Sunday, August 7, 2011
The History of Cake
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?