National Cake Day is on November 26. We believe Marie Antoinette said it best when she (allegedly) said “let them eat cake!”
We’re not sure the peasants of 18th century France were too fond of the sentiment but nevertheless, we’ll take her advice to do just that!
WHAT IS NATIONAL CAKE DAY?
Can’t wait for your birthday? Remember, National Cake Day falls on November 26. No one really knows how this holiday came about, but we all know that we all love to eat cake.
Birthday parties, wedding receptions, baby showers, bar/bat mitzvahs, quinceañeras, and pretty much any social event has to cake for dessert.
HISTORY OF NATIONAL CAKE DAY
The term “cake” has a rather complicated history. The word itself is of Viking origin, from the Old Norse word “kaka.”
It’s All Greek to Me!
The ancient Greeks called cake “plakous,” which was derived from the word for “flat.” The simple ingredients include flour mixed with eggs, milk, nuts, and honey. They also had a cake called “satura,” which was a flat heavy cake. During the Roman period, the name for cake became “placenta,” which was derived from the Greek term. A placenta was baked on a pastry base or inside a pastry case.
When in Rome
The Greeks invented beer as a leavener, frying fritters in olive oil, and cheesecakes using goat’s milk. In ancient Rome, the basic bread dough was sometimes enriched with butter, eggs, and honey, which produced a sweet and cake-like dessert.
Get Down(ton) With The Queen
Early cakes in England were also mainly bread. The most obvious differences between a “cake” and “bread” were the round, flat shape of the cakes, and the cooking method, which turned cakes over once while cooking, while bread was left upright throughout the baking process.
NATIONAL CAKE DAY ACTIVITIES
Bake a cake
The most obvious and fun way to celebrate National Cake Day is by putting on an apron (or not if you wish to get flour all over your clothes), and preheat your oven! You can make one from scratch or use a little help from the little box at the store.
Invite your friends over for a cake decorating contest
You provide the base and they provide the creativity. Invite your friends over for a night full of frosting and laughs, and judge the cakes by the best, worst, and most creative designs.
Let them eat cake (at work)
Everyone loves a nice treat at work. Surprise your co-workers by bringing in a homemade or store-bought cake. When people ask what the occasion is, the answer is simple, “It’s National Cake Day, duh!”
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL CAKE DAY
There are so many options
Cakes come in different shapes and sizes, and flavors! The options vary from chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, funfetti (my personal favorite), and strawberry, to name a few. Not to mention the endless possibilities of frosting and filling!
They’re so moist
Cakes are known for their fluffy, moist consistency. These traditional desserts deliver the perfect amount of sweetness (sugar), carbs, and butter— all the ingredients that make it so delicious.
A cake is almost always covered in frosting and special decorations, which alone, is a cause for celebration. Any cake can have a traditional foundation that provides a canvas to get creative. There are even shows on TV that celebrate the art of cake decorating.