Cake Decoration

Week 19/52

The term “cake” has a long history. The word itself is of Viking origin, from the Old Norseword “kaka”. Although clear examples of the difference between cake and bread are easy to find, the precise classification has always been elusive. For example, banana bread may be properly considered either a quick bread or a cake. The Greeks invented beer as a leavener, frying fritters in olive oil, and cheesecakes using goat’s milk. In ancient Rome, basic bread dough was sometimes enriched with butter, eggs, and honey, which produced a sweet and cake-like baked good. Latin poet Ovidrefers to the birthday of him and his brother with party and cake in his first book of exile, Tristia. Early cakes in England were also essentially bread: the most obvious differences between a “cake” and “bread” were the round, flat shape of the cakes, and the cooking method, which turned cakes over once while cooking, while bread was left upright throughout the baking process.

Cake decorating originated in 17th century Europe. During the 1840s, the advent of temperature-controlled ovens and the production of baking powder made baking cakes much easier. As temperature control technology improved, an increased emphasis on presentation and ornamentation developed. Cakes began to take on decorative shapes, were adorned with additional icing formed into patterns and flowers, and food coloring was used to accent frosting or layers of cake. Cake decorating was rumored to be started by a French bakery in the 1840s where a French baker wanted to increase the prices of the cakes and hence thought to decorate it. Even though baking from scratch decreased during the latter part of the 20th century in the United States, decorated cakes have remained an important part of celebrations such as weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, showers and other special occasions.

F/5.6, 1/15 sec, ISO – 1600, Photoshop CS6

Project #19

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About The Inspiration Shots

My name is Tommy Too and I'm a newbie in photography and blogging. The intention of creating this blog is to share some of my work and to keep track the improvement of my photography skill. Nevertheless the most important thing is to getting feedback or comment from other professional photographer just like you.

Posted on May 11, 2015, in Photography, Projects 52 and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. dreamymichaela

    Hi Tommy! A pleasure to meet you! Thank you for visiting my blog post – also about food and photography. Similar to you I am new to blogging, although I have been taking photos for many years. And like you, I am continuously learning and improving my skills. I particularly enjoyed your cake post with the cute photo accompanying it! I notice that you like to give extra background information….as you did with the dry water post and this cake post. I enjoyed that, too. I wish you lots of fun and joy in your pursuit of more photography and blogging. 🙂

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  2. Thanks for visiting my site, nice to know that cake was use during the Viking time . Thanks for sharing

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  3. Thank you for liking ‘Otherworldly.” Nice post! 🙂 I did not know the origins of the cake and cake decorating, and I enjoyed learning something new. And I like the photo of the cute cake decoration too! 🙂

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