Have your cake and eat it too

hani abdallah: Can someone please tell me the origin of
"you can't have your cake and eat it too." I know its meaning, I just need its origin.

Doug: This saying is a metaphore for having things both ways since the 16th century, eg, to spend your money and at the same time keep it. It first appeared in John Heywood's 'Proverbs' (1546). How much earlier than that it was used was anyone's guess. Doug.
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