What is PancakeSwap ( CAKE )?

DeFi Deep Dive - What is PancakeSwap and the CAKE Token?

PancakeSwap is a decentralized exchange for swapping BEP20 tokens on Binance Smart Chain. PancakeSwap uses an automated market maker (AMM) model where users trade against a liquidity pool. Such pools are filled with users’ funds. They deposit them into the pool, receiving liquidity provider (or LP) tokens in return. They can use those tokens to reclaim their share, plus a portion of the trading fees.

The LP tokens are called FLIP tokens. PancakeSwap also allows users to farm additional tokens – CAKE and SYRUP. On the farm, users can deposit LP tokens, locking them up in a process that rewards users with CAKE. Users can stake CAKE tokens to receive SYRUP, which will have further functionality as governance tokens (and as tickets in a lotteries).

A Guide to PancakeSwap

Another food-themed DeFi protocol? You know it. PancakeSwap is a Binance Smart Chain-based DEX launched by anonymous devs with a penchant for breakfast foods and rabbits.

It looks a bit like Ethereum’s  SushiSwap (community governance, the ability to farm liquidity provider tokens), but also incorporates many other features that let you earn rewards.

Introduction

The food-based farming craze has captivated participants in the crypto space for months. In the latest wave of DeFi protocols, we’ve seen numerous platforms emerge that allow users to stake their funds in return for the protocol’s tokens.

The bulk of this activity has been concentrated on the  Ethereum blockchain. As one of the earliest blockchains supporting smart contracts, it has a sprawling community of users, developers, and tools for building powerful decentralized applications.

In this article, we’ll take a look at  PancakeSwap – a decentralized exchange built on Binance Smart Chain (BSC).

What is PancakeSwap?

PancakeSwap is a decentralized exchange for swapping  BEP-20 tokens.

The PancakeSwap exchange UI.

Familiar with  Uniswap or SushiSwap? Then you’ll have no issue grasping PancakeSwap – they are quite similar in their core design.

The PancakeSwap exchange

PancakeSwap uses an  automated market maker (AMM) model. That means that while you can trade digital assets on the platform, there isn’t an order book where you’re matched with someone else. Instead, you trade against a  liquidity pool.

Those pools are filled with other users’ funds. They deposit them into the pool, receiving liquidity provider (or LP) tokens in return. They can use those tokens to reclaim their share, plus a portion of the trading fees.

So, in short, you can trade BEP-20 tokens, or add liquidity and earn rewards. There are also other features we’ll cover later.

You’ll find these LP tokens in several flavors – if you added, say, BUSD and BNB to the pool, you’ll receive BUSD-BNB LP tokens in return. BETH and ETH? You’ll get BETH-ETH LP tokens.

Farming and staking on PancakeSwap

But wait, there’s more! PancakeSwap also allows you to farm its governance token – CAKE.

On the farm, you can deposit your LP tokens, locking them up in a process that rewards you with CAKE. Which LP tokens can you deposit? Well, the list is quite long, but here’s a taster of some of the most popular ones:

  • CAKE – BNB LP
  • BUSD – BNB LP
  • BETH – ETH LP
  • USDT – BUSD LP
  • USDC – BUSD LP
  • DAI – BUSD LP
  • LINK – BUSD LP
  • TWT – BNB LP

The rewards don’t end here, however! You can earn even more by staking your CAKE in SYRUP pools.

So you’ve deposited some funds to receive LP tokens, and you’ve used them to farm CAKE. From there, you can stake your CAKE and earn other tokens through special staking pools.

The biggest SYRUP pool is simply for CAKE, where you can stake your CAKE to earn even more CAKE! But there are many more tokens you can earn by staking CAKE, so be sure to keep an eye on the  SYRUP pool page.

Using PancakeSwap

You’ll notice if you visit  https://pancakeswap.finance that many features are inaccessible until you click on Unlock Wallet. Click on it, and you’ll be met with a few options: MetaMask, Trust Wallet, WalletConnect, Binance Chain Wallet, and other options.

Adding liquidity

Again, if you’ve used any AMM previously, then you know the drill. To farm CAKE, you need to first add liquidity to the exchange.

Navigate to Trade on the sidebar on the left, then click on Liquidity, hit Add Liquidity, and select the token pair that you want to deposit. Also, make sure you know about  impermanent loss before adding liquidity to a pool.

Adding liquidity to PancakeSwap.

Farming

Okay, so you’ve got your LP tokens, now it’s time to stake them to earn CAKE. Navigate to the Farms tab, and select the option that matches your LP tokens.

As with ERC-20 tokens, you’ll need to approve the movement of BEP-20 tokens – this is what allows the contract to withdraw them on your behalf. When you click Approve Contract, a popup will ask you to confirm the transaction and display a fee.

Once that transaction confirms, simply select the amount you want to stake and confirm it. You can navigate away from the page and come back at any time to check how much CAKE you’ve earned – if you want to harvest your rewards at any point, click on Harvest and confirm the transaction.

Staking

Once you’ve got CAKE, you can stake it in SYRUP pools. Go to the  Pools tab, and you’ll be presented with the pools where you can stake your CAKE.

SYRUP pools – stake CAKE, earn new tokens.

Once again, you need to approve the withdrawal of your tokens. Hit Approve CAKE to do so. When that has been approved, you’ll need to select the amount of CAKE you want to stake.

Now that the CAKE has been staked, you’ll be earning the reward token of the pool passively. If you’d like to cash out your rewards, click on Harvest.

Lottery

That’s great, but what else can you do with your CAKE? Well, you can enter a lottery on PancakeSwap.

Try your luck in the PancakeSwap lottery.

Each lottery session takes 6 hours. One ticket costs 10 CAKE, which will give you a random four-digit combination of numbers between 1 and 14, for example, 12-8-4-3. To win the jackpot (50% of the entire lottery pool), the numbers in your ticket need to match all four numbers in the same position as the winning ticket.

What if you don’t match all four? No worries. You also win rewards if two or more of your numbers are in the same position as the numbers in the winning ticket.

NFTs

Wait, so you can do even more with PancakeSwap? Yes, you can win special NFTs.

Win some of the cutest NFTs on BSC.

If you’re chosen as a winner of an NFT, you can trade it for the CAKE value it represents or keep the cutie in your wallet as a collector’s item.

How can you get involved? You need to register for a chance to win, and the winners get chosen at random. Make sure to keep an eye on the  NFT page for upcoming opportunities.

How and Where to Buy PancakeSwap (CAKE)?

CAKE has been listed on a number of crypto exchanges, unlike other main cryptocurrencies, it cannot be directly purchased with fiats money. However, You can still easily buy this coin by first buying Bitcoin, ETH, USDT from any large exchanges and then transfer to the exchange that offers to trade this coin, in this guide article we will walk you through in detail the steps to buy CAKE

You will have to first buy one of the major cryptocurrencies, usually either Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Tether (USDT)…

We will use Binance Exchange here as it is one of the largest crypto exchanges that accept fiat deposits.

Binance is a popular cryptocurrency exchange which was started in China but then moved their headquarters to the crypto-friendly Island of Malta in the EU. Binance is popular for its crypto to crypto exchange services. Binance exploded onto the scene in the mania of 2017 and has since gone on to become the top crypto exchange in the world.

Once you finished the KYC process. You will be asked to add a payment method. Here you can either choose to provide a credit/debit card or use a bank transfer, and buy one of the major cryptocurrencies, usually either Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Tether (USDT).

After the deposit is confirmed you may then purchase CAKE from the Binance exchange.

Exchange: Binance, VCC Exchange, BKEX, KuCoin, and MXC.COM

Apart from the exchange(s) above, there are a few popular crypto exchanges where they have decent daily trading volumes and a huge user base. This will ensure you will be able to sell your coins at any time and the fees will usually be lower. It is suggested that you also register on these exchanges since once CAKE gets listed there it will attract a large amount of trading volumes from the users there, that means you will be having some great trading opportunities!

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