from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A small cake made by dropping thick batter from a spoon into hot, deep fat, or on a well-buttered pan to be baked in the oven.
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One called her medicine dropper, and another drop-cake, and another dropped egg, and so on; and away they all went into the house, laughing and shouting and tumbling over each other.
"Ah, it's the day for Grace's party, sure enough," said her grandmother, sighing a little, and stirring faster at her drop-cake.