In the days before smartphones, the most common recipe for cake was a big white cake, a little more than two-thirds the size of a regular cake, made with icing and butter.
But, according to a recent study by the University of Bath, cakes are getting better.
Bath professor Professor Nick Bales said: “The idea of a sponge was a novelty, we’re seeing the benefits of using cake to make something that’s more edible.”
This is a big change for a lot of people, but also a big opportunity for people to enjoy their cake without it being a huge waste.
Professor Bales is the co-author of a new book called ‘The Great Cake Revolution’ about the rise of new technologies that have changed how we eat.
Professor Bays said the trend of using a sponge to make cakes had been around for a long time, but the number of people making cakes in their own kitchen had exploded in the past decade.
The sponge was the first invention in modern times and it was invented by one of the first people to do it, he said.
Professor Nick Balfe said sponge cakes had changed the way we eat cakes and that’s why he wanted to publish the book.
He said sponge cake was now becoming more common because people wanted to try and replicate their own creations, like the classic ‘sponge’ cake, that was popular with families.
“It’s become so easy, there are so many cakes that you can make that can be made with the sponge, but then you also need a bit of practice and a lot more knowledge to really make the cake the best it can be,” he said