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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The History Behind Cake


The very first cake was a Viking dish known as Kaka. This was a patty of what was presumably meat, but sweetened with flour and honey. These early cakes wouldn't have been anywhere near as nice as those we enjoy today, but for the Vikings they would have made a hearty treat which gave them the energy to fight and acted as a special treat for them to have instead of their regular heavy meat diet.
Since the Viking Kaka it has been discovered that other cultures also had their own cakes.

The Greeks used to make a cheesecake from goat's milk called Placenta, which is very similar to the cheesecakes eaten today. The similarity lies in the need for the base to be made and baked separately prior to the cheese being added and the entire cake being cooked for its finish.

Modern day cheesecake went through a long process before it became so good. William Chester of New York stumbled upon the invention of unripened cheese, which other dairy men soon came across. This led to the invention of pasteurised cream cheese, and a form of it which became the most used soft cheese in cheesecakes in the world, Philadelphia.

In ancient Rome, bread dough was sometimes enriched with honey, eggs and butter before being baked. This made a sweet and cake-like baked good for people to enjoy as an alternative to some of the other sweet food they may have eaten at the time. This would have been thoroughly enjoyed by the wealthier citizens in ancient Rome, as they would have been the ones who could afford to spend the extra money on the added ingredients.

Early cakes produced in England would have been very different to the ones enjoyed today also. These cakes were essentially bread, as were most cakes in those times and the times before. The ways to tell if what was baking was a cake or some bread was by the shape, as cakes were often flat and circular, or by the way they were being baked, as cakes were turned over once in cooking, and bread remained in the same position.

During the renaissance sponge cakes became popular. These were cakes leavened with beaten eggs, and some think they were possibly made in Spain as a sweet treat. Currently cakes are widespread, and people can buy them ready made from a shop should they need one, taking away the fun of making them in a sense.

Everyone loves cake, and Emma Darling is no exception. She really like to have some edible treats and cakes with her when she's writing, which is mostly what inspired her to write this article on the history of her favourite snack.
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