The “B” for “Baby” in this popular nursery rhyme is often replaced by “T” for “Teddy,” “D” for “Donny,” or other favorite name and initial. I have also heard it pronounced “patty-cake” as often as “pat-a-cake,” especially in the South and in Texas where I grew up.
Here’s the basic version as I learned it:
Bake me a cake
as fast as you can
Prick it and pat it
and mark it with a B
And put it in the oven
for Baby and me
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