Trivia of the Day – November 9

Where did Black Forest Cake gets it name from?

Fall Swirl Cake
  1. The legend of the Red Riding Hood
  2. The Black Forest of Germany
  3. The dark chocolate color which looks almost black
  4. A specialty liquor used in the cake
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Answer: 4
Kirschwasser which specialty liquor from the Black Forest Mountain region in Germany.  It is a clear liquor distilled from tart cherries and is typically added to the cake.

Trivia of the Day – November 8

Who invented Chocolate Chips?

Chocolate Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies
  1. The Mayans
  2. Nestle
  3. Toll House Inn
  4. Ruth Wakefield

 

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Answer: 4
In 1933, Ruth Wakefield who owned Toll House Inn with her husband prepared cookies for her guests.  While using a cut-up Nestle chocolate bar as a substitute for something she did not have, she created the chocolate chip cookie.  Nestle stuck a deal with her later to print her recipe on their Toll House Inn brand chocolate chips in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Trivia of the Day – November 3

Before the creation of electric mixers, a lot of mixing was done by hand.  Based on Pound Cake recipes from 1700’s and early 1800’s, how long does one have to beat the ingredients to get air into the batter?

Mini Anniversary Cake
  1. 15 minutes
  2. 30 minutes
  3. 1 hour
  4. 1 hour 30 minutes
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Answer: 3
Based on recipe from The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy by Hannah Glasse, facsimile 1747, one has to beat the ingredients for 1 hour by hand or with a wooden spoon!  That had better been a great cake after it came out of the oven!  Even it was not, I would still heave eaten it and made sure I liked it considering the amount of effort.

Trivia of the Day – November 2

Which country originated the Pound Cake?

Bouquet of Flower Cake
  1. France
  2. England
  3. United States
  4. Italy
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Answer: 2
Pound cake originated from England back in the early 1700’s.

Trivia of the Day – November 1 Revised

Which 2 ingredients were NOT included in the original Pound Cake recipe?

Fall Swirl Cake
  1. Eggs
  2. Flour
  3. Baking Power
  4. Milk
  5. Butter
  6. Sugar
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Answer: 3 and 4
The original Pound Cake was made with 4 ingredients, Eggs, Flour, Butter, and Sugar.  The ratio was 1 pound of each and therefore the name “pound cake.”

Trivia of the Day – October 27

Which 2 countries are said to have started the tradition of Birthday Cakes?

Strawberry Shortcake
  1. Greece
  2. Egypt
  3. Italy
  4. Germany
  5. France
  6. England
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Answer: 1 and 4
Some historians believe that the birthday cake tradition started in Greece thousands of years ago when the Greeks used to offer up cakes at the temples.  Others believe that the tradition was started in Germany in the 1500’s as bakeries wanted to market cakes for birthdays and weddings.

Trivia of the Day – October 26

When does the origin of the phrase “Have one’s cake and eat it too” date back to?

Boston Cream Pie
  1. 1500’s
  2. 1700’s
  3. 1800’s
  4. 1900’s
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Answer: 1
The phrase’s earliest recording is from John Heywood’s writing from the mid 1500’s as “wolde you bothe eate your cake, and have your cake?”

Trivia of the Day – October 25

Which is one of the possible ingredients used to tint a Red Velvet Cake?

Brown Velvet Cake
  1. Beets
  2. Maraschino cherries
  3. Tomato Paste
  4. Raspberries
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Answer: 1
Pureed beets can be used to achieve a red color in Red Velvet Cake instead of food coloring.

Trivia of the Day – October 20

Cheesecake with Pooh & Piglet Topper

Which country originated Cheesecake?

  1. United States
  2. France
  3. Italy
  4. Greece
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Answer: 4
Cheesecake was already popular in Greece by the time the Romans conquered Greece.

Trivia of the Day – October 19

Which was the one thing NOT included in the original Strawberry Shortcake?

  1. Strawberries
  2. Cake
  3. Biscuit
  4. Shortening
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Answer: 2
The original Strawberry Shortcake was made with a scone like biscuit which was sliced in two and with strawberries added between them.