Is it wrong to say "to cook a cake"?
Baking is done in an oven, cooking is done on a stove-top and typically implies using water.
You can bake pies, roasts, cookies, bread, casseroles, pizza, and cakes. You can cook vegetables and noodles. It is common and acceptable to say "cook a meal" or "cook dinner" rather than "bake a meal" or "bake dinner", even if the meal was all prepared in an oven. It becomes more confusing when you consider certain other food types. Eggs can be fried, scrambled, or boiled, but you rarely hear of anyone baking or cooking eggs.
The bottom line is that bakers bake things and those things they produce are "baked", whereas cooks (or chefs) cook things and those things they produce are "cooked."
I just checked dictionary.com. It says that "cook" means:
- to prepare (food) by the use of heat, as by boiling, baking, or roasting.
- to subject (anything) to the application of heat.
So cooking includes boiling, baking and roasting. Wich means its not even on the same level of precision. So we can say we "cook" for everything that's been heated but we can't cook a salad or cold food. I guess that something prepared on the stove-up can only be "cooked" but then something baked is also "cooked". The same would be applied to roasted and boiled. If you guys have other sources that say the opposite please share ;)