No matter the event, cake always brings a hefty serving of occasion. Whether made from scratch or boxed from a bakery, nothing makes a special day quite like a slice of Victoria Sponge. So, seeing as today is National Cake Day, why not indulge in a portion of Red Velvet and enjoy these little-known facts?
That's way before that episode of Sex and the City. Modern historians cite the broadcast of Season 3, Episode 5, of HBO’s (unfathomably) successful show with making the cupcake popular after two of the main characters sat upon a bench outside the Magnolia Bakery on West 11th, Manhattan. We firmly believe that cupcakes were already popular by then...
The term of 'cake' has a long history. The word descends from Viking origin, stemming from the Old Norse phrase 'kaka'. The earliest examples of the food were more like bread due to the cooking methods employed. It wasn't until the renaissance that sponge cake was first produced.
Twelfth Cake was eaten at the feast of Epiphany towards the end of the Christmas season, with one bean placed into the cake mixture. The person who found the bean in their slice became King for the feast, and led the gathering in drinking games.That would certainly be a way to liven up the office Christmas party.
The Queen’s own wedding cake, 18 years earlier, was instead three yards (2.7 meters) wide and weighed in at 300 pounds [136kg] upon a single tier. Segments of this cake were passed through the wedding ring before being handed out to the bride’s unmarried friends to place under their pillow. This action was believed to allow girls to dream of their future husband.
Tunnocks’ chocolate teacakes reside in second place, with Happy Shopper Bakewell Flapjack and Chocolate Flapjack as runners up. Happy Shopper Apple Pies and Real Lancashire Eccles Cakes also prove popular.