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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 for leavening.

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

Cake Recipe Index
Badam Cake Banana Cake Bread Cake for Kids Caramel Fudge
Caraway Potato Cakes Cardamom Fudge Carrot Cake Cashew Badam Cake
Chewy Cake Chocolate Biscuit Cake Chocolate Cold Cake Chocolate Fudge
Chocolaty Carrot Nuts and Cake Delicious Cake from Curd Dish Bread Cake Easy Coconut Cake
Eggless Apple Cake Eggless Black Forest Cake Eggless Cake Eggless Chocolate Cake
Eggless Date & Walnut Cake Eggless Sooji Cake Fridge Cake Fruit Cake
Green Cake Lichee Sponge Cake Malai Cake Mango Cheesecake
Marble Cake Mava Cake Microwave Milk Cake Nice Biscuit Cake
Nutty Carrot Cake Orange & Poppy Seed Cake Paneer Cake Pineapple Cheese Cake
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Pista Cake Puffed Coconut Pastry Quickie Cake
Rainbow Cake Raisin Nut Cake Refrigerated Cake Rice Cake
Rum Cake Seven Cup Cake Steam Fudge Strawberry Cake
Sweet Potato Cake      

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