See also: Cake Decorating
Maryland designated the Smith Island Cake (A layer cake with 8-12 layers) as Maryland's Official State Dessert in 2008..
More than 29% of U.S. school districts have banned bake sales due to anti-obesity regulations.
The saying "You can't have you cake and eat it" (originally "eat your cake and have it") is first seen in print in 1562 in John Heywood's 'Proverbs and Epigrams.'
The word 'cake' comes from the Old Norse 'kaka'. Not exactly the sort of word you would expect the Vikings to contribute to the English language.
There are two basic cake types: those made with fats and those containing little or no fats.
• Butter cakes, also called creamed cakes, contain butter, margarine or vegetable shortening, which contribute to a finely textured, tender and moist cake.
• Cakes that do not contain fat, such as sponge, angel food and chiffon cakes, are often referred to as foam cakes. These have a larger proportion of egg than butter cakes.
Both butter cakes and foam cakes lend themselves to limitless variations, depending on the flavorings added to the basic ingredients, the shapes of the pans used in baking, and fillings, icings and decorations used. Cakes come in all sizes and shapes, from layer cakes to jelly rolls to miniature cakes and cupcakes. There are cakes for every taste and every occasion, whether an elegant gateau or a down-to-earth carrot cake.
Wheat Foods Council www.wheatfoods.org