Ce n’est pas du gâteau

Dean and DeLuca (100 Broadway, New York) is a purveyor of the finest quality groceries. I love to look at all the gourmet brands with their exquisite packaging. On Sunday, I pulled out my camera to snap a photo of a tower of the most beautiful iced cup cakes I have ever seen. Each one was iced with a single, full-blown flower. Today’s phrase, ce n’est pas du gâteau, (se nay pa do gatoe), literally means “it’s not cake,” but figuratively means that something isn’t easy. It’s sort of a pessimist’s version of “it’s a piece of cake” in English. The expression can also be made with “de la tarte,” or pie, in place of du gateau. I can only imagine that icing these babies would not be a piece of cake!


About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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