did you know?
Greeks were probably the first people to use cakes to celebrate, honouring the Goddess of the Moon, possibly using candles to make the cake look like the moon.
The word cake comes from the Nordic "kaka". In the Middle Ages many cakes were made of spices and ginger, similar to the parkin still made in Yorkshire.
Ingredients like sugar and nuts were expensive, so baking cakes has always been a very special way to show that you care about some one. We love our visitors - that's why we bake so many cakes for them!
Sugar used to be so costly that fine white icing on cakes was a symbol of great wealth.
In the Middle Ages, cakes were thrown at the bride for good luck. The guests scrambled for the crumbs and piled them high on a table, then the bride and groom had to kiss over the pile without it toppling in order to be blessed with a lifetime of happiness!
Five almost-scientific reasons to eat cake: