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Noteworthy but Irrelevant: Cake

Lizzie Wirgau

Let them eat cake! By Tiffanie Brunson

Who invented cake? Can I hug them, please?

When the ancient Egyptians first started baking these heavenly treats, they likely hadn’t the slightest idea of what a revolution they had stumbled upon. I don’t think it was like that moment where someone invented the corn dog and knew they had something special. They probably thought it was crazy. Who would want sweet bread? (Which is essentially what cake was at the time) Little did they know. Little did they know.

Bread and beer were both central to the Egyptian diet. They were a part of every meal no matter your economic situation. Because of their reliance on bread, they were expert bakers. The Egyptians began baking round, flat, unleavened breads on a hot stone thus was the beginning of our beloved baked good! The difference between bread and cake at this time was almost unnoticeable. Cake was slightly sweeter than their slightly more fibrous cousin, and there shapes were different.

Back then, the cake was sweetened with honey and dried fruits were often added, somewhat akin to modern day “fruitcake”. Cake, as we know it today, was produced in Europe in the mid 17th century. So if you’re looking for someone to hug with gratitude, you’re looking for the Europeans.