History of Cakes
Baking cake is no longer a difficult procedure anymore. With thousands of recipes rich and bread-like and very easily available ingredients like flour, eggs, milk, butter and various flavorings, baking a cake has become really popular. Since leavening agents (any agent that releases carbon dioxide helping the cake batter to rise giving a good cake structure) have been used in cake making i.e. baking powder etc. instructions and utensils are easily available to everyone even an amateur cook can bake a perfect cake just like an expert. The primitive people started baking cakes as soon as they discovered all-purpose flour. But primitive English people didn’t describe it as cakes, it was described as a flour based sweet or desert which comes under bread descriptions. While bread was just a flour based-food which wasn’t sweet at all. You can open an online flower shop in Dubai.
Back then cakes and bread were interchangeable words, which means term cake was just used for a smaller size bread. Archaeologist found that in Neolithic villages people used to make cakes with crushed grains, they used to moist the crushed grains compact it and bake it on a hot stone. While, this early cake is now known as oatcake it is just that now we call it a cookie or biscuit made up of oats. You can have online cake delivery in Dubai.
Early Greeks termed cake as “plakous” and this word means “flat” in English. These Greek cakes were usually made up of honey and nuts. And the other type was a heavy flat cake which they termed as “satura”.
Early Romans used to call cake “Libum or “placenta”, their cakes were more like cheesecakes, which were baked on a pastry base or sometimes inside a pastry. Romans used to use their cakes as an offering to their gods.
In early days, cakes were baked only on very special events with the finest ingredients. It was known as a wealth mark, means the more you are wealthier the more you will consume cake on frequent basis.
By Middle 18th century yeast was neglected a lot by the discovery of rising agents i.e. baking powder and baking soda. These rising agents were in favor of beaten eggs once as much possible air is added into the mixture by beating the eggs, the mixture was poured into molds. Sometimes the molds were simple tin and often they were decorative used for decorative cakes which were set on a butter paper or a cookies sheet.
Because of the mass production and demand the ingredients for cake was readily available by 19th century due to industrial revolution.