Cake Holidays That Allow Everyone To Have Their Cake & Eat It, Too!
If you ever wished that there was a holiday where you could have your cake and eat it too, then you may want to pay attention to our article today. That’s because we’re going to be investigating 11 of the Best Cake Holidays That Allow Everyone to Have Their Cake and Eat it, Too.
That’s one cake holiday for every month of the year, except for September. Surprisingly enough, there aren’t any holidays dedicated to cake during that month. Weird, isn’t it? Every other month of the year has at least one cake holiday, and many months have several cake holidays, yet no one was able to invent one for September. That’s a wasted opportunity in our opinion.
Well anyway, what can you do? All we can do is soldier on with our little article today. Before we talk about the different cake holidays that can be found throughout the year, we would like to take the opportunity to go over a brief history of cake. A history that many people who are with us today may not know about. With that said, shall we begin?
A Quick & Brief History Of Cake
Many food historians believe that cake was first invented by the ancient Egyptians. There are several written records from that time that speak of a bread-like food that’s made by combining flour, honey, and dried fruits and nuts. These “cakes” were then baked on hot stones.
Cake can also be found in ancient Greece as a part of religious ceremonies and rituals. These cakes were round like Egyptian cakes and were made with wheat flour, cheese, and honey. Sometimes dried nuts and fruit was also added to the mixture to take it up a notch.
The Romans would borrow the idea of cake from the ancient Greeks and improved many of their cake-baking techniques. This is the period when eggs and butter began to be used, and sweeteners beyond sugar were added to the cake batter. The Romans also experimented with a wide variety of different cake sizes and shapes.
For the next few hundred years, cakes pretty much stayed the same. Then during the 17th century, cake recipes began to be expanded in Europe. This was partly thanks to the foods that were introduced to the continent from the New World. Chocolate, vanilla, and various fruits discovered in North and South America could be used to make an even wider variety of cakes. Then during the 19th century, mass production, better ovens, and better baking ingredients allowed the modern cake to be born. It’s been a popular dessert ever since.
Cake-Related Food Holidays
Okay, now on with our discussion of the best cake food holidays:
National Chocolate Cake Day (January 27th)
Now, who can resist a beautiful and perfectly frosted chocolate cake? We know that we can’t. It has a rich and indulgent flavor that’s been loved for hundreds of years. It can be made into a variety of different desserts including chocolate ganache cake, lava cake, or chocolate sponge cake. And it can be paired with a variety of ingredients that make it even better. This includes whipped cream, fresh fruits, caramel, and even ice cream. This is the cake that we like for the month of January.
National Carrot Cake Day (February 3rd)
Carrot Cake is another loved form of cake and for good reason. It’s filled with warm and comforting spices including nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. It has a subtle sweetness that isn’t overpowering, and it’s absolutely fantastic with cream cheese frosting. And since carrots are incorporated into the cake, it’s not as unhealthy as other types of cake. That is why this is our choice for the month of February.
National Black Forest Cake Day (March 28th)
Now some people might think that we’re cheating with our cake list by listing Black Forest Cake in addition to chocolate cake. That’s because some people mistakenly think these two cakes are the same. However, that’s simply not the case. These two cakes are separated by flavor, filling and frosting, presentation, and cultural origin. We don’t have the space to go into specifics, but we do encourage everyone reading to do their research and find out why this cake is our choice for the month of March.
National Pineapple Upside Down Cake Day (April 20th)
Our choice for the month of April is Pineapple Upside Down Cake. This is a classic dessert that’s been popular for decades in the U.S. now but became especially popular during the 1950s. Upside-down cakes in the U.S. actually began in the 1920s, but pineapples weren’t used for them. The fruit most often used for these cakes was prunes. But that’s beside the point. The point is that we love this cake and feel most people joining us today will as well.
National Devil’s Food Cake Day (May 19th)
Okay, we might be cheating a little bit for May. Devil’s Food Cake is very similar to chocolate food cake. Very similar. Even so, there are a few differences between chocolate and this cake. One, Devil’s Food has a milder flavor and tends to be more moist. Two, Devil’s Food tends to be lighter than chocolate cake. And three, Devil’s Food usually has more oil or melted fat in it than chocolate cake.
National Hazelnut Cake Day (June 1st)
Our pick for June is the Hazelnut Cake. This cake has a nutty flavor that makes it, unlike any other cake on this list. It’s moist, versatile, and is often used for gourmet desserts. Thanks to the hazelnuts in it, it’s also chock full of vitamins and minerals. Okay, maybe not chock full, but the hazelnuts do give it a small nutritional boost.
National Raspberry Cake Day (July 31st)
Our pick for July is Raspberry Cake. With a sweet and tangy flavor, this type of cake is perfect for any summer celebration. This type of cake also plays well with other sweet flavors. It pairs well with white chocolate, dark chocolate, lemon, mint, almonds, and even whipped cream. Try taking one of these cakes to a summer BBQ or picnic and see how popular you instantly become.
National Sponge Cake Day (August 23rd)
Okay, sponge cake isn’t really our favorite cake, at least not by itself. The beauty of this cake is that it can be used to make a variety of desserts. These include layered cakes, trifles, tiramisu, cake pops, and even ice cream cakes or strawberry shortcake. That’s why it’s our August cake pick.
National Angel Food Cake Day (October 10th)
Angel Food Cake is our October pick. It’s a light and fluffy cake that pairs well with ice cream, frosting, and fruit.
National Bundt (Pan) Day (November 15th)
This cake has a beautiful and unique shape that makes it perfect for holiday celebrations. They also tend to be easy to serve, have a long shelf life and they can be made in a variety of different flavors. That makes them the perfect November cake.
National Fruitcake Day (December 27th)
Most people will likely end up with several fruitcakes on this day since it’s two days past Christmas. Although fruitcakes get a bad reputation they can be pretty good. Just make sure to not buy a store-bought one but instead buy a homemade one. Those are pretty easy to find in December.