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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.

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Project #19

Chocolate Guardian

Week 13/52

Hey! Mr. Iron Man… it just a chocolate not a GOLD, don’t take it seriously although it look like a GOLD,

Fun Chocolate Facts

Many people are interested in reading fun chocolate facts, as chocolate is a common favorite among candy and dessert enthusiasts all over the world. Its rich, burnished flavor and melt-in-your mouth goodness create irresistible treats for its pious followers. What you may not know, though, is that beyond those boxes and tinfoil wrappers, some interesting and fun chocolate facts exist about this sweet confection. 2000 years ago, chocolate was first consumed as a beverage by the Mayan Indians from southern Mexico. Even before the people began brewing the cacao, the beans were used as a form of currency. Cacao beans taste bitter in their natural state. In fact, the term “chocolate” originated from an Aztec word, Xocolatl, which means “bitter water.” Chocolate literally is the Food of the Gods. The cacao beans that are harvested come from a tree species with a genus name of Theobroma, which translates to (you guessed it) food of the gods.

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Project #13

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