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

Get prepared to learn everything you have to know about the basic French expression “C’est du gâteau”.

This include a complete definition of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. Plus, we also sprinkled some super useful stuff like slow pronunciation audio, dialogue example, synonyms and more!

If you are interested, you can also find more of these expressions pages on this page plus all our French words explained on this page. Have fun!

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English translation

Pronunciation example

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does c'est du gâteau mean?


  • C’est → It’s
  • Du gâteau→ Some cake

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. 


  • C’est très simple. (“It’s very simple“)
  • C’est vraiment simple. (“It’s really simple“)
  • C’est enfantin. (“It’s childish“)
  • C’est bête comme chou. (“It’s stupid like cabbage“)
  • C’est pas la mer à boire. (“It’s not the sea to drink“)
  • C’est simple comme bonjour. (“It’s as simple as hello“)
  • C’est simple comme tout. (“It’s as simple as everything“)
  • C’est simple comme Baptiste. (“It’s as simple as Baptiste“)(French name)

Everyday life dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” 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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