The history of the well-loved cake

Doris is a firm lover of a good slice of cake, so, as it is national cake week, what better time than now to delve a little deeper into the history of cake making. 

National Cake Week falls on the first week of October, which in 2018 is on the days 1st – 7th October. However, who created the first cake and how was it created? 

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Originally known as kaka, some form of “cake” has been baked and eaten since the era of ancient Greeks and the Romans. Essentially a form of bread dough, the recipe of the first cake would have consisted of flour, eggs, milk, nuts and honey (or in the case of the Romans, the milk was replaced by butter). Despite the ingredients sounding familiar, cakes did not taste quite like the way they do today, but rather just a richer, and sweeter type of bread. 

This form of cake was eaten across areas in Europe for many years, until the renaissance period where the development of ovens and and ingredients created the world’s first sponge cake. Icing was also created during this period, meaning that cake making and eating transformed from a regular everyday bread into the sweet treat that we know and love today.

A few hundred years later, and the cake industry saw yet another advancement. With events such The Great Depression and the World Wars, the need for quick yet energy full food sources was in great need. Cake and pancake mixes in packets were created, along with the introduction of bicarbonate of soda or baking powder instead of yeast to speed up the process. Colourings and flavourings were also introduced within this period to create a variety of luxurious cakes to suit all tastes. 

From fruit cakes to chocolate gateaux, we are now spoilt for choice when it comes to indulging in desserts. Making a perfect accompaniment to a cup of tea, cakes and baking are a staple in Doris’ kitchen. Can you beat a good slice of cake?

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