Research has shown that the ancient practice of foraging for food has led us to find visually appealing images a trigger for hunger. We relish food as much with our eyes as with our tongues. Because cake is often the most delicious food in western culture, it is also the most beautifully presented.
A short History of Cakes
Talking about cake is a passionate territory. Some of the most defining moments in our lives – from birthdays and graduation days to weddings and anniversaries – have been celebrated around the cake. In history, there was bread before cake, but baked items are common to all the major cultures in the world. Even the ancient Egyptians were known to have made sweetbreads from a variety of grains and other ingredients such as dry fruit, edible seeds and wine.
A good cake is consistent in its tenderness. It has lower gluten than bread and is softer. Cake is also spongier than a biscuit. The Romans are known to have added yeast as a leavening agent to cake to make small bubbles within the batter. In the 16th century, bakers in Italy improved the process by adding the egg to the mix. Baking soda is first said to have been used to leaven the dough in the middle of the 18th century.
Gradually, flour, eggs, sugar, spices and cream became more widely available and everybody could indeed eat cake (though they couldn’t in Mary Antoinette’s France of the Revolution). The spread and intermingling of cultures, new foods and habits, have made the cake acceptable, almost universally, as a favorite item of dessert.
Today’s Incredible Variety of Cakes
Today, we have such a variety of cakes – sponge cake, apple cake, banana cake, Babka, Basbousa, Baumkuchen, beer cakes, cream pies, Black Forest cake, brownies, Buccellato, Budapestiangd, Bundt cakes, Butterfly cakes, Coconut cake, Chocolate cake, and many more.
The availability of household microwaves and ovens has made cake baking a household affair, now more than ever. People have experimented, innovated and created new forms of cake everywhere. However, no innovation has been as revolutionary as the edible image, often found at theme parties and celebrations for an occasion.
What are Edible Images?
Edible images are printed on pre-prepared frosting sheets, wafer papers, rice sheets, sugar sheets, and chocolate transfer sheets. These sheets can then be settled on the top of cake frostings or wrapped around cake shapes. You can also print and cut out particular pieces of the edible image to create cookie toppings, cupcake toppings, and even print directly on top of food.
The technology that is used is not very different from that used in traditional inkjet printers. The only difference is that in place of toxic dye, there is edible ink – completely food grade and non-poisonous.
The Democratization of Celebrations
Visually appealing cakes often relied solely on geometry and shape instead of images and color. The hazard of inorganic food dyes and the limited colors available in natural substances had, for long, restricted the amount of creativity that amateur cake bakers could employ. The biggest change that the edible printable image has brought is the democratization of theme-based celebrations. Now you don’t need to be an exceptional artist to bake a visually appealing cake.
Baking delicious and visually spectacular Fourth of July cakes is no longer a preserve of the filthy rich. Today, edible printers are everywhere. They are easy to use, clean and maintain. Cake toppings have never been as eatable by the eyes as they have been by the mouth. You too can be a part of the future of celebrating. Check out Icinginks edible printing cakes and customized edible image printing services today!