National Cake Day timeline
Police in Germany investigate an 18-year-old woman who baked a marijuana-laced cake that wound up being served to guests at a funeral. The woman's family claims it was an accident.
The Great Cake Depression
Boxed cake sales plunge during the decade as consumers grow rather bored with the simplicity of it all. Consumers turn their attention to decorating their cakes instead. Colorful magazine photos of cakes provide inspiration for homemakers.
Cake in a box
The Great Depression creates a need to provide easily made food to millions of economically depressed Americans. One company patents a cake-bread mix to deal with this economic situation, thereby establishing the first example of cake in a box. Cake quickly becomes a mass-produced good rather than a homemade specialty — or something consumers purchased at bakeries.
Eggs replace yeast
Bakers turn away from using yeast as a raising agent for cakes — turning instead to beaten eggs. Once as much air as possible had been beaten in, the mixture would be poured into molds — either simple or elaborate.
National Cake Day FAQs
Is it National Cake Day today?
National Cake Day falls on November 26. This is always around Thanksgiving — making the two holidays a perfect match.
What is National Cupcake Day?
National Cupcake Day celebrates those mini cakes which take only three or four bites to eat. Cupcakes work well for any occasion — especially those involving kids.
Is there a National Brownie Day?
Yes. National Brownie Day falls on December 8. Brownies are generally richer and thicker than traditional cake. Most consumers turn to a store-bought mix to make brownies. They generally don’t have frosting.
National Cake Day Activities
Bake a cake
The most obvious and fun way to celebrate National Cake Day is by putting on an apron (or not if you wish to get flour all over your clothes), and preheat your oven! You can make one from scratch or use a little help from little box at the store.
Invite your friends over for a cake decorating contest
You provide the base and they provide the creativity. Invite your friends over for a night full of frosting and laughs, and judge the cakes by the best, worst, and most creative designs.
Let them eat cake (at work)
Everyone loves a nice treat at work. Surprise your co-workers by bringing in a homemade or store-bought cake. When people ask what the occasion is, the answer is simple, "It's National Cake Day, duh!"
Why We Love National Cake Day
There are so many options
Cakes come in different shapes and sizes, and flavors! The options vary from chocolate, vanilla, red velvet, funfetti, and strawberry, to name a few. Not to mention the endless possibilities of frosting and filling!
They're so moist
Cakes are known for their fluffy, moist consistency. These traditional desserts deliver the perfect amount of sweetness (sugar), carbs, and butter— all the ingredients that make it so delicious.
A cake is almost always covered in frosting and special decorations, which alone, is a cause for celebration. Any cake can have a traditional foundation that provides a canvas to get creative. There are even shows on TV which celebrate the art of cake decorating.