Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man is one of the oldest and most widely recognized nursery rhymes. The first recorded version of the rhyme is from 1698, with it not appearing again in print until 1765. The rhyme was incorporated into a child's clapping game, which has often been adapted in various film and television programs, such as Who Framed Roger Rabbit or Bing Crosby and Bob Hope's Road to... movies, for comedic effect.
- Fay Ray and another of William Wegman's dogs perform a visual representation of the nursery rhyme on Sesame Street. (First: Episode 3467)
- In a 2000 episode of Sesame Street, Big Bird remembers playing Pat-a-cake and Hide and Seek with Radar, before losing him.
- In another 2000 episode, Grandmama Bear wants to play the game with Baby Bear, but he doesn't like it.
- The Winter 1984 issue of Muppet Magazine featured a segment called "Muppet Mother Goose," which included the rhyme.
- The book Pat-a-Cake and Other First Baby Games featured Elmo and Zoe teaching a the reader and a baby how to play the game.
- In a Twitter post for July 15, 2010, Elmo wrote, "Who is this 'Patty Cake' anyway? He's just a baker's man?"