And I’ll bake if I want to. Who says you can’t make your own birthday cake?
The cake is the mango tango cupcake recipe from Vegan Desserts by Hannah Kaminsky. I took liberty and made one small cake instead of 12 cupcakes. It still worked the same. It is covered in a ginger-spiced rum icing – all vegan of course.
That takes the cake
Many celebrations are recognized with cake: weddings, birthdays, communion and other special occasions. But why cake? I have been searching for a definitive answer to this and so far have not found one. I do have a theory though.
Cake is simply enriched bread. Bread is found in some form in all cultures throughout the world. It is everyday food for everyday people. Sugar, eggs and dairy were often luxury items for many people and the addition of these ingredients to flour, water, fat and a leavening agent signified a treat. Treats are reserved for special occasions hence the possible origin of the tradition.
Following a lean Lent, devoid of whatever one has given up, Easter breads are often enriched with sugar and eggs.
What is your take on the tradition of cake for special occasions?