July 20 - International Cake Day

Posted on July 20, 2018

Today's food holiday is a good one.
A yummy one, if you will.
A rich and varied one!

It's International Cake Day!

What is cake? Well, it's a dessert that is baked, and in it's oldest forms it's a variation of bread.

But I eat a lot of sweet breads - like banana bread, cinnamon swirl raisin bread, lemon pecan loaf (yum!) - that I never think of calling "cake." I think it may be a semantics thing. If I think about lemon pecan loaf, it IS sort of like fruitcake (but a delicious and soft fruitcake, not the disgusting and hard kind!). And if banana bread or cinnamon raisin bread were cooked in a circular form instead of in a loaf pan, it would probably seem just like a kind of cake - right?

The truth is, the word "cake" can be used for very simple desserts as well as elaborate, super sophisticated, or highly decorated desserts. 

Generally, cake has flour, sugar, eggs, butter or oil, and baking powder or baking soda. 

It usually has flavorings such as lemon extract, vanilla, or cocoa powder. 

It sometimes has additions of fruit or nuts in the batter. 

It sometimes is covered with a glaze or frosting. Often it is stacked up in layers, sometimes with yummy fillings between the layers. 

And sometimes it is decorated - with anything from a birthday girl's name and candles to gorgeous sugar flowers, from amazing candy explosions to complex pictures reflecting a party theme. 

Take a gander at some beautiful and amazing cakes:

Also on this date:

Moon Day (here and here)

Robin Hood Festival
(Third weekend in July)

Plan ahead:

Check out my Pinterest boards for:
And here are my Pinterest boards for:

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