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November 26, 2019 - NATIONAL CAKE DAY

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On November 26th, National Cake Day delivers a scrumptious treat for everyone to enjoy! Slide over pie, this day cake takes center stage as the dessert of choice. On most birthdays, the cake is topped with candles no matter their age. Showers, weddings, retirements and anniversaries, cake serves up a slice or two. Add ice cream, and you have America’s top favorite desserts in the same dish!

Whether it’s a shapely bundt cake (celebrated on November 15) to the less curvaceous sheet cake, these sweet layered, frosting covered or fondant decorated works of art scream celebration!  Whether made from scratch, a box or picked up from the bakery, a cake sends a sweet message. They also come in many combinations and flavors, too. 

No one can know how many. There are countless cake recipes. Some are even bread-like, others rich and elaborate, and many still are centuries old. Of Viking origin, the word cake is derived from Old Norse “kaka.” At that time, a cake’s texture was more like gingerbread due to the availability of refined ingredients. 

Cakes typically contain a combination of flour, sugar, eggs, and butter or oil. Additionally, some variety of liquid, such as milk or water, creates a batter. A leavening agent such as yeast or baking powder helps the cake rise. Flavorful ingredients are often added, for example, chopped nuts, fresh, candied or dried fruit, fruit purees, or extracts. Though we commonly think of cake with frosting or icing, many cakes can be enjoyed with just fruit or other toppings. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalCakeDay

Grab the flour and cake pans. Get dusted up and warm the house with love. Decorate and frost them. And then, deliver it to a family gathering. You know you’ll wow them with their favorite. Cream cheese frosting, buttercream or icing. What’s your favorite? Here are a few delicious choices to try. 

Black Forest Cake
Lemon Pudding Cakes
Zucchini Cake
Pineapple Pudding Cake

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While our research did not uncover the source of this day, National Day Calendar® continues researching this food holiday’s origins.

On Deck for November 27, 2019

National Days

Recipe of the Day

Tapioca Pudding
Prep:  30 minutes
Cook:  30 minutes
Total Prep:  60 minutes
Serves 4


1/2 cup small pearl tapioca
3/4 cup water
2 – 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar divided
2 eggs separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Soak the tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1-1/2 quart saucepan.

Do not drain any remaining liquid from the tapioca.

Lightly beat egg yolks and add to tapioca along with milk, salt and 1/4 cup of sugar.

Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes and stir frequently.

Beat together egg whites and remaining sugar until soft peaks form.

Fold in a portion of the hot tapioca into the egg whites, then carefully fold the mixture back into the saucepan.

Continue to stir over low heat for approximately 3 minutes.

Allow the tapioca to cool for 15 minutes, then add the vanilla.

Serve the tapioca warm or chilled.

As an added treat, top with fruit, nuts, whipped cream, cinnamon or other seasonal favorites.

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