The cake is one of the world's favorite desserts, and there are so many of them to choose from. Cakes are plentiful in every country, and they are celebrated on Sunday, November 26 because it is National Cake Day. Perhaps some are left over from the feast on Thanksgiving Day that was celebrated just three days ago on Thursday, November 23. If not, it is easy to bake another cake or purchase one from your local bakery.

Evolution of the dessert

A long time ago, cakes were made from leavened bread that was sweetened with honey. Fruits and nuts were added for variety.

Today, cakes are more elaborate and contain more than those few ingredients. A basic cake is made with flour, eggs, sugar, butter and baking powder. Depending on the type of cake that is being made, additional ingredients are added such as extracts, fruits, and nuts.

After the cake is done, it can be frosted on top with different flavors of icing. It is so convenient today to bake a cake because there are boxes of cake mixes and frostings in the grocery store if cooks prefer not to make a cake from scratch.

The most popular cakes are plain vanilla, chocolate, German chocolate, red velvet, coconut, banana nut, pineapple-upside-down, Cheesecake, and so many other kinds. There is a fruitcake that's often plentiful around the holidays that is filled with just various fruits and nuts.

Cakes used to be reserved for celebrations such as birthday parties, wedding receptions, and other events. Now a cake can be available whenever someone in the family has a sweet tooth.

No bake cakes

Cakes are so versatile that all of them don't have to be baked. Sometimes when people are in a hurry to eat a piece of cake, they can make one quickly.

That's because some fast and easy recipes are available to make the cake ready in no time at all without baking it. For instance, a cheesecake is not baked. However, people don't have to limit their taste for no-bake cakes to only cheesecakes.

Some people love a microwavable mug cake. It is just like it sounds. It is cake batter poured into a mug and cooked in the microwave.

The sweet, warm treat that needs no frosting takes only one or two minutes to go from the microwave to your mouth.

No matter what kind of cake you have a taste for on National Cake Day, go ahead and indulge. It doesn't matter whether you bake a cake from scratch or from a box. It doesn't matter if you buy one already made. What matters is that you and your family join others as they celebrate a cake. Enjoy it plain or with a scoop of ice cream on top.