”Let them eat cake” – Marie Antoinette

I have always loved to bake and cook food. Even since I was two years old I used to borrow my mum’s pots and pans.  The most joyful thing was to be with my mum in the kitchen when she baked her delicious and beautiful cinnamon buns!

The word cake has even been mentioned  in the History book.  A famous quote “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” is taken from Marie -Antoinette (born 2 November 1755, died 16 October 1793). The people were starving in Paris and the Queen Marie -Antoinette lived in luxury in her castle Versailles. She could not understand why the citizens were asking for bread when they could eat cake! Marie-Antoinette was the Empress  of Austria Maria-Theresia’s daughter and Marie-Antoinette was married to Louis XVI.

Marie-Antoinette

Versailles 

William Shakespeare is also a great historical person who has used the word “Cake”. “Dost thou think because thou art virtuous there shall be no more cakes and ale?”  (ShakespeareTwelfth Night, 1602). According to the website Phrases cakes are synonymous with the good life and it can be used as a metaphor for a “good thing”.

Shakespeare (pretty handsome huh? Haha) 😀

Why are cakes and baking so good for your health? Like I mentioned in my previous post, for instance it makes people smile. Even depressed people could probably be treated with baking therapy. I also have mentioned in my post about “baking and dementia” that people with memory difficulties could gain better memory when they are doing something stimulating as baking.

 What is my point with this blog post? The point is, when you are walking around in the supermarket or going out with your friends/family for some coffee and cake you should really understand a bit of the background of the amazing thing you see in front of you. It is not only a cake, baked with flour, eggs, sugar etc. It has a history… from a historical and social perspective.

Still, people are starving in the world, like the ones who lived in Marie-Antoinette’s France, but at least, we nowadays have many people who’ve started Charity Organizations to help those people who are in need. Isn’t it amazing? I surely think it is… More need to be improved and done though, but we already are doing a great job, if you think about how many people who are living on this Earth. Luckily we don’t have to beg an arrogant Queen like Marie-Antoinette, to try and get some bread. We have ourselves, we have the love for baking and cooking, and most of all we surely know how to treat people with respect and dignity… 😀

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