point to the video. The transcript is cited from elsewhere though. – Jasmine Kuo – 2016-11-10T07:50:31.693

The official site hasn't released the latest transcript yet. Therefore you can't find it. – Jasmine Kuo – 2016-11-10T08:08:21.660

1Oh, sorry, I didn't see the video, because my Flash player needed updating. My bad. – Mr Lister – 2016-11-10T09:52:32.083



The story refers to this cake. Source: Sad Trump cake is the perfect meme to end his campaign

  1. un-oven → uneven
    1. frosty - unfriendly or cold
    2. frosting - a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies and the like; icing.
  2. bread and butter - Fig. someone's basic income; someone's livelihood—the source of one's food
  3. (Getting a) round - I'm not sure about this one. I think it's intended to be a pun. Here are some possibilities:
      1. Cakes are often round (circular).
      2. Round can be used to describe a face.
      3. round - a slice of food <a round of bread>
      4. The a round might refer to sculpture in the round, as opposed to bas relief. (user:44539)
      5. "butter" cake and "round" cake are both types of cake. (user:5937)
    1. Getting around means to circumvent, evade.
  4. sweet - slang. cool, awesome
  5. no ifs, pans or butter → no ifs, ands, or buts - without excuses or doubts
  6. piece of cake - Fig. something easy to do

Also, just before the quoted portion, the speaker says

Some might pan its likeness

Pans are kitchen utensils, but pan also means to criticize severely.


Posted 2016-11-10T06:58:55.113

Reputation: 44 188

1Thank you so much Max. I thought there were only one or two puns... – Jasmine Kuo – 2016-11-10T08:00:41.130

2Turns out there're a lot. – Jasmine Kuo – 2016-11-10T08:01:07.877

17I need some time to digest it. Does it sound funny to you, as a native speaker? – Jasmine Kuo – 2016-11-10T08:01:50.157

@JasmineKuo – Em. – 2016-11-10T08:03:19.820

round n., sense 7: One sandwich (two full slices of bread with filling). – Toby Speight – 2016-11-10T10:55:39.023

@TobySpeight I'm not sure, but I'm willing to see if others support that. – Em. – 2016-11-10T11:38:25.000

round... I decide to let it go. My brain has suffered enough for today. Thank you Toby. – Jasmine Kuo – 2016-11-10T12:30:55.063

The a round might refer to sculpture in the round, as opposed to bas relief.

– cobaltduck – 2016-11-10T14:51:40.230

2"butter" cake and "round" cake are both types of cake. – hobbs – 2016-11-10T16:18:06.783

3Does it sound funny to you, as a native speaker? Not to me. Overdone and corny. – AbraCadaver – 2016-11-10T19:15:47.153

4@AbraCadaver I think you meant to say "Overbun and cheesecakey" – David Starkey – 2016-11-10T20:57:38.577