Cake for every occasion

Will there be cake at the event?

Everyone knows what cake is. A sweet dessert, typically baked with the main ingredients comprising of flour, sugar, eggs, butter, baking powder/soda or oil. Nowadays, cakes are made from various combinations – with thousands of recipes developed and passed down generation by generation.Served as a celebratory dish on big occasions such as someone’s birthday, wedding or anniversary, times have changed and we consume a sweet slice of cake whenever or whenever!

Cake has always been part of life…

According to food historians, the first culture to show evidence of baking and an interest in cake were the ancient Egyptians. However, their cakes were more bread-like and in substitute for sugar, honey was used.

Did you know…

  • The term “cake” has a long history, with it’s origins from the Old Norse word “kaka”.
  • In ancient times cakes were used as offerings to gods and spirits around the world
  • The Chinese celebration of the Harvest Moon Festival included moon cakes to honour the moon goddess
  • Russians have sun cakes called blini to pay their respects to a deity called Maslenitsa
  • Ancient Celtics rolled cakes down a hill during the Beltane festival
  • Medieval European bakers often produced fruitcakes and gingerbread which could last for months

However, the precursor of modern round cakes were first baked in Europe during the mid 17th century, due to the advances in technology such as more reliable ovens, availability and production of food holds and ingredients (such as refined sugar). It wasn’t until the middle of the 19th century that cakes were produced with extra refined white flour and baking powder instead of yeast.

People still consider cake to be the wow factor to every occasion whether it’s a meeting, corporate or launch event. Cakes have certainly kept their image as ‘treats’ which emphasises importance. We certainly believe cake is for every occasion!

For us at Dolce Forno, each cake is a work of art and we truly believe in the artisan and handcrafted experience. Each cake is created without machinery and solely just the skilled hands of bakers.


Let them eat brioche!

A light sweet yeast bread typically in the form of a small round roll.

It wasn’t cake that Marie Antoinette wanted to feed to the French. Her instructions were actually, “Let them eat brioche.” Brioche is certainly as rich and buttery as cake, but that’s where the similarities end.

It is more of a bread than it is a cake. Yeast-risen with a chewy, bread-like interior. Traditionally, brioche is formed into loaf-sized or smaller dinner roll-sized “brioche à tête” (“tête” translates as “head” – perhaps in homage to the unfortunate Marie Antoinette…).


Not exactly sweet and not exactly savoury – brioche is a fantastic bread for any meal of the day. Some prefer spreading their favourite jam or chocolate spread. Brioche burgers have become a major trend in the past few years with restaurants up and down the country taking advantage of the contrasting flavours and texture of the burger and bun. It’s also a great companion for a hot soup – especially as we approach the nippy Autumn evenings.

Let them eat brioche during your next breakfast meeting or corporate briefing! Dolce Forno delivers freshly baked artisan breads and pastries within Hertfordshire, St Albans, Surrey, Berkshire, North London or Buckinghamshire.

Call our team at Dolce Forno Breads on 01727 762 456 or alternatively email to find out more about our craft artisan bakery and breads.