Published at Tuesday, September 24th, 2019 - 05:54:56 AM. Cake. By Maureen Rochefort.
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?
Prepare your cookie sheets – Line each one of your cookie sheets with parchment paper cut long enough so that it extends over the side of the pan so that you can fit the parchment down into the corners. If you are not sure how much parchment paper to use, roll it out onto the cookie sheet and then set another cookie sheet on top of it and push down. Cut the excess parchment paper off. Repeat until all of your cookie sheets are covered. Set them aside.
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