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A cake of compressed substance, as: in gunpowder manufacture, the cake resulting from compressing the meal powder; in the treatment of coal tar, the pressed product at various stages of the process; or, in beet-sugar manufacture, the vegetable residue after the sugar juice has been expressed.
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Webster, Noah. Entry for 'Press Cake'. Noah Webster's American Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/web/p/press-cake.html. 1828.