Monday, October 7, 2013

National Angel Food Cake Day

While I can’t find out if this is an official day or just put out by a person, company or trade organization, Angel Food does deserve a day of recognition.  And it got October 10th.  The name appeared in print in the US in the 1870s, and the cake itself was created in the US by the 1830s… egg whites, flour and sugar, but no butter.  ...

Many of the National Food Days, Weeks and even Months are great.  Who can argue with such winners as Lobster, S’mores (any Girl Scout would agree), Hoagie, Guacamole, Pancake, Cheeseburger, PBandJ.  They could easily pass both Houses of Congress or be a Proclamation from the President - the two ways a National (anything) Day becomes official.
There are some oddly specific National Food Days like 'National Crown Roast of Pork Day,' 'Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day' (pecans, sure, even plain… but Oatmeal Nut?), and any of the 80+ National Days by some guy who should stop, please.  Seems you can make money making up a "national" holiday, and this guy's 80 and counting crazy copywrited days website includes warning of use.  So to be safe, I better not use the official names.  One is a National ___ stealthily take some green summer squash next door ___Day, another involves, say, __dropping crumbs on the typing part of the computer __Day.   So maybe, (still not sure I am getting the National __ Day process) Congress did not waste time voting on some of the crazier Days.  Which is a relief.
Although....  Anyone have a suggestion for a food holiday?  

So this Thursday – Oct 10 -  if you don’t bake one, think back to how you ate Angel Food Cake.  A slice piled high with strawberries and whipped cream.  The cake cut horizontally, some of the cake taken out of the bottom half and filled with ice cream, the top put back on.  Or a plastic doll stuck down the center and the cake iced to look like a dress.   OH!  and remember using two forks to 'cut' a slice?   Now we use a serrated knife.

The first ad is from American Kitchen Magazine. Feb 1898, Boston.  The other two are from the Saturday Evening Post. Sept. 30, 1911.   

2023 UPDATE - The national days website was started in 2013, and now has over 1,500 days. My plan to do a blog post on Angel Food took a turn when I looked for if it was a national day by Congress, and came across this guy making up dates for his site, and found companies have declated it also. The site: "National Day Calendar® is the original and authoritative source for fun, unusual and unique National Days!" The guy who started it, Mario Anderson, is still threatening using his days, so fill out a form, I guess, or like me, not use it; not sure of the cost if caught.

UPDATE: This blog post was written in 2013, and I eventually wrote about Angel Food Cake in 2015 HERE to correct all the obvious mistakes in the Wikipedia entry. So that is not all the info in Angel Food Cake. Perhaps when I have time again...

©2013 Patricia Bixler Reber

1 comment:

  1. Great post (as always). I often wonder about the proliferation of "___ month" and "___ day." Seems like we didn't have so many of them growing up.
    I think they should actually have a no-food day. The 40 hour famine was something I participated in every year in high school. It was meant to create hunger awareness and really taught me a lot about eating in America and how often we eat out of boredom rather than hunger!