The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Cake.

cake fun facts

The Facts: The Romans probably perfected the practice of adding yeast as a leavening agent to cake, and later the Italians in the 16th century developed the art of leavening without yeast by adding whipped eggs to batter. Both methods created a lighter cake but were time-consuming and could be tricky. By the mid-1800s, the introduction of bicarbonate of soda and baking powder made it easier to bake an airy cake quickly and consistently.

  • The word ‘cake’ comes from the Old Norse ‘kaka’.
  • November 26th is National Cake Day.
  • Cakes are broadly divided into several categories, based primarily on ingredients and cooking techniques.
  • Wedding cakes have been part of the marriage ceremony ever since medieval times. Originally they were made of wheat which was a symbol of fertility and prosperity. As a relic of once performed fertility rites, these ‘wedding cakes’ would have been thrown at the bride.
  • The world’s tallest cake stood 108 feet, 3 inches high. Students and staff members at the Hakasima-Nilasari Culinary School in Jakarta, Indonesia baked this montrosity for their annual Christmas celebration. The cake weighed 19.99 tons .
  • The world’s most expensive cake, christened the “Pirates Fantasy,” is one deliciously pricey pastry costing a whopping $35 million. Crafted and designed by Chef D.K (Dimuthu Kumarasinghe), Group Skills Development Chef at Aitken Spence Hotels and Heritance Hotels & Resorts, the treasure was adorned with ten different stones belonging to the sapphire family with the most expensive and the rarest one being a “Padmaraja” or the ‘King Sapphire” and ten pieces of jewelry ranging from necklaces, bracelets, rings, brooches pendants, tie pins, cuff links to nose rings and toe rings.
  • 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.’

Try out this tasty cake recipe from The Sugar Cube food cart in Portland Oregon.