Published at Tuesday, October 01st, 2019 - 03:13:20 AM. Cake. By Xavierre Gagnon.
Okay, by now, you know, I do research on trivial/little known traditions, so let me tell you why, supposedly we are to keep the top of the cake for a year and then eat it with your spouse on your one year anniversary. You know I had to know. One, because it seems so random. Two, our cake did not make it through the first six months (My husband had never heard of that tradition and thought that I’d forgotten that we had cake in the freezer. Ate, some of it and then called to remind me that we had cake. Do I hear a collective intake of shocked breath?) The tradition comes from the 19th century [There were a lot of things pertaining to cakes happening during that century. I wonder if Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom loved cake. Yum.] Anyway, during the 19th century, it was usual and expected that the bride and groom would invariably have a child 9 months or so after their marriage, so the top layer of the cake was saved to have at the Christening. This was before refrigeration, so where were they keeping it? For nine months and was it still any good? Boggles the mind doesn’t it? Maybe they were filled with liquor to keep or fermented or fermenting fruit?
When it’s time to make a dessert for a crowd, normal sheet cakes will not fit the bill. It is time for you to step out of your comfort zone and make a massive cake. It’s not as hard as you think. There are two very important things that you should have in your kitchen to make your massive cake a success — three or four heavy duty rimmed baking sheets (depending on how tall you want to make your cake) and parchment paper.
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