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An activity that requires little effort to finish; a job that's simple; easy.
When a task is easier to complete than previously expected, people might use this phrase to express those sentiments.
The origins for the phrase 'a piece of cake' are not certain.
A similar expression to this one is 'as easy as pie.' The meanings for both of these sayings are identical—they convey the idea of simplicity. Why is that? Well, as previously said, the origins for this saying are unknown. If one were to guess, it's doubtful that that the figurative meaning derives from the baking aspect of making a cake, since that requires a bit of work. Do you know what is easy to do, though? The eating part, because cake is delicious! So perhaps the figurative meaning of this phrase comes from the ease of eating cake?
Anyways, this saying goes back to at least the 1930s. The term was used with its figurative meaning by an American poet named Ogden Nash, who wrote a book called Primrose Path in 1936. There's a quote from it that reads:
"Her picture's in the papers now, And life's a piece of cake."
* This upcoming bicycle race will be a piece of cake for me because I've been going through exhaustive training sessions these past few months to prepare myself for it!
* Blake's roof was leaking, so he climbed to the top of his house to fix the problem thinking it would be a piece of cake, and it was!