Happy birthday to you! Or congratulations on getting married! Opportunities to enjoy a slice of cake come up on a regular basis. But how much do you really know about this partygoer? What about the inverse of cake, whoopie pie?
If you want to know more about this sweet treat then you’ve come to the right article. This is a history of cake.
Cake came quickly on the heels of the invention of flour. Historians believe cake is from Egypt, when it was a combination of bread with honey and nuts. The word cake, comes from the Vikings, an old Norse word, kaka. Take the first K and the last A, switch to C and E, and voila! Modern day spelling.
- National Cake day is on November 26. That means Thanksgiving and National Cake day are on the same day this year!
- Cake used to mean “biscuit of oatmeal” in Scotland. Perhaps now evolved into today’s scones?
- Cakes used to be given as offerings on birthdays, now it’s just a way to celebrate the occasion.
History of Whoopie Pie!
The inverse of a cake and one of my favorite variations are whoopie pies! These are probably what sparked the “chipwich” seen in many local convenience stores. While several U.S. states claim they came up with the idea for whoopie pies, no one really knows who was the first. The Pennsylvania Amish used whoopie pies so cake could travel to school without being smeared all over the inside of a lunch pail. The way these inside outs got their name was from the Amish children who would shout “Whoopie!” when they found these in their lunch bags .
Whoopie Pie Fun Facts
- Whoopie pies are Maine’s state treat, and is working towards state dessert.
- The first whoopie pie festival had 500 attendees.
- Another name for whoopie pies is gobs.
Whether it’s a whoopie pie, or a cake, there are many facts in here that were new to me. If you were to ask my own personal opinion, I would say that I like the whoopie pie better, but hey, you can’t beat cake.