Sweetened and Condensed: A Brief History of Cake

"Let them eat cake!". Marie Antoinette said the words, and generations of cake enthusiasts before and since have embraced the concept in a big way. Our love affair with cake is enduring and passionate, our creativity with it seemingly endless. The history of cake is somewhat convoluted, culminating in a product that is today a far cry from its ancestors. Many believe that the word "cake" is a derivative of the Old Norse word "kaka". This baked confection was made of ground flour, eggs and milk and sweetened with honey. Enjoyed by the Vikings and other Scandinavian cultures, this early cake was almost indistinguishable from what we think of as a biscuit or bun. Which makes sense considering

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