Nobody said the cake was just for birthdays. Although the birthday cake is fun to make and even more fun to eat! Cakes were originally a rough, bread-like product and only later, became the sweet version we know and love today. The fancy details that we adore on them, like icing, layers, and decorations were introduced in the 17th century.
Cakes are often served on ceremonial occasions, such as weddings, anniversaries, and birthdays. Ingredients and flavorings include dried, candied, or fresh fruit, nuts, cocoa, and extracts such as vanilla. Some varieties of cake are widely available in the form of mixes, where some of the ingredients are premixed, and the cook needs to add only a few extra ingredients, usually eggs, water, and sometimes vegetable oil or butter. While the diversity of styles is limited, mixes do provide an easy and readily available homemade option for cooks who are not accomplished bakers.
Icing and Type of Cakes
I prefer homemade icing when I make cakes, however, if time is short and there is a lot to do to prepare for a ceremony, I will use store bought icing. That said, the homemade icing is easy to make and requires minimal ingredients.
Just keep in mind, making one is simple and you don't have to be a professional to bake a delicious one. The varieties include butter, sponge, chiffon, chocolate, coffee, cheese, ice cream, and even yeast. Yeast cakes are the older version with the bread-like texture. Two of my favorites are chocolate and lemon. (I love anything lemon).
No matter the occasion, please browse through the recipes below and find one you would like to try. Feel free to leave a comment below on the one you baked.
Cakes With Fruit or Fruit Flavor
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