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Techniques Used To Decorate Cakes

Red Velvet. Devil’s Food. Classic White. Angel Food Cake. Pound Cake. These are just a few of the multitude of cakes there are in the world. Not including the ones still to be made and discovered by future bakes of the world. Baking is traditional as well as a hobby to many. Unlike cooking, baking is specific. You have to follow recipes to the exact measurements. If not, a disaster is likely to happen and your cake will not be what you expect. Baking is sweet. Baking is history. Baking is today.
Did you know that when red velvet cake was first made in the 1930’s it was called Red Devil? It was called this because chocolate cake is referred to as Devil’s Food and red velvet is in actuality a red chocolate cake. (Olver, 2014) Did you also know that baking records show that already in the years 2600-2100 B.C. bread was baked by Egyptians, who it is believed had learned the skill from the Babylonians. A relief signifying the royal bakery of Ramses features bread and cakes, some of these were shaped in the form of animals and used for sacrifices. Other early records, this time by the Greek scholar (Aristophanes 450-385 B.C), show the existence of honey flans and patterned tortes. According to Aristophanes, the ancient Greeks also had a type of doughnut made from crude flour and honey called “Dispyrus” a ring-cake that was submerged in wine and consumed hot. (Pfister, 2014)
Now it is acknowledged, the Romans were a hearty, festivity loving lot and even though a declaration was passed by the Senate designed to curb excesses by citizens, the sweet art of pastry-cooking (considered decadent by some) emerged as a highly respected profession. Indeed the bakery business was so profitable that in the time of Christ around three hundred independent bakers existed in Rome. Just how rewarding and diverse the trade then was is recorded by Cato…...

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