Stories behind the cake

June 29th, 2018

Cakes are delicious and there is hardly any person who hates to have a bite of this deliciousness.

Cakes always have a great presence in any happy occasion; be it a birthday party or a marriage anniversary or any kind of celebrations. One can think of online cake delivery of they want to send good wishes to their near ones.

But before that, one needs to know a little bit of story about the origin of the cake and how this all started.

The word Cake has a Viking origin. Those who are more curious to know about the origin of cakes should know the fact that the word cake originally comes from the word Kaka. It is said by many food historians that the world’s famous bakers were the ancient Egyptians. They used to bake the cake on hot stones. Have you ever thought why cakes are fluffy and round? This is because; it was made of unused breads which were 2-3days old. Natural yeasts were used to give the cake a flat top.

Romans also started baking a long time back where they used salts and wheat to form small cakes. There was a kind of barley bread available which the groom used to eat during the time of wedding ceremony and then he would break the rest of the bread over the bride’s head. They used to think it is a happy symbol of a married life.

But to make fluffy cakes, people started using whipping eggs in the batter. But this concept came much later, in the 18th century. During that period of time, the baking powder and the baking soda were also invented and sugar (another main ingredient of cake recipe) came into the scene as well. Then the cake ovens were discovered where one used to bake cakes by regulating temperature. So baking cake became easier post 18th century.

The first ever birthday cake was made in Germany in Middle Ages. This is because; way back then, only Germans used to celebrate a child’s birthday and used to make a cake which they used to call by the name Kinder fest. But the cake that was made, mainly looked like a bread but it tasted much sweeter than the actual bread.

Cakes can actually be easily baked at home. One has to arrange all the exact amount of ingredients and all in proper portions. They have to be very careful when they are using the baking powder. The margarine or the butter that one chooses to take in the recipe has to be on high fat content (at least 75 percent of fat, if not more). One must make sure that the butter they are using as an ingredient should be kept at the room temperature, so that it can be consistent. One has to keep all their ingredients ready in front of them before you start the baking procedure.

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