October 10, 2012
Christmas. Weddings. Birthdays. These are the traditional stomping grounds of the cake – but are they enough?
You see, a delicious piece of cake and a lovely cup of Yorkshire Tea go together rather well, like sunshine and picnics, strawberries and cream or… er… tea and cake. Which means that, if it were up to us, there’d be a cake for every occasion.
We’d have Guy Fawkes cake, Halloween cake, New Year cake, May Day cake, third-week-of-the-month cake, Monday cake… the list goes on.
That’s why we’re really quite happy that this week is National Cake Week. Running from October 8-14, it’s the perfect excuse to sit down with a slice and a brew.
To mark the occasion, here are some of our favourite cakey facts:
- It was an old English custom for unmarried wedding guests to sleep with a slice of wedding cake under their pillow. Legend has it they would dream of their future spouse.
- The birthday cake can be traced back to Ancient Greece, when moon-shaped honey cakes would be taken to the temple of Artemis, Goddess of the Moon.
- The taste of cake improved dramatically in 1886, when tea merchant Charles Taylor founded Taylors of Harrogate, giving Yorkshire folk access to a great cuppa to enjoy alongside it.
(Alright, we made that last one up. But only a bit.)
Are you celebrating National Cake Week? Let us know with a comment below.