Also Patty-cake: one of the oldest and most widely known surviving English nursery rhymes. It has a Roud Folk Song Index number of 6486. The rhyme is often accompanied by a hand-clapping game.
The earliest recorded version of the rhyme appears in Thomas D'Urfey's play The Campaigners (1698), where a nurse says to her charges: "pat a cake Bakers man, so I will master as I can, and prick it, and prick it, and prick it, and prick it, and prick it, and throw't into the Oven." The next appearance is in Mother Goose's Melody (c. 1765).