National Cake Day & Cakes in Tanzania

November 26, 2019 • News & Events • Views: 2724

Cake is one of those few food items that is difficult to turn down, under any circumstances. After all, what is that one food item that makes everyone happy? Take a wild guess, and you won’t even have to wonder why there’s actually a National Cake Day.

Have you ever met a person who says that they don’t like cakes? That is very unlikely, and if you have, then we suggest that you stop talking to them. No one needs a person in their life who doesn’t like cake!

Learning About International Cake Day

Did you even know that there is a National Cake Day? It’s held on November 26th and chances are good that it’s one of the sweetest days of the entire year!

The History of Cake Day

The history of cake dates back to ancient times, as the first cakes were baked in Ancient Egypt and Greece. The cakes at that time were heavy and flat, and were mostly eaten with honey and nuts at the end of a meal. These days, Baklava is considered an offspring of ancient cakes. You must try it if you are a fan of sweet and sticky desserts.

The Romans had their own version of cake, but it was creamy and rich, and it was offered to the gods as a sign of devotion, love and respect. During the Great Depression, in order to provide food to millions of people, America came up with the boxed cake mix.

How to Celebrate Cake Day

Here are some ways in which you can celebrate Cake Day:

  • By eating it for breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • By baking a cake and sharing it with the people you love
  • By giving out cake to the poor and the homeless
  • By having a baking contest

The opportunity to add sweetness to people’s lives is extraordinary. You can organize an elaborate tea party and do the following things:

  • Have a baking class for children and adults
  • Have a concert
  • Host a cake-tasting competition
  • Give prizes for an exhibition or unusual cake

Different Types of Cakes

There are different types of cakes that you can enjoy on National Cake Day. Some favorites include:

Yeast Cake

These are the oldest types of cake, and are very bready in texture.


There are so many different kinds of cheesecakes, from the low-calorie options made from low-fat cheese and fruit peels, to the classic creamy goodness of the New-York-style cheesecake.

Sponge Cake

Sponge cakes are very light in texture and are usually iced with cream cheese and butter.

The Importance of Cake in Tanzania

Just like the rest of the world, the people of Tanzania also love cake, and it is one of their favorite desserts, often even used for religious and cultural ceremonies.

Symbol of Celebration

Currently, cake is a symbol of celebration and is eaten during birthdays, anniversaries, the birth of a baby, weddings and during Eid. Often, cake is served with ice cream, and it is the preferred snack for hundreds of Tanzanians, even beyond National Cake Day.



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