There’s no better way to end a Fourth of July BBQ with burgers and hot dogs than with a piece of cake. OK, maybe two, because who Not another helping of lemon meringue, a box of chocolate ice cream, or the all-American classic apple pie?
And what we call cake is really part of the backbone of American cuisine, having evolved from cake-like baked goods during the days of wagon tracks that date back at least to 5th-century Greece. Settlers relied on cakes as an affordable, portable, and tasty food source. Because pies require less flour than bread, they could be cooked over a fire with a wide range of ingredients harvested according to the season.