They may play havoc with our waistlines but cake and cakes are a wonderful treat that we are not likely to give up anytime soon. Here some interesting facts about our tea time treat. If you feel the need to liven yours up then Flavouring Manufacturers Stringer Flavour have a full range that you can use.
The earliest ‘cakes’ were flat compact grain discs, squished and dried together (think rice cakes). Most British citizens wouldn’t only remember this form of cake. Rather they would know the sweetened bread in the early eighteenth century: before baking powder cakes were raised with yeast.
Icing used to be applied with a feather on cakes.
People used to whisk egg whites with a bundle of twigs or squeeze them through a sponge before the whisk was invented.
In 1858, the first tiered wedding cake was made for the wedding of the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria (also called Victoria). Eighteen years before, Queen Victoria’s own wedding cake was three yards wide [2.7 m] and weighed 300 pounds [136 kg], but had only a single tier.
Girls used to place bits of wedding cake to dream about their future husband under their pillows.
Tiny pieces of cake were passed through the wedding ring at weddings in the eighteenth century before being given out to the unmarried friends of the bride so that they could then place them under their pillow.
A fairly recent innovation is the Christmas cake: it replaced the much older Twelfth Night Cake in the later part of the nineteenth century. The Twelfth Night Cake was eaten at the close of the Christmas season at the feast of Epiphany. In the Middle Ages, people throughout Europe celebrated by hiding a bean in a cake. For the feast, the person who got the slice with the bean was King, and led the business in later drinking games.