You could say that CakePHP is almost like a direct child of Ruby on Rails, mainly because this web framework has been modeled after RoR’s concepts. It uses the MVC pattern and provides you with everything you need to build your web applications, including features like database access, authentication, and caching. 

CakePHP is an open-source web framework. It follows the model–view–controller (MVC) approach and is written in PHP, modeled after the concepts of Ruby on Rails, and distributed under the MIT License.CakePHP uses well-known software engineering concepts and software design patterns, such as convention over configuration, model–view–controller, active record, association data mapping, and front controller.