32. New Zealand – Christmas Cake

Festive cakes have apparently been made for over 2000 years, however today’s Christmas cake as we know it came about in the 17th century. It was a bread-like cake made with expensive dried fruit, nuts, candied peel and wine and was part of Twelth Night celebrations. The legendary Mrs Beeton printed the first Christmas cake…

31. England – Parkin Cake

Today is Bonfire Night or Guy Fawkes night as we call it here in New Zealand, so I made some Parkin, a traditional cake from Yorkshire, England that is eaten on Bonfire Night. The cake is like a ginger bread, but contains oatmeal and molasses. I first came across Parkin Cake when I lived in the…

30. USA – Halloween Cupcakes and Cake

Halloween is obviously a US tradition, but I think every year it seems to get more popular here in New Zealand. I think it’s kinda fun for the littlies to get dressed up, not so sure about the teenagers that don’t even bother and go around demanding treats! When my kids are a bit older…