Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

Jason Lantzer


This thesis is a historical timeline of American cake and its evolution between the late 1700s and now. This timeline addresses the resource availability, cultural and historical changes, and innovations that have influenced its evolution. Cakes are a reflection upon the time they were popularized, and this paper will reveal several perspectives on the interplay between cake and the relevant cultural and historical climates. Supplementing this timeline, cake’s identity and how it has changed over the centuries is discussed. The cake of 1780s America holds a much different meaning than the cake of the 21st century. Cake has now become more accessible and its identity has changed over time through influencing factors such as technology and modern media.

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