“A party without cake is really just a meeting.”Julia Child
“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.”Yogi Berra
I remember the day quite clearly. We were in the midst of wedding plans with our daughter and future son-in-law, focusing then on the most minute of details.
“Pie”, my daughter said with a decisive edge in her voice. My wife and I both looked aghast at the thought. Insert your “back in my day, we used to walk 10 miles through four feet of snow to country school” variation here.
“Where did we go wrong?”, I said, as I looked at my better half. Who serves pie at their wedding? I couldn’t imagine a newly married couple smearing pie in each other’s faces during the reception.
After some research online, I discovered many articles like “Seven Ways to Serve Pie at Your Wedding”, “The 22 Best Wedding Pies”, and even “Creative Ways to Serve Pizza at Your Wedding” (my kind of pie!).
Sounding like Walter Matthau in “Grumpy Old Men”, I asked myself what is it with kids these days? [Insert Chaim Topol singing the opening song “Tradition” from “Fiddler on the Roof” here.]
In the end, they ended up going with tradition and for their guests, they let them eat cake.
It does seem there are two camps when it comes to these two sweet classic desserts. I have no issues enjoying either to be honest!
Here are some fascinating facts about cake and pie:
- German Chocolate cake got its name from its creator, Samuel German, and was invented in the U.S. as opposed to Germany.
- America voted Apple as it’s favorite pie flavor.
- Fruit cake (containing alcohol) is edible even after more than 106 years!
- Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the American holiday table at the Pilgrim’s second Thanksgiving in 1623.
- The phrase “Happy Birthday” did not appear on birthday cakes until the song “Happy Birthday to You” was popularized in the early 1900s.
- 1 in 5 Americans surveyed by the American Pie Council have eaten an entire pie by themselves.
- From the word cake, a dance form was originated know as ‘cakewalk’. It’s a dance competition where the cake is awarded to the winner.
- “As easy as pie” is an American expression. It came from the 1890s when “pie” was a common slang expression meaning anything easy, a cinch; the expression “easy as pie” came from that.
- Molten chocolate cake is a popular dessert that combines the elements of a flourless chocolate cake and a soufflé. Its name derives from the dessert’s liquid chocolate center, and it is also known as chocolate moelleux (from French for “soft”), chocolate lava cake, or simply lava cake.
- The first organized Pi Day was in 1988 at the San Francisco Exploratorium. Physicist Larry Shaw had the idea to celebrate the day by marching around a circle and then eating some pies. They still have the celebration today.
With those thoughts in mind, “This…or That?” this week will unscientifically determine where our sweet tooth lies in 2022. What can I getcha?
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