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Something easily accomplished, as in I had no trouble finding your house-a piece of cake. This expression originated in the Royal Air Force in the late 1930’s for an easy mission and the precise reference is as mysterious as that of the simile easy as pie.
Possibly it evokes the easy accomplishment of swallowing a slice of sweet dessert.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved
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