Know the History of your Favorite Christmas Cakes: Journey from a Simple Bread to a Delicacy!
Christmas doesn't seem to feel the same without this typical treat, whether you prefer the Christmas cake, or the just fruitcake. It appears on several dessert menus before. Christmas Day as a simple gift from your job, home, family and friends. Commonly served in many parts of the world during the holiday season, there are thousands and, if not millions of people who enjoy Christmas cake.
The story of Christmas cake is long, not only the cake but the whole history of its origin
What's so special about Christmas cakes:
If you're all loud about singing Christmas songs or celebrating this Christmas party with friends, those things just go hand in hand. It's particularly important when it comes to that special Christmas cake. Have you never stopped and wondered where all of that began with all the excitement surrounding your holiday? The Food History of Christmas cake.
But when did fruitcake become a popular Christmas pud?
Without this popular treat, Christmas doesn't seem to feel the same. With recipes that have been passed down with their own little twist for decades, Christmas cake takes on many types.
Looking deeper into the food history of Christmas cakes or the Twelfth Night Cake, the story began in Medieval England as an English tradition customary in our history, people ate porridge on Christmas Eve.
Eventually, to make it like a pudding, individuals began adding dried fruits and spices to the porridge.
Somewhere around the 14th to 15th century, European cakes were beginning to imitate more like our modern interpretation of cake, earlier ‘cakes’ being more like pieces of bread. These enriched bread were still popular, even in the late 17th century. Symbolic and holiday cakes were produced as sugar, spices and fruit became more abundant during the Medieval era.
During the times of the 16th century:
The use of oats was removed from the way of making cakes with the introduction of the 16th century, and people began to use butter, wheat flour and eggs as an ingredient.
As the 12th night's popularity steadily fell and Christmas celebrations gradually increased in the 1830s, the cake was eaten on or around Christmas Day. The Victorian bakers began decorating the cakes with snow-scenes from winter with this change. It was historically believed in the Victorian period that it was not fortunate to cut the cake on Christmas Eve before dawn.