Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man.
Bake me a cake as fast as you can.
Roll it and pat it and mark it with "B"
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.
It is frequently accompanied by hand-clapping among two people, a applause entertainment recognized as pat-a-cake (also rendered as patty-cake or pattycake), following the rhyme. It alternates flanked by a regular individual clap by way of two-handed claps with the other individual. The hands could be crossed as well. This allows used for a perhaps intricate succession of applause that must be harmonized between the two. If told by a parent to a youngster, the "B" and "baby" in the preceding two lines are at times replaced by the child's initial or first name.