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Everything about the French idiom "C'est du gâteau"

You are going to learn everything you ever wanted to know about the basic idiom "C'est du gâteau". This include a detailed explanation of what it is and how you can use it in a casual conversation with an audio example. But that's not all, we also added some useful informations like dialogue example, synonym, slow pronunciation audio and more!

English translation

  • Translation : It's easy

  • Literal meaning : It's a piece of cake

  • Register : Informal - Basic

Pronunciation example



  • IPA : / sɛ dy ɡato /

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What does c'est du gâteau mean?


What's easier than cooking a simple cake, or buying a piece of cake at the bakery? Unfortunately, not many things...

That's why we use the expression "C'est du gâteau" when talking about something very simple, easy or obvious. This expression is basically a more informal and funny way to say to someone "It's super simple".

How to use it

When you want to express the idea of "It's super easy" in French, you can go with the classic ways like "C'est très facile" (It's super easy) or "C'est vraiment simple" (It's really simple) for neutral or formal situations.

But if you want to make it funnier in informal situations, you can use instead: "C'est du gâteau" which literally means "It's some cake" and has the same meaning as "It's a piece of cake" in English. 


Example in a dialogue with audio


C'est dur d'apprendre le Français ?

Is it hard to learn French?

Non. C'est du gâteau

No. It's a piece of cake*

Je commence aujourd'hui alors !

I'm starting right now then!

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