My workmate, who is a native speaker, sent this email the other day:

John and myself had birthdays in the last week, and as a result there is cake in the kitchen for those who would like some.

I wonder why he wrote cake, not a cake.

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    "Cake" is being used as a non-count noun to refer to the product as a whole, not an individual cake as in "There are six cakes in the kitchen", where "cake" is a count noun. Incidentally, you might tell your workmate that there was no need to use the reflexive pronoun "myself" in his email -- the non-reflexive "I" is all that is required: "John and I had birthdays ...". – BillJ Aug 14 '17 at 6:17
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    @BillJ Or if the friend were kind enough to leave cake he might decide not to tell him about the grammatical mistake, but more diplomatically ask him, as one desirous of perfecting his English, why he used myself. – WS2 Aug 14 '17 at 6:28

*The noun cake is both countable and non-countable.*

"A cake" can be a large cake which is cut into pieces, and served simply as cake (non countable), or sometimes as pieces of cake (countable).Would you like some cake? or Would you like a piece of cake? are both acceptable forms.

Or it could be a small individual cake, which is usually eaten by just one person, and is always a cake (countable).

What your friend left you was non-countable i.e he left you "some cake". However as often happens he elided the some. In the same way he may have left (some)water or (some)milk.

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