This is yet another great song for children, which is one of the oldest surviving nursery rhymes. It has the Roud Folk Song Index number of 6486. The lyrics of this nursery rhyme are quite basic and it goes like this:
“Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Pat it, and prick it, and mark it with “B”
Put it in the oven for baby and me”
One of the earliest versions of this song has appeared in the play “The Campaigners” which was written by Thomas D’Urfey back in 1698. It also appeared in Mother Goose’s Melody in 1765.
This song for children revolves around making baked goods or pastry with a mark that is referred to as “B” in this baby song. It may stem from the time when people did not have ovens at home and usually bought cakes from a bake house or a local baker by paying them to bake something and marking it for them.
This song, like other classic nursery rhymes, is available all over the internet in audio as well as video formats. There are various versions and tunes available for this song. This song has gone a long way and has developed and changed over time, while the basic lyrics have remained the same.
This song is sometimes accompanied by hand clapping between two people that alternates between two-handed claps and a normal individual clap. The hands can also be crossed. When singing or acting out the song with hand movements, the “B” in baby and the last two lines of the song may be replaced by the child’s first name or initial. This is one of the clapping toddler songs which still remain fun and exciting for children of all ages.