केकचा इतिहास प्राचीन काळापासूनचा आहे. पहिले केक आज आपण जे खातो त्यापेक्षा खूप वेगळे होते. ते अधिक भाकरीसारखे होते आणि मधांनी गोड होते. … खाद्य इतिहासकारांच्या मते, आधुनिक केकची पूर्ववर्ती (आइसिंगसह गोलाकार) प्रथम 17 व्या शतकाच्या मध्यभागी कधीतरी युरोपमध्ये भाजली गेली..
काही विक्रेत्यांनी गिऱ्हाईकाच्या जन्मदिवशी हा गोड केक देऊन आपली विक्री वाढवायचं ठरवलं व ही प्रथा सुरु झाली.
सहसा गोल व एका थराचे केक त्यावेळी प्रसिद्ध होते. जर्मन लोक मेणबत्ती बनवण्यात माहिर होते त्यांनी केकवर छोट्या छोट्या मेणबत्या व एक मोठी मेणबत्ती केकवर लावणे सुरु केले. आपल्या आयुष्याची वर्षे जितकी तितक्या मेणबत्त्या लावण्याचा प्रघात नंतर पडला असावा जो आजही आपल्यासहित जगभरात चालतो.
पुर्वी मोठी आग पेटवत व तिच्याभोवती गाणी नाच चालत ह्या अग्नीच्या धुरातून परमेश्वरापर्यंत आपल्या इच्छा पोहोचतात व त्या पुर्ण होतात असं ते लोक समजत. विचार केला तर यज्ञ ही सुद्धा तशीच गोष्ट पण आपण ती जुनाट समजतो. तर ही आग देवाकडे आपलं म्हणनं , इच्छा पोहोचवते अशी त्यांची श्रद्धा होती. रोमन , इंग्रज , युरोपियन यांची श्रद्धा आपल्याला पुरोगामी बनविते व आपली हिंदू श्रद्धा मात्र अंधश्रद्धा मानली जाते व त्यानुसार आपण वागलो कि आपण संकुचित प्रतिगामी व मनुवादी होतो. असो.
नंतर नंतर मोठ्या आगीच रुपांतर मेणबत्तीत झालं व धुराद्वारे इच्छा पटकन वर पाठवण्यासाठी ती मेणबत्ती मनात इच्छा बोलून फुंकण्याची प्रथा सुरु झाली !
१९०० सालाच्या दरम्यान Happy birthday to you हे गाणं जास्तच लोकप्रिय झालं व तेच केकवर लिहिलं जाऊ लागलं !
तर अशी ही जेमतेम १०० वर्षापुर्वीची अंधश्रद्धाळू रोमन, युरोपियन वाढदिवसाची कल्पना तुम्हालाच लखलाभ !
नविन पिढीतर डोक्यावर अंडे फोडणे, केक तोंडावर मारणे वगैरे अनेक प्रथा त्यात भर घालून रोमन , युरोपियन वंशाचा वारसा चालवत आहेत
Interesting Facts About Cakes
The Oxford English Dictionary traces the English word cake back to the 13th century. It is a derivation of ‘kaka’, an Old Norse word.
The cupcake evolved in the United States in the 19th century, and it was revolutionary because of the amount of time it saved in the kitchen.
The World’s Most Expensive Cake – A person living in the United Arab Emirates didn’t have a world record in mind when buying the most expensive cake ever purchased, when they were looking for something unique for their daughter’s birthday. That is exactly what happened; however, when cake designer, Debbie Wingham received a phone call that would change her life forever. Debbie designed the cake to look like a fashion runway; and with it being 1.8 meters (6 foot long), it appears that way, along with models (who you can eat), and wearing fashionable clothes and accessories, which are also edible. The majority of the cost came in when an abundance of gemstones were added, including $45 million worth of multi-colored diamonds. This 75 million dollar cake is now the record-holder for the most expensive cake in the world
The oldest cake is 2 pieces from the wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, dated 1840. The oldest intact cake dates from 1898 with only one large crack in the icing from a WWII bomb blast.
The tallest cake measured 33 m (108.27 ft) and was made by Hakasima-Nilasari Culinary School for the event Amazing Christmas and exhibited in Senayan City, Jakarta, Indonesia, from 28 November to 8 December 2008.
The longest cake measured 3,018.59 m (9,903 ft 5.88 in) and was achieved by Pasticceria DAF (Italy), in Trofarello, Italy, on 18 September 2016.
The largest cake sculpture measures 16.46 m x 13.94 m x 0.54 m (54 ft x 45 ft 7 in x 1 ft 9.25 in) and was achieved by National Association Cake Designers Italy in Milan, Italy, on 4 October 2015. The scultpure was made by 250 cake designers.
The most lit candles on a cake is 72,585 and was achieved by Ashrita Furman and the Sri Chinmoy Centre (both USA) at the Sri Chinmoy Centre in New York, New York, USA, on 27 August 2016. The cake was created in celebration of meditation teacher Sri Chinmoy’s life, on what would have been his 85th birthday.
The largest cupcake weighs 1,176.6 kg (2,594 lb) and was achieved by Georgetown Cupcake (USA) at Georgetown Cupcake’s national shipping headquarters in Sterling, Virginia, USA, on 2 November 2011.
13 FUN AND AMAZING FACTS ABOUT CAKES YOU NEVER KNEW!
- November 26th is National Cake Day.
- The Red Velvet Cake Recipe was an act of Revenge – One of the interesting cake facts about Red Velvet is that the recipe was made known to the public as an act of revenge. A woman ate the Red Velvet cake in the restaurant and got quite fond of it. She asked the restaurant for the recipe and they charged $100 for the same. She got furious and circulated the recipe widely as a revenge.
- The word ‘cake’ comes from Middle English kake, and is probably a borrowing from Old Norse.
- The meaning of ‘cake’ has changed over time, and the first cake was: A comparatively small flattened sort of bread, round, oval, or otherwise regularly shaped, and usually baked hard on both sides by being turned during the process.
- The world’s largest wedding cake weighed 15,032 lb and was made by chefs at the Mohegan Sun Hotel and Casino, Uncasville, CT in February 2004.
- The world’s tallest cake stood at 7.8m tall, and it took 20 chefs more than 24 hours to make the giant cake at a mall in Luoyang
- The world’s most expensive cake, a birthday cake loaded with diamonds and hand-sculpted fondant with a price tag of $75 million
- The first birthday cake was originally a cake given as an offering on a person’s birthday. The first reference to ‘birthday cake’ came in 1785.
- Well, during the 17th century, in England, people believed that keeping fruitcakes under the pillow of those who are unmarried will give them sweet dreams about their fiancée.
- The world record for the tallest tower of cupcakes consisting of a staggering 18,818 cupcakes, the huge structure towered above the onlooking crowd at 12.69 m (41 ft 8 in)in Chennai, India.
- The world record for cupcake eating is 72 in six minutes and was set by Patrick Bertoletti in 2012.
- Queen Victoria was one of the first to have pure white icing on her wedding cake. That’s why it’s called “royal icing.”
- One of the first wedding cakes wasn’t actually cake at all — it was bread. In ancient Rome, bread was broken over the bride’s head to symbolize good fortune and fertility to the couple.
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