For those revising for that rogue trivial pursuit question or who scroll endlessly through Wikipedia in order to drop some random facts at parties (it doesn’t win you friends, unfortunately) here is the article for you…
The ultimate list of cake facts all in one place:
- Where does the word ‘Cake’ come from?? Well, in the Middle Ages, the word ‘cake’ meant a flat round of bread baked hard on both sides.
- The word ‘placenta’ is Latin for cake… weird? Well turns out the placenta was named because of its flat shape (therefore like a cake… I guess?)
- The world record for cupcake eating is 72 in six minutes (the dream) and was set by Patrick Bertoletti in 2012.
- The record for fruit cake eating is 4lb 14.25oz in 10 minutes, set by Sonya Thomas in 2003.
- A VAT tribunal in 1991 ruled that Jaffa Cakes are cakes not biscuits – THE ANSWER WE HAVE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR.
- For tax purposes, the essential difference between cakes and biscuits is that cakes go hard when stale but biscuits go soft.
- According to an old English superstition, putting a fruit cake under your pillow would make you dream about the person you will marry. (I dreamt about Ryan Gosling last night, so…)
- The first cupcakes were so called, in the late 19th century, because they were baked in cups and made from ingredients measured by the cupful.
And for those about to ‘put a ring on it’, halt the cake choosing until you’ve read these specifically wedding cake related facts…
- The earliest wedding cakes were far from sweet and white. At ancient Roman weddings, cakes of barley or wheat were broken over the bride’s head. The guests ate the crumbs. Interesting idea for a traditional wedding?
- And in medieval England the bride and groom attempted to seal a kiss over a tower of sugar buns. And again a great idea for a medieval themed wedding.
- When Queen Victoria of England wed Prince Albert in 1840, her massive 300-pound cake—a fruitcake—was cloaked in white icing. It was a visual the rest of the world wouldn’t forget, and from thereafter, wedding cake in England and America became white, as did the bride’s dress and veil.
- Back in the day, baking white cakes was an expensive task—white sugar was pricey, and was needed not only for the cake but for the icing, too. Thus, white wedding cakes became a status symbol.
- The tradition of freezing the top layer of wedding cake to eat on a couple’s first anniversary came from post-World War II America, when homes started to have their own freezers.
- The earliest, and easiest, wedding cake icing was made by combining beaten egg whites and ground sugar, brushing this onto a baked cake, and returning it to the oven where it baked into a shiny topping that looked like ice. And that’s where we get the word “icing.”
I hope this useless cake knowledge hasn’t replaced anything useful in your brain, like your pin number, or your dad’s birthday. But lets be honest cake is more important.