When you “take the cake,” you carry off the honors. The phrase originated in the U.S. with cake-walk competitions, which were popular in African-American communities of the South in the 19th and early 20th centuries, from about 1870. Couples would promenade in a circle, and the prize was often a fine cake, set on a stand in the center. The couple judged to be the most stylish would “take the cake.” Cakes were generally as stylish and elaborate (and costly) as entrants’ outfits, and a fine prize.
See if you can “take the cake” by answering these cake trivia questions.