March 4th is National Pound Cake Day! / #NationalPoundCakeDay
Happy National Pound Cake Day!
Here are today’s five thing to know about Poundcake:
The Pound Cake is a British creation that dates back to the early 1700s.
Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.
In Britain pound cake is more commonly known as ‘Sponge cake’ or ‘Madeira cake’.
The German “Eischwerkuchen” cake is a recipe very similar to the pound cake.
In France pound cake is a traditional and popular cake of the French region of Brittany, and uses the same quantity of the four ingredients but with no added fruit of any kind.
Today’s Food History
◦ 1634 Samuel Cole supposedly opened the first tavern in the U.S., in Boston.
◦ 1792 Samuel Slocum was born. He invented a machine to make pins with solid heads and a machine for sticking the pins in a paper holder for sale.
◦ 1792 Oranges were said to have been introduced to Hawaii.
◦ 1927 RIP Ira Remsen An American chemist, co-discoverer (with Constantine Fahlberg) of saccharin, the artificial sweetener. (The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen).
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