# A Confused Riddle Subject

I thought that I was a kind of cake...

Or no, maybe installing without me would be an ache!

Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff.

I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough!

Can you solve my identity crisis?

• You say it's your first word riddle, but you don't have the word tag. Is that intentional? – David Starkey Apr 6 '18 at 19:24
• @Austin Weaver are any of the answers below correct, or on the right track? – puzzledPig Apr 6 '18 at 19:35
• Schepler's answer is right, I'm just waiting to accept. This riddle turned out to be way broader (12 answers... jeez) than expected – Austin Weaver Apr 6 '18 at 19:36

My guess is:

Butterfly.

Kind of cake:

A butterfly cake is one in which you bake a regular circular cake, then cut it into half and turn the two halves around next to each other before frosting. (Or maybe use special pans to bake two half-circular cakes so you get proper crusts on the "wing edges", I don't remember exactly.)

Installing without me would be an ache:

Butterfly hinges for installing a door.

Convey stuff:

Butterfly valves convey fluid.

Type of pasta:

Farfalle is Italian for butterflies.

I thought that I was a kind of cake...

macaroon

Or no, maybe installing without me would be an ache!

macro

Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff.

macron

I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough!

macaroni

Can you solve my identity crisis?

Marco? A Mac?

• Nope: Macaroons are cookies, not cakes. – Austin Weaver Apr 5 '18 at 22:02
• @AustinWeaver noun: cookie; 1. North American a small sweet cake, typically round, flat, and crisp. – Eric Tressler Apr 5 '18 at 22:09
• Huh, I didn't know that. Either way, not the intended answer. – Austin Weaver Apr 5 '18 at 22:10
• 2. informal; a person of a specified kind. – Jordan.J.D Apr 6 '18 at 18:25

I thought that I was a kind of cake...

Cannoli are yummy Italian pastries.

Or no, maybe installing without me would be an ache!

Replacing a tooth without a root Canal? Ouch!

Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff.

Canals are used the world over for transportation of people, goods, and cannoli.

I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough!

Cannelloni are a cylindrical type of pasta generally served baked

"Canal," I guess.

Is it

a pen?

Because:

A cake:

Pen is like pan, so pancake.

Installing without me... ache.:

(shaky reason) a Pen like a cage to keep animals in. If you had to do some work in there (installation) and they ran out, that would be a real ache.

Convey stuff:

Like writing? or could be a pan to transfer stuff.

some Pasta:

penne

• Sorry, that's not quite right. – Austin Weaver Apr 5 '18 at 21:41
• (-----____-----) – WELZ Apr 5 '18 at 21:41
• @AustinWeaver you wrote "word riddle" that's why I thought this... oh well. – WELZ Apr 5 '18 at 21:42

Is it

a cup?

I thought that I was a kind of cake...

A cupcake!

Or no, maybe installing without me would be an ache!

A cup of (J)ava, that is.

Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff.

Like liquids, from one place to another.

I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough!

Cup Noodles are a brand of pasta.

Are you a

Urinal?

I thought that I was a kind of cake...

Urinal cake

Or no, maybe installing without me would be an ache!

I always have to "go" during a large install

Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff.

Takes the yellow stuff away. :)

I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough!

Letssee...something having to do with "Penne," or "Noodle," --- use your imagination!

• Got a +1 from me for the chuckle. – Alan Hoover Apr 6 '18 at 19:48

Is it a layer? Explanation A layer cake, a layer (of bricks etc) makes installation a pain, layer is the term for the layer of information in computers, a layered pasta is a thing like lasagna.

• Not this either, nice try though – Austin Weaver Apr 5 '18 at 22:14

Is it:

Money

A cake

Pound cake (pound being UK currency)

Installation

Money helps to buy software for easy installation, without which it would be an ache to install the pirated version.

Conveyance

Money helps to transport items or people from one place to other place.

Pasta

Penne pasta (penne often pronounced "penny" like the smallest current form of UK currency)

Any chance you're having trouble identifying as a:

Funnel?

• Could you explain your reasoning a bit more? – puzzledPig Apr 5 '18 at 23:35
• @puzzledPig, eh, I meant to. Now I've forgotten. – John Apr 10 '18 at 19:21
• @puzzledPig I can see the relation. Funnel cake, a funnel makes oil changes much easier, the funnel conveys liquids, and...pasta...idk, i guess the bottom of the funnel looks a tiny bit like a pasta noodle. – DrZ214 Apr 20 '18 at 8:20

I think you're some sort of

package manager

I just don't know which one.

Possibilities:

npm has a lot of different explanations of their acronym on their site (https://github.com/npm/npm-expansions). This could point to an identity crisis. Also, it means that the acronym conveys a lot of different meanings. There are three acronyms about pasta, one about macaroni, and surely some about cake too.

Or

I believe there's a package manager called make, which sounds like cake, is a verb (so conveys meaning) and is somewhat close to macaroni in terms of spelling

Circle or Cylinder

"I thought that I was a kind of cake"

Cake is usually depicted as a circle or cylinder. Circle is associated with pi(3.141) , pie being associated with cake.

"maybe installing without me would be an ache"

For software installations a circular symbol which shows the progress of the installation would relate to circle being the answer. (Mostly UI dependent).
Installation of pipes(cylinder) is necessary for construction of houses.

"Oh, I've got it now: I surely convey stuff."

Zero is used in mathematics to convey something(By conveying nothing). Pipes convey water(or any other stuff).

"I give up... I'm some pasta. Enough!"

Penne pasta looks like cylinder which is associated with circle. (Looks like a circle from top).