Do you ever wonder....??
May 25, 2010 11:09am CST
I often think about the origin of things... In fact every time I use an object of modern technology or I bake something I wonder how it came to be... For instance, CAKE.... Seriously, if you think about the first cake you know that in order for it to be the first cake then there never had been a cake before that... So who is the one who thought, "you know, if I mix eggs, flour, vanilla, etc etc in a bowl, and then mix it and bake it I'm sure that would be delicious!!!!" Do you ever think about that?? About who first decided to mix things together and bake it and see what they'd come out with?! For me the same goes for brownies, cookies and a million other things. One big thing I think about is ice cream too. I'm not a huge fan of ice cream because I hate that it's so darn cold. But it still begs the question who decided to make it and HOW they knew it would be so good... In 6th grade they had us make homemade ice cream so the process is quite tedious... So... WHAT makes people take a leap and do these funky things which turn out such tasty treats? Just my random thought for the day....
31 May 10
I found this "The history of cake dates back to ancient times. The first cakes were very different from what we eat today. They were more bread-like and sweetened with honey. Nuts and dried fruits were often added. According to the food historians, the ancient Egyptians were the first culture to show evidence of advanced baking skills. The Oxford English Dictionary traces the English word cake back to the 13th century. It is a derivation of 'kaka', an Old Norse word. Medieval European bakers often made fruitcakes and gingerbread. These foods could last for many months. According to the food historians, the precursors of modern cakes (round ones with icing) were first baked in Europe sometime in the mid-17th century. This is due to primarily to advances in technology (more reliable ovens, manufacture/availability of food molds) and ingredient availability (refined sugar). At that time cake hoops--round molds for shaping cakes that were placed on flat baking trays--were popular. They could be made of metal, wood or paper. Some were adjustable. Cake pans were sometimes used. The first icing were usually a boiled composition of the finest available sugar, egg whites and [sometimes] flavorings. This icing was poured on the cake. The cake was then returned to the oven for a while. When removed the icing cooled quickly to form a hard, glossy [ice-like] covering. Many cakes made at this time still contained dried fruits (raisins, currants, citrons). It was not until the middle of the 19th century that cake as we know it today (made with extra refined white flour and baking powder instead of yeast) arrived on the scene. A brief history of baking powder. The Cassell's New Universal Cookery Book [London, 1894] contains a recipe for layer cake, American (p. 1031). Butter-cream frostings (using butter, cream, confectioners [powdered] sugar and flavorings) began replacing traditional boiled icings in first few decades 20th century. In France, Antonin Careme [1784-1833] is considered THE premier historic chef of the modern pastry/cake world. You will find references to him in French culinary history books."
31 May 10
No I have never heard of how it was invented, I know about the sandwich being invented by the Lord of Sandwich asking for a joint of beef being put between two pieces of bread so that he could carry on gambling but not heard bout cake - am off to see if I can find out!!!