A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 05, 2010
“Whatever bakes your cake”

"Whatever bakes your cake” means “whatever makes you happy” or “whatever’s your choice/desire” or “whatever’s your flavor” or “whatever turns you on” or “whatever floats your boat.” The silly saying is cited in print from at least 1997.

Similar food-related phrases include “Whatever melts your butter” (since 1975), “Whatever butters your biscuit” (since 1996), “Whatever tickles your pickle” (since 1998) and “Whatever sprinkles your donut” (since 2012).


YAHOO! Answers
What are other sayings like “whatever floats your boat”?
are there different variations out there?
please and thank you smile

Best Answer - Chosen by Voters
whatever tickles your pickle” - though that’s a bit vulgar smile
“whatever bakes your cake”, etc.

Google Groups: alt.tasteless.jokes
wsgroups: alt.tasteless.jokes
From: Sven <"theexpediter"@ worldnet.att.net>
Date: 1997/05/21
Subject: Re: “What ever________”

Sup’s Girl wrote:

> like:
> What ever blows your skirt up
> What ever floats your boat
> What ever turns your crank
> more more more please
> Sup’s Girl...bakes your cake

Google Groups: alt.disney.disneyland
Newsgroups: alt.disney.disneyland
From: (Tripp1901)
Date: 1998/06/17
Subject: Re: MSEP idea

umm...whatever bakes your cake dude, just don’t be sittin’ behind me…

Google Groups; rec.motorcycles
Newsgroups: rec.motorcycles
From: (mortimer snerd)
Date: 2000/10/21
Subject: Re: Harleys really worth the $$$?

Look, get whatever ride bakes your cake, but sounding-off with misinformation makes ya look a bit silly.

Google Books
The Buzz on Travel
By Rusty Fischer and Kennerly Clay
New York, NY: Lebhar-Friedman Books
2001
Pg. ?:
Whatever bakes your cake, so long as it’s not work.

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From: “SimonK”
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2001 22:11:44 -0000
Local: Mon, Jan 29 2001 5:11 pm
Subject: For the SETI people

It looks like you can also set it to keep a record of any interesting work units you process, if that’s what bakes your cake.

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From: (Luv Ya MTA)
Date: 13 Mar 2001 03:14:41 GMT
Local: Mon, Mar 12 2001 10:14 pm
Subject: Re: Excuse me

hmm… i think i would actually go with “my dad could beat up your dad” but…
whatever bakes your cake ! 

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityFood/Drink • Saturday, June 05, 2010 • Permalink