Piece of cake
What's the meaning of the phrase 'Piece of cake'?
A straightforward task that can easily be accomplished.
What's the origin of the phrase 'Piece of cake'?
This phrase is of American origin. At least, the earliest citation of it that I can find is from the American poet and humorist Ogden Nash's Primrose Path, 1936:
"Her picture's in the papers now, And life's a piece of cake."
The choice of cake or pie as a symbol of ease and pleasantry is well represented in the language. Other phrases along the same lines include 'as easy as pie', 'a cake-walk', 'that takes the cake/biscuit'.
See other phrases that were coined in the USA.