Sunday, August 7, 2011

The History of Cake

     At my bakery, cakes are my highest selling product.  There are so many variations and types of cakes that it isn't difficult to see why this is so.  At least 60% of daily sales are in the form of cakes.  Because of this, I'm trying to research fresh, new ideas for cakes and there is so much information!  It is becoming apparent that I need to learn more about cakes and the best place to start is probably the beginning. 

     The history of cakes is a topic that shows the progress from an occassional sweet treat to having dessert every night.  Cake wasn't always known as a light, sugary, frosted snack.  From the discovery of flour to somewhere around the late 18th century, cake was considered merely a version of sweetened bread, often with fruits or nuts.  This was largely due to the fact that baking soda and baking powder didn't exist.  Bakers had to work with yeast or highly beaten eggs to create rise and this can be very difficult.  Once the Industrial Revolution rolled around, baking powder was invented and cake became insanely easier to bake.  If you'd like to learn more about the history of cakes, check this out The History of Cake.
You can also check out this page History of Cake and Kinds of Cake
     As a baker, the date my recipe was created tells me a lot.  If it is dated from the 1800's, it may be difficult to bake or may call for yeast.  I think I need to research more ideas before I make any decision.  Ladyfingers?  Tres Leches? Tarte Tartin?  Any suggestions?