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Cake History
Cake Recipe History

Everything you ever wanted to know about cake history.

The original origins of Cakes started back over 2000 years ago.
The exact date is unknown because it undetermined what ingredients would make up a real cake.
Some of the earliest cakes were made from combinations of flour, honey, nuts, eggs, milk, and others flavorings.
Soon after these early cakes were baked, fruit was added. Four is the main number of ingredients that first made cakes possible.

The earliest word for cake was "plakous" which came for the Greeks. The word came from the Greek word "flat". Next when the Greeks would make a larger heavy cake they named it "satura". These are the earliest names used in describing cakes. Archaeologists have discovered in Neolithic villages simple cakes were made from crushed grains, then moistened and cooked. These early cakes were likely oat or corn cakes.

In later times, the 1900s, cakes began to be much more complicated. More forms of flour and processed flours, along with leavening agents (for rise) made cakes what they are today. Of course there are now easier methods of baking or not baking cakes, all made possible by box cake mix. Thanks to box cake mix, everyone can now easily conjure up extravagant cake recipes. Even cake making utensils have come far and make baking a cake as easy and baking a cake.

Now back to Roman time. During this time the name for cake was "placenta". Another name they used was "Libum" and these cakes were used in religious ways. The Placenta cake was much like a cheesecake on top of a pastry base.

For some time the words, bread and cake, were close in meaning and interchangeable in their use. The words, bread and cake come from the Greek and English influence. When people of wealth would make us bread with all the finest ingredients, then they would call it a cake.

Early cakes were made with yeast as a rising agent. Later eggs were used as a primary leavening or rising agent. Early cake pans were simply a ring of a pan put on top of wax paper and cooked. Later pans would have the same round shape and also now have a bottom. And so the modern round cake pan was born.

The next big improvement for cake recipes came when baking soda and baking powder were invented.


Wedding Cake History

Most wedding just wouldn't be complete without the fertility symbols, like the wedding cake.

Ancient Romans would bake a cake made from wheat or barley and break it over the bride's pretty head as a symbol of her fertility. Next it became tradition to pile up several small cakes, one on top of the other, as high as they could, and the bride and groom would kiss over the tower and even try not to knock it down. If they were successful, it meant a lifetime of bliss and prosperity.

In the 1660s, during the reign of King Charles II, a French chef was visiting London and observed the cake piling ceremony. Appalled at the haphazard manner in which the British stacked baked goods, often to have them tumble, he conceived the idea of transforming the mountain of bland biscuits into an iced, multi-tiered cake sensation.
British papers of the day are supposed to have deplored what the French were doing, but before the close of the century, British bakers were offering many of the very same magnificent creations.


History of Pat A Cake Pat A Cake Rhyme

Here are the original origins that are known.

Actually the exact origins of the Pat a Cake poem are unknown. But the tradition of decorating a cake with the name or initial of the person with the birthday are still in use today. The way this rhyme song is performed is with clapping. All children past and present enjoy this traditional song. This traditional song of the ages goes back in time and will likely go long into the future. History does trace this song back to pre 1670.

Pat a cake Pat a cake poem - Clap your hands.

Pat a cake, Pat a cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can;
Pat it and prick it and mark it with a 'B',
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

Pat a cake Pat a cake poem


History of the Mardi Gras official Cake

Known as the King of Cake. It is round in shape and has a hole in the middle like a donut and with very loud colors.

Now for the important part, filling is to be made with fruit and or cheese, and it is important to be sweet. Also important are the colors for this Mardi Gras cake, purple, gold and green are the official colors. Cake is to be sweet, delicious and beautiful.

This cake has its origins in France dating back to the 12th century. Tales say this cake would be made on the eve of January 6th to celebrate the visit by the three kings to the Christ Child Jesus.

The French back in the 18th century were the first to bring this cake idea to America. Later in the 19th century the French cake became much more elaborate and was adopted into a Mardi Gras traditional cake recipe.

There is one more part of the King Cake tradition. A small bean or other object is put into the cake after it is baked and whom ever finds it will have good luck for the rest of the year and is to bring a cake the next day to keep the celebration going. A game like this is often played with cakes just to keep the party spirit going day after day. Who knew? I say lets continue history and party on.


Other Links About Cake Recipes in History

 Starting far back in time - 10,000 or so years BC - Just bread at this point

 More advanced bread - about 4,000 BC - Pita Bread

 Around 0001 year - Cheese Cake was discovered

 0070 year -  Challah Bread was the Hebrew everyday bread

 1200 year - Breadfruit Tree Not to be confused with Fruit Bread

 1764 year - Bakers Chocolate (Dr. James Baker) was the first to make lots of chocolate

 1780 year - Martha Washington's Great Cake Recipe

 1830 year - Cake Recipe to honor George Washington

 1828 to 1878 year - Find Cake Recipes from around this time

 1896 year - Texas Fruit Cakes from Germany

 1925 year - Lemon Sponge Cake Recipe

 1957 year - German Chocolate Cake Recipe and who made it history

 2006 year - The Mardi Gras of New Orleans has the most famous Cake of all, The King Cake is still made today

 More Cake History about cake boards and more

 Another world famous favorite recipe - Pineapple upside down Cake Recipe

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Recipes for Cakes
Suppling Tips for Healthy Homemade Cakes

When Baking with Butter:

Room temperature butter in the cake batter is one of the biggest cake baking mistakes. In fact, butter must be below 68° to trap air molecules and build structure. Otherwise, the fat will liquefy and the cake will be flat. To get “cool” butter, cut the chilled butter into chunks and let it sit in a bowl for 5 minutes before beating.

When Mixing Cake Batter:

You cannot over beat the eggs, sugar and butter, but you can over beat the flour. If you do, gluten will form and you will be making a quick bread instead of layer cake. Beat the flour just until there are no visible signs of dry flour, but not until the batter is completely smooth.

Cake Flour:

Cake flour is milled from soft wheat that has a lower gluten content and higher starch content than all-purpose flour. It helps to ensure a fluffy texture in cakes and pastries. A substitute for cake flour is to use all-purpose flour, but reduce the amount by 2 tablespoons per cup.

Green Food:

The food choices that we make every day have a profound effect on the environment. From farm to spoon, growing our food, processing it and transporting it all use tremendous amounts of energy, water and chemicals. By making just a few small changes in our eating and buying habits, we can greatly reduce this impact. When we eat green, we help the environment by reducing global warming pollution and help ourselves by eating fresh and healthy food. Eat local from farmers in your own neighborhood!