World Baking Day
the third Sunday in May (since 2012)
Cakes and other goods are baked on World Baking Day to show thanks, appreciation, and care to friends, family members, and colleagues. Participants pledge to bake for someone, do the baking, and post photos of their creations on social media along with a message about who they baked for and why.
Baking is a type of cooking that uses dry heat, usually from an oven. Heat travels from the outside to the center of whatever is being baked, cooking and transforming it. Any type of food can be baked, with bread being the most common baked food. Bread, along with cakes, cookies, pies, quiches, and other similar foods fall under the category of baked goods. They are made with water, leavening agents, and flour or meal from grain. Sugar, shortening, salt, eggs, and milk are also regularly used in making them. Meats like ham, chicken, fish, and meatloaf are also frequently baked. Pasta dishes, potatoes, and pizzas are some other foods that can be baked.
Baking is done at home, by bakers in bakeries and restaurants, and by machines in large factories. It is believed to be the oldest cooking method, first being done by mashing together wild grass grains with water and cooking the mixture on hot rocks to make a type of flatbread. Bread baking and the use of ovens were part of baking in Ancient Egypt and Ancient Greece, and pastry chefs gained prestige and were in high demand in the Roman Empire. Baking then spread throughout Europe and the eastern part of Asia. Afterward, London and Paris became baking centers. Early on people baked for themselves, with commercial baking industries coming later. But it is small-batch baking for friends, family, and colleagues that is the focus of World Baking Day.
How to Observe World Baking Day
Bake for a friend, family member, or colleague, to show them thanks, appreciation, and how much you care for them. You could bake them a cake, but cake is not a requirement. Before you give them what you baked, take a photo of it to post on social media along with a message about who it's for and why you baked it. Included the hashtag #WorldBakingDay.