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The paragraph below is cited from November 10th, starting at 9:39. Here is the transcript.

Some might say it looks a little un-oven, or that its expression's a little frosty. But it's a cake artist's bread and butter and there's no getting a round the fact that it's one sweet sculpture, no ifs, pans or butter about it. This is CNN STUDENT NEWS where puns are a piece of cake.

I don't get the pun. (I've checked the dictionary, still don't get it.)

Please explain it to me, thank you.

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  • Your link doesn't point to the article you cite, so I don't have any context, but the sentence is full of puns. Everything is a reference to cake.
    – Mr Lister
    Nov 10 '16 at 7:13
  • It does point to the video. The transcript is cited from elsewhere though. Nov 10 '16 at 7:50
  • The official site hasn't released the latest transcript yet. Therefore you can't find it. Nov 10 '16 at 8:08
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    Oh, sorry, I didn't see the video, because my Flash player needed updating. My bad.
    – Mr Lister
    Nov 10 '16 at 9:52
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The story refers to this cake. Source: Sad Trump cake is the perfect meme to end his campaign

  1. un-oven → uneven
    1. frosty - unfriendly or cold
    2. frosting - a sweet mixture, cooked or uncooked, for coating or filling cakes, cookies and the like; icing.
  2. bread and butter - Fig. someone's basic income; someone's livelihood—the source of one's food
  3. (Getting a) round - I'm not sure about this one. I think it's intended to be a pun. Here are some possibilities:
      1. Cakes are often round (circular).
      2. Round can be used to describe a face.
      3. round - a slice of food <a round of bread>
      4. The a round might refer to sculpture in the round, as opposed to bas relief. (user:44539)
      5. "butter" cake and "round" cake are both types of cake. (user:5937)
    1. Getting around means to circumvent, evade.
  4. sweet - slang. cool, awesome
  5. no ifs, pans or butter → no ifs, ands, or buts - without excuses or doubts
  6. piece of cake - Fig. something easy to do

Also, just before the quoted portion, the speaker says

Some might pan its likeness

Pans are kitchen utensils, but pan also means to criticize severely.

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    Turns out there're a lot. Nov 10 '16 at 8:01
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    I need some time to digest it. Does it sound funny to you, as a native speaker? Nov 10 '16 at 8:01
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    "butter" cake and "round" cake are both types of cake.
    – hobbs
    Nov 10 '16 at 16:18
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    Does it sound funny to you, as a native speaker? Not to me. Overdone and corny. Nov 10 '16 at 19:15
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    @AbraCadaver I think you meant to say "Overbun and cheesecakey" Nov 10 '16 at 20:57

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