Cake Recipe Index : History of Cakes
History of Cakes
Refined flour, leavening agent,sweetening, eggs, milk, and flavoring.
There are thousands of cakes recipes and many are centuries old.
Cake making is no longer a complicated procedure. We have a nice
collection cake recipes which are easy to cook .Our recipes have
been so perfected and simplified that even the amateur cook may
easily become and expert baker
There are five basic types of cake, depending on the substance used
The most primitive peoples in the world began making cakes shortly
after they discovered flour. In medieval England, the cakes that
were described in writings were not cakes in the conventional sense.
They were described as flour-based sweet foods .
The earliest examples were found among the remains of Neolithic
villages where archaeologists discovered simple cakes made from
crushed grains, moistened, compacted and probably cooked on a hot
stone. Today's version of this early cake would be oatcakes, though
now we think of them more as a biscuit or cookie.
Cakes were called "plakous" by the Greeks, from the word
for "flat." These cakes were usually combinations of nuts
and honey. They also had a cake called "satura," which
was a flat heavy cake.
During the Roman period, the name for cake (derived from the Greek
term) became "placenta." They were also called "libum"
by the Romans, and were primarily used as an offering to their gods.
Placenta was more like a cheesecake, baked on a pastry base, or
sometimes inside a pastry case.
By the middle of the 18th century, yeast had fallen into disuse
as a raising agent for cakes in favor of beaten eggs. Once as much
air as possible had been beaten in, the mixture would be poured
into molds, often very elaborate creations, but sometimes as simple
as two tin hoops, set on parchment paper on a cookie sheet. It is
from these cake hoops that our modern cake pans developed.
Cakes were considered a symbol of well being by early American
cooks on the east coast, with each region of the country having
their own favorites.
By the early 19th century, due to the Industrial Revolution, baking
ingredients became more affordable and readily available because
of mass production and the railroads. Modern leavening agents, such
as baking soda and baking powder were invented .Enjoy these Recipes
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